In an Australian-first, June 22nd will see the historic streets of Albany turned in to the ultimate downhill battleground for the inaugural THULE - Albany Urban Downhill race. Boosting off purpose built jumps, launching off sea containers and culminating with a jump off the pedestrian overpass on the Albany foreshore, it will be thrills and spills.
Major international sponsor THULE have got behind the event that now boasts one of the biggest prize pools in mountain biking events in Australia. Event director, David Marshall says that having international sponsors has taken the event to the next level, â€œwe can now create 22 purpose built features to line the course, from kickers taking riders up onto sea containers to curved wall rides that enable riders to maintain speeds of up to 70kph during the turns.â€
Mr Marshall continues, â€œThe combination of international and local sponsors is making this event something special for Albany and will certainly be a spectator event not to be missedâ€
â€œLocal sponsors have also been fantastic with huge support from MCB construction, Albany Scaffold Hire, Dunkeld Construction, The Laminex Group and many others.â€ Mr Marshall said, â€œThe level of support clearly shows that Albany is ready and willing to realise its adventure potential.â€
Another international, GIANT Bicycles have also come on board in partnership with local store Passmore Cycles and are supplying a legendary Giant Glory mountain bike to be taken home by a worthy urban warrior.
With over $8,500 worth of prizes the event is drawing local amateurs, sponsored professionals and riders from around WA including Jackson Davis, who has been selected for the Junior Worldâ€™s Team for 2014, and 5 time world champion, Sam Hill. Both Sam and Jackson will be doing some visits to local schools and appearing at Passmore Cycles and Bobâ€™s Bikes in the build up to the race.
The event also boast a jump competition on Satuday 21st, from 7pm.
Registrations close on 15th June. See the Albany Mountain Bike Club website
for more information and to enter.