'World class': planning starts for Dubbo round of Evocities MTB Series

Dubbo Mountain Bike Club member Lynton Auld is excited for the Evocities Fairfax Media MTB series to get under way.      Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
Dubbo Mountain Bike Club member Lynton Auld is excited for the Evocities Fairfax Media MTB series to get under way. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO Mountain Bike Club members and married couple Lynton Auld and Liza Twohill will compete in five rounds of the 2015 Evocities Fairfax Media MTB series but Dubbo won't be one of them.

The pair will be too busy with the organisation of the event to take part but they still expect it to be one of the best of the seven races.

As long time mountain biking enthusiasts, they have been delighted by the announcement of the Evocities series and what it could mean for the sport.

"This is going to be an amazing series.

"To have a world class series on our doorstep and ride some brilliant trails is just amazing and we will be doing so against some of the top riders in Australia, including professionals.

"I won't be at the pointy end of the field or riding for sheep stations but just to ride with the elite riders will be a great opportunity.

"It should make for a fantastic environment and great atmosphere."

More than 4000 people from across Australia are expected to take part over the seven events and with $80,000 in prize money, interest is high.

While mountain biking has long had a dedicated following in regional areas, Auld said the series has the possibility to take it to a new level.

"A lot of these events have run in the past but they have mostly been contested by people from those clubs whereas now there will be people from each of the participating clubs going to all the races and the Sydney event features a new set of trails," he said.

"That will lure in people from Sydney and could attract them to more of the races.

"In addition there will be a whole heap of spectator and sponsor tents and these larger scale events just have a different vibe to them."

Geurie will host the Dubbo round in 2015 and Auld said it will be one of the more unique circuits of the series.

"It's a fantastic trail. It's one of the longer ones in the series at around 17 kilometres long and there will be some quite technically challenging circuits," Auld said.

"We searched for alternative venues but couldn't find anything that would have been ready in time. Geurie is probably seen as a temporary venue but it will make for an excellent race."

Even though the series will involve some of the best riders in the country and huge prize money, Auld said he expects there will be a good camaraderie among competitors.

"If anything goes wrong on the trail, someone will always stop and make sure you are okay. Everyone is very friendly and they look after each other," he said.

"It's a six-hour event so helping someone who has a flat tyre or other problem is a good excuse to stop and get off the bike."

The series gets underway with a 250 minute race at Orange on February 15, before going to Western Sydney, Bathurst, Albury, Dubbo, Tamworth and Wagga.

The 300 minute Dubbo race is on July 12.

This story 'World class': planning starts for Dubbo round of Evocities MTB Series first appeared on Daily Liberal.

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