Tasmania’s three mountain bike clubs join forces to have a state cross-country championship.

Fox task force: Launceston mountain biker Sam Fox will be looking to add a state title to his Tasmanian school championship.

Fox task force: Launceston mountain biker Sam Fox will be looking to add a state title to his Tasmanian school championship.

After a six-year hiatus, Tasmania’s three mountain bike clubs have joined forces to have a state cross-country Olympic championship.

This race is to be held at Clarence mountain bike park on December 11 and hosted by the Hobart Dirt Devils club.

Launceston Mountain Bike Club’s Chris Grantham said the intention is to hold the race in a different region of the state every year on a three-year rotation.

“The date has been selected so not to clash with national competitions and give our local talent the opportunity to compete,” he said.

There are 10 categories for all riders to compete from under-15 to 60-plus and elites, male and female, ranging in time from 45 to 90 minutes depending on category.

All categories will be competing for state jerseys, state plates and other prizes while a complimentary meal is also provided to competitors.

“I would like to encourage everyone to come along and make this event an exciting spectacle,” Grantham added.

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