MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
It's been a very busy start to the year in Australian mountain biking. There is simply so many events condensed into an already very busy period on the MTB calendar, which begs the question, is it time to fully review the calendar and timing of National events?
Many events on the Australian calendar are dictated by international or UCI event calendars to ensure riders can compete in World Cups without the constant need to return to Australia and to suit the Australian seasons. Pressure now comes from the wide variety of disciplines that fall under MTBA and the desire to accommodate all with both National Series and Australian Championship events, which place a high volume of activities in the November to April period based on dates of current existing events that are now part of some of these National activities.
The Cairns World Cup is fast approaching and preparations are becoming very busy, MTBA still needs volunteers to help deliver this fantastic event on the Australian MTB scene for this year and we welcome your involvement.
The MTBA Management Committee recently met and endorsed a number of new initiatives regarding MTBA membership. They are all aimed at improving participation in this wonderful sport and we will have more on that in coming weeks.
For those members, interested in stats, MTBA membership for the current financial year continues to grow in excess of 13% with current female membership at 1926 and junior membership levels (under 18 years) at 2591. The highest growing area of membership for the current year is Recreation, which is currently growing at 49.6% How does your Club compare to the current national levels?
The MTBA Awards were recently announced and presented in Bright, Victoria. These awards are a wonderful way to highlight and recognise so many involved and their achievements and contributions in MTB throughout the country. Congratulations to all nominees and winners.
Over the past couple of months there has been some comment around CX and MTBA and where it's all headed. Recently, MTBA met with some representatives from the CX discipline and subsequent to that meeting, there have been some other quite positive discussions. To develop the discipline to its full potential will take the support of all parties and to do that and there needs to be a recognition of the role, we all play, a level of appreciation, cooperation and compromise applied in a practical sense.
CX is a developing discipline in Australia and is yet to experience the success it does it Europe, and whether that is achievable is also an unknown. MTBA is committed to developing this discipline, but the discipline does face some challenges now, as do all sports in their initial growth, but working together will certainly provide it with the best opportunity. However, right now, there exists some concern for the 2016 CX National Series, with less than the required number of bids received from the recent EOI process and three bids for National Championships.
MTBA will continue to discuss potential options with the bidders as we try to work out the best solutions for 2016 as quickly as possible.
Have a great month out on the trails.