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Call to Action: Cycling in KNP to be cut back

Comments are due this Friday 20th August. Priority: URGENT!

The Draft Plan of Management for Kosciuszko National Park currently on exhibition until this Friday 20th August. See the Draft plan at: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/KosciuszkoNP_mgmtplan_draft

The Plan proposes that cycling be banned on ALL management roads in declared Wilderness areas that are closed to public vehicles. Declared Wilderness currently covers about 40% of KNP in three bands across the park (north, central alps and south). Thus the proposal effectively blocks longer distance touring north to south. At present cycling is allowed on management tracks in these areas. Hundreds of kilometres of tracks are affected by the proposals. There were no cycling or mountain biking representatives allowed in the 20 person community forum that was the driving force behind the Draft Plan.

In order to retain the ability for longer distance cycle touring in the Park, you are urged to make a submission, NOW! Points you could make include:

  • Worldwide research shows that the environmental impacts of cycling on dirt roads are no worse than bushwalking
  • As demonstrated in other parks and reserves, conflict between walkers and cyclists can easily be avoided by education and appropriate signage
  • The plan is biased against cycling in natural areas in favour of bushwalking, but there are no sound ecological or environmental planning reasons the proposals being put forward
  • Bushwalkers already have walking tracks designated for them which cyclists are already prohibited from using
  • The plan does nothing to promote opportunities for sustainable transport and touring in natural areas.
  • Arriving by bike and then touring is self-sufficient recreation, compared with driving to the trackheads then walking
  • Downhillers are catered for in well defined areas. Most other mountain bikers are sane and sensible bushwalkers on bikes!

    Make sure they hear voices other than the anti-cyclist! Support the good points, highlight your concerns, and email or post your submission by Friday August 20 to:

    Parks & Wildlife Division
    Department of Environment & Conservation
    P.O. Box 733
    QUEANBEYAN NSW 2620

    Or email: kosciuszkopom@npws.nsw.gov.au
    Please copy to MTBA: info.mtba@mtba.asn.au and to Bicycle NSW's Advocacy Assistant, Jannine Ord: JOrd@bicyclensw.org.au

    Online submissions can also be made on the web site page above.

    And be sure to send a copy to:
    Premier Bob Carr
    PARLIAMENT HOUSE
    SYDNEY 2000

    A file of the proposed cycling routes in KNP is available as a jpg file (which is clearer to see what's proposed compared with the scratchy NPWS map). It can be emailed to you if you let us know.

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Australian Olympic MTB team confirmed

The 2004 MTB Olympic team is now confirmed as: Josh Flemming (Chris Jongewaard was replaced by Josh Flemming on appeal), Sid Taberlay and Lisa Mathison.

Congratulations to all these very talented athletes and our best wishes are extended to you for your race in Athens (27 - 28 August).

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Brisbane City Council Ahead of the Curve

Brisbane City Council has recently created the position of Mountain Bike Trail Care Coordinator in the Local Asset Services West Region office in Coonan Street Indooroopilly. The positions primary role is to manage mountain bike use in Mount Coot-tha Forrest. The establishment of a cooperative approach with local bicycle shops, cycling clubs and community groups is desired to help to inform and educate users on sustainable and acceptable use of mountain bikes in the Mount Coot-tha conservation area.

As part of the management of mountain bike users in Mount Coot-tha Forrest a volunteer trail care group will be established. This will enable mountain bike riders to participate in the maintenance and rehabilitation of mountain bike trails.

If you wish to obtain further information on this program please feel free to contact me at the Local Asset Services West Office at Coonan Street or telephone 3407 0099. I look forward to your ongoing participation in the future of mountain bike riding in Mount Coot-tha Forest.

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NSW State XC & DH Series updates

NSW State DH Championships: August 29th, Mt. Sugarloaf. Email Stuart McNaughton (ssmcn@bigpond.net.au) or phone: 02 49521992. NSW State XC Championships: September 12th, Killingworth.Email Stuart McNaughton (ssmcn@bigpond.net.au) or phone: 02 49521992. NSW State DH Series (Final round): September 19th, Bateman's Bay.Email John Myssonski (johnm@opensystems.com.au)... Read More

NSW State DH Series #5, Lithgow 25 July

Information and entry forms now available at http://www.ctmbc.net/Pages/Temps/StateDH.html

Brand new track. Rego and Official practice on the 24th - no practice, no race!

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Sydney 8hr Working Day Series

Here is a personal perspective of the Yarramundi round from one of the leaders, Saul Britton. Next and final round: Canberra, August 15.

After the disappointment of DNF'ing the last 8-hour race at Killingworth, I was keen for revenge at Yarramundi last Sunday. After a victory in the Sydney 24-hour last month, and plenty of training miles in my legs, I was confident of a good result.

The solo 8-hour endurance race format has been attracting an amazing depth of riding talent. Hot shot speed freak XC-racers Aiden Leffman, James Williamson and Hamish Elliot, together with the seasoned Enduro stalwarts, are all regulars on the 8-hour start line so an 'easy' race is never an option.

Just like Killingworth the front runners of Leffman, Williamson, Elliot and myself were content to cover each other for the first two hours and ride with plenty in reserve. At this mark I decided to control the race a little and thought an attack was in order. I shot into the distance and the pack of three let me ride away. Even though my pace was unsustainable my plan was to gap them solidly and hope they burnt out chasing me down.

I managed to stay away for two hours before my pace slowed. At this time Aiden and James came through. Absent from the crew was Hamish, who is a renown strong finisher and can never be discounted until the race is over.

The dry and dusty Yarramundi track was at is brutal best. The traction was virtually non-existent, the pinch climbs stung, the dust was thick and suspension was tested to the max by the incessant square edged bumps that riddle the course from start to finish.

After the group of two came through I went through a bit of a tough period where my lactic filled legs began to slow and lose strength so it was time to wind the pace back and throw down as many Hi5 gels as I could. I circulated at a reduced intensity for an hour and in this slower time Hamish managed to come through into third place.

Aiden Leffman withdrew from the race at the five hour mark, obviously finding the blistering pace that Williamson was setting to be unmatchable.

As the shadows lengthened on the spectacular 24' winter's day I spent the final hour trying to bridge back across to Hamish. My efforts were in vain as he was way out of sight and my legs were way too shot.

So, back on the podium with a third, and an announcement from NiteRider of a new light sponsorship for the upcoming 24-hour races, was super sweet. Thanks to everyone who has helped get me up there.

To date, the overall points standing currently has Hamish Elliot in first place, James Williamson in second and myself in third. The final of the five race series will be held in Canberra on August 15th.

Bring on the pain.

Saul

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Cycling Australia announces 2004 Olympic MTB athletes

Cycling Australia today announced the 3 cyclists it proposes to nominate to the Australian Olympic Committee for selection in the Australian MTB team for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

The nominees have qualified for selection as per the 2004 Australian Olympic Team Nomination Criteria but selection of the Olympic Team will be conducted solely by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC). Selection may also be contingent any appeals lodged against non-nomination. The closing date for notification to Cycling Australia of an appeal against non-nomination is 5.00pm (AEST) Tuesday July 6, 2004.

Mountain Bike XC – Men
• Chris JONGEWAARD (SA) 18.07.1979
• Sid TABERLAY (TAS) 22.01.1980

Mountain Bike XC – Women
• Lisa MATHISON (QLD) 31.01.1985

For a complete list of all 25 cycling athletes nominated by CA for the 2004 Olympics go to www.cycling.org.au

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MONT 24Hr Mountain Bike Championship

The largest mountain bike in Australia has just been run in Canberra ACT. With approximately 5500 in the forest, 525 on track at once, 2200 riders, 8400 laps and a distance ridden of 4 times around the planet the logistical requirements are mind numbing, but Canberra Off Road Cyclists once again pulled it off. The Solo Australian Championship jersies were awarded to Josh Street won the solo male class again with 21 laps in 24h 23m and Tory Thomas winning the female solo class with 17 laps in 24h 28m. Fastest times on the event in night and day was taken out by Trent Lowe. The overall winner was by a 4-man team of Dylan Cooper, Richard Vollebregt, James Williamson and Nick Kiraly who rode 28 laps in 24h 39m. Full results are available here.

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2004/2005 national Series calendar updated

The 2004/2005 National MTB Series calendar has been updated to include Bike Trials and Mountain Cross. See the new calendar here

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Minutes of half yearly MTBA Executive meeting, 23rd October 2004

The half yearly MTBA executive meeting was held in Melbourne during the Australian Bike Show. The minutes are here.

Document Download:
2004 Semi Exec Meeting (PDF - 90 Kb)

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