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2004 Shimano Australian MTB’ers of the year announced

The Shimano 2004 Australian cyclist of the year awards were presented on Friday 26th November at the stunning Darling Harbor in Sydney.

The following mountain bikers got the nod. Full finalist and recipient lists can be seen at the Cycling Australia : http:www.cycling.org.au

Junior Men’s MTB Cyclist of the Year
Shaun Lewis
Lewis is the Cross Country Australian Champion and National Series winner. He finished tenth in the World Championships.

Junior Women’s MTB Cyclist of the Year
Tracey Hannah
National ELITE Champion and a second and two fifth placings in the elite division of the NORBA USA national series.

Male MTB Cyclist of the Year
Sam Hill
In 2004 Hill proved that teenage enthusiasm and talent can overcome the toughest obstacles defeating far more experienced rivals to claim the Australian Downhill Title. At the World Championships he secured the bronze medal and consistent performances throughout the season saw him finish second overall in the World Cup Series.

Female MTB Cyclist of the Year
Lisa Mathison
Mathison lined up as the youngest competitor in the cross country at the Athens Olympic Games but despite giving her rivals a headstart in experience the 19 year old two time junior World Champion more than held her own on the hot, dusty course to finish tenth. She finished 14th overall in the World Cup Series.

Congratulations to all these fine athletes and good luck for the future. To all the MTB athletes that missed out but were nominated, well done and all at MTBA wish you continued good performances.

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Hot weather mountain biking

MTBA has uploaded some important documents concerning mountain biking in Australia's summer heat. It is important that all mountain bikers read the contents and take suitable precautions against being dehydrated. Get the files here: https://www.mtba.org.au/general/policies.asp

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National MTNX#2 report and a preview of the Armidale MTN X track

Mountain Cross Round 2 – WA

Fix Bikes/ Harley Estate Wines/ Perth Mountain Bike Club/ Three Chillies Farm/ Clict Magazine. The 2nd in a 4 race series event was held 20th & 21st November 2004 at Three Chillies Farm 4X track, Chittering Valley Perth WA.

A searing hot 2 days saw riders come out & test out the track in race conditions for the 1st time ever! Day 1 – practice day allowed most of the field a fair chance to experience what to expect for race day – fierce competition, tough challenging course and hot conditions. The course showed that it could easily take on 4 riders at once, allowing plenty of opportunity for tussling for positions and choices to either go big & land the double or why not land straight into the big berm! Ok only if your name is Sam Hill!

Race day Sunday, hot once again. Race was started with a field of 51 competitors at 10:30am. The 3 mottos produced the fiercely competitive semi-finals round of 8 riders for the Sport & Elite classes and a quarterfinal of 16 riders for the large under 19 class (originally 21 riders). The Elite Men were tight for points with 3 top men all on equal points, each winning their respective 3 mottos. Before the semi & quarterfinals went under way WA Trials group kept us all cool & entertained during the lunch break & allowing a healthy bit of tension to build up over the next 30 minutes.

Under 19 quarter finals eliminated 8 riders straight after lunch, the final four were soon determined for each of the 3 categories. The finals were fast & furious for Sport winner young gun Jarrad Lawrence- normally an XC rider, 2nd Sydney’s very own Matt Holmes – editor of the new international Revolution Magazine, 3rd David Butler, and 4th big fella Carson McDonald. Women’s category saw only 1 competitor well done to Stef Van Amerongen.

Junior winner – Joel Bain – keep an eye out for this guy, 2nd Chayse Pengilly, 3rd David McCallum, 4th Ben Pusey – once again an XC rider! Finally, the one’s we were all waiting for, the amazingly fast final four Elite Men coming home 1st in an inspirational run down Sam Hill, 2nd Dave McLaughlin- all the way from the east coast & now the series leader, 3rd Mark Taylor – showing all his BMX skills and 4th Derek Winch-Buist – ex WA boy coming home from Tassie for the race he sure wasn’t going to miss.

PMBC & Three Chillies Farm would like to say a massive thanks to MTBA & Clict National Mtb Magazine for the opportunity to be part of the 1st ever Australian 4X series! Thanks to everyone that helped out, this event would never have happened with out so many of you getting in there and being a part of it all. Many thanks and well done to all involved.

Cheers Paul Neve

And now something for the east coast of Australia: the newest, biggest, most talked about MTNX track in the country, and in Armidale the education capital of northern NSW of all places.

The support shown by the shire council in putting their faith in a country lad (Dave Rugendyke), their donation of some prime real estate almost in the middle of town and the support of Glen Jacobs in designing the track is a good example of everyone working together for a common good and purpose. More importantly it is textbook example of how local government can understand the needs of the youth in their local community.

Check out some excellent pictures of the course at Farkin (http://www.farkin.net). Travel to Armidale and be part of the next explosion of MTB activity. Download the map that shows where the track is. Get your local council to look at what is happening in rural Australia and get them enthused about the possibilities where you live. Contact MTBA if you need any help.

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MTBA announces 2005 fee structure

In 2004 MTBA suffered 2 significant insurance claims, but we have been able to convince our insurance providers that these two events were atypical and as a result we have only suffered a 10% increase in insurance premium. MTBA has also increased our public liability cover from $10m to $20m in line with what a lot of government agencies are now requesting.

And, as you are also probably aware MTBA has recently engaged Tony Scott as full time CEO. The MTBA component of the membership fee has been increased slightly to help provide the funds to fully service this important initiative.

The combination of all these things has resulted in the following fee structure for 2005:

Senior: $80 (plus club fee)
Junior: $60 (plus club fee)
Recreational: $42 (plus club fee if applicable)
CA -> MTBA value add: $36 (plus club fee if applicable)

MTBA has also been concerned about the cost ratio of day permits vs full membership and have resolved to increase club level day permits to $15.

The cost of national level permits remain the same ($15) and participation permits for all activities without a competitive focus or directed towards junior or women specific programs remain as before ($5). The new day permit cost will make a cost ratio of day permit to full member about 5 rather than 7.

The fee for affiliated clubs fee will remain at $110, but MTBA has also tightened up on the definition of what constitutes a club vs a private promoter and the following definition is now used and will be warranted by clubs:

We further warrant that the assets and income of our club will be applied solely for the benefit of its members in the pursuit of mountain biking and no portion shall be distributed directly or indirectly to the members of the club except as bona fide compensation for services rendered or expenses incurred on behalf of the club.

MTBA has increased the cost of private Promoter affiliation to $330. The new fee will be paid when re-affiliation occurs.

This will clearly define how the funds derived by a club will be distributed. We have taken this direction rather than mandating compulsory incorporation which we felt would be an unreasonable impost on smaller clubs.

The updated membership forms are now available at https://www.mtba.org.au/forms/forms.asp

These fees are to begin on December 1.

If MTBA can clarify any of the above with you please do not hesitate to us.

Note that if your internet provider is bigpond you will need to use the mtba@mac.com email address.

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Shimano 2004 Australian Cyclist of the Year Awards

The Shimano 2004 Australian cyclist of the year awards will be presented on Friday 26th November in a gala event to be held in Sydney. The following criteria is taken into consideration in weighted order:
Performance at principal world events
Performance at other major international events
Performance at premier domestic level
Consistency of Performances
Ambassadorship for the sport of cycling

The following finalists are listed in alphabetical order for MTB. Full finalist lists can be seen at the Cycling Australia : http:www.cycling.org.au

Junior Men’s MTB Cyclist of the Year
Amiel Cavalier
National Champion, National Series Champion and seventh at the World Championships.
Shaun Lewis
Lewis is the Cross Country Australian Champion and National Series winner. He finished tenth in the World Championships.

Junior Women’s MTB Cyclist of the Year
Tracey Hannah
National ELITE Champion and a second and two fifth placings in the elite division of the NORBA USA national series.
Erica Oldfield
National Champion and 24th at the World Championships.

Male MTB Cyclist of the Year
Sam Hill
In 2004 Hill proved that teenage enthusiasm and talent can overcome the toughest obstacles defeating far more experienced rivals to claim the Australian Downhill Title. At the World Championships he secured the bronze medal and consistent performances throughout the season saw him finish second overall in the World Cup Series.
Nathan Rennie
Three podium finishes and consistent performances saw Rennie finish third overall in the World Cup Downhill Series. At the World Championships he was fifth.
Sid Taberlay
Sid is the 2004 Australian and Oceania Cross Country Champion and finished in the top ten in two of the three World Cup rounds he contested. He was second in the European Cup in Belgium and at the Olympic Games he was 23rd.

Female MTB Cyclist of the Year
Lisa Mathison
Mathison lined up as the youngest competitor in the cross country at the Athens Olympic Games but despite giving her rivals a headstart in experience the 19 year old two time junior World Champion more than held her own on the hot, dusty course to finish tenth. She finished 14th overall in the World Cup Series.
Katrina Miller
Miller claimed vistory in the 4-Cross event at the French World Cup round in Les 2 Alpes and was in the top five two other rounds. She ended the Series ranked fourth overall. At the World Championships in Les Gets, France she finished fifth.

Congratulations to all these fine athletes and good luck at the awards.

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National Series Primer

Get all the goss on the national MTB series, rules, information about the courses and the events.

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Commonwealth Games MTB course construction tender available

Construction of the State Mountain Bike Course at Lysterfield Park - Tender No.6692

Maintaining the health of our parks and reserves, while providing a range of excellent visitor services not only contributes to the environmental health of our state but also to the physical and mental health of all Victorians – Healthy Parks, Healthy People.

Expressions of Interest for this project were previously sought by the Department for Victorian Communities through the advertisement of Expression of Interest document No. DVC 2004 - 38. The Department for Victorian Communities has now engaged Parks Victoria to project manage the tendering and construction phases of the proposed works. Due to an inadequate response to the original Expression of Interest process, the Department for Victorian Communities has now decided to re- advertise, and move to an open tender process. All parties who previously expressed interest in the project are invited to Tender.

Parks Victoria on behalf of the Office of Commonwealth Games Co-ordination is seeking tenders from suitably qualified organisations to provide construction services to deliver a world class Mountain Bike Course at Lysterfield Park for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and for future Mountain Bike competitions. The track will be approximately 6.5km in length, and the works involve moderate earthworks for track formation and drainage, and extensive landscaping type works to provide the technical features.

Tender documents may be obtained from Mr. Len Purton by calling the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963. Documents are available for inspection at the address below, prior to purchase, as the $50 document fee is non-refundable. Office hours are 8:30am - 5:30pm.

Respondents are to lodge their Tender responses marked CONFIDENTIAL, Tender No.6692 - Construction of the State Mountain Bike Course at Lysterfield Park, by 2: 00pm Wednesday 8 December 2004 in the Tender Box located at Parks Victoria, Level 10, 535 Bourke St, Melbourne, Vic. 3000.

The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. Parks Victoria is an Equal Opportunity employer.

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2005 Ausport Awards closing soon

The ASC's 2005 Ausport Awards nominations are closing soon.

As a member of the Club Development Network you are eligible to nominate for the Club Development Award. (You may also nominate for other categories.)

The Ausport Awards are designed to recognise and reward good practice in the industry across a diverse range of categories for individuals as well as organisations.

The Ausport Awards provide recognition in ten categories, including Schools, Clubs, Rural and Regional activities, National Sporting Organisations, Junior Sport as well as individual awards for lifetime achievement in coaching development, officiating development and furthering women in sport. The winner of each category will be in the running to receive the prestigious Ausport Award - for the most outstanding achievement in 2004.

Each finalist will also be invited to attend the presentation ceremony as part of the Australian Sports Commission's Our Sporting Future Forum to be held from March 2 to 4 2005 at the Sydney Convention Centre. Finalists will receive free registration and attendance at Australia's premier sport development forum. (This is a saving of approx $500 for registration as well as free travel and accommodation in Sydney)

For information on the Ausport Awards including how to nominate click on this link:



For a copy of the nomination booklet or more information, please call 1800 000 685.

Nominations for the Ausport Awards close on 26 November 2004, so start planning your nomination now!

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Killingworth, XC#2

A new, updated entry form for Killingworth has been uploaded in the calendar pages. Changes include a modified start time for several classes and a reduced entry fee for some classes. Please use the uploaded form in pre-registration

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National Season kicks off in the best style possible

Cairns made a a welcome return to national MTB competition when it hosted the lead-out events in the 2004/2005 national MTB series. Although the competition fields were small by comparison to events held further south the organization and scope of the preparation on the events was anything but. Cairns has set the level for all other national series hosts to aim towards. Great commentary, music and food. Great courses that were technical but achievable and which had a great deal of thought put in about what they were going to demand of the riders. An awesome inaugural MTNX event on Friday night under the balmy Cairns night really set the scene for the weekend for those that travelled north. Results are now listed in the results page. Well done cairns MTB Club - bring on 2005!

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