So what’s this all about? Two marathon series in Australia, clashing and overlapping? Why? It seems because governing organisations in cycling can’t prioritise riders over their own needs broader political issues. Mountain biking is still rapidly growing, but I don’t think there’s enough room for this many events. The calendar is already over-saturated. CA had better run some top class events, otherwise they’ll be wasting a lot of their time and riders’ efforts, as well as members’ money.
For a great run-down on why the series has come about and what it means for the riders check out Anthony Shippard’s post on The Roost Mag.