A lot has happened in the last month. Back at the start of May the Dirt de Femme was held in Canberra with nearly 200 women taking part at Stromlo for a great day of fun and competition. In terms of conventional “mixed" mountain bike participation, that is a huge number and congratulations to Raynie McNee and her team for a fun day. These women-only events bring a lot more riders out to enjoy our sport. Lots of mums out there (including the Chief Commissaire) with some bringing the family onto the podium. One Canberra mum who missed the race was Jenny Blair who, to be fair, only became a mum a few hours before race start, so had a pretty good excuse. Congratulations to Jenny and Andy and welcome and best wishes to Remi Blair for the future from all of us at MTBA. Given the racing history of mum and mad, if you see that name on an entry list in a few years - be afraid!

The Victorian riders also turned out in big numbers for the Forrest Festival the following weekend, with Paul van der Ploeg and Jenni King taking out the solo wins in perfect weather. But the week was saddened for the Mountain Bike world with the death of Canadian Steve Smith, in a motocross accident. Steve had been a regular visitor to Australia over nearly 10 years and his great skills, and even greater friendly attitude to all people, will be missed. Vale Chainsaw.
MTBA announced the 2016 Cyclo-Cross season, culminating in the National Champs which will be held in Adelaide in August. Thanks to the clubs and organisers who have helped to make this possible.   Cyclo-Cross started off in a big way during May with 4 different state series all starting on the one weekend in VIC, SA, NSW and WA - 669 adult entries was a fantastic result, including 171 women. There are many other local mountain bike events on the calendar over the winter months, so take the opportunity to get out there on the trails.
Following on from Cairns, the World Cup continued in Albstadt, Germany, and it was a very tough weekend for the XCO Aussies with a few laid low by illness. Dan McConnell was the best with a 22nd, and many of our riders found out just how tough the competition is at this level in Europe, big fields, high standards and huge crowds. The XCO moves to La Bresse in France this coming weekend, while the downhill heads to Fort William in Scotland. The World Marathon MTB Champs will also take place in June and the Australian team selections were announced in May. Good luck to all our riders in the coming weeks. The qualification period for the 2016 Rio Olympics has now closed and Australia has qualified 2 places for Men and 1 place for Women.   These places are based on Australia’s national ranking and many of our riders have contributed to earning those ranking points. Not everyone who has contributed will get to ride in Rio, as the Olympic Selection process is still underway, but I want to thank all the riders who have contributed to achieving this result for Australia – and it is not only about elite riders. Our U23 and U19 riders also contribute points from the National Team Relay results.

Russell Baker AM



As another month passes by it gives me a chance to look back and see just how wide a net our sport casts.

From the World Cup round just gone in Albstadt, Germany to the 250 juniors turning out in Tasmania for mtb schools challenge, up to the enduro round in South Australia and across the country for the confirmation of the CX Series.

Our sport certainly traverses plenty of borders.

And one thing that keeps nudging away in my head, is everyone is on a pathway of some form, be it for fun, fitness, experience or to race.

However in most cases we all want to get better and/or improve our riding. So who can help? It's the coaches, the skills instructors those that teach.

Coaches at any level are recognised for their valuable contribution and influence on the physical, psychological and social development of participants; adding value to their sporting involvement and outcomes.

At MTBA we have endeavoured to implement robust coaching development systems that improve the capability of coaches to deliver quality programs and better performances.

We are registered and recognised with the ‘National Coaching Accreditation Scheme’ and this weekend we will see our 100th Level 0 Skills coach accredited.

It’s testament to the hard work of the coaching staff lead by Evan James and also to those of you who want to take up the baton and run with it by teaching skills so our members can enjoy their ride even more.

It’s an awesome achievement and something we are keen to continue to promote and see more people take advantage of.

Each weekend, trails across the country are swamped by rec riders banging around with their mates or enjoying a solo ride.

It’s awesome to see the sheer amount of people who mountain bike for the joy of it. And that’s really what we all should feel when we ride right? Joy.

 We love seeing your photos on our social media sites of where you ride, what you ride and when you ride.

 So keep ‘em coming and keep riding.

  Shane Coppin 




On behalf of MTBA, we would like to say thank you to all involved in delivering the UCI MTB Cairns World Cup. 

This would not have been such a success without the time and tireless efforts put in by a large number of people. We would like to say thank you to the riders, their teams and supporters, sponsors, exhibitors and the large number of volunteers who lent a hand.  

We're also excited to announce the dates for the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, 5-10th September 2017 at Smithfield Regional Park, Cairns.

SAVE THESE DATES, we'd love to see you there again!


With the CX Series confirmed, the D'Aguilar Range Cycling Club has begun to get event plans in place for the opening two rounds of the series on July 2-3. 

Their series website has gone live for you to keep track of what's happening ahead of race weekend. https://ncxsqld.wordpress.com/


We've noticed that the boys will have plenty of calluses with their recent exploits on the shovel ahead of the final round of the National XCM Series which culminates with the Kowalski Classic.

The crew have tossed up plenty of challenges for riders which will ensure smiles aplenty. If you want to ride it for yourself registrations open June 1.  https://goo.gl/gdPRXq


Connor Fearon took out the second round of the National Series Gravity Enduro round at Fox Creek, Adelaide on the weekend ahead of old sparring partner Troy Brosnan.  Phillipa Roston won the elite women. Round 3 is on June 4-5 at Chittering, WA check out registrations through our website. 






For the second straight year the Tasmanian All-Schools Mountain Bike Championships was held and again well supported. About 250 students from 16 schools across Tasmania got stuck into the mud at Kate Reed reserve in Prospect in the second Tasmanian all-schools mountain bike championships. Riverside High enjoyed double success with Sam Fox winning the under-17 boys race and Izzy Flint claiming the under-15 girls. 


This coming weekend marks the 100th person to complete the MTBA Level 0 Skills Coach course since it's introduction in January this year. The course continues to be rolled out across the country and help facilitate a wide range of development programs. If you or you know someone interested in gaining MTBA coaching accreditation head to our calendar to learn more.



Six Aussie U19 cross-country riders are engaged in a four day intensive training camp on the Gold Coast ahead of the UCI MTB Junior World Championships in Czech Republic next month. The camp will involve laboratory testing, timed efforts, information sessions on mental approach, nutrition and training. It's the first time all riders have contested the world champs.




Miss out on getting to the Cairns round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup? 

Or perhaps you were too busy watching the action that you forgot to purchase your memorabilia?

Purchase your World Cup merchandise now from the MTBA Online Store.

Event T-Shirts, MTB Jerseys, Caps & more now available!


CONGRATULATIONS to Emma Hayton of Victoria.

Emma signed up for a 12 month MTBA membership and is now the proud wearer of this very suave and comfortable Thule Commuter Backpack. 

If you know someone who is keen to try before they buy with our membership we have a 8 week Free Trial option.

So get them to head to our website to find out more and become part of our community. www.mtba.org.au 



One of the benefits of being a member of MTBA is access to exclusive member only discounts across a range of products and stores. 

At the time of joining MTBA an email containing details on how to activate your MTBA Rewards and access discounts is sent to you. In addition to exclusive monthly discounts regular discounts are available on items such as movie tickets, fuel and travel.  

If you require your login email to be sent to you again, please contact Infinite Rewards at: customerservice@infinitrewards.com.au


Photo Credits: Russell Baker; KaneoPhoto