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Pre-Enter Nationals for a chance to win free MTBA membership for 12 months

With less than a week to go till the start of the 2005 National MTB Championships which marks the end of the National MTB season MTBA wants to encourage as many people as possible to pre-enter.

Pre-entry allows the organisers to set the level of infrastructure and services commensurate with the participation fields. Pre-entry also means that riders can simply turn up, grab their number plate and begin experiencing the pinnacle of competitive MTB in Australia. Conversely, entering on the day may mean long queues filling in paperwork, hassling over money and wasting valuable practice time. I am sure that you have better things to do with your time than standing in a queue!

To help you out, MTBA is offering 10 free memberships of MTBA and any affiliated club. Each membership package is worth up to $100 and is valid for a full 12 months from the date of the National Championships for non-members or from renewal for current members.

All you need to do to have a chance to win is to pre-enter the 2005 National Championships before 5.00pm on Tuesday 15th March. All currently pre- entered participants are eligible for the competition. Names will be drawn on Thursday 17th March 2005 and will be posted on the MTBA website and around the registration area from start of registration.

Winners that are current MTBA members will be sent a certificate that will entitle them for redemption of the offer when they renew. Winners that are not currently MTBA members will be able to gain MTBA membership at registration saving another $15.

Pre-enter for a chance to win!

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2005 MTBA AGM Notice

The 2005 Annual General Meeting for MTBA will be held on Saturday 19th March at 7.30 pm at the Golden Trout in conjunction with the 2005 National MTB Championships.

All current executive positions will be up for election.

Accordingly, nominations are called for:

President - Tony Scott currently holds both the President and CEO role for MTBA. Suitable nominees are sought for the role of President Vice President -No current incumbent Secretary - No current incumbent: tasks are largely taken on by MTBA CEO Treasurer - Current position holder, Vanessa Medder, will stand for re-election Futures - Current position holder is Bruce Dickey will stand for re-election Member Protection Officer - New position CA Board delegate - Current incumbent is Nigel Walker

Ordinary members - Interested people who wish to make a contribution to the management of MTBA. A maximum of 9 will be elected and 8 will represent a voice for each State and Territory in Australia. An additional election will occur for Bike Trials representative.

Brief Job Descriptions
The President position needs to have a devotion and passion for MTB, have a firm understanding of all aspects of MTBA activity in Australia and have a working knowledge of MTB activity internationally.

The Secretary will look after the minutes at each MTBA executive meeting. This position is largely performed by the MTBA CEO at present.

The Treasurer position should ideally be a certified accountant or someone with similar skills. The current incumbent has indicated a desire to stand again.

The Futures position, being in its second year, is still being defined but it is envisaged it will look towards placing MTBA in the best position to take advantage of new developments in MTB activity domestically and internationally. The Futures Officer would be a person who can think outside the square about where MTBA is at present and research possibilities for future directions.

The MPO is a new position as a result of the new ASC member protection policies and templates that the MTBA CEO is currently working through. This person would ideally have some social or community background and be already trained in dealing with issues of member protection.

No special skills are required for Ordinary members, apart from being enthusiastic about things MTB, but a working knowledge of MTB will be helpful.

To nominate send your nomination, including the nominee's MTBA member number and that of a seconder to MTBA be email before close of business on March 18 2005. Note that to be elected you must be a financial member of MTBA (and remain so for the duration of the nomination).

Order of Business:
Minutes from previous AGM will be read, Minutes from October General meeting will be read
The 2004 Financial statements will be presented
President's report will be presented
Election of new MTBA Executive and ordinary committee members
General business. Calls for general business matters are requested to be sent electronically to MTBA before March 10 2005.

Matters already listed include;
Progress of the current affiliation with Cycling Australia.
Discussion on the performance of the CEO for MTBA.
Discussion on the state of MTBA National Series
Discussion on membership costs and initiatives to retain members
The possibility of having regular quarterly face to face meetings of the executive/ board.
Discussion on bringing in outside expertise to the MTBA executive such as a legal expert and a media/promotions person
Discussion on Constitutional change
Selection of venue and hosts for national Championships 2006-2008
Selection of venue and hosts for 24hr Solo Championships 2005 - 2007

Get involved in your organisation by nominating, or coming along to the AGM to discuss the future of MTBA and MTB in Australia.

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Norba #1 – Trent Lowe places 2nd

From Trent Lowe...

Hey Everyone,

The mountain bike season has now begun and I am back in the US for the series. Many thanks to Jay and Stephanie for their help with my visa that let me into the country, to even be at the first race!

So the first round of the Norba series was in Texas not so far from San Antonio, where I was hoping the weather would be pretty nice considering we were so far south, and I had just left the mild Australian summer.

The first stage of the race was a short time trial on a very fast and fun bit of single track, I had a clean run and was only 3 seconds of Geoff Kabush to finish in second place. This meant I would have a good call up position for the next stage.

Stage two was the short track race, which was definitely one of the better courses for me, with a climb and a few technical corners in it. I had a really good start and the race split up on the climb about 10 minutes in, and I was out front with only Kabush, feeling really strong. We stayed away for the entire race until the final lap when we would attack one another numerous times. Geoff was really strong the last time over the climb and I was just hanging on his wheel by the top, this didn’t leave me any place to get around him to the finish line, and once again I would be second by a couple of bike lengths.

The weather turned bad the night before the cross country event and there must have been a few inches of rain fall. This had turned the course into a mud bath and the line stone became very slippery. I had a good start and by the top of the first 8 mile lap of three I was with 3 or 4 riders. The positions would move around a lot as it was so hard not to make mistakes, and everyone would gain or lose time in different areas. Adam Craig was really good in these conditions and got away from Kabush and myself on the last lap, and held his lead to the end for the win. I came in for another second place, to also finish second overall for the weekend. A win would have been better but the signs are good for the races in these coming weeks, one this weekend also in Texas and then onto Arizona for the next Norba round.

Thanks to everyone at my new Subaru – Gary Fisher team for there help, especially Ben and Allan for working so hard on getting our bikes ready in time for the first race.

Thanks for reading,


You can email trent at:

Trent will not, unfortunately, be able to attend the Australia National Championships due to his NORBA contractual arrangements.

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Nominations for 2005 Oceania MTB Championships now open

From Cycling Australia.

Cycling Australia (CA), in cooperation with Mountainbike Australia (MTBA), is now calling for nominations from riders interested in competing in the 2005 Oceania Mountainbike Championships. The Championships contested will be for Men and Women in Elite and U19 categories for Cross Country and Down Hill disciplines. As this is a UCI event, riders must be licensed with CA.

Nominations will close with the CA office prior to the Australian Mountainbike Championships on Friday 18 March (

Nominations will be reviewed by the Mountainbike Selectors and the Australian Team to contest the Championships will be confirmed at the conclusion of the Nationals.

Oceania Championships are conducted under UCI regulations for Continental Championships and as such competitors will be required to compete in National Team jerseys. These jerseys are purchasable from CA however, in order to minimise cost, riders who have represented Australia in the past will be asked to wear their existing national team jersey and we have sought exemption for other riders to be able to wear club, state or registered team jerseys. We will advise as soon as possible if this is to be accepted by Oceania Confederation.

To simplify team operations, riders will be able to arrange their own accommodation at Mt Buller and no team management levy will be sought. However, this will be an Australian team and a schedule for team assembly at Mt Buller will be advised once the team is confirmed. Entry fees will apply.

Thank you in anticipation of your support of the 2005 Oceania Mountainbike Championships.

Graham Fredericks
Chief Executive Officer

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Location Announced for 2005 Nalgene Polaris Mountain Bike Challenge

Australia’s most challenging mass participation mountain bike event, the Nalgene Polaris Challenge, is this year heading to the Mid North Coast of NSW on March 12/ 13

The Polaris moves to a different location each year and for 2005 over 500 riders from across Australia will descend upon the tracks and trails on the mountains, forest and farmland of the hinterland between Taree and Port Macquarie. Until today riders have only known the 2005 event to be ‘approx 5hrs from Sydney and 6hrs from Brisbane’

Competing in teams of 2, they’ll spend the 2 days seeking out checkpoints scattered throughout the 600 sq km event area. Riders plan their own route to maximize points and carry with them all the gear for a ‘secret’ camp on Saturday night. They use a specially produced map of the whole area. The Event Centre, from where riders will start on Saturday 12th morning and Finish on Sunday 13th afternoon is based in the beautiful little village of Comboyne some 40km west of Port Macquarie, high on the Comboyne Plateau. The event area includes large tracts of State Forests as well as Bago Bluff and Coorabakh National Park down to the lush valleys of Camden Haven and Stewarts River.

With over $25000 worth of prizes there is plenty of keen competition with some of Australia’s leading mountain bikers and adventure racers taking part. Riders come from NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS, WA, ACT, SA with a couple of overseas riders.

The Polaris is also well known for its fun atmosphere and this year’s theme is Cows&Dairy to reflect the heritage of the region. Bikes and cyclists dressed as cows, calf judging competitions, weird races……….

The Nalgene Polaris Challenge raises funds for the Volunteer Rescue Assocation of NSW and local community associations in Comboyne district

The Major Sponsors of the Nalgene Polaris Challenge are Nalgene Hydration, Forests NSW, Mongoose Bikes, PowerBar Sports Nutrition, Greater Port Macquarie Tourism, Manning Valley Tourism, Mountain Biking Australia Magazine, Princeton Tec Lighting.

For further details on the 2005 Nalgene Polaris Challenge please contact Huw Kingston on 0418 977609, email or check out

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Chosen Line – an Australian MTB odyssey

From Glen Jacobs, somewhere in Australia...

Hey everybody,
Well we are on the road and into our 2nd week, filming has been great, with lots of pure MTB footage happening. While we are on the road, our updates and photos are being hosted by the worlds biggest MTB website, so sign in and follow our adventures.

Chosen Line is a 13 part television series featuring world class aussie riders in iconic aussie locations, with world class guests from other action adventure sports.

Chosen Line will be premiered on FUEL TV early July 2005.

Until next farkin time, hold your line,


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Queensland 2005 MTB National Championship Team announced

The Queensland team to contest the 2005 MTBA National MTB Championships has been announced. Congratulations to the following Queensland athletes and ride well at at the Nationals.




U19 DH



Gap Cycles

Elite DH



Gap Cycles

Elite XC



Gold Coast MTB Club

Elite DH



Gold Coast MTB Club

U17 XC



Gold Coast MTB Club

U15 XC



Gold Coast MTB Club

Masters XC



Gold Coast MTB Club

U15 XC




Masters XC




Masters XC




Vet DH




U19 XC



North Brisbane

Vet XC



South Side Rats

Masters DH



South Side Rats

SuperMasters DH



South Side Rats

U17 DH and XC



South Side Rats

SuperMasters XC



The Riders Club

Vet DH



The Riders Club

Masters DH



The Riders Club

U19 DH



The Riders Club

U15 DH



The Riders Club

Vet XC



The Riders Club

Vet DH



Toowoomba CC

Elite DH



Toowoomba CC

Elite DH



University of Queensland Cycling Club

Elite XC

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National team selection policies for 2005 World MTB Championships

Want to be part of the Australian team to contest the 2005 World MTB Championships in Livingo, Italy August 30 – September 4, 2005?

Well read about what you need to do here.

The full selection policy for all cycling disciplines is available from Cycling Australia

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National MTB Championships entries now on-line

Race Entries to the 2005 Australian Mountain Bike Championships are now open!

With a month to go until the premier event on the Australian Mountain Bike Calendar, entries are now being taken. The primary means of entering is online via the event site For those riders not in possession of a credit card there is a downloadable entry form available.

Fat Tyre Flyers in association with Full Gas Promotions, together with Tourism Victoria are pleased to present the 2005 Australian Mountain Bike National Championships. To be held over the weekend of 17-20th March in the lakeside township of Eildon, 2hrs North East of Melbourne, competition will be held across the four disciplines of Cross Country, Down Hill, Four-Cross and Trials. With over $20,000 in cash and prizes from the event sponsors, the 4 day cycling festival, with three main days of competition, is Australia's premier mountain bike event. There is a discipline and a category for everyone.

This year is shaping up to be the most open ever in the Elite Men’s division of both Down Hill and Cross Country. With Athen’s Olympian and reigning Australian XC Champion, Sid Taberlay and reigning Under 23 Champion Trent Lowe being forced to travel to America due to professional obligations with their teams’ the Men’s Cross Country race is wide open with the current National Series leader Dylan Cooper (Kona-Mt Buller Factory Team) setting up for a dual with last year’s runner-up Avanti rider Chris Jongewaard.

The Men’s Downhill is no different with three different winners coming from the last three National Rounds- Mick Hannah (Haro-Adidas MTB Team), 2003 World Cup Champ Nathan Rennie (Santa Cruz Syndicate) and Jarrod Graves (Team Yeti) are all in with a chance. With seven Aussies ranked within the Top 50 in the World (2 in the top 6) racing is sure to close

This years event is proudly supported by the following companies; The Official Nutrition Supplier- PowerBar
The Official Bike- Kona
The Official Wheel- Mavic
The Official Tyre- Maxxis

Following on from the success of the 2004 national champs, the hosts for the event, the Fat Tyre Flyer Mountain Bike Club is excited about the fast approaching 2005 event. Club President Rohin Adams believes that “with so many good reviews and the ability to learn from the 2004 event, this [year’s event] will be a talking point for the whole year ahead. With the race courses all being honed and having a good year to settle in plus better ability to plan for the event, the club is quite relaxed and confident of another successful event”.

Full Gas Promotions are a sports events company based in Melbourne, Australia. They work alongside the Australian & International cycling industry to provide quality events from a fresh perspective.

For sponsorship enquiries contact: Kristjan Snorrason
Full Gas Promotions Pty Ltd
M: 0412 339 379
T: 03 9818 1899
F: 03 9818 1892

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National MTN X Finals, Newcastle, 26-27 February 2005

Finals are always great to be at because the best of the best turn up to celebrate the end of the series, celebrate the best and most consistent riders and ride the best courses at great locations.

The first ever Australian MTN X series concludes in Newcastle, at at purpose built track by Glen Jacobs and only 30 minutes from the Newcastle CBD.

Get the event brochure here and be there for an awesone weekend.

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