Overnight test re­turns

Multisport Mecca - - News - Grant Ed­wards Grant.Ed­wards@apn.com.au

SURG­ING moun­tain bike in­ter­est will see the re­turn of the eight-hour Lu­nar Ccross-coun­try (XC) race on May 12–13.

Af­ter a two-year hia­tus as or­gan­is­ers fo­cused on the world cross triathlon cham­pi­onship, the chal­leng­ing Lun­carC makes a come­back to the Mur­ren­bong course near Petrie as part of the new More­ton Bay MTB Se­ries.

Com­peti­tors will start at 10pm and at­tempt to com­plete as many laps of the 10km course as pos­si­ble be­fore 6am.

It’s one of three events which will be staged over three months from May to July.

Full de­tails of the sec­ond two events are still to be fi­nalised, but ex­pect a day-time XC event as well as a week­end stage race where there will be a num­ber of unique stages over two days that will be open to in­di­vid­u­als and teams.

The lat­ter will be staged at a des­ti­na­tion where camp­ing will be avail­able. It’s ex­pected to be a fam­ily-fo­cused event.

“Based at some of the best moun­tain bike lo­ca­tions in the More­ton Bay Re­gion, the se­ries is set to chal­lenge elite rid­ers while also of­fer­ing thrilling events and cour­ses for our week­end war­riors and there’s even some all new kids events as well,” In2Ad­ven­ture or­gan­iser Robyn Lazenby said.

“We have some great moun­tain bik­ing des­ti­na­tions here… I don’t think some peo­ple re­alise how good it is.”

For those tak­ing part in all three events, points will ac­cu­mu­late and MTB elite male and fe­male se­ries cham­pion and age group cham­pi­ons will be crowned at the com­ple­tion of the se­ries.

In2Ad­ven­ture will an­nounce fi­nalised dates and des­ti­na­tions in the com­ing weeks, and are buoyed fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful TreX Dirt Fest week­end.

This year’s event at Ewen Mad­dock dam again saw in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion, with the largest growth ex­pe­ri­enced in the cross triathlon.

Sun­day’s moun­tain bike events at­tracted strong in­ter­est with an even split of rid­ers un­der­tak­ing the 50km and 20km rides.

‘I don’t think some peo­ple re­alise how good it is.’


Matt An­der­son com­petes in the Dirt Fest event held at Ewen Mad­dock Dam last month.

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