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The 2013 12 Apostles Mountain Bike Classic has been rescheduled to 2014.

This decision came about after unforeseen delays and conflicting events, which were both outside of organiser’s control. However, this presented the opportunity to instead focus on making the 2014 event significant and in line with key tourism objectives.

As Event Director Chris Heverin said, “We would like to announce that 12 Apostles MTB has been rescheduled to 2014, due to unforeseen delays and conflicting events that are outside of our control. The 2012 12 Apostles MTB was a great success and laid the groundwork for long term success for the event in the future. We are very keen to engage further with the MTB community and the local community to ensure great success next year. We appreciate your understanding.”

All currently registered riders will be issued a refund.

Further information regarding the 2014 event will soon be announced.

2012 12 Apostles Mountain Bike Classic Documentary

We are proud to announce that the 2012 12 Apostles Mountain Bike Classic documentary will make its television premiere on SBS Cycling Central.

The program will air on Sunday March 17th at 5pm on SBS One. Be sure to spread the word to all those who were involved and to all those with whom you would like the share the 12 Apostles MTB experience with.

And don’t forget to tune in.

Enduro Magazine

Enduro Magazine wrote an exclusive article on the 12 Apostles Mountain Bike Classic, highlighting the success of the event and the amazing scenic views of the region. Click here to download.

Clip of the Week

We finally have the footage of the famous wallby crashing into elite rider Adrian Jackson

Click here to view 

Award Winners

Well done to Shirley Teo, Kay Haarsma and Peter Farmer who won individual awards for their efforts during the 3 day event.

Shirley Teo was awarded for her tough spirit and determination on stage 4 from Princetown to Port Campbell. Shirley managed to finish the stage, despite event staff offering her to hop in the event vehicle for a lift to the finish line. She refused to give up and crossed the finish line with riders and spectators cheering her on. 

 Kay Haarsma become a staff favourite due to her enthusim and willingness to participate in the event. She attended all the presentations and event festivities, even though she deserved a good night sleep. Kay finished third in the female Masters Category.

Peter Farmer was a solid performer at the 12 Apostles Mountain Bike Classic, consistently finishing in the top bunch of the Masters riders, which was a massive effort considering the competition. Peter improved his result each day, showing no sign of slowing down. 

Stage 1 ends in sprint finish.

Adrian Jackson has won Stage one of the 12 Apostles Mountain bike classic in a sprint finish with Peter Kutchera and Jack Haig in a smashing time of 1:02:11.

Peta Mullens was too strong for the womens field getting a handy 5 minute lead over Katherine O'Shea and Bec Henderson

Stage 2 Town Sprint

The town sprint was full of action and a little big of team tactics saw Jack Haig take the full time bonus and move into the Opens mens lead.  In a surprise Peter Kutchera crashed out in race one and did not progress to receive any time bonus's.  In the final Jack Jaig had to come from behind Michael Fitch and Adrian Jackson with Billy Sewell on his wheel in the final straight.   The Womens was a tight final with Peta Mullens just a bit too strong in the sprint taking the big time bonus over Bec Henderson with Katherine O'shea and Emily Parkes in 4th.

Stage 3 Port Campbell to 12 Apostles

Stage 3 has been won by Scott Chancellor in an impressive break from a group of 10 chasing riders.  With one climb to go Scott made his move and managed some how to hold off a bunch of 10 riders as they raced 1.5kms of open gravel road.  Scott has always been a bold rider and started this stage on the attack but was bought back by the bunch at the 6km mark.  One of the talking points of this fast 40min stage was Adrian Jackson who mid pack had his front wheel cleaned up by a local black wallabie who had decided it was time to cross the road.  As soon as the riders had seen the wallabie come from the side Adrian was surfing the road on his chest with bike nowhere to be seen.  It was a gallant effort by Adrian to get back into the bunch and then win the sprint for a 2nd place.

Peta was again too strong but Bec Henderson seems to be warming up and finished not too far back in 2nd place with Katherine defending her overall 2nd position in a tidy 3rd for the stage

Stage 4 Princetown to Port Campbell 

The race has been defined by Jack Haig!  In the 4th stage over 60kms in length and including some tough climbing Jack has blown the field apart and gained near 6min time gap over Adrian Jackson with Peter Kutchera a further 4 mins back.  Jack tested the boys on the road climb up the Great Ocean Road from Gellibrand river just 17kms in. In his post race interview he said he felt there that he was feeling better so with 25kms to go when they hit another climb he pushed harder again and got the break.  It was an impressive ride by Jack and now leaves Adrian and Peter with alot of work to do if they are going to have any chance of victory in the event.

Whilst Peta Mullens was once again out in front the battle for minor placing in the women's hotted up in this stage.  Bec Henderson and Melissa Anset finished in 2nd and 3rd gaining valuable minutes over Katherine O'Shea.  Tomorrows Timboon Special stage is going to be interesting

Stage 5 Timboon

Its all Jack Haig and Peta Mullens at the 12 Apostles MTB classic as the events final stage is won in style!

Jack once again was too strong for his competition breaking away on the undulating course with 15kms to go.  Neither Adrian or Peter at anything in the tank to go with him and rode to defend their 2nd and 3rd overall placing.  An admirable mention must go to Mark Fenner who was on the attack early and held on to finish 4th in a sprint finish.

Peta Mullens had a great ride finishing just outside the top 20 overall.  Behind her though an early crash saw Bec Henderson retire from the race which then opened up the battle for 2nd place overall between Katherine O'Shea and Melissa Anset.  The in form Melissa used the hills to hear advantage and got away to a lean which she worked hard to hold all day as Katherine pushed to keep her in site.  In the end Melissa's ride got her 2nd for the stage and moved her into 2nd overall for the race.  What a fine finish to this amazing event.