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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

It has been a busy month!   Since the last newsletter there have been 3 World Cups, 2 National Rounds and 2 World Championships to keep the best Aussie riders busy and all us spectators back in Australia awake late at night.  On top of that, the Australian Mountain Bike Team for the Rio Olympics has been announced.    In the Women, Bec Henderson will become a dual Olympian. An appeals process is underway relating to the Men’s mountain biking, so the Australian Olympic Committee have delayed announcing the Men’s team until that process has been completed.   It will be up on the MTBA Facebook and website the moment we know the outcome!

The Women led the way for the Aussies at the World Marathon Championships at Laissac in France.   Imogen Smith achieved her best World result at 20th, with Anna Beck 28th, Jenni King 34th and Briony Mattocks 41st.   Chris Hellman was 120th in the Men.

There were mixed results for Australia at the XCO World Championships.   In this Olympic year, the XCO/XCE and DHI/4X/OT events have been separated on the calendar.   But even with this separation, over 50,000 spectators filled the mountain at Nove Mesto na Morave to see some thrilling racing.   Australia’s Juniors had their first exposure to this level of competition and I am certain they will return home full of memories and motivation for what they need to do to become world-beaters at this level.   The size and scale of this event is beyond anything they have seen in Australia.   Our best performances came with a 10th from Dan, Tasman, Peta and Kian in the National Team Relay; and from Scott Bowden (20th in U23 Men) and Peta Mullens (21st in Elite Women).   While Dan McConnell would not be happy with his 39th, it was a large and talent-packed field in Elite Men and Dan’s percentage time back from the winner was actually among the best from the Aussies over the weekend.   The Elite Women’s race will be remembered for a lot of crashes, punctures and mechanicals affecting the favourites.   Thank you to everyone who supported these riders and the Aussie Team.   This starts with the parents and clubs in their early days (and still continues) through the coaches, sponsors and team staff.

Our Downhill riders go into this weekend’s world cup with Troy Brosnan (2nd), Tracey Hannah (3rd) and Jackson Frew (5th) the best ranked in their categories.

RATS and D’Aguilar Range clubs held national rounds of XCM and Cyclocross in the Brisbane area, with very good numbers in both events.   RATS’ Bayview Blast saw Brendan Johnston and Samara Sheppard take the wins.   The CX was a double header with Chris Jongewaard and Rebecca Locke claiming a pair of victories.   Congratulations to both clubs for the excellent events they staged.   If you’re in Melbourne on 6 August, make sure you get out to the FOJCX round to farewell multiple national champion Lisa Jacobs - a great champion and fantastic ambassador for all forms of cycling and Women in sport.

The MTBA Management Committee will be recommending to the Membership that MTBA transitions from an Incorporated Association to a Company Limited by Guarantee.   Members will receive information on this in September and a Special General Meeting will be held in October to call for a vote on this matter.   This transition offers better Governance for the organisation and is the type of organisation recommended by the Australian Sports Commission.   There will be no reduction in the deliverables for our members or the work that MTBA does for mountain biking in Australia.   Subject to the Members approving the transition, there may be a call for nominations for Board positions in late 2016 or early 2017.   If you have interest in serving the mountain bike community through the MTBA Board, please contact me at president@mtba.asn.au

Previous Solo 24 Age-Group World Champion Troy Bailey is currently riding around Australia (with his dog Chloe) to raise awareness for refugee issues.   He is currently in the Canberra-Sydney area.   Check out his facebook for his route, location and ways you can assist.

It was great to see the news of more Government support for trails development in the Northern Territory, with several of the top-end’s iconic destinations now getting some mountain bike access and development.

Russ Baker AM

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

It’s been another busy period for MTBA Inc. with a lot of the time spent on planning the long term & short term goals of the organisation.  Over the past few months there has been numerous activities and events both domestically and internationally for MTBA, with the UCI MTB World Championships in Nove Mesto which by all accounts could be considered one of the best XCO World Championships ever conducted.

The event in Nove Mesto (Czech Republic) was a significant undertaking with some of numbers mind boggling.

• Estimated 50,000 spectators over 5 days (23,000 on the last day)

• Estimated $2.1 million budget

• Estimated 600 volunteers and staff

• Two years in the planning

• Considerable permanent structures – with seating for approximately 8,500 people along the finish line as well as grandstand seating within the forest.

The images, crowds, activities that have been shown from the event appear incredible and a huge congratulations is extended to organisers.  Congratulations also to the Australian riders who participated in the recent World Championships.

MTBA have been working on the strategic plan for the next five years and we are currently in the process of developing a number of new concepts and initiatives.  A few very exciting new initiatives include the establishment of frameworks for benchmarking of performance/activities across areas such as coaching/skills instruction, MTB activities/events and club activities.  As part of this process MTBA will be facilitating the development of MTB related standards and focusing very much on our engagement, community activities, participation and capability building.

Coaching and skills instructor courses are on the increase and we also finish the financial year with some tremendous growth in these numbers, which is fantastic for the sport and it is great to see clubs upskilling and embracing the benefits of this program.

I wish you all a great month on the trails.

Shane Coppin 

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EVENT NEWS

Mountain Bike Australia is pleased to announce the following events:

2016 Gravity Enduro National Championships

October 15 - 16, 2016
Mount Lofty Ranges, Adelaide

Adelaide’s Mount Lofty Ranges have been chosen to host Mountain Bike Australia’s Gravity Enduro National Championships for the next three years with the 2016 Championships to be held October 15-16. The South Australian Government is currently working towards establishing the Adelaide Mount Lofty region as an international mountain biking destination by 2020. To read the full Media Release click here.

 

2017 MTB National Championships

March 16 - 19, 2017
Canungra, Queensland

This exciting new privately owned venue is located 15 minutes from the township of Canungra and 40 minutes from the centre of the Gold Coast. The Downhill trail has been developed with the assistance of Australian Downhill legends Chris Kovarik and Nathan Rennie and has more than 500m of elevation, whilst the XCO track will utilise more than half of the total elevation of the property and runs mostly through open forest. The event will see more than 700 riders from across the country converge on the region for the four days to compete in a variety of disciplines including cross-country, downhill and observed trials.  To read the full Media Release click here.

 

2017 XCO & DHI National Series

The 2017 MTB National Series will commence in January. There will be seven Cross-Country Olympic (XCO) rounds with double-headers hosted by Orange Mountain Bike Club, New England Mountain Bike Club and the Bairnsdale Community. The Downhill (DHI) series will feature four rounds, concluding in Toowoomba for a joint XCO & DHI round combining with the 2017 Oceania Continental Championships.

 

XCO                   January 7 – 8                        Kinross State Forest, NSW - Orange Mountain Bike Club
DHI                    January 14 – 15                    Awaba State Forest, NSW - Hunter Mountain Bike Association
XCO                   January 28 – 29                    UNESport, NSW - New England Mountain Bike Club
DHI                    February 3 – 5                      Thredbo, NSW - Kosciusko Thredbo PTY Ltd
XCO                   February 11 – 12                   Mt Taylor, VIC- Bairnsdale Community
DHI                    February 17 – 19                   Mt Beauty, VIC - Team Mt Beauty
XCO & DHI       March 10 – 12                       Toowoomba, QLD - Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club
                                                                      * 2017 Oceania Continental Championships

Entries for the 2017 National Series will open October 1, 2016.

To read the full Media Release click here.

Townsville MTB Festival

Incorporating the 2017 XCM National Championships
May 6 - 11, 2017
Townsville, Queensland

 

Recently, we announced the 2017/18 XCM National Championships would be held in Townsville, QLD. We also announced this festival would include a DH Race from Castle Hill to the Esplanade and an Explore Townsville Stage race.

MTBA are pleased to offer some further information on this exciting new series of rides and races. The event will be held on the following dates:

        6th -7th May       : XCM National Championships

        8th May                : Castle Hill DH Eliminator Challenge

        8th – 11th May   : Explore Townsville Adventure Ride

Whilst, the final formats and schedules for all events is still being finalised, we can give you some information about the two new events being offered.

Castle Hill DH Eliminator Challenge will include a mix of invited and “wildcard” riders to form a final field of race contenders. Riders will race off against each other in two’s, starting at the top of Castle, racing down the red terrain, onto the closed roads incorporating a series of urban downhill elements to finish near the beach. It will be short, quick course, offering spectators excitement from top to bottom.  Winners will progress until we are left with only one. Riders competing in a qualifying round conducted in the same way as the final, until all wildcards are filled to win entry into the final. Dependent on entry numbers, a lottery may need to be held for riders wish to enter the qualification round. Race entries will be limited to a maximum of 32 for the final.

Explore Townsville Adventure Ride is an activity designed to suit all riders of all levels. Riders will ride for approximately 3-4 hours each day (either morning or afternoon) and explore some of the beautiful sites and trails on offer in and around Townsville. Riding each day from Monday to Friday, this family friendly activity should provide participants with some unique and enjoyable experiences, including a ride and day on the amazing Magnetic Island. The riding time will be scheduled to allow participants, plenty of time each day to enjoy the local area and tourism sites and attractions, or just provide a little recovery time.

 Further details for all activities will be released in the upcoming weeks, including schedules, registration, along with tourism and accommodation information.

National Cyclo-Cross (CX) Series Update

Rounds 1 and 2 of the National Cycle-Cross Series were held in Moreton Bay over the weekend of July 2 & 3 2016.  

After these 2 rounds the series rankings are:

Elite Mens:  1. Chris Jongewaard  2. Christopher Aitken  3. Garry Millburn.  

Elite Womens:  1. Rebecca Locke  2. Naomi Williams  3. April McDonough.

For all the results see here:  
Round 1 click here      Round 2 click here

For more information on the 2016 Cyclo-Cross Season click here.

PHOTO CREDIT - Sholto Douglas

National Cross-County Marathon (XCM) Update

Brendan Johnston and Samara Sheppard were the fastest riders in the the Elite Categories of the Bayview Blast held last weekend. 

Series leaders are Andrew Blair for the Elite Mens and Samara Sheppard for the Elite Women. 

For full results, see here.

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DEVELOPMENT/COACHING

Coach Education - Level 0 Skills Coach

Coaching courses are coming up in Adelaide (this weekend only 2 spots left), Canberra and Townsville. For all the information and registration see the upcoming courses page on the MTBA website here.

Junior DH World Championships Team Camp - Anglesea, VIC

Members of the Australian Junior DH Team recently participated in a 4 day training camp in Anglesea, on Victoria's surf coast, in preparation for September's World Championship's in Val Di Sole. The camp combined daily intense physical training sessions with some off the bike sessions covering training plans and mental preparation, all under the watchful eyes of team staff Jarrod Zdrzalka and Evan James. The team also benefited greatly from the additional assistance of guest coach Julia Boer and brain training specialist Jamie Smith. The team leaves in late August to warm up at the Andorra World Cup before moving on to Val Di Sole the following weekend.

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NEWS BITS

Pride in Sport

MTBA recently became a member of Pride in Sport, Australia’s first and only sporting program specifically designed to assist National and State sporting organisations and clubs with the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) employees, members, volunteers and spectators. 

The Pride in Sport program was developed by Pride in Diversity in consultation with the Australian Human Rights Commission, Australian Sports Commission, Bingham Cup Sydney 2014 and an Advisory Board made up of Peak Sporting Bodies, including ARU, NRL, AFL, FFA, Cricket Australia and Water Polo Australia.

Membership of Pride in Sport will provide MTBA with support to develop policies around diversity and assistance to MTBA, affiliated clubs and members on LGBTI related issues.

If you have any questions regarding the Pride in Sport program please contact MTBA on 07 5628 0110 or info@mtba.asn.au

Adaptive Mountain Biking

The inaugural Adaptive MTB Conference in Melbourne saw a small but passionate group of individuals and organisations keen to learn more about developments in the sport of adaptive MTB, come together to share experiences, form partnerships and have a go on some of the latest off road handcycles.  Spearheaded by WA’s Andrew Liddawi from Break the Boundary and supported by Disability Sports Australia (DSA) and Disability Sport and Recreation Victoria, the workshop included presentations from DSA, Victorian Spinal Cord Service, Travelability Travel Club, Parks Victoria, MTBA and Andrew himself.  

Topics of discussion included, classification of trails and supporting infrastructure, opportunities for the inclusion of adaptive MTB at the National level, the sharing of personal challenges and rewarding experiences, information about equipment available through Parks Victoria and opportunities for partnership and collaboration by key stakeholders to further develop adaptive MTB. 

Andrew through his Break the Boundary initiative and in collaboration with key MTB stakeholders in Western Australia, has started the process of ensuring adaptive MTB has a place in the MTB community.  To find out more visit www.breaktheboundary.com.au

Trail Building

After a number of questions from clubs regarding insurance coverage for trail building activities MTBA in discussion with the insurers have provided some clarification around this matter.  The attached FAQ's provide clarification on what trail building activities are covered under the insurance policy, in particular use of equipment and light machinery.  To get an understanding of what MTBA will cover please see the Trail Building Insurance FAQ's June 2016 here

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CLUB CONTRIBUTIONS

Southern MTB - A MTB Festival for ALL

The Southern MTB is Mountain Bike Festival being held 23– 25 September in Albany, WA. This exciting new event has grown from the popular Albany Urban Downhill race that was an initiative of the Albany Mountain Bike Club back in 2014. In the last 2 years the Albany Urban Downhill has attracted over 5,000 entrants.

This years Southern MTB Fesitval will not only include the original Urban Downhill and Jump Comp but will also include a new 50km and 30km cross country race called the Southern Peaks. In addition, throughout the weekend there will be a range of family friendly events and entertaiment in the new Festival Village.

Urban Downhill

Enter here: https://online.mtba.asn.au/ERegister.aspx?E=3192

Jump Comp

The Jump Comp is a trick competition held in the town centre. This will be open for experienced riders to enter and will provide an exciting spectacle for spectators on the Saturday evening.

Enter here: https://online.mtba.asn.au/ERegister.aspx?E=3196

Southern Peaks

New for 2016, the Southern Peaks is a 50km and 30km mass cross country race, setting off from near Maitraya with the finish line at Oranje Tractor Winery.

Enter here:

50KM: https://online.mtba.asn.au/ERegister.aspx?E=3194

30KM: https://online.mtba.asn.au/ERegister.aspx?E=3195

For more information on the Festival visit: www.southernmtb.com.au

PHOTO CREDIT - Julie Holland

WA State Schools Championships - Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park, Greenmount

For the first time in over 10 years a school mountain bike State Championships will be held in WA. As part of the implementation of the WA Mountain Bike Strategy, WestCycle is collaborating with Rock and Roll Mountain Biking, Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA), Western Australia Mountain Biking Association (WAMBA) and Perth Mountain Bike Club (PMBC) to host the Championships on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th of August 2016.

The aims of the Championships are to:

• Support and increase mountain bike participation in young people

• Increase participation of young people at mountain bike events

• Provide a talent ID program for the WA Mountain Bike High Performance pathway 

Riders need their school to enter them as a team, WestCycle are asking all teachers, parents and students to ensure that their school is aware of and promoting the event!

Thursday is practice day, XCO track orientation and school skills sessions. Friday is the WA Schools Cross Country MTB Championships and will run in 3 categories: Junior (years 7 and 8), Middle (years 9 and 10) and Senior High (years 11 and 12).

 All event conditions, information and entry forms are available from Rock and Roll Mountain biking at info@rockandrollmountainbiking.com.au

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SHARE YOUR STORIES WITH US!

Is there someone you know in the mountain bike community that has a great story and should be told? Is there a interesting story surrounding how your club came about? Are there great things happing in your area? 
MTBA is keen to hear from you and help bring the stories within the club and the community to life.
Send through a little spiel to  comms@mtba.asn.au and we'll get back to you.

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MEMBERSHIP

A Reason for Membership...

An interesting lesson was learnt this week regarding the value of membership to a sporting organisation. 

New rules have recently been introduced around the requirement by law to wear a life jacket whilst kayaking and the fines imposed for failure to do so.  Subsequently while thinking, how is this information circulated? How do people learn about rules like this and others.

They are not always promoted through usual media and news channels.

National Sporting Organisations, State Sporting Organisations, Regional Sporting Bodies and local sporting clubs provide an invaluable means and channel for communicating information about safety standards and rules to their members and  the broader community.

Without members of these organisations information channels would be restricted and many standards and rules surrounding safety in sport uncommunicated.

This is a perfect example of a benefit through membership. 

MTBA Membership is growing from strength to strength with 14,000 members at the end of June 2016 (83.3% male and 16.7% female). Our community has grown by 18.8% over the past twelve months, with a huge increase in Recreation memberships (70.8%). It will be exciting to add to this number as more participation-based events are rolled out over the coming year.

Membership Price Changes

Junior Membership

MTBA have introduced reduced Junior membership pricing for Recreation and Value-Add members, effective from 1st July 2016, making it even more accessible for riders aged 18 years and under to enjoy the benefits of an MTBA membership.

Junior Recreation 12-mth membership |  $35 + Club fee

Junior Value-Add 12-mth membership |  $60 + Club fee

Head to www.mtba.asn.au/membership for a complete breakdown of membership packages and prices.

 

Day Permits

Recreation members of all ages and junior non-MTBA riders (aged 18 yrs & under) now have a $15 Race Day Licence option to participate in a race events hosted by MTBA and their affiliated clubs and promoters. Senior riders without a MTBA membership can still participate with a $25 Race Day Licence.

Non-MTBA members also have access to an optional Recreation Day Permit for social rides held by affiliated clubs and promoters. At a cost of $7 for juniors and $10 for seniors, it provides the rider with public liability and personal accident cover for the ride.

MTBA Race Membership when Competing in International Events

Our membership team have recently received a number of inquiries regarding competing in international events such as UCI World Cups, UCI World Championships and Enduro World Series (EWS) on an MTBA Membership.   MTBA Race Membership provides Personal Accident and Public Liability Insurance for MTB races conducted in Australia, including those not sanctioned by MTBA, up to the national level.

For international events held overseas or in Australia, which are UCI and MTBA sanctioned, MTBA Race Members must hold an UCI international licence for the calendar year e.g. a UCI World Cup. UCI licences must be purchased through Cycling Australia.  If the UCI event is held outside of Australia, travel insurance is mandatory. This can be sourced independently (but must include cover for cycle race events) or purchased in block periods with the minimum period being two weeks through Cycling Australia.

For international events held outside of Australia which are not UCI sanctioned, members should seek independent insurance cover for the event e.g. Tour de Timor.   MTBA also recommends that this includes travel insurance to cover non-racing activities while they are away from Australia.

Your MTBA Race Membership provides insurance cover for domestic non-sanctioned events, however it will not provide cover whilst taking part in international events held in Australia unless they are sanctioned on an individual event basis by MTBA.

* Includes Affiliated Club and Promoter events, MTBA National Series, MTBA National Championships, Crocodile Trophy.

# Example: UCI MTB World Cup, UCI MTB World Championships.

^ International Travel Insurance is mandatory for attendance at UCI International Events. Travel insurance can be sourced independently or is available to purchase through Cycling Australia, however it must include cover whilst training and participating in cycling events before your UCI licence is approved. 

 

Membership Prize Draw

CONGRATULATIONS to Laura Beasley!

Laura signed up for a 12 month MTBA membership and won MTBA's membership prize - a Sony Action Cam.  Laura is now ready and keen to capture the action. 

If you know someone who is keen to try a membership before they buy MTBA's 8 week Free Trial is ideal.

So get them to head to our website to find out more and become part of the MTBA community. www.mtba.asn.au/membership 

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Photo Credits: Russell Baker;  Julie Holland & Sholto Douglas