Osmaston hosts state cross country mountain bike championships

HUGHES THE BOSS: Edwina Hughes tackles a corner at last year's state championships.
HUGHES THE BOSS: Edwina Hughes tackles a corner at last year's state championships.

A host of big names have been confirmed for December 17’s state cross country Olympic championships in the state’s North.

Held at the Osmaston track on the outskirts of Westbury, this year’s championships will feature former cross-country world cup rider Rowena Fry and Oceanic champions Ben Bradley, Richard Wilkins and Sam Fox.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to get all the state’s best riders there,” race director Chris Grantham said.

“Tassie has had a large number of very good riders so we’re expecting to have a good contingent of current and past national champions, so the competition should be fierce.”

Up to 150 riders are expected to turn out for the championships, with double that number likely to line the Osmaston course as spectators. 

The privately-owned 5km track, which Grantham describes as “technically challenging”, will provide a point of interest with most riders likely to be unfamiliar with the trail.

“The reason we’re having it out there instead of one of the tracks in town is because it’s a little bit more technical.

“We’ve only had one physical race out there before... so a lot of people have been going out there for the last few weekends so people can learn the track as it’s a new track for most competitors to be able to race on.”

The championships will include elite races as well as age group divisions spanning ages 13 to 70.

More information and entry forms can be found at launcestonmountainbikeclub.com/events.html