Junior Development


MTBA have identified the need and developed a structured framework for a junior athlete development pathway aimed at exposing and preparing junior riders for club, school, state and National competitions. Under this framework junior riders will be further developed in a progressive manner for the potential of entering into future High Performance pathways and/or Elite Representative programs.


MTBA National Series and National Championship races form a fundamental part of MTBA’s junior development programs for riders ranging from intermediate through to elite level. They are also an integral part of the selection process for development squads and junior world championship teams. MTBA recognises that attending some or all of the series can be a significant time and financial burden on families.

In response MTBA has developed a program that gives the opportunity for U17, U19 and U23 riders to attend National Series and National Championship races without requiring parent/guardian accompaniment and under the supervision of experienced and accredited coaches and staff. Athletes are met at the destination airport and are under the care of MTBA staff until they are on their returning flight at the end of the camp.

The National Junior Travel Program for the 2017-2018 XCO and DHI National Season is open now. For full details please download the information sheet HERE.

Registrations are open now and can be accessed via the following links. Note registrations close strictly 4 weeks prior to each event to allow for logistics planning and minimum numbers are required to implement the program. Please register as early as possible.


Orange NSW | Round 1+2 | 7-11 December 2017

Nerang QLD | Round 3+4 | 11-15 January 2018

Pemberton WA | Round 5+6 | 25-29 January 2018

Canberra ACT | Round 7+8 | 22-26 March 2018

Armidale NSW | National Championships | 22-26 February 2018


Coffs Harbour NSW | Round 1 | 18-22 January 2018

Awaba NSW | Round 2 | 1-5 February 2018

Narbethong VIC | Round 3 | 15-19 March 2018

Bright VIC | National Championships | 1-5 March 2018


Mountain Bike Australia will be hosting junior development squads across the country providing the first steps for riders on the pathway to elite racing. Squads will be created by accredited Level 1 or 2 coaches who responded to expressions of interest in running the program.

The focus of the program is skilled based group training sessions with the ultimate goal of attending and performing at a national level event. Each programme will run over a period of 3 months. The programme will introduce athletes to basic fitness testing, information on anti-doping, nutrition as well as conduct in the MTBA high performance environment.

Riders will also receive  a minimum 24 hours of face to face coaching with squad sizes capped at 10. Applicants must be aged 12-18 as at 31 December 2017 to be eligible for the program. Cost $380



Gold Coast (XC) | Rusty Mark | Open for rider expressions of interest | Nerang


Port Macquarie (XC) | Jamie Vogele | Dates TBA | Port Macquarie


Melbourne (XC) | Dora and Kelvyn Bettridge | Open for expressions of interest – Nov – Dec  | Lysterfield


Adelaide (Gravity) | Tyson Schmidt | Open for expressions of interest | Fox Creek


Hobart (XC) | Open for expressions of interest | Glenorchy


Perth Hills (XC) | Ian Humphrey & Lorraine Phillips | Dates TBA | Kalamunda


Canberra (XC) | Dylan Cooper | October 2017 | Stromlo

Applications will remain open on a rolling basis. As squads fill a waiting list will be created for the next intake. Any coaches who wish to lead a squad are encouraged to get in touch.

The online application form can be found at HERE

Any questions can be emailed to devcoordinator@mtba.asn.au

View the MTBA Junior Policy

Latest News

MTBA Attains NSO Recognition

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) has been officially recognised as a National Sporting Organisation (NSO) by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) today.... Read More

Routledge Aussie Coach For CX Worlds

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) is pleased to confirm Mark Routledge as the Australian Cyclo-cross Team Coach for the UCI CX World Championships in Valkenburg, Netherlands.... Read More

Heap And Peacock Ready To Master CX Worlds

Sharon Heap and Craig Peacock will lead the Australian charge at the 2017 UCI Masters Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Mol, Belgium early next month.... Read More