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by Shane Stokes
April 14, 2018
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This year’s Amy’s Gran Fondo weekend has been boosted by a new gravel national championships, which will be run by Cycling Australia and Mountain Bike Australia on September 16. “We are pleased to support this growing discipline with an inaugural national championship,” said Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake. “We’ve seen increases in participation in gravel domestically and internationally and a national championship was the natural next step in the growth of gravel racing.”
The discipline has been booming in recent years, both in terms of participation and bike sales. This year’s national championship event will cover 65 kilometres of racing, including 1,500 metres of climbing plus some technical sections.
“It’s exciting to see new formats of cycling continually being introduced that expand the opportunities and experiences for participants,” said MTBA CEO Shane Coppin. “MTBA are very pleased to be involved with this new National Championship initiative and believe that it is a great addition to the extremely successful Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo event. Many riders continue to enjoy experiences riding on road, dirt, and gravel and this new event should attract high interest from both participants and spectators.”
Entries for the Championships are now open via the Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo website. Members of CA and MTBA are entitled to an event discount of $10.