Hi reader,

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

A lot has happened in the last month. Here's a snapshot at what's included:
- MTBA's move to a Company Limited by Guarantee & Election of Chairman
- 2017 DHI & XCO National Series gets underway
- Cyclo-Cross World Championships wrap-up from Bieles, Luxembourg
- Member Benefits
  plus plenty more....

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MTBA Company Limited By Guarantee Update

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) Ltd Board of Directors recently held a meeting to transition from an incorporated association to a Company Limited by Guarantee.  At this meeting a number of Charters were adopted and Tony Hancock, Vice President of the management committee was elected as Chair under the new company structure.

Long serving MTBA President Mr Russell Baker AM remains a Director on the MTBA Ltd Board. His experience and knowledge of the sport will be sought after now and into the future.

The primary focus of the new Board will be on strategy, governance and compliance, while the day to day running of MTBA services will be empowered to the management and MTBA staff.

MTBA will soon undertake the formal process to seek EOI’s and appoint Directors to the Board and the Nomination Committee.  This process will be over-seen by current board member Courtenay Lee Shoy.

MTBA Advisory Commissions

As part of the revision moving to a CLBG structure, MTBA will be introducing a number of management advisory commissions (MAC) which will report to the CEO with the purpose of engaging our members and developing what is Australia’s fastest growing recreational activity.

These commissions are a new initiative to draw on the extensive experience and knowledge of our community to assist MTBA in developing our sport.

We encourage you to keep an eye out for the release of the Expression of Interest forms to join one of the following advisory commissions: 

1. Community

2. Inclusion

3. Trails

4. Sport & Technical

5. High Performance

6. Development Pathways

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Rd1 DHI National Series

Troy Brosnan and Danielle Beecroft opened up the downhill series with scintillating runs in the elites to take top of the podium at an electrifying track at Awaba, while Pat Butler got home in what's expected to be a highly competitive junior men category.

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CX World Championships

Six Australians took on the best at the Cyclo-Cross world championships at Bieles, Luxembourg recently. Team manager Mark Routledge sent through his report on the event. 

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2017 XCO National Series

Four rounds have already been contested in the XCO series at Orange and Armidale in NSW, with Rebecca Henderson currently on top of the elite womens series rankings while Dan McConnell leads the men. The Armidale rounds also marked the first ever adaptive mountain bike category to be introduced to a national series. 

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Junior Numbers Rocket

The past four XCO national series rounds at the two new venues, has seen more than 800 riders participate.

This year there has been a noticeable increase in the junior numbers and we'd like to recognise the parents, clubs and coaches for being part of that growth.

Become An XCM Legend

This year MTBA are introducing a recognition program for those riders in the XCM series who load up their bikes and support the series.

A rider who participates in 5 or more of the 2017 XCM series will receive a "Legends" jersey and will be recognised on the MTBA website. 

To find out where all the events are head to the link below and enter.


QLD State XCO Championships

Mackay will host the QLD State XCO Championships later this year  at Rowallan Park with support from Mackay Regional Council and Visit Mackay, the local tourism board.

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2016/2017 MTBA Achievement Awards

The MTBA Achievement Awards recognise the phenomenal contributions made by the clubs, members, volunteers, riders, coaches, event promoters and commissaires in the mountain bike community.  The awards are yours and MTBA's way of acknowledging achievements and recognising these contributions.  

To nominate someone for an Achievement Award in a range of categories, complete this survey https://goo.gl/forms/V4oV0uP280U4RAaR2

Nominations close 28 February 2017.

Everyone who completes a nomination form will go into the draw to WIN a $150 Thule voucher to be redeemed on Thule product(s) of your choice.

Recipients will be announced at the official awards function held as part of the National Championships. The awards function will be held on Friday 17th March at Bond University, Robina (Gold Coast) following the conclusion of the XCC racing and presentations.



Regional Junior Squad

MTBA are seeking coaches for the 2017 Regional Junior Squad program. Preferably coaches will be NCAS level 1 qualified, however if you have another accreditation (eg. PMBI, MTB Skills) please get in touch.

Coaches will be delivering six sessions of four hours duration over a 12 week period. Fill out the online form if you are interested in being involved in working with Australia's next generation of mountain bikers!


Club Focus

Stories written and shared by the Clubs.

Toowoomba MTB Club

The Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club set a target to raise $10k to build a missing link in the Jubilee Park trail network just before Christmas. Not everyone can give up their time building trails, so we asked our members and anyone who rides Jubilee Park to chip in some coin instead.

Our Go Fund Me campaign launched on our TMBC Facebook page supported by a couple of emails.

Our target of $10,000 – was blown out of the water in four days – with $12,440 raised. The money we raise, we put back into building and maintaining some of South East Queensland’s best trails. Now we have built the missing link from the top of Jubilee Park to the bottom network.

Open soon, “Anonymous” is a Green Rated trail, so great for beginners but with fun features for experienced riders, linking Defibrillator and the top of Turkey. 

Why is it called “Anonymous”? Our biggest donor didn’t want share their name – they tipped in over $2000.00 as donation to the club’s campaign.

Thanks to all our TMBC Members who helped.

Cassowary Coast Multi-Sport Club

The Cassowary Coast Multi-sport Club covers the region from Cardwell to Innisfail in Far North Queensland and while we are involved in many pursuits, mountain biking is a major part of our endeavours.

Our major event is the Ona Mission Multisport Adventure to be held on September 3 this year. The mtb aspect of this event is a ride along our firm beaches and then onto a National Park rainforest track before a lap of our new 3km mtb park and back to the beach.  

Our sign-on day and AGM will also incorporate an MTBA Come n Try Day with "races" for all ages as well as an escorted social ride.  

The other major mountain biking events include - an adventure in the Misty Mountains on the remote Gorrell Track and finishing at the Mena Creek Hotel; a round of the inaugural FNQ XCO Series in the Cardwell Forest; an MTB Challenge in August also at Cardwell (where we plan to build a network of single track); and a season finale ride from the Atherton Tablelands down into the Tully Gorge.

The club's other major events include the Beachruns@Mission and a triathlon at Etty Bay and we also conduct some social mountain bike rides. So we cover at least 100km of coastline in the Cassowary Coast Region.


Gympie Bike Riders 

Gympie Bike Riders MTB Club Inc (GBR) is a group of social people who love riding.  Being a small rural community in Queensland, means our members vary greatly in age, in riding ability and in distance. 

Because of this, as a Club, we have found it difficult to round up our members in one place at one time to be able to hold the ‘normal’ social rides. Most of our members are part of Strava so a GBR-Strava group was created and a monthly Club ‘challenge’ held.

December’s challenge was a “set time 1hr ?? mins”, over 12km ride with only our Club VP knowing the exact time.  The person closest to the time being the winner received a $25 voucher from our local Bicycle Centre Gympie.

The 12km could be ridden on any bike, on any trail, at any time within the month.  The challenge created a hilarious chat on our member’s only facebook page -  bribes were offered, fast riders were riding slowly, members on holidays in Victoria were taking part. It brought the Club together in a way that previously would not have been possible. Can’t wait for next month’s challenge!


Bendigo Mountain Bike Club Inc

A few years ago our club made a decision to become more inclusive. This meant a change in focus from racing to other aspects of riding and a look at how we might attract more members.

Earlier this year we hosted our first ever women's only race which attracted over 50 riders. Out of this we have seen more interest in the club and an increase in women being involved in the committee.

Our summer series now consists of senior racing and juniors/womens racing taking place on alternate weeks. We have seen significant increases in participation on the juniors/womens night in particular with both of these groups enjoying a less intense race atmosphere.

The club has also joined the Two Wheeled Academy program and has 20 boys signed up and riding together on a weekly basis. We see this as a significant step in securing the future of the club with some great local kids who we hope one day will become involved at a committee level. The benefit to come out of this program is parent engagement and their willingness to volunteer.

Traditionally our club has had a cross country focus but we have also been developing a new gravity stream. It is early days but again it has the potential to attract a new group of members as well as developing the technical riding skills of our members including juniors.

We have recently secured funding for a trail network master plan by World Trail and new trailhead construction projects with a combined value of $240,000. We believe this success is largely attributable to our new programs for increasing womens and junior participation.

We feel our club is really flourishing with these changes and encourage other clubs to think about how they might be more inclusive.



Member Benefits

Mountain Bike Australia are pleased to offer the following Member Benefits thanks to THULE.

For these and other great offers, head to the Mountain Bike Australia webstore here.

January Membership Winner

Congratulations to Farrell Maxwell for winning the 12-month Groover Method subscription after renewing their membership in January.

February Membership Competition

Jump online to purchase or renew your membership in the month of February and go into the draw to win a Thule 17L Sling Pack and Thule Cable lock.

For more information on the memberships available head to www.mtba.org.au/membership.

Or give the Member Services team a call today (07) 5628 0110

Bike Store Directory

Need to find a bike shop in your area?

You can now jump onto the MTBA website and search on the Mountain Bike Directory. We are always looking to expand the list.

So if your favourite bike shop isn't showing, please email the shop name and details to members@mtba.asn.au



Share Your Story

We are loving hearing stories about your club and mountain biking in your region so keep sending them in and don't forget a picture and link to your club website. Email stories to comms@mtba.asn.au

Photo Credit: Kane Naart, Peter Hosking, Peter Henkel, Mark Routledge, Club Supplied Pics


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
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