Hi reader,

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




News Briefs

Gravity Enduro National Championships

Over 200 riders took part in the 2017 MTBA Gravity Enduro National Championships held at the loved trails of Fox Creek in Adelaide, South Australia.

Seven stages of awesome gravity fed trails greeted riders from U15 to Masters 7 with little between the winners of the green and gold jersey.

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Enduro World Series

Sam Hill has taken out the 2017 Men's title in his first full year racing in the EWS.

The Western Australian finished third overall in the final race of the year at Finale Ligure, Italy which was enough to take the crown.

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Trials World Championships 

Janine Jungfels and Nathan Mummery have been selected to represent Australia at the 2017 Urban Cycling World Championships in Chengdu, China 8-11th November.

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Australian National Solo 24hr Championships

Jason English regained his crown as the country's premier 24hr rider taking out the 2017 Australian National Solo 24hr Championships in Canberra.

The seven time Australian champion won back the title he lost last year, after completing 38 laps of the Mount Majura course. 

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How Do I Start Mountain Biking?

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 to help those new to mountain biking. 

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2018 MTBA Schools National Championships - Save the Date!

The MTBA Schools National Championships will return to the Gold Coast August 3-5, 2018. This event will encompass 3 days of competition for secondary school students (Years 7 - 12).

Students will participate in three events: Cross-Country Eliminator, Cross-Country Olympic & Cross-Country Team Enduro with other support events planned. 

Further details will be released early in the new year.

Australian Mountain Biking Summit

Mt Buller will host the fourth Australian Mountain Bike Summit on 4 - 5 December 2017, the only
conference in Australia dedicated solely to the mountain bike industry.

Presented by Mt Buller Bike Park, this year’s program has been curated by Flow Mountain Bike and features the theme of Collaborate, Educate, Proliferate.

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Beastwear On Board with MTBA

Mountain Bike Australia are pleased to announce a new partnership deal with Australian sports clothing manufacturer, Beastwear.

The partnership will see the business become official apparel and merchandise partner as well as naming rights sponsor of the 2018 Cross-Country National Series and 2018/2019 Cyclo-Cross National Series.

To celebrate our new partnership with Beastwear, MTBA are giving you the chance to win a new cycling jersey and warm-up jacket for the 2018 Cross-Country National Series presented by Beastwear.

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Prohibited Substance List

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the 2018 Prohibited List which will come into effect on 1 January 2018.

Athletes and their support teams are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the document and changes before it comes into effect in three months.

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Drone Use at MTBA Events

Mountain Bike Australia have released a new policy in regards to the use of drones at any MTBA sanctioned event including National Championships and Series.

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Membership News

September Membership Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of our September membership prize draw:
Justin Thomas (VIC)
Stephe Wilks (NSW)
Janelle Schafer (QLD)
Lozza Harriss (NSW)
Tyler Peel (NSW)
Sophie Kelly (TAS)

MTBA Office Closure for the Christmas & New Year break

Christmas is fast approaching and we want to let you know that the MTBA office will be closed from 1pm on Friday 22nd December, 2017 and we reopen on Tuesday 2nd of January, 2018. We hope you spend your time riding your mountain bikes with family and friends over the Christmas period.

Struggling or don’t know what to give your loved ones this Christmas? Why not gift them a MTBA membership! We have a number of membership options to suit everyone. For more information on  membership types and to view all our options please click here

Free Trial Memberships

MTBA offer an 8-week free trial membership for those that have never been an MTBA member, or a past member who has not held a membership in the last 3 years. As a Free Trial member, you will receive Publicity Liability and Personal Accident cover. Please read our summary of insurance for more details.

To sign up for our Free Trial membership please click here.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Did you know that bicycles are legally recognised as a vehicle on the road, meaning cyclists enjoy the same rights to use public roads as other road users?

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Last Chance to 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. Survey closes 31 October 2017.

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


School MTB Activities

With the recent review of our school program benefits, MTBA have seen a dramatic increase in school activities and events which is great for the sport of mountain biking.

Our school affiliation provides the tools to coordinate activities in your area, including coaching and skills sessions, inter-school events and a variety of resources.

By offering a per-rider insurance levy for school-based activities, we are enabling hundreds of non-members to get a taste of what MTB has to offer.

With involvement from local clubs, and the schools within their region, we are working together to provide a safe and fun introduction into mountain biking. 

If your school currently offers mountain bike activities let us know by contacting Jo Parker via eventmgr@mtba.asn.au or visit our school page on www.mtba.org.au/development/schools

Check out upcoming School events in your area:

East Gippsland Mountain Biking – School Team Event
Mallacoota (Premier track), VIC
16th November 2017


Interschools Gravity Enduro & Cross Country
Falls Creek MTB Park, VIC
Friday 8th December 2017  (8am to 4pm)


Riverina All Schools MTB Challenge
Pomingalarna Park, Wagga Wagga, NSW
5th November 2017


Sapphire Coast MTB Championships
Sapphire Coast Anglican College – 2 Max Slater Drive, Bega NSW
Friday November the 17th, 2018  - Race starts 11.00am
Teams of 3-4 riders  - Boys/Girls & Mixed
Contact jake.lambie@scac.nsw.edu.au for registration and further information.


MTBA Junior Travel Program

Mountain Bike Australia is pleased to announce the release of the 2017-2018 National Junior Travel Program. 

This program gives the opportunity for U17, U19 and U23 riders to attend XCO and DHI National Series and National Championship races without requiring parent/guardian accompaniment and under the supervision of experienced and accredited coaches and staff. 

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MTBA Level 0 Skills Coach Course

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.

Further information can be found on the Coaching page of the MTBA website

Sunday 10 December 2017 - this now has 2 presenters
Mulgoa, Sydney, NSW
Register here 


Upcoming Events

SA State Cross-Country Championships

Fox Creek, SA

 NOV 5



NSW State Cross-Country Championships

Armidale, NSW

NOV 25-26



2018 Cross-Country National Series - Rounds 1 & 2

Orange, NSW

DEC 9-10



TAS State Cross-Country Championships

Osmaston, TAS

DEC 17



2018 Cross-Country National Series - Rounds 3 & 4

Gold Coast, QLD

JAN 13-14



2018 Downhill National Series - Round 1

Coffs Harbour, NSW

JAN 20-21



2018 Cross-Country National Series - Round 5 & 6

Pemberton, WA

JAN 26-27



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