THE dates for the highly-anticipated Evocities MTB Series have been released, with Orange set to host the last stage on Sunday, November 27.
Organisers of the event are hoping to again attract some of the nation’s best mountain bike riders, along with weekend enthusiasts that would create a high-level competition with a family-friendly atmosphere.
The inaugural event held in 2015 was highly successful according to organisers, and Dubbo mayor Mathew Dickerson, who competed in the series, was confident this year’s series would be just as exciting.
“It is great to have the whole series going ahead,” he said.
“There aren’t many competitions where you can compete against the best there is.
“I can’t play golf against Jason Day and I can’t play tennis against Roger Federer but I can go up against Jason English or Eliza Kwan and while it won’t be much of a challenge for them, it is a real thrill for myself.”
English and Kwan took out the overall open male and female divisions of last year’s series and also won the opening leg in Orange that involved more than 200 riders.
Bathurst will host the first race of the series on Sunday, April 17. Other legs will be held in Albury (Sunday, June 19), Tamworth (Sunday, August 7), Wagga (Sunday, September 4), Dubbo (Sunday, September 25) and Armidale (Sunday, October 30).