Melrose Double Header

Join us on the 24th and 25th of October at Melrose, in the Southern Flinders Ranges, for two epic XCO races. Melrose’s beautiful single trails and scenery will make for a great weekend away to round out the 2020 AMBC XCO series! Thanks to our sponsors Hammer Nutrition, Bikecorp (Azur Lights, Krush Bikewash, Super B tools), Iomerino merino clothing, Bridge Road Brewers, BioMechanics Cycles and Repairs, GoVita Health foods Marion & Colonnades and lastly Zero Friction Cycling, who will be presenting the ZFC end of year series overall titles!

AMBC QUICKLINK: https://linktr.ee/adelaidemtbclub

ONLINE REGISTRATION – no on the day entries

  • Entry closes at 3pm on the Friday 23rd October!

DAY 1 Melrose Township RACE DETAILS

  • 1:00pm SIGN ON
  • 1:30pm: FEMALE, JUNIOR + OPEN EMTB START
  • 10.30am: PRESENTATION (early grades) (approximate time)
  • 3:30pm: MALE GRADES + U19M START

DAY 2 Willowie Forest RACE DETAILS

  • 8:15am: SIGN ON
  • 9:00am: FEMALE, JUNIOR + OPEN EMTB START
  • 10.30am: PRESENTATION (early grades) (approximate time)
  • 11:00am: MALE GRADES +U19M START

CATEGORIES/START WAVES:

Self seeded, ability based categories for XC racing.

  • A Grade Men: 6 laps
  • B Grade Men / A Grade Women: 5 laps
  • C Grade Men / B Grade Women: 4 Laps
  • D Grade Men 3 laps / C Grade Women: 3 laps
  • Male & Female Juniors: U19= 4 laps, U17= 3 laps, U15= 3 laps , U13= 2 laps
  • EMTB Open: 4 Laps
  • (*All Junior races to be cancelled if forecast for 34deg or over)
  • (**All lap counts are subject to change at any time at the race director’s discretion. All entrants will be notified.)

RACE COURSE INFO

Day 1 – Melrose town: https://www.strava.com/routes/2712183214117638710

Day 2 – Willowie Forest: https://www.strava.com/routes/2744714695620394792

** Suggested laps per grade based on a 15 minute Elite (A Grade) lap time. This is a guide only and the number of laps is variable due to different venues and different track conditions.

PARKING

Parking will be directed on race day and notified prior to event. Please check above maps! Please make sure you exit the venue before our committee, otherwise your car might be locked in!

HOUSEKEEPING

Please be mindful of Melrose Town residents. Please protect these areas as they also house significant conservation value. Be respectful to the parks and it’s users and represent MTB’ers sensibly!

COURSE SET UP

Working bees are planned leading into the race over the next few weeks. Course setup will be done in the days leading into the first race! If anyone can help please get in touch with the club at racevolunteers@ambc.asn.au

VOLUNTEERS

We need you. These races happen with the good work done by our vollies. If you are available to help set up or pack up or assist with anything else please get in touch with Aurelia Strozik via email: racevolunteers@ambc.asn.au

MEMBERSHIP

It is cheaper to race as a club member. To join or renew visit the MTBA website and select Adelaide Mountain Bike Club as your club:https://www.mtba.asn.au/membership/

FREE once-off 8 week trial MTBA memberships are available on the above link.

LOCATION

Information about the location can be found here: http://www.bikemelrose.com.au/

Melrose Township: https://www.trailforks.com/region/melrose-mtb-trails-22683/

If you have any questions, feel free to email 2020committee@ambc.asn.au for more information!

Announcing Melrose XCO Double Header!

AMBC is proud to announce the Melrose XCO Double Header on the 24th and 25th of October 2020. The two races to be held are planned to run on the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

This event will be pending covid-19 travel restrictions at the time!

More information about the Melrose XCO double header is to come.

Results from Eagle XCO and entry link for the Kinchina XCO can be found here.

Make sure to stay in touch via Facebook @ Adelaide Mountain Bike Club – AMBC and Instagram @adelaidemtbclub

2020 AMBC XCO Series

Join us on 26th July and 30 August 2020 for the long awaited return to MTB racing in Adelaide. We are now looking to follow the calendar as proposed earlier in the year.

E-MTB Category added for Eagle XCO!

COVID restrictions: Please read this!

ONLINE REGISTRATION – no on the day entries

entry closes at 3pm on the Saturday before!

Eagle Rego: https://online.mtba.org.au/ERegister.aspx?E=7811

Kinchina Rego: https://online.mtba.org.au/ERegister.aspx?E=7812

RACE DETAILS- *subject to change pending COVID restrictions*

8:15am: SIGN ON

9:00am: FEMALE, JUNIOR + OPEN EMTB START

10.30am: PRESENTATION (early grades) (approximate time)

11:00am: MALE GRADES START

CATEGORIES/START WAVES: * Subject to change with COVID restrictions**

Self seeded, ability based categories for XC racing.

A Grade Men: 6 laps

B Grade Men / A Grade Women: 5 laps

C Grade Men / B Grade Women: 4 Laps

D Grade Men 3 laps / New! C Grade Women: 3 laps

Junior A: 3 Laps

Junior B: 2 Laps

EMTB Open: 4 Laps

(*All Junior races to be cancelled if forecast for 34deg or over)

(**All lap counts are subject to change at any time at the race director’s discretion. All entrants will be notified.)

RACE COURSE INFO

** Suggested laps per grade based on a 15 minute Elite (A Grade) lap time. This is a guide only and the number of laps is variable due to different venues and different track conditions.

PARKING

Parking will be directed on race day or notified prior to event.

Follow signage. Please make sure you exit before our committee, otherwise your car will be locked in!

HOUSEKEEPING

Please be mindful that Anstey Hill RP and Kinchina CP are popular park for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and dog owners. They also house significant conservation value. Be respectful to the park and it’s users and represent MTB’ers sensibly!

COURSE SET UP

Course will be set up the day before. If anyone can help please get in touch with the club at racevolunteers@ambc.asn.au

VOLUNTEERS

We need you. These races happen with the good work done by our vollies. If you are available to help set up or pack up or assist with anything else please get in touch with Aurelia Strozik via email: racevolunteers@ambc.asn.au

MEMBERSHIP

It is cheaper to race as a club member. To join or renew visit the MTBA website and select Adelaide Mountain Bike Club as your club:https://www.mtba.asn.au/membership/

FREE once-off 8 week trial MTBA memberships are available on the above link.

LOCATION

Information about the location can be found in our trails index http://ambc.asn.au/trails/index/, and an interactive map at

Eagle Park: https://www.trailforks.com/region/eagle-mountain-bike-park/

Kinchina: https://www.trailforks.com/region/kinchina-conservation-park-22232/

If you have any questions, feel free to email 2020committee@ambc.asn.au for more information!

COVID-19 and AMBC events

Announcement regarding AMBC events and COVID-19.

Yesterday the club committee unanimously voted to suspend races for the foreseeable future in line with current government best practices and to enable effective social distancing.

This means that the event scheduled for O’Halloran Hill on 28 March is cancelled. Full refunds will be processed for those who have already entered.

This was not an easy decision to make and the committee did attempt to consider all practical risk mitigation measures. This decision is a cancellation, not a postponement as there are already many events to compete with later in the year. The committee understands that this may frustrate some members but this is a bigger situation than any of us have ever dealt with before.
Stay safe.
Keep riding.

We’ll be reviewing the situation prior to the planned Prospect Hill and Craigburn Farm events but expect the current situation to continue.

We are trying to create some value for members and sponsors so stay tuned for some planned fun competitions.

The Pres

AMBC Statement – Fox Creek Bushfire Recovery


Please read and share.

As many of you would be aware, on December 20 2019, the Adelaide Hills community was devastated by bushfire.

Our thoughts continue to be with those who have been affected.

Since the fire ground was declared extinguished, AMBC has been in close contact with Forestry SA to offer assistance where we can.

While it is still unsafe for volunteers to assist in the recovery, there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes and we ask that everyone remains patient.

The club has secured a $10,000 grant from the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing to assist sporting clubs whose facilities were impacted by fires. This grant will be donated to the Forestry SA fire recovery project manager to help cover the costs of immediate works and future planning as part of the recovery effort.

Please remember that the park is still closed.

We will continue to engage with Forestry and will let AMBC members know when there are opportunities to assist.

Forestry have issued the following statement:


Due to the potential of falling trees and branches, the area is unsafe for public visitation.
Sections of the Heysen and Mawson Trails which pass through this area of forest are also closed until further notice. ForestrySA will work with trail managers to identify and establish temporary re-routes where possible.


ForestrySA acknowledges temporary closure of the Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve, trails and mountain bike precinct is causing significant impact on visitor access. As a result, work is underway with South Australian Government agencies, Bike SA, mountain bike clubs and community groups to develop a workable recovery and operational plan for the area.


This will involve clearance of fallen vegetation debris from bike trails, salvage of plantation timber, installation of warning signage and fence repairs, identification and removal of dangerous trees and remarking of mountain bike trails to help make the area safe again.


While it could take 6-12 months before these trails can reopen for public use, ForestrySA is committed to exploring new bike and forest use opportunities as a means of boosting forest visitation opportunities.
Rehabilitation of the bushfire landscape will take many years. Native vegetation will likely recover in time through natural regeneration and careful weed management. Recovery will be monitored to assess the need for supplementary planting of native species.

Further updates on the recovery plan will be provided as on-ground works progress. For your own safety, do not enter fire-affected forest areas. For more information and continuing updates visit www.forestrysa.com.au, call us on (08) 8391 8800, or email recreation@forestrysa.com.au.


Photo: James Anderson