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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

 April has been a huge month for mountain biking in Australia. While the World Cup in Cairns is probably what immediately springs to mind, there were also the XC Marathon National Championships in Derby and a round of the XCM series in Bendigo. All of those events would have been impossible without the big numbers and big assistance from the members of the local clubs - so my thanks to all of the volunteers who helped at all of these events - and indeed at all mountain biking events. They wouldn’t have happened without your involvement as individuals and clubs. Thanks also go to the Fitzroy Revolution Club for organising the VIC State XCO Champs this weekend. Good luck to all those competing.

Derby’s trails provided a great reward for those who made the trip to Tasmania, with Brendan Johnston edging out Tasman Nankervis and Scott Bowden to take the title. Peta Mullens was a clear winner in the women to take home her 9th Australian Champion jersey. An incredible feat and this one, her second XCM title, is the only time this multi-talented rider has won the same event twice. Tas and Peta would make it a double the next weekend at the Bendigo Golden Triangle Epic.

Cairns brought out the best riders in the world to Australia, and the courses brought out the best from them. MTBA has supported our riders this season by staging numerous UCI accredited events which enable them to earn UCI points for themselves and Australia. This was evident at Cairns with a big field of Aussies and a lot entitled to enter based on their international rankings. Plenty were on the podium, with Troy Brosnan (2nd), Tracey Hannah (2nd), Mick Hannah (3rd), Bec Henderson (3rd) and Josh Button (5th). 

This was Bec Henderson’s best performance at the Elite level and it was great to see both her joy and exhaustion at the end of the race.But Australia also filled places 2 to 5 in the Junior Men Downhill with Remy Morton leading the charge and Sian A’Hern was the leading Junior Woman and now gets to wear the World Cup Series Leader’s jersey at her next outing. Two punctures and a broken rim put an unfortunate end to Dan McConnell’s hope to match Bec’s podium performance, but he would still finish as the best placed Australian and the future stars in U23 also shone. There are, literally, too many Australian results to mention, which is an achievement in itself and a great reflection not only on the riders but also on the parents, clubs, development programs, supporters and sponsors who continue to help them achieve. You can check all the results from our 59 Australian riders out here: http://goo.gl/frFMdA. Thank you to everyone who has supported the Australian Team, and to the MTBA event and team staff at Cairns - with a special mention to Jeff Hughes; his many years of experience at this level providing a great deal of support as the Sports Manager.

So - now its back to normal mountain biking for a while (but we might take a couple of days rest first).

Russell Baker AM

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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.

 Shane Coppin 

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2016 UCI CAIRNS WORLD CUP

It was a weekend unlike any other for fans attending the UCI Cairns World Cup. And the results didn't disappoint with world champions Rachel Atherton and Loic Bruni taking out the elite men and women downhill titles. While in the XCO everyone was treated to witnessing the very best ever to throw a leg over a mountain bike with Julien Absalon third behind current world champ Nino Schurter in the elite men. Fair chance they'll be back in a year for the World Championships. Head here for a recap of the event:

 https://www.mtba.asn.au/mtbworldscairns/news/

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EVENT NEWS

NSW JUNIOR SERIES & SCHOOLS CUP

More than 60 riders contested the first round of the Cup. This weekend the event heads to the NSW North Coast with Grafton Cycle Club hosting. To read the who is leading the current series rankings and also check results from Round 1 head to our website. 

https://www.mtba.asn.au/development/schools/

Enduro National Series -Round 2

Awesome trails and six fully sick stages are waiting for you at Round 2 of the Enduro National Series at Fox Creek MTB Park. With Jared Graves competing in the EWS a new rankings leader will emerge in the elite mens field. Entries are now open, so dust off the bikes and head for the City of Churches on the 21-22 May.

https://online.mtba.asn.au/ERegister.aspx?E=3098

XCM National Series Round 3 - Golden Triangle Epic

After a second place at the recent XCM National Championships, Tasman Nankervis backed up to take out Round 3 of the XCM National Series at the Golden Triangle Epic, while newly crowned national marathon champion Peta Mullens took out the elite women.Both winners were riding in front of their home crowd, with Nankervis completing the 100km in 4:17:46seconds, nearly two minutes ahead of Chris Jongewaard in second and Kyle Ward in third.While Mullens finished in a time of 5:01:19seconds ahead of  New Zealand rider Samara Sheppard and Melissa Ansett. Riders now have a break in the series until September.

Read more: http://goo.gl/WntPmq

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MEMBER BENEFITS

An exciting few months are coming up for the membership team as we implement a number of different projects aimed at individual members, clubs and private promoters. We look forward working with you all to improve the growth of mountain biking in Australia. As a member of MTBA your race or recreation membership provides you with 24/7 insurance cover for social weekend ride with mates, taking the kids out on the trails or commuting to work. Race members are also covered at non-MTBA sanctioned events. What more can you ask for! For more:  https://www.mtba.asn.au/membership/insurance/

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EDUCATION/DEVELOPMENT

Last weekend's Cairns World Cup presented a unique opportunity for young riders to see the best in the sport and we made sure the Australian Under 19 XCO team didn't miss out. All riders in the squad were trackside to witness incredible performances by our elite riders, Bec Henderson's third place included. 
Training on the technical features of the course such as Jacob's Ladder, Croc Slide and Rodeo drop presented no problems for these highly skilled youngsters. Croc's Teeth definitely had some bite though and a couple of riders have the bruises to show for it. The camp gave them a taste of what will be the World Championships course in 2017 and helped prepare them for the similarly technical nature of the Nove Mesto World Championships course in Czech Republic later this year.
Thanks to Sam Thompson from Cycling NZ for assisting and encouraging his riders to join the Aussies. Also to Cairns Beach Resort for going out of your way to accommodate our group and provide all the facilities we needed.

Jodie Willet - National Development Coach

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CLUB NEWS

The April edition of the Play By the Rules magazine is out now. This months edition includes articles on safety for children and the working with children checks and other articles focusing on stamping out abusive behaviour in sport.

To read more: http://goo.gl/wTrh9x

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MTBA REWARDS

One of the benefits of being a member of MTBA is access to exclusive member only discounts across a range of products and stores. 

At the time of joining MTBA an email containing details on how to activate your MTBA Rewards and access discounts is sent to you. In addition to exclusive monthly discounts regular discounts are available on items such as movie tickets, fuel and travel.  

If you require your login email to be sent to you again, please contact Infinite Rewards at: customerservice@infinitrewards.com.au

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Photo Credits: Tim Bardsley-Smith, Russell Baker