Article by: Hayley Thomas
The New England area is fast becoming a “must ride” destination for mountain bikers of all disciplines. Armidale makes a great base for exploring what the region has to offer – a solid mix of cross country, fast single track and flowy Enduro style riding!
Much of this is thanks to the building efforts of the locally based club, New England Mountain Bikers (NEMTB), the authority on anything mountain biking in our area, including Walcha, Guyra, Uralla and Tamworth. They’re a group of enthusiastic riders, just trying to make the world a better place one bike trail at a time. They hold regular social events and races throughout the year for the community.
Social Event: Le Tour de Dale
To coincide with the start of the Tour de France, NEMTB will be hosting their very own (significantly shorter!) version – Le Tour de Dale. No yellow jersey, but you can look forward to a good lunch at the Bowling Club after. The tour will consist of 6 stages, all completed in one day. The inaugural Le Tour de Dale is a great way to get out and experience some of Armidale’s best trails all in one morning, and make some friends while you’re at it. Stages include laps at the Piney, Kooka Crest Track and SportUNE trails. Depending on your skill and fitness level you can choose between the Cruiser or the Shredder Categories.
DATE: Sunday July 8th 2018
MEETING TIME: 8:45am for a 9am departure
MEETING PLACE: Armidale Bowling Club
APPROX FINISH TIME: 12pm/1pm
*Online pre-registration required
For more information or to register head to http://www.nemtb.com.au/news/letourdedalesocialeventsunday8july2018
Race Event: 2018 Winter Series
The Winter Race Series consists of 6 races held on the custom built, first class mountain bike trails in the Armidale State Forest (or the Piney to locals). Race #4 is swiftly approaching on Sunday July 15th. The main race grade is 3 laps of the 11km course, Black Track, marked by black arrows, with varying distances for different categories. A map of the trails used in the course can be found on the NEMTB website. Riders of all ability and experience levels are encouraged to participate, especially those new to the sport!
DATE: Sunday July 15th 2018
REGISTRATION TIME: 10:45am – 11:15am
RACE TIME: 11:30am
*Riders need a MTBA licence to compete; otherwise a day licence can be bought on the day for $30.
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If you’re booking accommodation in Armidale for the month of July ask about the City Centre Motor Inn “Pay What You Want” campaign.
Feature Photo Credit: Northern Daily Leader