Open Letter To MTBA Members

Posted by jo-2, October 8, 2019

As you may be aware, the MTBA Board has been investigating options for forming a new entity to better represent
all cycling disciplines in Australia.

MTBA has strongly represented the interest of our members and the sport of mountain biking in discussions and taken
a key role in the ongoing planning with Sport Australia, BMX Australia and Cycling Australia.

These discussions have developed and refined a new proposed model for cycling in Australia, known as AusCycling.

AusCycling will replace 19 existing entities, including Mountain Bike Australia, BMX Australia, Cycling Australia and
State and Territory based association of BMX and Cycling Australia, if approved by the relevant memberships.

This will result in some significant changes, including:
1. One united entity for all riders to join whatever the discipline.
2. The option of one license to ride or race whatever the discipline.
3. Greater capacity and funding than MTBA’s current organisational capacity, with a new national membership of
55,000 that would attract greater investment from Sport Australia and appeal to sponsors.
4. Digital transformation delivering better services and benefits for members and Clubs.
5. Efficiencies and cost savings created by pooled resources and funding, including staff, cash reserves,
memberships and numerous other assets. (Note: Funding for existing specific programs will not be pooled.)
6. A national office providing strategic and operational support to State and Territory offices.
7. State/Territory Advisory Committees (with an equal number of representatives from all disciplines) able to
represent and lobby for local communities and assist State/ Territory offices.

MTBA Directors agree the establishment of AusCycling and the subsequent benefits to mountain biking, its
members, affiliates, stakeholders and cycling as a whole are too great to ignore.

Your Board has advocated strongly to best represent the interests of all MTBA members and clubs in the formation of
AusCycling. We are confident the new entity is a strong, positive proposition for our sport and the opportunities that
unification present are worth pursuing.
The final decision however, rests with our 17,000+ members.

All MTBA financial members will be asked to vote on whether MTBA should become part of AusCycling, at the MTBA
AGM to be held 30 November 2019.

Full information on the AGM, the proposed motions and how to vote will be distributed over the coming weeks and in
accordance with MTBA’s Constitution, but importantly please note:
● You can cast your vote on this decision either in person at the AGM or via proxy.
● 75% of people who extend their vote will need to support the motions for them to successfully pass.

Of course, you need to understand what all this means for mountain biking and you before you vote. We encourage
you to learn as much as possible about AusCycling.

AusCycling information including FAQ’s, the benefits, governance structure and membership fee model can be found at
www.auscycling.com.au
To learn more, you can:
1. Listen to previous Roadshows online available from the AusCycling website & Facebook page.
2. Follow the AusCycling social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter.
3. Read and watch everything on the AusCycling website at www.auscycling.com.au
4. Register on the AusCycling website to receive further updates as they become available.

As part of this process the Board of MTBA have been driven by questioning:
● What mountain biking could look like in five, ten, even 25 years in the future?
● Is MTBA sustainable in its current form?
● What will MTBA’s ongoing capacity be, in the large and competitive world of sport?

● How will mountain biking compete for resources and funding?
● What opportunities are there for mountain biking, with increased resourcing, to realise its potential?
● What could this mean for our kids and high performance riders?
We strongly encourage you to have your say on this important decision.

If you have any questions, please ask us directly via auscycling@mtba.org.au or ask questions via
www.auscycling.com.au

Please, get informed and get ready to vote. The future of our sport is riding on it.

Yours faithfully,

Lee Brentzell 
Chair | Mountain Bike Australia

Shane Coppin
Chief Executive Officer | Mountain Bike Australia

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