- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 26 May 2009
Get ready to witness the world’s best put everything they have on the line to fight for the ultimate titles.
Preparations are now well underway in Australia’s Capital for the 2009 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships. The Championships will be held 1-6th September 2009, Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra, ACT.
The event will feature an all-star cast of the top men and women riders from around the world including current Cross Country World Champions, Christoph Sauser of Switzerland and Margarita Fullana of Spain. Four-cross Champions, Rafeal Alvarez De Lara Lucas of Spain and Melissa Buhl of the United States, along with the Downhill champions and not to forget the brother and sister duo of Rachel and Gee Atherton of the UK and Australia’s own Nathan Mummery in the trials.
Australian favourites are also ready to hit the start line with two times World Champion Sam Hill, Olympian Jared Graves and World Cup Champion Caroline Buchanan named as just a few of the headline acts.
The UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships are the World Championship events for mountain bike racing events in four disciplines – cross country, downhill, four-cross and trials riding events, with competitors from over 40 nations heading to Canberra to compete in the first World Championships staged in Australia since 1996 in Cairns.
The scene for the World Championships was set in 2008 when International and Australian talent battled it out at Canberra’s own Stromlo Forrest Park in the first World Cup held in Australia in over a decade. Over 10000 spectators descended upon the world class mountain bike track to watch a strong Aussie contingent take on the internationals, managing not only to show that our mountain bikers are not only in a league of their own but world champions in their own right.
But it’s not only the on-course action that is set to thrill spectators, the event village is also gearing up to host live events, demonstrations, live music , plenty of entertainment for spectators and competitors alike along with one of the largest Australian trade shows.
What: The 2009 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships
When: 1-6 September, 2009
Where: Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra, ACT