I sent you all a personal message yesterday about the future direction for MTBA operating as a Company Limited by Guarantee.


This change is vital for MTBA to operate as a National Sporting body and I hope you will support it.  Please contact me if you have questions. president@mtba.asn.au

The Willo Camp was held on 4/5/6 November and 29 junior riders from NSW, ACT, TAS and QLD received the benefits of skills coaching and team development. The Willo Camp is one of the activities funded by the foundation established to remember Australia’s World Solo 24 Hour Champion, James Williamson, and much of the funding is generated by the Willo Enduro - one of MTBA’s national XCM rounds. Thanks to Meg Patey, plus Dylan Cooper, Eliza Kwan, Mark Tupalski and Claire Whiteman for this great opportunity for our juniors.

 I attended the Cycling Australia Annual Awards where Jason English, Caroline Buchanan, Jackson Frew, Sian A’Hern, Jason Archer and Sharon Heap were honoured for their world performances this year.   Congratulations to all the mountain bike nominees. Two days later I was able to visit the Red Hill Riders on the Mornington Peninsula to see the work they have been doing with the development and promotion of a legal train network at Arthur’s Seat. Great work form Mark Gardner and the club, and the new chairlift there is planned to have a mountain bike lift capability. It was also good to be able to talk with the parents of the young riders there who were doing a ride session with local World-Downhiller Ellie Wale. Clearly a great program.

Mountain Bike Australia and BMX Australia had the opportunity to present our proposals for a unified cycling body to the Australian Sports Commission and our ideas were well received. We need to ensure that our sport develops nationally as a whole, and not in a fragmented fashion.

And finally, it has been a while coming but worth the wait. It was great to see Sarah Riley back on a back (and back on the podium) at the Bendigo 6 hour last weekend. It has been a long recovery road for Sarah but her smile his back. Welcome back to racing Sarah !

Russ Baker AM



MTB Awards At CA's Night

Caroline Buchanan (VIC) and Jason English (NSW) have taken out the MTB Male and Female Riders of the year at the 2016 Jayco Cycling Australia Awards held in Melbourne on Friday night.

Jackson Frew (ACT) and Sian A’Hern (ACT) were named the MTB Junior Riders of the year. Jason Archer and Sharon Heap (QLD) took out the Masters Riders of the Year

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QLD Government Funding Boosts MTB

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) secured funding through the Queensland Government’s State Development Program. MTBA were one of 77 organisations successful in securing financial assistance under the program. Full story:



 24hr Solo Champs Date Set 

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) has confirmed the Australian Solo 24hr Championships will have a new home for 2017.

The event, hosted by the Canberra Off Road Cyclists (CORC) will return to Majura Pines, Canberra on the weekend of 7-8th October for the first time in two years.



Nat Champs Registrations Open

Next year we are heading to uncharted territory for the 2017 National Championships to be held at Canungra, Gold Coast Queensland.

Make sure you get in early to be a part of this aweesome event with registrations opening 1st December



Break the Boundary

Andrew Liddawi has featured in a new charity campaign focusing on athletes with a disability. 

Andrew and off-road hand-cycling were the first athetle and sport to be highlighted in the "Ability in the Disability" campaign.

Head to the below website to read more.



MTBA Joins Australian Sports Foundation

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) recently joined the Australian Sports Foundation, an organisation that works with sporting clubs and organisations and individual athletes to help raise money for Australian Sport.  The Foundation has a unique Deductible Gift Recipient status, which means organisations such as clubs can use this platform to fundraise for activities, programs and trail development projects. 

Check out the current mountain bike projects at https://asf.org.au/our-projects/?SportType=Mountain%20Biking

For further info head to :  https://asf.org.au/fundraise-with-us/

To read about Mountain Bike Australia projects visit: https://asf.org.au/projects/mountain-bike-australia/



MTBA's 12 Giveaways of Christmas

Renew or purchase a MTBA membership in the month of December 2016 and you go into the draw to win one of 12 Giveaways. Drawn every two days leading up to Christmas, sign up early to be eligible for as many giveaway chances as you can!

Visit www.mtba.org.au/membership to join or renew now.


New Member Benefit

MTBA Members now have a 10% discount on RearViz Sports Products. 

Click HERE to check out their products including the Uni Mount.

With 360° rotation and the ability to pivot 180° it is compatible with most action cameras. Change the way you capture the ride! 

Purchase now at www.rearviz.com - Discount code: MTBA10 and enter your MTBA member number in 'Special Instructions' under View Cart.



JetBlack NSW All Schools XC MTB Championships

What has over 500 wheels and travels about 4,500 km in 4 hours?  The 8th JetBlack NSW All Schools XC Championships of course!   On 6 Nov, over 250 riders representing 30 High Schools, competed in this 4 Hour teams race at Yellomundee Regional Park in western Sydney.  The event  is hosted by Western Sydney MTB Club.  Competition was high, with 71 teams racing in 3 age Divisions, and team Categories of Girls, Boys, and Mixed.  

The overall Champion School is decided on a point score of participation and podium points. The winner this year was Knox Grammar, followed by Chevalier College and The Armidale School.  

Mountain biking is becoming even more popular in NSW schools, and we hope to see further events in 2017.


 Riverina All Schools MTB 

The inaugural Riverina All Schools MTB event was held on November 20 at Pomingalarna Reserve in Wagga Wagga NSW.

The 4 hour teams event attracted 112 entries in it's first year and is looking to grow in 2017.

Well done to all those involved and a special mention to Petra Buckley for getting the event off the ground.


Mallacoota Makes Moves For More Riding

Mallacoota College held their first interschool MTB event last Thursday. The riders endured the gruelling 'heart break hill' as well as some 'cooling off' thanks to the local fire brigade.

The college has taken a big step up and affiliated as their own MTBA mountain bike club and we look forward to seeing the sport grow in the school and community.



MTBA Level 0 Skills Coach Course

The MTBA Level 0 Skills Coach course has been extremely well received since it's introduction in January this year with more than 25 courses run and 240 participants accredited so far this year.

Final courses for the year are being run in Dubbo, Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane. Places are still available for all courses with a second presenter and another 8 places opened up for the very popular Brisbane course.

More information and links to registration are available below: https://www.mtba.org.au/development/upcoming-courses/ 


Sydney Jnr Development Squad

Mountain Bike Australia currently have 10 junior squads operating across Australia.

We are pleased to announce an opportunity for riders aged 12-18 (as at 31 December 2017) to join our Sydney squad.

The squad will be headed by Level 1 MTB coach Brett Barnes. Brett has coached Australian MTB representatives to World Championship event and runs a MTB & BMX park construction company.

Sessions will be skills and fitness-based and aimed at XCO riders who aspire to national competition. The cost will be $380 which includes 24 hours of face-to-face coaching and a squad shirt.

Riders also get priority entry to our Junior Travel Assistance program if they are attending National events.

Riders can apply using this link. Please contact Jodie Willett for more information at devcoach@mtba.asn.au



Lyesterfield District Trail Riders

The Lysterfield District Trail Riders (LDTR) are the only sole volunteer group who look after all the mountain bike trails within Lysterfield Park, Victoria. The club is managed wholly by volunteers and currently has 13 committee members working hard to improving the riding experience at Lysterfield Park. We currently offer monthly trail builds, social and fun Friday Night Races, monthly social rides to other mountain bike trails and monthly Family/Beginner social rides around Lysterfield Park.

Our FFLL races are very popular with kids and families due to the relaxed atmosphere. We have been getting numbers around the 80 riders mark for each race recently. 
At the moment, a few of the trails at Lysterfield Park are currently getting a “makeover” from a professional trail building company. One of these trails is the State Mountain Bike Course which was originally made for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

All of the money raised from races, donations and memberships goes straight back into the MTB trails at Lysterfield Park and to improving LDTR.



Southern Downs MTB Club

Its been busy times for Southern Downs Mountain Biking Club with the birth in early October. So far we have 20 members but an increasing number of interested riders in our area. We formed our club from mates that love riding together, we might only be small currently but have big plans!

We have a very beautiful region to ride in with some of the most magnificent state forests and  boarder range areas. We currently ride in Broadwater and Passchendaele State Forestrys on fire trails but are pleased to announce that of last week we have struck a deal with Southern Downs Regional Council with the use of an area of their land not even 2kms from the tourist town of Stanthorpe called Mt Marley.

Our club is about to get a detailed trail design with hopefully around 20kms of trails only 5min ride from the town centre. We are hoping to make our region a mtb region with a magnificent trail network to bring mtb riders to our towns. 
We are looking to the future! 


Cape Range Riders

Cape Range Riders Exmouth is located in the Northwest region of Western Australia and has been established for two years come February.

It is located in a desert landscape with limestone formations and red pindan soils that overlook breathtaking views of the pristine waters of the Ningaloo reef.

The riding is raw, rugged and technical, leading to an all mountain style of riding. It all started with a few friends out riding old disused 4wd tracks and kangaroo trails.

With some excellent navigation on hand, we inevitably always got lost, but somehow we always found more tracks to get lost on for the next ride. The rides became either more technical or steeper and the necessity for better bikes and more gear was essential, or that’s what we all told our wives!

Interest grew in the sport and we formed Cape Range Riders so we could approach the relevant authorities to start building sanctioned trails in the region. During a family day at the local Whaleshark Festival, we conducted some skills clinics to increase the number of people riding, especially the kids. The day was a great success but we realised that a lot of these kids were already better riders than us, doing whips off the jumps and wheelies as far as the eye could see.

A Trails Master Plan is now on the way and should be finished mid next year, with at least one concept plan done ready for construction. In the meantime, my friends and I will still be found piling up some rocks to form a dodgy jump or trying to navigate through the spinifex grass to find where we came from or guess where we’re going. If you’re up this way, put on a set of thick side walled tyres and let us take you on an adventure ride.



Central Australia Rough Riders

CARR-Alice Springs Mountain Bike Club has just finished it’s spring cyclocross season, based in and around the grounds of Alice Springs velodrome. CX, desert style, starts up again in February as a perfect lead in to the season.

The inaugural MTB club in Alice Springs started in the 1990’s after a quiet period it started again in 2010 as an MTBA affiliated club and now has around 150 members. With around 300 km of MTB tracks around town, Alice Springs has one of best track networks in Australia, all within a few minutes ride.

The club runs a full program of racing through the year including CX, short-track, endurance and the annual Easter in the Alice stage race.  Alice Springs has produced some of Australia’s top mountain bike riders including Chris Jongewaard, Terri Rhodes, Ryan Standish and Luke Pankhurst. Even Cadel came from just down the road.  It must be the terrain.




AT MTBA we are keen to find out "Who Are You" and what you are up to. So drop us a line so we can help spread the word about the great work and activities you are doing in your region. Send through 150 word spiel, link to your club page and a picture. Thanks to all those who have contributed already. comms@mtba.asn.au




Mountain Bike Australia’s upcoming Annual General Meeting is a major opportunity for the organisation to take the next step forward in MTBA’s future.

The move to becoming a Company Limited by Guarantee is a process that has taken considerable time and thought, and now the opportunity lies in your hands to help resolve the direction of this organisation.

The constitution and model of Company Limited by Guarantee, is the structure preferred by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) for National Sporting Organisations (NSO), which MTBA is still fighting to attain.

In becoming a Company Limited by Guarantee, it will give MTBA new credibility and the opportunity to be better placed when vying for funding and support to aid and assist your clubs who are affiliated with us.

For clubs affiliated with MTBA there are definite benefits when applying for State and Local Government grants. It will allow MTBA to endorse any application by clubs when applying for funding grants.

What will it mean for you as a member?

On a day-to-day basis there will be no impact upon our members, except that you will see improvements in governance by the board in checks and balances, the attraction of new board members, better access to funding opportunities and reporting to ASC.

This decision should not be made around individual personalities or past histories but what is in the best interests of Mountain Bike Australia and its future.

This change toward a Company limited Guarantee and its constitution is not borne from any hidden agenda’s but the possibility of the development and evolution of mountain biking in Australia.

As part of this process MTBA intends to introduce a number of advisory commissions that will work with management to better understand and deliver new initiatives, resources, programs and outcomes to all the MTB community.

Proposed commissions include; Inclusion (Women, LGBTQ, Indigenous); Technical (sport); Advocacy, Participation (clubs, schools, members); Education and Pathways; High Performance.

 And it is because of this we seek your support.

Shane Coppin




Through our partnership with Thule, Mountain Bike Australia is pleased to offer a selection of Thule’s exceptional bike carriers and bike bags via our webstore. Right in time for Summer. 

Check out the range here, and support Mountain Bike Australia when you make your next bike carrier purchase.


Emergency Helmet & Wallet ID

Bike safety is an issue that is close to the heart of all of us. 

The new EMERGENCY Helmet and wallet I.D. system has been designed to attend to these issues.

Head to our Webstore to find out more about this awesome safety product.



Photo © : Russ Baker; Brendon Mulloy; Club Supplied