Dunedin to host Oceania Continental Mountain Bike Championships
The best mountain bikers on both sides of the Tasman will be racing in downtown Dunedin with the confirmation that the city will host the 2018 UCI Oceania Continental Mountain Bike Championships in February.
Both the cross-country and downhill events will be staged at the famed Signal Hill, located behind the University of Otago and Logan Park, to be held on February from 9 to 11 February.
The event, to be hosted by Mountain Biking Otago in partnership with Cycling New Zealand and Mountain Bike New Zealand was last staged in Dunedin in 2010, with downhill at Signal Hill and cross-country at the nearby Forrester Park.
Anton Cooper celebrates his win at the UCI Oceania Mountain Bike Championships in Australia earlier this year.
“We are excited to host the Oceania Mountain Bike Championships again. It’s a big event for this city and Mountain Biking Otago are thrilled to help celebrate the best mountain bikers from Australia and New Zealand competing,” said club spokesperson, Kristy Booth.
“Our plan is to stage both races at Signal Hill, which means we will be constructing a new cross-country track there which is exciting.
“Mountain biking has grown hugely in the last few years with fantastic support from the local Council and so it is great to attract an event of this size to our city.”
Former Junior and Under-23 World Champion Anton Cooper has thrown his weight behind the championship, and confirmed he will defend his elite Oceania title in Dunedin.
"I'm really excited to be racing Oceania Champs in New Zealand again, and on a new course in Dunedin,” Cooper said.
“As far as international mountain bike events go in New Zealand, this is as big as we've had in recent memory. With lots of top Aussie competition bound to come to our shores it will be an exciting spectacle also.”
Signal Hill has been a super-popular venue for a number of downhill and enduro events, while the elite cross-country races will likely provide a key shakedown race for competitors from both sides of the Tasman ahead of April’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
For event details check out https://oceania-mtb-championships.cyclingnewzealand.nz