Hi reader,

Welcome to the September edition of Mountain Bike Australia's Member's Newsletter.




News Briefs

World Championships

At the recent 2017 UCI MTB World Championships in Cairns, Australia stamped its authority as one of the leading nations with outstanding achievements.

Queensland's Cameron Wright was crowned Junior Men Cross-Country World Champion whilst a number of xco riders achieved personal bests.

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Australia's downhill team produced plenty of highlights on the final day of racing at the World Championships

While Mick & Tracey Hannah found themselves on the podium in elite men and women, there were outstanding rides from plenty of others representing the green and gold.

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2018 MTBA Marathon Series Confirmed

The 2018 MTBA Marathon Series dates and venues have been confirmed.

Five races will make up the season which includes the Townsville Marathon Championships.

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MTBA Achievement Awards

In the past three years Mountain Bike Australia’s Annual Achievement Awards have grown from strength to strength recognising all aspects of mountain biking.

For the 2018 awards, MTBA have will invest more into celebrating the achievements of all those who have performed or contributed to the Australian mountain bike community throughout 2017.

MTBA will not be a part of Cycling Australia’s Annual Awards, instead preferring to recognise achievements of our disciplines in front of the whole mountain bike community.

We look forward to confirming a date for the 2018 MTBA Achievement Awards presented by THULE soon.

New To MTB?

Is there someone you know who wants to take up mountain biking but isn't quite sure where to start?

We've devised a simple guide that can help get you started 

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Australia's Inaugural Adaptive MTB Camp 

Mountain Bike Australia is proud to have been involved in the delivery of Australia's first adaptive mountain bike camp in Western Australia earlier this month. 

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XCM National Series - Round 6

The Flight Centre Epic again lived up to its name with hundreds converging on Hidden Vale Adventure Park. 

Brendan Johnston wrapped up the elite men 92km race while Peta Mullens took out the elite female.  

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Member Benefits

August Membership Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of our recent random membership prize draw for renewing their MTBA membership for 12 months. 

Leo Cairns (Western Sydney MTB Club) took out the major prize of the Thule Duffle Bag.

While Christine Carter (Manly Warringah MTB); Carmel Brignolo (Mareeba Mountain Goats); Duncan Miller (Perth MTB Club); Madeline Lemphers (Geelong MTB Club) and Markham Lewis (Red Hill Riders MTBC) all picked up a MTBA prize pack.

What is the MTBA Community Membership?

The MTB Community membership is a free membership issued to day licence and expired members, providing a free subscription to MTBA’s e-newsletter. A MTB Community member does not receive MTBA's insurance cover.

Dual Membership with MTB Clubs

Members can become a member of more than one club. Currently the MTBA Online Service System (membership registration system) doesn't have the facility to select two clubs and membership cards will only display the first selected club.

To become a member of an additional club, you will need to contact the club directly and pay the club fee directly to them.  Once that is completed, please ask the club to contact MTBA on your behalf to confirm that the 'club fee' payment has been made so we can make a note in your MTBA account that you have dual membership.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Membership Team on 07 5628 0110.

MTBA Rewards

MTBA wishes to inform members that MTBA Rewards will no longer be provided to our members as of 1st October 2017.

All members who have registered for the MTBA Rewards will no longer receive these emails. MTBA will be sending an email to members who are affected by this in the coming days. MTBA are actively seeking other ways in which we can provide value to our members.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Roundabouts – sending Australian cyclists round the bend.

Roundabouts often cause considerable confusion and hazards to Australian cyclists. Unfortunately, the design of roundabouts allows for motor vehicles to travel at higher speeds than bicycles which poses a significant risk to these vulnerable road users. Not surprisingly, the severity of injuries suffered by cyclists increases with the speed limit. Knowing how to successfully travel on roundabouts is key to bike riders feeling safe on our roads and negating the risks that motorists pose in this situation. Check out Maurice Blackburn’s handy guide to safe and lawful ways to navigate roundabouts to prepare yourself the next time you go out on the road.

See full story here: https://www.mauriceblackburn.com.au/blog/2017/august/30/roundabouts-sending-australian-cyclists-round-the-bend

Maurice Blackburn, are the preferred legal supplier for Mountain Bike Australia members.  For more information on how Maurice Blackburn can get you back on track, call 1800 810 812 or visit mauriceblackburn.com.au



Have Your Say - Qld Mountain Bike Strategy

MTBA received funding from the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing to develop a Qld Mountain Bike Strategy.  

Trail planning consultants, Common Ground Trails have been engaged to undertake a high level review of existing, planned and potential mountain bike trails and infrastructure throughout the State to provide a Strategy that will:

•  provide the framework for a coordinated approach to the development of mountain bike opportunities in the State;

•  develop a prioritisation framework to guide trail investment decisions;

•  ensure regional communities can leverage of the opportunities mountain biking presents.

 Part of this process involves consultation with a variety of stakeholders, including those that ride a mountain bike in Queensland.

If you would like to have your say on mountain biking in Queensland and help inform this Strategy, please complete the following survey.

More details on the Queensland Mountain Bike Strategy can be found here



Level 0 Skills Coaching Course 

The Mountain Bike Australia Level 0 Skills Coaching Course is designed for those wishing to deliver entry level skills development to beginner and intermediate MTBers.  

To participate in this course participants must be a current financial member of MTBA, and hold a current First Aid Certificate and Working with Children Check.

Saturday 22nd October 2017
Knoxfield, East Melbourne, Victoria
Register HERE

Saturday 25th November 2017
Mildura, Victoria
Email education@mtba.asn.au for further information

Sunday 3rd December 2017
Perth, Western Australia 
Register HERE

If you would like to see a Level 0 Skills Coach course come to your area, please fill out the following document 

Womens Skills Clinic

The Women's Skills Clinic is designed to allow women with beginner to intermediate experience to develop their MTB skills in a supportive and positive environment. 

Entry to the course along with personal accident insurance is included in the fee of $10 personNon MTBA members welcome.

Sunday 19th November 2017
Rockhampton, QLD
Register HERE

Sunday 19th November 2017
Hervey Bay, QLD
Register (8.30am - 12.30pm) course HERE
Register (1pm - 5pm) course HERE 


Gravity Enduro National Championships


The inaugural Adelaide Festival of Dirt, incorporating the 2017 MTBA Gravity Enduro National Championships are only a few short weeks away. Whether you're competing in the Championships or coming along for the fun, this event offers something for EVERYONE!

Challenge your mates in the dual slalom, head out on an adventure night ride or brush up on your mtb skills with a coaching session.

For all the latest event information and to register: www.mtba.org.au/gechamps


FSR Industries

Mountain Bike Australia are pleased to welcome FSR Industries on-board as a sponsor of the 2017 Gravity Endro National Championships. 



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Perth MTB Club

Meet John Halford, he is a proud member of Perth MTB Club and MTBA.

Have a read about his journey from a beginner to becoming a passionate advocate for his sport.

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Caloundra Off Road Cycling Association

CORCA will be hosting the inaugural Caloundra MTB Expo.

The event will showcase mountain biking to the local community, with opportunities for beginners to use a
free hire bike and access free professional skills instruction and to take guided tours around the local trails.


Red Hill Riders MTB Club

Former professional downhiller John Waddell has come on board as ambassador for the 2017 Red Hill Gravity Enduro on 7-8th October.

I am very happy to be an ambassador of an event to promote where I live and be part of the sport which I love,” said Waddell, who now lives on the Mornington Peninsula with his family.

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Upcoming Events

QLD State Cross-Country Championships

Mackay, QLD




WA State Gravity Enduro Championships

Ballingup, WA




MTBA Solo 24hr National Championships

Majura Pines, ACT

OCT 7-8



MTBA XCM National Series - Rd 7

East Kowen, ACT

OCT 15



MTBA Gravity Enduro National Championships

Fox Creek, SA

OCT 20-22



SA State Cross-Country Championships

Fox Creek, SA




NSW State Cross-Country Championships

Armidale, NSW

NOV 25-26



For a comprehensive list of events being run around Australia, head to the calendar on our website.


Contact Us

Mountain Bike Australia 
PO Box 377, Varsity Lakes  QLD  4227
Level 1, 246 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes  QLD  4227

T: (07) 5628 0110
E: info@mtba.asn.au
W: www.mtba.org.au