MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
It certainly has been a whirlwind month for mountain biking in Australia. And sometimes I have to sit back and remind myself that at the heart of any organisation are people. The many people who don't get paid for their time or their passion, but are willing to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in to help make an event successful.
That certainly was the memory I took away from the recent world cup held in Cairns. From the contractors who spent from dawn till dusk helping build the event village to the hundreds of volunteers who gave up their time to be a smiling and helpful face to riders and fans who came through the gate.
Their enthusiasm to tackle any task, to work as part of a team and their joy at knowing they were involved in delivering a wonderful experience, made each day for myself and the MTBA staff proud to work with such giving people.
Many of them did not have a background in mountain biking but just wanted to help. But afterwards they certainly have become fans. A number have now said they will go out buy a mountain bike just because of how friendly the MTB community is and what fun people seem to have when they ride and can't wait to be involved again. We hope that opportunity rolls around again in 2017.
It's not just at world cup events we see these acts, but every weekend at every club around Australia and for that I congratulate you.
MTBA has also worked with Alpine Cycling Club to produce a variety of instructional videos of what to expect when you volunteer as a marshall at events. All clubs are welcome to use these videos.
To view: https://goo.gl/XOZ1Kf
Our membership is currently growing at just under 16% since July last year and this data reinforces and highlights the immense appeal that the sport and the value that individuals place on joining the MTB community and their local club.