Riders ready for challenge

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The build-up to Albany’s premier mountain biking event, Southern MTB, begins with tonight’s launch at Impulse Cycles.

The two-day event will feature some of the country’s top riders competing on tracks around Mt Clarence along with the crowd favourite Jump Comp, held on a custom-built course on York Street. Pro rider and Munda Biddi record holder Declan Von Dietze said he was looking forward to making the trip south.

“I'm really excited about the Southern Peaks event — I haven't raced in Albany before but the trails are world-class and the views are incredible,” he said

“Top that off with the festival in town and you are looking at one of the best weekends of racing on the Australian calendar.”

The 50km Southern Peaks race will pit riders against each other in a gruelling course around Maitraya Private Retreat and Emu Point.

Perth-based mountain bike rider Jordan Prochyra took out the Urban Downhill title in 2016 while Albany pair Nav Cool and Tammy Stone claimed the honours in the Southern Peaks race.

Albany Mountain Bike Club president Chris Idle said it was an exciting period on the mountain biking calendar.

“This is the start of the build-up — we’re looking forward to building on last year’s event,” Mr Idle said.

“It’s all starting to come together and hopefully we can make it bigger and better than last year.”

The launch begins at 5.30pm with drinks provided and a range of discounts on offer at Impulse Cycles.

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