Junior Development

MTBA DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY JUNIOR CAMPS

MTBA Junior Development Camps are 5 day / 4 night live in camps designed to increase the experience and knowledge of off road riders aged 14 to 17. The camps are open to riders in the disciplines of Cross-country (XC), Downhill (DH), Gravity Enduro (GE) and Cyclo-cross (CX) and will include riding sessions specific to each discipline as well as a range of off the bike activities as a combined group. The schedule and sessions will vary slightly from camp to camp so as to maximise the use of local trails, infrastructure and coaching staff. Athletes can attend multiple camps if they choose to and activities on camp are designed to allow riders with previous camp experience to participate in more advanced activities.

In addition MTBA accredited coaches and skills instructors are invited to attend the camp to assist the lead coaches and broaden their coaching experience. In particular Level 0 Skills Instructors local to camp venues are encouraged to attend.

For more information download the Junior Development Camps Outline (updated 2020 version coming soon).

Gold Coast Camp – BLK Performance Centre, Runaway Bay – July 13-17 2020 

More details and applications opening early 2020.

Adelaide Camp – Nunyara Conference Centre, Belair – Oct 2-6 2020

More details and applications opening early 2020.

NATIONAL JUNIOR TRAVEL PROGRAM

The MTBA National Cup and National Championship events form a fundamental part of MTBA’s junior development programs for riders ranging from intermediate through to elite level. They are also an integral part of the selection process for development squads and junior world championship teams. MTBA recognises that attending some or all of these races can be a significant time and financial burden on families.

In response MTBA has developed a program that gives the opportunity for U17, U19 and U23 aged riders to attend selected National Cup and National Championship events without requiring parent/guardian accompaniment, and under the supervision of experienced and accredited coaches and staff. Athletes are met at the destination airport and are under the care of MTBA staff until they are on their returning flight at the end of the camp.

The travel program encompasses selected events across the disciplines of Olympic Cross Country (XCO), Downhill (DHI), Cyclo-cross (CX) and Gravity Enduro (GE).

For more details see the information sheet National Junior Travel Program Outline

Details on individual camps can be found on the registration links below.

Note that registration close dates are strictly enforced to allow for logistics planning, and minimum numbers are required to implement the program. Please register early to avoid disappointment. 

2020 MTB Oceania Championships (XCO, DH) – Dunedin, New Zealand – Jan 22-27.

Expressions of interest are open now HERE and close on Thursday Dec 5.

2020 MTB National Championships (XCO, XCC, DH) – Bright, Victoria – March 12-15 2020

Details and registration coming soon.

MTBA HIGH PERFORMANCE RACE CAMPAIGNS

The High Performance Race Campaign program revolves around MTBA staffed and facilitated trips to international races encompassing the XCO, DHI, CX and Gravity Enduro disciplines. Targeted at athletes already racing at state and national level primarily in the Junior (17 -18 years old) and U23 categories, the program will also cater for Elite athletes looking to gain international racing experience as a stepping stone to National representation. Successful applicants to the program will have experience racing at state and national level, and demonstrate a commitment to progressing their riding to international level. Locations and events will be selected to give riders experience with longer travel distances, foreign language and food, national team culture, diverse racing conditions and high level competition as well targeting UCI points and/or EWS entry. Flights, accommodation, ground transport, meals, coaching and mechanical support are all coordinated by MTBA staff. Costs will vary from trip to trip. 

Cyclo-cross (CX) – Utsunomiya CX Cup – Utsunomiya, Japan – December 14/15 2019

Applications are now closed.

Cross Country Olympic (XCO) – South Africa Cup UCI C1 / Junior Series – Pietermaritzburg, South Africa – May 9/10 2020

Details and applications will be released early in 2020.

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