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50 DAYS TO GO! 

JULY,  2017

50 Days To Go 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

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Today marks 50 days to go until the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns.


With only two UCI World Cup events remaining before the world’s best mountain bike riders make their way to Australia’s iconic mountain biking destination in Cairns, Australians are dominating in the Downhill discipline, currently holding the male and female number one UCI ranking.


Cairns local Tracey Hannah and Troy Brosnan are both in career best form and will arrive in Cairns assured of a boisterous show of local support.


Fans will be relishing the looming battle between home town hero Hannah and legendary Downhill rider and current world number three, Britain’s Rachel Atherton, which is shaping up to be one of the sport’s biggest show-downs in Cairns this September.


Atherton, undefeated since 2014 until a heavy crash four weeks ago, has previously had the edge over her Aussie rival, but Hannah will bring a new level of confidence after her recent World Cup win and top of the table ranking.


Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green said the form of the Australian riders would ramp up excitement levels for spectators travelling to Cairns for the World Championships.


“We know to expect the world’s best riders at World Championships, but what a treat to see our Australian riders at the top of their game and coming into this event with a real chance of claiming a world title.


“All Australian mountain bike fans should be booking their tickets to Cairns. The upgrades to fan routes and zones in the rainforest will make it easy to get out on the course and cheer on Tracey, Troy and the other Aussie riders.


” Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike (MTB) World Championships provided an incredible opportunity to showcase Tropical North Queensland globally.  


“Hundreds of the world’s best mountain bikers competed in the 2014 and 2016 UCI MTB World Cups at Smithfield Regional Park, attracting thousands of visitors from Australia and overseas,” Ms Jones said.  


“We expect another successful turnout for the 2017 UCI MTB World Championships thanks to the calibre of competing athletes who are sure to be a drawcard for spectators.  


“The appeal of Tropical North Queensland is another enticing factor with the destination offering an array of adventure tourism experiences like mountain biking, and also known as home to amazing natural assets from some of the world’s oldest rainforests to the Great Barrier Reef.


“The significant television and digital coverage of the event to a global audience will ensure those who aren’t able to attend the event will be able to witness the action with beautiful Cairns featuring as the backdrop to this fantastic event.” More than 20,000 spectators are set to descend on the idyllic location, and a special ‘locals’ pricing structure has been introduced to invite fans from 208 postcodes within the Cairns region to experience mountain biking’s pinnacle event and world class action.


Prices for adult tickets start from $15 and $40 for families with children under 10 FREE to experience explosive action from the worlds best Mountain Bike athletes.


The 2017 event will feature over 300 riders from more than 35 countries competing in the Cross Country (XCO) and Downhill (DHI) disciplines.


The event will be held at Smithfield Regional Park, James Cook University from the 5 – 10 September 2017 and features six days of action. 


The most notable change to the schedule is the shift of the two disciplines from last year’s World Cup format. This year the Cross Country (XCO) competition will be contested on Saturday 9 September while the Downhill (DHI) event will take place on Sunday 10 September.


Tickets can be purchased via the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike Championships website, visit - mtbworldscairns.com.au


Travel packages are now also on sale via Flight Centre for those looking to travel to Cairns for the event - http://bit.ly/2mN2zcg


The event will have significant TV and digital viewing presence including the distribution of television broadcast to a cumulative audience in excess of 6.13 million globally across 18 different nations.


Domestically SBS and Fox Sports will carry the broadcast.


The Queensland Government is proud to support the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Cairns through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. Queensland, just the place to experience Australia’s best live events.


For further information visit www.mtbworldscairns.com.au, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @UCIMTBAustralia or join in the conversation with #mtbworldscairns.



ABOUT CYCLING AUSTRALIA 

Cycling Australia (CA) is the national body responsible for the sport of cycling in Australia as recognised by the International Cycling Union (UCI), the Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), the Commonwealth Games Australia Association (CGAA) and the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC).


In 2013 Cycling Australia was awarded the right to host the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, along with the 2014 and 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cups. Cycling Australia secured the events with the support of the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing, in partnership with Cairns Regional Council, James Cook University and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.


EVENT SNAP SHOT: 

2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 

Tuesday 5 September – Sunday 10 September 

Thursday 7 September – Schools Day 

The worlds best Downhill DHI and Cross Country XCO riders 

The event is an Official UCI International event 

Tickets can be purchased via the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike Championships website, visit - mtbworldscairns.com.au 


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