2022 Oceania Downhill Championships | Kooralbyn

The 2022 Oceania Downhill Championships heads to Kooralbyn Valley Mountain Bike Park, Queensland in just under three weeks. The Black Snake Downhill track will play host to the UCI Oceania Continental Downhill Championships and it looks like some big name riders will be battling it out on the loose and rocky terrain. We took a look at the details…..

Event: 2022 Oceania Downhill Championships

Date: 19 – 20 March, 2022

Location: Kooralbyn, Queensland

Photo | Set In Stone Photography


Getting There

Located approximately 90 minutes South west of Brisbane CBD, Kooralbyn Valley MTB Park is on the edge of the Scenic Rim and a half hour drive from Beaudesert.

Accomodation is available at the venue with camping onsite for $30 a night / 4 people per site, book here. There are also hotel deals available at the Kooralbyn Valley Resort.

Kooralbyn MTB Club Website

Black Snake DH Trail

Kooralbyn is a venue that is steeped in the history of racing in Australia, a venue that was used for national XC training camps back in the 90s before a hibernation period. In the last 4 years the Kooralbyn Valley Mountain Bike Club has re-invigorated the venue and the trails, building a trail network that boasts mainly cross country and all mountain style trails.

Photo | Set In Stone Photography

The terrain is loose and dusty, with no shortage of rocks, grass trees and warm weather to keep the riders on their toes. The Downhill track is a trail that was raced in the early 2000s by riders such as Nathan Rennie, Chris Kovarik and Michael Ronning. The trail was brought back to life with a few changes and now exists as The Black Snake Downhill track, featuring on the DH and Enduro race schedules over the last few years.

Photo | Set In Stone Photography

The trail itself is loose and rocky with some flatter sections, some steeps including a gnarly off-camber chute and a narrow single track section towards the bottom before finishing over a pumpy double and table top. It’s rated black diamond and can be ridden on an Enduro or DH bike, the jury is out on which bike is faster on this track.

Entry Fees and Categories

  • Oceania Championships – $130
  • Oceania Challenge – $110 for Masters and $95 for Juniors

Price includes one (1) shuttle run for Qualifying and one (1) shuttle for the race.
Practice shuttles are an additional cost and can be paid on the day (6 runs for $50.00)

Oceania Championship

  • Elite
  • Under 19 (Junior)

Oceania Challenge

  • Expert
  • Masters 1 -10
  • Under 17
  • Under 15
  • Under 13

The Oceania Championships is not just for the Elite level riders, there are multiple challenge categories favoring inclusive riding and a social atmosphere.

EVENT ENTRY – AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS

EVENT ENTRY – INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTS

Photo | Set In Stone Photography

License Requirements

An AusCycling Race Off Road or AusCycling All Disciplines membership is required for Australian entrants.

Oceania Championships riders (Elite and Under 19) will also be require a UCI ID to enter. If you do not know your UCI ID or need to obtain one, please click here

Schedule

  • Friday 18 March: Practice 
  • Saturday 19 March: Official Practice and Qualifying
  • Sunday 20 March: Oceania Championships

FULL EVENT SCHEDULE HERE

The Final Word

The 2022 Oceania Downhill MTB Championships will form part of the Brisbane cycling Festival and it looks set to be a great way to kick off the racing calendar in South East Queensland. Some of Australia’s best racers will be making there way to Kooralbyn for the event and a livestream will be available to watch a modified broadcast. As usual Brakes Wide Open will be there to bring you all the action and get you stoked on riding bikes…..

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