Welcome to the second edition of the Commissaires, Instructors and Coaches Technical Newsletter.

The purpose of this newsletter is to provide relevant information on changes happening in the sport of Mountain Biking.

Should you have a particular query, please make contact with us and we will endeavour to source the information you are seeking.

Changes to the Technical Regulations - Effective 1 Jan 2020

The revision and updates of the Technical Regulations is the first iteration in a complete overhaul of the Technical Regulations pursuant to which MTBA conduct and administer the sport within Australia.
The intent is to:
  • encompass the initial bringing together of several variants of MTBA and CA (Cyclo-cross) Technical Regulations under a single document of like structure to the UCI Technical Regulations;
  • to reflect the advent of the National Cup competition and remove redundant references to past competition formats, and to;
  • address identified specific rule and policy changes as recommended by the MAC – Sport & Technical Group.
The second iteration, in 2021, will encompass the further refining of the document structure and content, including rewriting the GE and CX sections to better reflect the adopted style and structure and to remove ambiguities and detail referenced in preceding sections.

New Technical Regulations Document - Effective 1 Jan 2020

Upcoming MTBA National Level Commissaire Courses

MTBA has two National Level Commissaire Courses planned for the following locations in 2020. 
  • Bright, VIC as part of the 2020 XC, DHI and OT National Championships on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March 2020.
  • Alice Springs, NT as part of the 2020 Easter in the Alice event on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of April 2020.
The National Level Commissaire course is an advanced course for Commissaires who want to increase their knowledge and have the opportunity to officiate at National Cup Events Tier 1 or higher.  The course is conducted in conjunction with select MTBA events and provides training and information on the finer points of officiating at the elite level.
* To attend the course, you MUST be a Club/Regional Commissaire and have commissaired at four or more events in the past 2 years. *
The course would involve completion of the pre-course E-Learning module prior to attending and completion of workbooks while at the National Championships in a learning capacity. To finalise the accreditation, participants need to hold a current Working with Children Check relevant to the state or territory of residence (can be submitted post-course).
Information is also available on the National Level Commissaire Page on the MTBA website.
If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to ask.
Register for the National Level Commissaire Course in Bright, VIC
Register for the National Level Commissaire Course in Alice Springs, NT
Accreditation Renewal for Coaches, Instructors and Commissaires

Did your accreditation expire on 31 December 2019?

If so, your accreditation as a Coach / Instructor / Commissaire has lapsed and renewal is required to be covered by MTBA insurance for club sanctioned events.

It's not too late to renew! Check out the links below for what you need to do.
Coaching Renewal Form
Commissaire Renewal Form
2020 UCI Technical Regulation Changes

The UCI Regulations establish the rules of cycling while keeping abreast of the sport’s evolution and development. The UCI has released a document with Rule Amendments which came into effect for Mountain Biking on 1 January 2020.
UCI Technical Regulations
MTBA Trail Recovery and Club Support Program

MTBA have been deeply moved by the bushfires that have devastated many parts of the country. Our thoughts are with all members of these communities and our nation as a whole.

That's why we have started up a fundraising campaign to raise funds to assist mountain bike clubs in affected areas repair trails, purchase equipment and recover from the devastating bushfires.

Head to the Australian Sports Foundation link below for more details and how to donate.

MTBA Trail Recovery and Club Support Program
Heat and Bushfire Policy Statement

With total fire bans issued in many state/territories & record breaking temperatures, please be safe, stay hydrated & check local warnings/ park closures before venturing out for a ride. The following documents can be used to provide direction in relation to the cancellation or postponement of mountain bike activities where there is a threat of bushfires and provide direction in relation to the preparation and implementation of risk minimisation and risk management strategies and plans.
MTBA Bushfire Policy
Heat Policy
Snake season

As the weather warms up so do Australia's snakes, but there is no cause for alarm if you know what to do.

How to be snake sensible

  1. Pay attention to your surroundings – snakes show up in suburbs as well as the bush.
  2. Leave snakes alone. They want nothing to do with you and snake bites to humans and pets are defensive.
  3. Closely monitor pets and children, don't let them explore snakey areas (e.g. long grass or dense vegetation) unsupervised.
  4. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing when out in the bush.
  5. Snakes like to stay hidden, beware around long grass and piles of wood or fallen brances.
  6. Know first-aid. Click here for some tips.
  7. Most importantly, keep calm and enjoy Australia's unique wildlife.
Survival Snake Bite Kit
St John's Snake Bite First Aid Leaflet
Rider Rescue First Aid Kit

Every rider knows the importance of safety when out on the bike, yet the majority of riders carry very little, if any, first-aid equipment when they’re out on their bike.

The Rider Rescue First Aid Kit has been designed by a rider and former paramedic. The kit contains a wide range of products to deal with minor ailments up to more serious injuries, yet is still compact enough to attach to your bike without getting in the way.

You can never predict when an accident may happen, by carrying a first aid kit you can help to reduce unnecessary pain / suffering / infection and can even be potentially life-saving after a serious fall.

Rider Rescue First Aid
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