Lake Mac is gearing up for the adrenaline-packed spectacle of the GWM Mountain Bike National Championships this March.
Over 1500 mountain bike riders, including some of the sport’s elite athletes, will take over the Awaba Mountain Bike Park, nestled at the base of the Watagan Mountains for a range of competitions including downhill, adaptive, cross-country, and pump track.
The Lake Mac venue promises challenging terrains that will test the skills of both seasoned riders and rising stars.
“The GWM Mountain Bike National Championships are recognised as the premier event on the Australian mountain bike racing calendar,” AusCycling CEO Marne Fechner said.
“In each event, first-placed riders are acknowledged as the National Champion for that discipline, so there is a lot at stake, and it takes months and years of training to reach that level.”
As one of the premier mountain biking events in Australia, the Championships are expected to draw some of the world’s top riders, such as World Cup winner Rebecca Henderson, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Zoe Cuthbert, and World Championship medallist Troy Brosnan.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the event was an enormous windfall for the city and for the wider Hunter Region.
“It’s not just the 1500-plus competitors, more than half of whom will be from outside the region, seeking places to stay, eat and socialise outside the competition,” she said.
“It’s also their families, friends and support staff.”
The GWM Mountain Bike National Championships are happening in Lake Macquarie from the 12th to the 17th of March 2024. For more information visit auscycling.org.au.