SportUNE Trails - Please keep to the constructed trails

posted 16 Nov 2016, 20:03 by Peter and Barbs

We hope everyone is enjoying the new trails at SportUNE!

If bike riders want to do repeats of the new flow section (Full Cognition) please use the new trail on the north side of the storm water drain (Kermit) as the return trail. A red arrow shows the route on the map.

Please stay on the existing trails and do not cut across any parts of the grassland whether walking or riding. Thank you for your consideration.

If you have any feedback, please message us. Happy riding


Social Ride - Poker Run

posted 11 Jul 2016, 05:15 by James Harris   [ updated 14 Jul 2016, 21:29 by Peter and Barbs ]

Social Ride - Sunday 17th July
Poker Run @ 'the PIney'. Go for a social ride to the 5 checkpoints around the Piney, collect a card at each checkpoint. The best Poker Hand at the end is the winner. 
1pm sign on for a 1.30pm start, meet at the Gate just past the Bridge.
It's about having a fun social ride in the Piney. Everyone invited, you don't need to know how to play poker, you don't need to know your way around the Piney. Just come have some fun on your bike.

Free social members who are new to the club, ie you have never attended a club event. Other can pay a $10 social day licence if not a club member.

How to get live coverage of the U19 and U23 at the 2016 World Championships

posted 1 Jul 2016, 03:53 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 2 Jul 2016, 00:04 ]

The following process will allow you to watch the Czech TV station’s live CT Sports channel which is covering the following World Champ events. Obviously you will need a high speed internet to steam the HD footage and their commentary will be in Czech so you will need to watch live results on

The above was from the following UCI document - (

The web address you will watch online is

If you do this without having a VPN provider it will come up with a message in the middle of the streaming window saying that you can’t watch as this is only for local region or something like that in Czech.

So you need to subscribe to a VPN which will make CT Sport streaming server think you are located in the Czech Republic.

I have just subscribed to for US$16.95 for a month.

You need to find the deal that states that you can unsubscribe after a month. If you go for the cheaper options, you are signing up for a year’s subscription. Please read all of the fine print but as far as I can see you can cancel after a month – it’s at your risk.

Order the one-month option, follow the registration and payment approach.

If you pay with PayPal it may come up with an error stating that you haven't entered your state. Just select VISA/Master Card and fill out only your address and then select to pay with PayPal again.

Once registered you will end up getting an email with a shortcut to download the program on your computer and a product key to active the program once running.

When the program is running on your computer you enter the product key and then select any of the Czech servers on the list and connect. Once the program states it has connected go back to your browser and you should now be able to watch the live streaming of CT Sport -

Anyway, hope this helps.

UNE 12 Hours in the Piney - Volunteers

posted 28 Mar 2016, 03:03 by James Harris   [ updated 28 Mar 2016, 04:22 ]

UNE 12 Hours in the Piney - VOLUNTEER Call out

12 Hours In The Piney volunteers required for marshalling on this Saturday between 9am to 11pm. We have St John’s First Aid onsite so you will only need to call in issues to HQ – easy! 

This is a fun day and you will be looked after with meals and drinks. 

Please text 0409292310 with your name and times available. Thanks in advance! 

Sports Lovers Lunch - Tour de Cure

posted 21 Mar 2016, 04:55 by James Harris   [ updated 1 Jul 2016, 03:48 by Peter and Barbs ]

The Tour de Cure - Sports Lovers Luncheon will be held on Friday 8th April at 12.30pm, Armidale City Bowling Club

Hosted by Mark Beretta - Popular TV Presenter for 'Sunrise' and 10 times Australian Water Ski Champion

Special Guests:
Layne Beachley - 7 times Women's World Champion Surfer 
Robbie McEwen - 12 times Tour de France Cyclist and 3 times TdF Green Jersey winner

Tickets $90.00 per head

Corporate tables also available - please contact:
Jacqui Munday 0439 713 866
David Schmude 0418 436 267

Ticket sales - In Person @ Armidale City Bowling Club Or online - via the
link under special events on the Armidale City Bowling Club website.

All proceeds of this event go to Tour de Cure

2016 National Mountain Bike Series Round 6 Toowoomba

posted 6 Mar 2016, 03:09 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 29 Mar 2016, 01:03 ]

Photo; First national competition for all these podium getters in C Grade XCC; 1st David Cook, 2nd Angus Apps and 3rd Duncan Chalmers

The final round of the National Mountain Bike Series was held in Toowoomba’s Jubilee Park. The conditions were tough - very dry, dusty, temperature low thirties with high humidity. This was definitely going to test the southern riders.

Results Summary

Saturday Cross Country Olympic format (XCO) – Endurance long course format which is competed to Olympic Level

U15 Women – Isabella Hosking (1st) and 2nd in the Series.

U15 Men – Harry Wooster 5th and Sam Feltham (Walcha) 6th

U17 Women – Emily Wooster 2nd. First ever national round for Sarah Schalk 5th, Alison Billings 6th and Grace Ledingham (Walcha) 7th.

U17 Men – Fergus McQueen (Dorrigo) 5th. Also first national level race for David Cook 9th, Angus Apps 11th, Duncan Chalmers (13th), Tom Cannington (14th) and Jo Sewell (15th).

U19 Women – Katherine Hosking was racing up from U17 and came 1st and also took the series win.

U19 Men – Michael Harris 2nd and Jack Feltham (Walcha) 6th. Michael Harris finished 3rd in the Series Results.

Masters 5+ - Paul Billings 6th

Sunday Cross Country Criterion (XCC) – short course multi-lap race

C Grade Men – David Cook 1st, Angus Apps 2nd, Duncan Chalmers 3rd, Jo Sewell 4th, Sam Feltham 7th and Harry Wooster 8th.

B Grade Women – Isabella Hosking 1st, Emily Wooster 3rd and Sarah Schalk 6th.  Isabella also came 2nd and Emily 3rd in the series.

B Grade Men – Fergus McQueen (Dorrigo) came 6th

A Grade Women – Katherine Hosking (U17) 3rd and out right winner of the series.

A Grade Men – Michael Harris (U19) 3rd and Jack Feltham in 8th.

Next will be National Championships in Bright Victoria in two weeks and then and Oceania Championship in Queenstown New Zealand in the following week.

Full Report

The final round of the National Mountain Bike Series was held in Toowoomba’s Jubilee Park. The conditions were tough - very dry, dusty, temperature low thirties with high humidity. This was definitely going to test the southern riders.

A large contingent of riders from NEMTB made the trip with 80% of the competitors being members of the NEMTB branch of the 2 Wheel Academy Race and Development Teams. For the Development Team this was going to be the first national level race they would compete in.

The 5.2 km course was well designed with two significant climbs. The first being more technical with tight rocky switch backs and containing about 2/3 of the laps vertical metres. In addition to this the hill was north facing and later racers would find this hill becoming more intense as the day warmed up. The second climb was less demanding and with a well-manicured flow section to carry the rider back to the base where a few high speed drops keep the riders on their toes.

Racing commenced with Cross Country Olympic format on the Saturday morning with the U15 and U17 men racing first. Harry Wooster and Sam Feltham had to complete 2 laps and managed to improve their previous rounds results with a 5th and 6th place respectively. In the U17 (3 laps) the additional four weeks of training saw Fergus McQueen (Dorrigo) move up to 5th place, up from 10th in the previous Thredbo round. The 2 Wheel Academy Development Team riders David Cook (9th), Angus Apps (11th), Duncan Chalmers (13th), Tom Cannington (14th) and Jo Sewell (15th) seemed to comfortably take on the new challenge of national level racing.

Isabella Hosking managed a very convincing win in the U15 2 lap race with a staggering 9 minute gap to second place, the volume of climbing and technical descents definitely suiting Hosking. Hosking also took the second place in the Series.

In the U17 (3 lap) event Emily Wooster bounced back nicely from her injury from round 4 in Western Australia and placed 2nd. The first National level event for the Development Team riders Sarah Schalk, Alison Billings and Grace Ledingham was also taken in their stride. Sarah Schalk managed to tame the rather technical and aggressive course to take 5th place while Billings and Ledingham finished in 6th and 7th place respectively.

Katherine Hosking from the Torq Merida Team (15 years old) continued to race up in Juniors (U19 - 4 lap race) to comfortably take the win and the overall series win.

Holly Harris was absent from the Elite Women field due to her racing the Oceania Road Cycling Championships in Bendigo where she performed very well achieving a 4th in the U23 and 20th including the elite women.

Junior Men (U19) saw some very intense racing in their 4 lap race. Both Michael Harris and Jack Feltham (Walcha) commenced with very explosive starts to ensure they secured good positions to lead into the race. Harris sat on second wheel while Feltham was in fourth position when they headed into the first section of single track to take on the first climb. Harris held a solid pace and by the finish of the first lap had taken the lead while Feltham settled the pace to be in sixth place. Harris was attacked on the last lap, and unable to match the increase in pace, finished in a season’s best in 2nd place while Feltham rode a consistent race finishing 6th. With his recent consistent performance Feltham is also expected to be selected for the National Junior Team to race at the World Championships later in the year.

John McQueen (Dorrigo) and Paul Billings raced in the Masters categories. This was the first National level race for Billings, in the Masters 5+ category, which required 3 laps to be completed. Billings settled into consistent lap times knowing that the late heat of the day was going to make this challenging. McQueen over committed with the pace in the stifling conditions and pulled himself from the race.

David Harris – NEMTB Chief Coach stated, “The Toowoomba last round of the 2015 - 16 series was by far the best result for the 2 Wheel Academy and the NEMTB Development program.  We had riders on the elite Podiums as well as all of the junior podiums which means that the program is working well and the future is looking even more promising.  A special mention to Katherine Hosking and Michael Harris who are riding well above our expectations and performing on the elite stage, their performance gives the rest of the team the path to get to the top.  The Development Squad was all about exposure to the intensity of racing at this level and to see some of them on the podium really lifts the spirits of the whole team. A special thanks also goes out to the team managers Chris Feltham & David Leddingham and the squad Coaches Peter Hosking and Holly Harris.  We also rely heavily on all of the parents who do all of the other jobs and keep the program running smoothly. National champs is the next major hit out for us and we are hopeful of a few podium finishes and even some green and gold if all goes to plan.”

Sunday saw the short course format racing commenced. This style of racing uses an 800m course with a good mix of hills and technical descents with competitors racing for 15 to 25 minutes plus two laps depending on their category. Rider that are expected to be lapped are removed from the race by the commissaires as the race unfolds.

C Grade Men commence first with a very strong performance from the local Development Team taking the first 4 places. David Cook had an incredibly explosive start attacking straight off the gun with no signs of the usual cyclist trains forming. He managed to hold this place for the 15 minute plus two lap race to take a convincing win. Angus Apps fought gallantly to hunt down Cook but after lap one the gap opened up a with Apps finishing 2nd. Duncan Chalmers took the final place on the podium (3rd) while Joe Sewell 4th, Sam Feltham 7th, Harry Wooster 8th, Tom Cannington crashed and was unable to finish the race.

In the B Grade Women, Isabella Hosking continued to show solid performance in this short course format taking the win with Emily Wooster finishing 3nd. Sarah Schalk came an impressive 6th place in her first run at this format at a National level.

B Grade Men saw Fergus McQueen (Dorrigo) working very hard to take 5th place.

A Grade Women was going to be an important race for Katherine Hosking who was holding the Series leader and would have to fight it out with the elite women. The race commenced with a very explosive start by an elite rider, with Hosking deciding to sit on the wheel with Rebecca Hendersons XCO Commonwealth medallist, sitting in third place. In the following lap Henderson took the lead and Hosking making a valent effort to chase. Hosking found the pace of the first two elite women too high and placed 3rd which was sufficient to hold onto the series win.

The A Grade Mens XCC was stacked with XCO elite men which was going to ensure that the pace was going to be excruciating for the Junior riders Michael Harris and Jack Feltham. Once again Harris and Feltham were able to put in their explosive starts and secure a good position moving into the single track. Harris was able to maintain the high pace lead by Danial McConnell (Elite Men World Cup Series round winner and 8th in UCI XCO World ranking) with Feltham managing to back up the previous day’s solid performance, placing 8th.

The strong performance by all the NEMTB riders has been well planned and sees them in the perfect position leading into the National Championships to be held in Bright, Victoria on 17th - 20th March, and the Oceania Championships being held in Queenstown New Zealand in the following week.

Peter Hosking, President of NEMTB, stated, “It is wonderful to see all the NEMTB athletes developing and putting themselves out at the highest level in Australia. It is not easy to train and compete at this level. These results are only possible because of all the hard work put in by the club’s volunteers that include trained coaches and trail pixies that maintain the trails just to name a few. We (Armidale) are very lucky to have such an inclusive mountain biking environment that allows us this to be a family sport, the great support from the Armidale Dumaresq Council, the community and local businesses, are all doing their bit to make this club tick.”

Heading to Toowoomba - Round 6 National Mountain Bike Series

posted 2 Mar 2016, 02:33 by Peter and Barbs

The mountain bike season is gearing up with the final National Series Round 6 in Toowoomba on 5 March and National Champs on 20 March. Oceania Championships are then in Queenstown, New Zealand, on the following weekend.

This weekend a large contingent is heading to Toowoomba.

Sadly, for the fans of Holly Harris they will not see her race in Toowoomba as she is heading to Bendigo for the Oceania Road Cycling Championships before jumping back on the mountain bike for the National Championship two weeks later. All the best on those skinny tyres and all those rules and tactics!

Katherine Hosking will continue to race up in Juniors (U19) to hopefully retain the series lead. On the second day of racing she will be also looking to retain her series leader position in the Cross Country Criterion.

Michael Harris will be fighting hard with three others for the Series 3rd place on the podium. There is only 1 point out of 200 separating the three! Michael showed an impressive turn of speed and endurance to take 3rd position in the last round at Thredbo and continues to look very strong.

Jack Feltham is also lifting and bring the heat on at the right end of the season moving in Thredbo from around 8th to 4th and is now running 6th in the series.

Emily Wooster competing in the U17 has all cylinders firing after having to recover from an injury caused by another rider back in Round 3 in Western Australia.

Fergus McQueen will be competing in his third round and looking to break through the illusive 13th place in the U17 which he has achieved in the first two rounds.

Isabella Hosking is expected to put in a strong performance in the U15 with her performances in the local Summer Series Races indicating improved performance.

Harry Wooster and Sam Feltham will also compete in their 4th National Round in the U15 and are currently ranked in 6th and 8th consecutively in the series.

A large contingent of the Two Wheel Academy Development squad are taking the big step and putting themselves out there by competing in their first National Round. Best of luck to Sarah Schalk, Alison Billings, Grace Ledingham, David Cook, Tom Cannington, Angus Apps and Joe Sewell.

Best of luck also goes to Paul Billing and John McQueen who will be competing in the Masters.

2016 National Mountain Bike Series Round 5 Thredbo Summary

posted 9 Feb 2016, 10:44 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 9 Feb 2016, 21:39 by Michael Wooster ]

For photo gallery follow this link.

The fifth round of the National Mountain Bike Series was held over the weekend at Thredbo NSW.

A 7 strong contingent from the New England region headed to Thredbo to compete in the Cross Country Olympic format (XCO) and Cross Country Criterion (XCC) formats.

The first race day was on Saturday with the Cross Country Olympic (XCO) format which is  the format raced at the Olympic Games. This style of racing involves a lap based race held on a 4 to 6 km track. On the Thredbo 5.2 km course it was taking between 14 to 20 minutes to complete a lap depending on age category. The Thredbo course was a very tough course with a lot of climbing which suited the Armidale competitors.

The highlight of the Saturday’s XCO racing was in the Junior Men division (U19) where Michael Harris (Armidale) and Jack Feltham (Walcha) achieved their best results for the season. The pair worked well together trying to pull back the two leaders and continue opening the gap on the remaining field. Michael Harris rode a very consistent 5 lap race to take his first podium for the season with a bronze medal. Three quarters of the way through the race, Jack Feltham was challenged by a New Zealand rider, who overtook Feltham to move into 4th position. Feltham managed to regain the 4th position on the final decent with a gutsy overtaking manoeuvre. This moves Feltham up in the series rankings from 11th to 7th. Harris is now ranked 5th in the series.

Katherine Hosking maintained her dominant position in the Junior Women (U19), racing up a grade, to take the 1st place and  Holly Harris maintained her consistent racing season to place in 6th position, racing up in Elite Women and having to complete a gruelling 7 laps. Holly is now ranked 5th in the series.

Other regional results were Harry Wooster (Armidale) and Sam Feltham (Walcha) competing for the 3rd time in a national event in the U15. The boys completed the two laps of the 5km course to finish in a sprint with Wooster taking 6th place and Feltham 7th. Isabella Hosking (Armidale) competed in the U15 girls and took 2nd place. Fergus McQueen (Dorrigo) competed in the U17 to obtain 13th position while John McQueen (Dorrigo) competed in the Masters 1/2 to finish in 8th.

The competitors returned to the track on Sunday to compete in the XCC short course event. This event is a criterion style event held on a shorter 800m course raced for 15 to 25 minutes plus a number of laps depending on the age category.

The C Grade men competed first with Sam Feltham reversing the previous days finishing order taking a 6th position over Harry Wooster in 7th.

In the A Grade XCC women the Armidale girls Katherine Hosking, current series leader, and Holly Harris competed. After a very fierce start by the girl’s team mate, Emily Parkes (TORQ Merida), Hosking and Harris settled down to try and pull back a gap to the Commonwealth Games medallist Rebecca Henderson. The race further developed to a solid battle for 2nd place. With 4 minutes to go Harris attacked to opened a gap that Hosking couldn’t close. Harris finished 2nd and Hosking 3rd.

Jack Feltham and Michael Harris competed in the A Grade men’s event. This was a 25 minute race plus two laps. Feltham put in an aggressive attack on the field from the start, maintaining the lead for a lap and a half. This attack took its toll on Feltham, finishing 13th in the Elite field. Harris settled into 4th place for a majority of the race before finally finding the pace of the elite men too fast to hold, finishing 8th.

The next and final round of the National Mountain Bike Series will be held in four weeks’ time in Toowoomba.

2016 Nominations for Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) Awards are open

posted 30 Jan 2016, 14:41 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 30 Jan 2016, 14:50 ]

Mountain Bike Australia have opened the nominations for the 2016 awards. It’s a very simple online  nomination process. See the following for more information.

Multiple nominations are be encouraged.

See last year winners list -


Last year at the National Championships held in Bright, the inaugural MTBA Awards were launched. 

Nominations are open for the 2016 MTBA Awards in the following categories:

*Club Volunteer

*Male & Female Coach of the Year

*Male & Female Commissaire of the Year

*Friends of the Trails

*Event of the Year

*Elite Male & Female XC, XC Endurance, Gravity Enduro, DHI, OT and CX Rider of the Year

*Jnr Male & Female XC, XC Endurance, Gravity Enduro, DHI, OT and CX Rider of the Year

*Masters Male & Female XC, XC Endurance, Gravity Enduro, DHI, OT and CX Rider of the Year

*Peoples Choice (Rider) (Need to choose from a list)

*MTB'er of the Year

To nominate fill out this form:

Nominations close 29 February with awards presented to winners at the 2016 National Championships in March at Bright.Award Categories

2016 National Series Rounds 3 & 4 Pre-race Report

posted 17 Jan 2016, 15:55 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 6 Mar 2016, 03:02 ]

Jack Feltham - Whipping it in the Mt Stromlo Round 2 XCC

A group of 4 riders has headed to Pemberton, four hours south of Perth, Western Australia, to compete in the double header rounds 3 & 4 in the National Mountain Bike Series.

After testing her legs at the National Road Biking Championships in Ballarat Victoria, Holly Harris (team Torque Merida Australia) will again be back on the mountain bike, racing in the Elite Women and looking for another podium. Her road biking forte performance managed to secure Holly a position in the National Road Biking team Hogs Breath Café Tineli Women’s Race Team.

Team Round 3 will be particularly important for Holly as it carries Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) points which will earn much needed ranking points to assist in start seeding for the first World Cup Round to be held in Cairns in April and points for Olympic selection for Rio.

Michael Harris and Jack Feltham are racing in the U19s and will be looking to continue to build on their rankings. Round 3 will also be important for this UCI Junior Category with international points also available.

Emily Wooster will be racing in the U17 category and will be trying to move up the podium from her very consistent Bronze position.

Unlike the other National Rounds only the XCO (Cross Country Olympic format) will be raced with Round 3 on Saturday 23rd January and Round 4 on Sunday 24th January on a second course. The courses are expected to be moderately technical with reasonable climbs which should separate the field. The laps will be 4 to 5km long with competitors completing 2 to 5 laps depending on their category. Over the last year a significant amount of track construction has been completed in Pemberton which is expected to shake up the field in comparison to last year’s low technical nature.

Best of luck to all the local riders on what will be a tiring but exciting weekend of racing.

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