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MMB NATIONAL POINT SERIES RETURN

Following a short break after a successful season in 2017, the Malta Mountain Bike Association announced the dates for the 2018 season, with the first cross country race as a season opener in Miżieb on Sunday 28th January.

The Association announced that BDO Malta will be extending their support towards the Cross Country National Points Series for another year, following the success garnered in the previous season.

“Last year was a very successful year. The Association took some bold decisions in an attempt to grow the sport and these decisions proved to be the right ones. Substantial interest was generated and participation from previous years grew”, explained Pierre Zammit Endrich, President, Malta Mountain Bike Association.

“We improved on existing routes and introduced new ones, seeking to increase technical routes whilst at the same time ensuring that newcomers to the sport are not deterred by impossible courses”.

The Malta National Points Series will see at total of five cross country race events scheduled to take place between January and May, with the Series coming to an end with a National Championship race.

Riders will be split into six categories – Elite, Open, Ladies, Masters Over 40, Masters Over 50, Juniors.

The Association announced that it would be introducing the first Cross Country challenges for U/12 and U/15 riders who will be given 2 and 3 laps, respectively of a 1km – non-technical loop.

Malta National Points Series - Cross Country Calendar

28th January 8.00 a.m. XC N.P.S. - RACE 1 Mizieb
25th February 8.00 a.m. XC N.P.S. - RACE 2 Mgarr
18th March 8.00 a.m. XC N.P.S. - RACE 3 Majjistral
29th April 8.00 a.m. XC N.P.S. - RACE 4 Gozo
20th May 8.00 a.m. XC N.P.S. - RACE 5 Selmun
1st July 8.00 a.m. XC National Championships Hagar Qim

The Association also announced the calendar for Downhill Mountain Biking events:-

National Points Series - Downhill Race Calendar

17th February 2.00 p.m. DH N.P.S. - RACE 1 Wardija
31st March 2.00 p.m. DH N.P.S. - RACE 2 Selmun
21st April 2.00 p.m. DH N.P.S. - RACE 3 Dwejra
12th May 2.00 p.m. DH N.P.S. - RACE 4 Gnejna
26th May 2.00 p.m. DH National Championships TBA
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