Be Part Of The National Junior Travel Program

Posted by jo-2, February 4, 2019

Mountain Bike Australia’s (MTBA) National Junior Travel Program camps for the 2019 National and Oceania Championships and Canberra’s Tier 1 cross-country races are now open.

Last year 55 athletes utilised the service across the disciplines of cross-country, cyclo-cross, downhill and gravity enduro at events around the country. 

MTBA Sport Manager Evan James said the junior travel program is one of the most rewarding parts of his job.

“To see the athletes push each other to new levels on the bike, and work together perfecting all the things off the bike that contribute to their performance is a real pleasure.”

“The program is designed for athletes who have experience racing at state through to international level and there are no eligibility criteria apart from the 15 to 22 age limits. Places are allocated on a first come first serve basis and registrations are already coming in.”

The opportunity to be part of the NJTP not only makes it cheaper and logisitcally easier for riders but there are many more benefits.

Riders have accesss to:

  • Highly experienced and accredited coaching staff. Generally these staff are also World Championship team staff members;
  • Supervised practice with hands on skills coaches that ride the courses with athletes (XC, CX, GE) plus track walk (DH);
  • Advice on nutrition, warm ups, race tactics and mental approach;
  • Full feed and tech zone support (XC and CX);
  • Basic mechanical support;
  • Experience in travel logistics, race day planning, food shopping / cooking, and working in a team environment;
  • Learn about the expectations and culture of National Teams;
  • Make new friends and catch up with old ones;
Read some comments from riders and parents who have taken part in the travel program:. 
Sam Fox – 18, XCO rider from Tas Multiple Australian Team representative at World Championships.
“MTBA’s travel program is an awesome way to learn from other riders, coaches and MTBA’s support staff. It’s also just a great way to make some prime memories while racing with mates.”
Teagan Atherstone – 18, XCO rider from VIC Multiple Australian Team representative at World Championships U19 XCO, current U23 CX National Champion.
“Loved the travel program! It was heaps of fun meeting new people and a big help getting to places I wouldn’t of gotten to by myself. Also got to work on my DJ set”
Cadel Adams – 18, XCO rider from WA
“The MTBA travel program is awesome. It makes travelling by myself so much easier, not to mention that the staff and people are so much fun. It’s a great way to meet new people, learn lots and have fun.”
Conor Flett – 17, XCO rider from VIC
“The MTBA travel program is an amazing opportunity for junior riders like myself, that are looking to race interstate. You get to meet some amazing people who you will spend you’re time with, having fun, talking crap, smashing some trails together and racing against one another. With the help of the MTBA legends getting me to these places I wouldn’t have been able to do some of these races”
Griffin Knight – 19, XCO and CX rider from SA 
“MTBA’s travel program enabled me to fufill a long standing vision of mine to be able to race interstate with the technical and logistical support needed to perform at my highest level.  It was the perfect opportunity to network with athletes from other states and draw together knowledge and practice from those already performing well at the races.”
Mel Sawyer – Mum of Jaxon Sawyer WA Under 19 Junior Men Downhill
“MTBA’s Junior Travel Program has been an invaluable assistance to our family. Jaxon has been able to travel from our home town 2 hours South of Perth,to be picked up and fully looked after at events on the East coast. It has halved the financial cost of one parent or grandparent escorting Jaxon over East. While it’s ideal to travel and be with your child,sometimes its just not possible with family and work commitments. MTBA’s program gives us the peace of mind that Jaxon can pursue his love of racing downhill,whilst been supported by professional staff with common interests. Meeting new people along the way and getting high level race experience is awesome. Our family would highly recommend MTBA’s Junior Travel Program to anyone.”
Adam Kellsall, UCI Level 2 MTB Coach, MTBA Level 1 MTB Skills Instructor, World Championships XCO Performance Support Staff 2018.
“The National Travel program is your family when your away from your family. It narrows all logistical challenges down to simply getting on and off a plane. You’ll hang all weekend with Australia’s most travelled coaches and ride and prepare right alongside junior MTBings shreddiest McShred faces. Look forward to seeing you!”
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