Andrew Barr

World Mountain Bike Championships Event Village construction on track

Construction of the event village at Stromlo Forest Park for the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships to be held next month is well underway.
 
The event village will be a hive of activity during the Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships. It will feature 48 exhibitors spread over 2000 square metres of marquees, four big screens broadcasting all the action and even a purpose-built bar made out of a shipping container.
 
As well as the actual racing, there will be a wide range of family entertainment during the event. This will include live music, DJ performances, a skate ramp, roving performers, bike demonstrations, mountain bike films and a demonstration match from the Canberra Roller Derby League.
 
There will also be a Kids’ Carnivale area with a jumping castle, face painting and mechanical surfboard.
 
The event village will also include 150 toilets, 2.6 kilometres of fencing, 23 lighting towers, 51 heaters and 23 scaffolding decks for camera points.
 
Over its six days the Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships are expected to attract around 40,000 visitors, as well as over 150 journalists from around the world. The event is also expected to attract an estimated TV and online audience of 35 million people providing a valuable opportunity to showcase our city to the world.
 
I encourage Canberrans to come out to see this event, featuring the world’s best riders and to get their tickets early.
 
Tickets start at $20 for adults or $60 for a family pass (two adults plus three youths). Alternatively three-day adult passes are $50 or $150 for three-day family passes.
 
For more information please visit www.mtbworldscanberra.com.au or www.ticketek.com.au Ticketek can also be contacted on 13 28 49.
 
The UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships run from 1 to 6 September.