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 18. 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. Please read fully before applying.

Gold Coast Camp – Monday July 1 to Friday July 5. Based out of the BLK Performance Centre (formerly the Sports Super Centre Runaway Bay) the camp will utilise various trail networks in the Gold Coast area as well as facilities at the centre and numerous other off bike activities. Already confirmed is a 2 hour athlete brand workshop with The Brand Builders.

All gravity (Downhill and Gravity Enduro) places are now filled. Limited cross-country (XC) places still available. Register HERE

Adelaide Camp – Monday October 7 to Friday October 11- Applications open now

NATIONAL JUNIOR TRAVEL PROGRAM

The MTBA National Cup and National Championship races 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 riders to attend National Series and National Championship races 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 (updated 30-1-2019)

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. 

Downhill (DHI)

National Cup Tier 1 – Mt Buller VIC – Jan 19-20 – Registration is closed.

National Cup Tier 1 – Mt Baw Baw VIC – Feb 15-18 – Registration is closed.

National and Oceania ChampionshipsBright VIC – April 2-11 – Registration is closed.

Olympic Cross Country (XCO) 

National Cup Tier 1 / Junior World SeriesCanberra ACT – March 15-18 – Registration is closed.

National and Oceania Championships – Bright, VIC – April 2-11 – Registration is closed.

National Cup Tier 1 / Junior World Series – Mackay QLD – June 27-July 1 – Registration and Information

Cyclo-cross (CX)

National Series Rounds 1 + 2 – Adelaide, SA – May 31 – June 2 – Registration is closed.

National Series Rounds 5 + 6 – Brisbane, QLD – July 19-22 – Registration and Information ***New Listing*** 

National Championships – Sam Miranda Winery, Wangaratta VIC – August 9-11 – Registration and Information

Gravity Enduro (GE)

National Championships – Maydena Bike Park, Maydena TAS – November 21-25 – Registrations and Information 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. 

XCO – SA Cup – Pietermaritzburg, South Africa – June 15/16 

Applications have now closed.

Additional trips for the DHI, CX and Gravity Enduro disciplines are in the planning phase.

For all enquiries regarding the above programs please contact MTBA Sport Manager – Evan James evan.james@mtba.org.au

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