By Andrew Barr
I welcome the announcement that the 2009 World Mountain Bike and Trials Championships will be held in Canberra.
The event is expected to attract more than 750 of the world’s top mountain bike riders, as well as 30 000 visitors from up to 40 countries and will run from the 1-6 September 2009 at the new Stromlo Forest Park. That the 2009 World Championships will be held in Canberra is great news for the City and the country.
As more than 750 of the world’s top riders compete across the mountain bike disciplines of Cross Country, Downhill, Four Cross, and Observed Trials, the event will be broadcast to an expected television audience of over 25 million people across the world.
This will provide a major boost for tourism, business and the economy and is great recognition of the world class facilities we have to offer in the ACT.
The ACT Government will provide over $1 million to support the 2009 World Mountain Bike and Trials Championships.
Given the stature of this event in the world and the growing popularity of mountain biking in Australia, this is a major opportunity to promote Stromlo Forest Park and Canberra as the number one mountain biking destination in Australia and a hot spot for mountain biking in the world.
The ACT Government joined with Canberra Off-Road Cyclists (CORC) and their event partners Apis Consulting Group in their bid for Canberra to host and manage the 2009 World Mountain Bike and Trials Championships and we will invest over $1 million to support the event. This is in addition to the $7.5 million invested in the new facilities at Stromlo Forest Park, with a major component of these facilities focusing on mountain biking.
I look forward to the great sporting feats which will be achieved on the tracks at Stromlo and the recognition our great city will achieve during and in the lead up to the Championships.
By Andrew Barr