More than 1500 mountain bike riders, including some of the sport’s top athletes, will descend on Lake Macquarie in March for the GWM Mountain Bike National Championships. Held for the first time in the Awaba Mountain Bike Park at the foot of the Watagan Mountains, the Championships will run 12-17 March and include downhill, adaptive, cross-country and pump track disciplines. The venue is no stranger to large-scale competition, having hosted numerous downhill and cross-country National Series races over the past decade. But AusCycling CEO Marne Fechner said the 2024 Championships would be bigger and better than any previous contest staged at Awaba, with more than 1500 riders across all age categories, including world-class athletes bound for the 2024 Paris Olympics and UCI World Championships