Broome Western Australia will once again host the Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) Fat Bike National Championships.
The Championships are exclusively for riders of ‘fatties’; bikes with wide, large volume balloon tyres between 3.8 inches (100 mm) and 5.5 inches (140 mm). While originally designed for the snow fields of the northern hemisphere, in Australia they’ve found particular favour with beach cyclists but they’re equally suitable for loose trails, soft sand and mud.
The Championships found their inspiration from the US Open Fat Bike Beach Championships, Wrightsville Beach North Carolina.
That’s not a beach…………THAT’S a beach.
Cable Beach Broome provides a spectacular coastal backdrop and with its unspoilt natural beach terrain, creating a unique and exciting race experience. Competitors trace ancient Yawuru song lines and the low tide shoreline out to Gantheaume Point before a second lap of Minyirr Park, enjoying uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. Those at the pointy end of the field will only have eyes for the finish line and Championship honour.
Broome is an easy three hour flight from most capital cities in Australia, or an inspiring three day road trip from Perth if you prefer to self drive with your family or a couple of mates. The town has plenty to offer visitors in terms of accommodation choices, dining options and tourist attractions. Check out the options here.
“Driving to the Kimberley is an annual pilgrimage for our family. Pack the Prado, load the kids and hit the road.” said race director Simon Rimmer.
The MTBA Fat Bike National Championships are just the beginning of the eight day cycling celebrations and fellowship of The Gibb Challenge. Now into its fourteenth campaign, The Gibb Challenge traces the iconic stock route of the Gibb River Road from the deep port town of Derby, through the vast savannah of the central Kimberley to El Questro Wilderness Park, raising community awareness and funds for charity. Overnight camping and fellowship at Imintji Community, Mount Elizabeth Station, Ellenbrae Station, Home Valley Station and El Questro.
In 2021 our charity partner is the Royal Flying Doctor Service – providing invaluable aero-medical services to residents, visitors and workers in Regional Western Australia.