The Aussie mountain bikers have accumulated 2 golds, a silver and a bronze in a range of world championships since the last newsletter - and they have all come thanks to our Women. Sharon Heap won gold in the World Masters XCO in the 55+, Caroline Buchanan won gold in the World Championships 4X (her 7th world title), Janine Jungfels won silver in the Observed Trials World Championships and Tracey Hannah won bronze in the World Championships Elite Women Downhill.   Janine then backed up last weekend to win World Cup round 5 in Observed Trials, while Sam Hill won the Valberg (France) Enduro World Series race. Troy Brosnan (4th) and Joshua Clark (10th) were our best results in the Elite and Junior Downhill. Dan McConnell finished the world cup series ranked 22nd but huge congrats to Bec Henderson finishing her season ranked 9th - a great result for early in her Elite career.

Our cyclocross riders also performed well in the the Qiansen Trophy UCI event in China, with newly crowned national champion Chris Jongewaard on the podium in 3rd and Naomi Williams in 5th. On the local scene, congratulations go to Red Hill Riders for a few things; their Red Hill Gravity Enduro last weekend was the most visible part - a great event by all accounts. But this is the culmination of many years work from the club on trail development to get a formal mountain bike park and trails on the peninsula. Thanks to Mark Gardner and all the team at Red Hill Riders for their tireless work in getting this facility going and providing another area for our sport.

The events are ramping up again now that winter is well and truly over. We have had great national XCM rounds in WA and QLD, but we have also had some severe wet weather in many areas and this has meant closure of some tracks and the postponement of some events. Thank you to all the riders, clubs and promoters for their responsible attitude to trail care in these conditions. This demonstrates to landowners and governments that mountain biking is a responsible sport.

Russ Baker AM



2016 UCI MTB World Championships

The Aussie again graced the podium at the recent world championships in Val di Sole, Italy. 

Caroline Buchanan returned from a three year exile from 4X to take out her fourth world championship title in the discipline. A crash on the first turn involving two of her main rivals gave the Canberra rider a clear passage all the way to the finish.

Defending world trials champion Janine Jungfels, in only her second overseas competition since she won the rainbow jersey in 2015, finished with a silver medal in the elite womens trials.

While in the downhill, Tracey Hannah was unable to unseat the dominant Rachel Atherton, claiming her fourth world championship bronze.


2016 UCI Masters World Championships

After missing out on a podium finish a few years ago at her last world championships, Gold Coast's Sharon Heap ensured the Aussie flag would be flying the highest after claiming the rainbow stripes in the masters 55+ cross country. 

Heap who has multiple Australian masters titles across numerous disciplines added the world title to her impressive resume in Val di Sole, Italy. Heap finished in a time of 1:00:45 after the three laps, more than six seconds ahead of second place.


Sam Hill Wins First EWS In Valberg

The DH legend that is Sam Hill has joined the very elite, illustrious club of EWS race winners, fending off Nicolas Vouilloz over 2 gruelling days of incredibly tight racing in Valberg, France.

It was his third podium finish in the four races he has contested this season, the other two being second place.

Hill has announced he will be committing to the EWS full-time in 2017. 


Scott Australian 24HR Solo Championships Update

The ACT has received over 110mm of rain, over double the annual September rainfall of 52mm. The trails are struggling, with a good number closed until they dry out.

The ACT trail care groups are doing their utmost to help their trails survive until they get to dry out! And rain may persist for several weeks yet. As much as it pains us to say it, maybe it is time to give the dirt a break a get some road miles in...

CORC is continuing to get ready for the 18th and final Scott Australian 24 Hour MTB Championships on 8/9 October. The trails at Stromlo deal with the wet fairly well and we are working with the managers and maintainers to get our preferred trails into a sustainable condition! What does the post-Scott future hold? We'll be talking about that at the medal ceremony on 9 October

Online Registration.


Off-Road Handcycling

Never heard of it? Want to know what it is? 

Well the guys at Break The Boundary over in WA are having a demo day which will be a 2-day program created for anyone who wants to experience offroad trails on a handcycle.

The clinics are designed to add new technical elements each time and progress your knowledge, skills & confidence.


Registration here: https://goo.gl/NxTsep

Queensland Government

2018 Commonwealth Games MTB Course

Work has begun on the course for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to be held in Nerang National Park.

Dirt Art is undertaking the project which will see two new race loops parallel to existing trails, which will include larger jumps and drop offs and adding a greater diversity of trail features to the current setup.

The trails will be open for public use when work is completed some time in December. For more information on the Nerang MTB Trails project head to the website: www.qld.gov.au/commonwealthgames 


Gravity Enduro National Championships presented by SRAM

Despite recent weather events in South Australia, the Gravity Enduro National Championships will continue as scheduled with tracks mostly unaffected. The long range forecast is looking good with tops of between 19 and 22 degrees forecast over the event weekend. We look forward to welcoming you to Adelaide

Click here to register for the 2016 Gravity Enduro National Championships.



XCO & DHI National Series / National Championships

Online entries for the 2017 XCO & DHI National Series open 9am October 1. 

Planning on racing the entire National Series? Enter 75% or more of the events in the series through a single transaction and receive a 10% discount off your total entry fee.

Click here to register for the 2017 XCO National Series.

Click here to register for the 2017 DHI National Series. 

More information on the 2017 XCO & DHI National Series can be found here.


Kowalski Classic

Due to weather conditions the final round of the MTBA National Marathon Series the Kowalski Classic will now be conducted on the Sunday 16th October.

Entries are again open and will be closing on Friday 14th October.



MTBA Products

Quality MTBA form-soft Hooded Jackets are still available to purchase at the MTBA web-store. Available for $40 plus postage in Mens and Womens sizes. Stock is limited so don't miss out!
Check out the other products and merchandise for sale, including Bike Insurance, World Cup Tees, MTBA Caps and Drink bottles, Trail building books, and more....
Purchase now! https://www.mtba.org.au/store/



Membership Renewal

A reminder to our MTBA Value Add Members, the end of the year is fast approaching! Before your renew your MTBA Value Add membership, make sure you have a minimum of 3-months remaining on your Cycling Australia, BMX Australia or the Australian Defence Force Cycling membership to be eligible. Jump onto MTBA Online Services to process your Value Add membership today.


Membership Price Changes

Junior Membership

MTBA have introduced reduced Junior membership pricing for Recreation and Value-Add members, effective from 1st July 2016, making it even more accessible for riders aged 18 years and under to enjoy the benefits of an MTBA membership.

Junior Recreation 12-mth membership |  $35 + Club fee

Junior Value-Add 12-mth membership |  $60 + Club fee

Head to www.mtba.org.au/membership for a complete breakdown of membership packages and prices.

Day Permits

Recreation members of all ages and junior non-MTBA riders (aged 18 yrs & under) now have a $15 Race Day Licence option to participate in a race events hosted by MTBA and their affiliated clubs and promoters. Senior riders without a MTBA membership can still participate with a $25 Race Day Licence.

Non-MTBA members also have access to an optional Recreation Day Permit for social rides held by affiliated clubs and promoters. At a cost of $7 for juniors and $10 for seniors, it provides the rider with public liability and personal accident cover for the ride.


* Includes Affiliated Club and Promoter events, MTBA National Series, MTBA National Championships, Crocodile Trophy.

# Example: UCI MTB World Cup, UCI MTB World Championships.

^ International Travel Insurance is mandatory for attendance at UCI International Events. Travel insurance can be sourced independently or is available to purchase through Cycling Australia, however it must include cover whilst training and participating in cycling events before your UCI licence is approved. 



2016 JetBlack NSW All Schools Cross Country

The JetBlack NSW All School Cross Country MTB Championship has a new date!

Due to poor weather the event has been rescheduled to the 5th and 6th of November.

The 4 hour teams event is sure to be fun for everyone so get a group of mates together and enter.

Read more HERE


FNQ Interschools MTB Challenge

The inaugural Far North Queensland Interschools MTB Challenge was held on 13th September and was hosted by the Mareeba State High School.

Race organiser, Dean Sullivan, was pleasantly surprised by the turn out.
"Initially we thought we might have a few teams competing around the track, it quickly grew into something much more with over 170 nominations and more than 150 competitors on the day. We have already had schools say that while they could not make it this year, next year they will. It is really great to see so many out enjoying the sport and the staff that are willing to make these things happen. We have already started looking at next year and possibly even expanding the competition in a few ways."

St Stephen's took out the overall victory in the pointscore format.
If your region is interested in holding an interschool mountain bike competition, contact the MTBA development coach for information devcoach@mtba.asn.au 



MTBA considered developing a free app to provide a one-stop shop of places to MTB ride in Australia. However, given the number of free apps already available that provide this information, MTBA decided to encourage Clubs and members to make use of an existing app.

Trailforks, is a free mountain bike trail database and management system for riders, clubs and associations and is owned by Pinkbike. Many MTB clubs, trail care alliances and riders within Australia already use Trailforks to log trail networks, places to ride, submit trail reports and add photos and videos. There is also a facility for users to make donations (Trail Karma) to clubs and associations to assist with trail maintenance and construction activities.

Trailforks relies on the fact that there are thousands of people out riding every day, many of whom share their experiences via GPS devices. Trailforks provides an opportunity to share trail information in a central location under a structure where every individual contribution accumulates and adds to the value of the database for the benefit of the entire mountain biking community. Users also help moderate the site by voting to approve or deny new trails and report bad data.

The Trailforks downloadable app is user friendly and allows users to download offline trail maps for use while out riding.

Trailforks is also a valuable tool in providing data to assist with painting a picture of the MTB landscape and community in Australia.



 Womens Participation

Darwin Off-Road Cycling club have used an NT government grant to provide skills development opportunities for women in the region. They engaged 3 x World 24 Hour Solo Champion, Jess Douglas, to deliver a number of MTB skills sessions over a 3 month period, the club hopes to increase the female participation numbers at events and on the trails.

Do you have ideas on how to engage more women in mountain biking?

Contact MTBA's Development Coach, Jodie Willett at devcoach@mtba.asn.au


DH Junior World Championship Tour

The development of junior downhillers continued in 2016, as in previous years, with a series of training camps and races culminating in a 2.5 week trip to the final round of the DH World Cup in Vallnord, Andorra and the World Championships a week later in Val di Sole, Italy.

Having raced the Cairns World Cup & attended a training camp in Anglesea earlier this year, and with many of the team having travelled overseas independently to race other world cups, they were prepared for the steep technical track in Andorra.

Unfortunately Sian A’hern was injured in practice and was unable to race, while the rest of the team performed very well with Jackson Frew, Remy Moreton and Ben Zwar all making the top 30 and qualifying for the final in a field of nearly 80. Race day saw Remy placing 13 th, Ben 21st and Jackson 22nd with a devastating flat robbing him of a chance for the podium.

Another big day of travel saw the squad arriving in Val di Sole around midnight and over the following days joining the rest of the Aussie elite riders. If Andorra was steep and technical, Val di Sole was on another level with endless roots and rocks added to the equation, and 3 days of bone dry practice resulting in a track filled with deep holes from top to bottom.

Widely regarded as the toughest ever World Championships course everyone was tested to their limits. Finals saw great performances from all the juniors with best results being Josh Clark (10th ), Jackson Frew (11th ), Remy Moreton (13th ) and reserve Darcy Coutts, who joined the team at the last minute when injury ruled out Harry Bush placing a very credible 27th .

Big thanks goes to the team staff, Jarrod Zdrzalka, Alex Presant and Anne-Marie Ludekens, and all the parents and Aussie supporters that made this such a great trip and worthwhile experience.

Special mention to the best of our elite riders with Caroline Buchanan winning another 4X World Championship and Tracey Hannah placing 3 rd and Troy Brosnan 4 th in the Women’s and Men’s DH World Championships respectively.

Full results http://www.tissottiming.com/Sport?sport=CM



Is there someone you know in the mountain bike community that has a great story and should be told? Is there a interesting story surrounding how your club came about? Are there great things happening in your area? 

MTBA is keen to hear from you and help bring the stories within the club and the community to life.
Send your spiel to comms@mtba.asn.au and we'll get back to you.



Mountain Bike is a diverse sport and incorporates a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to Cross Country, Downhill, Gravity Enduro, Cyclocross, Observed Trials and a variety of long distance activities.

In essence, any activity outside a road velodrome or BMX course falls under the off-road disciplines. This is in fact the same approach implemented by the UCI on an international perspective.

Unfortunately, in Australia, only XCO is recognised by the Olympic and Commonwealth Games committees and subsequently the Australian Sports Commission for any potential high performance support. This creates a significant challenge and imbalance for MTBA to manage fairly and equitably across all MTB recognised disciplines and a challenge rarely or never faced by other sports, including other cycling sports.

The recent World Championships in Val di Sole, EWS round in France and CX performances in China highlight the strength of Australian MTB across all disciplines. Performances such as these, combined with the continual lack of recognition and funding for MTB disciplines is baffling to administrators.

Over the past month, we have seen World Champions crowned in 4X, riders come second and third in World Championships, (DHI & OT), a rider win an EWS, second places in cyclocross and riders excel at World Cup in these disciplines, including a recent OT World Cup win.

Yet, none of this falls into the current ASC or Australian Cycling high performance framework which begs the question: What results could be achieved with funding equal to the recognised cycling disciplines?

Regardless, these are tremendous results from athletes who are currently not recognised by the ASC and primarily self-funded. Something MTBA recognises and continues to lobby and seek changes for into the future.

Shane Coppin


Photo © : Russ Baker, Jiri Cech Photography, UCI