MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
Eight months into 2016 and there's no signs of slowing down when it comes to mountain biking locally or internationally.
On the world scene it's action packed, with Rio 2016, along with upcoming World Cups and the OT, 4X and DHI World Championships spread over three weeks in late August early September in Val di Sole, Italy.
It's also terrific news to hear a round of the EWS will be coming to Australia in 2017.
MTBA has been busy working on a number of programs and planning for the upcoming 12 months and we have now been able to release dates and locations for a number of upcoming national events.
Coaching and skill instructor courses continue to remain extremely positive and it is very pleasing to see such a high number of individuals undertaking these courses. Expanding the number of qualified skills instructors is a fundamental element in the future development of our sport.
MTBA are about to launch a survey to collect data relating to MTBA trail development activities throughout the country. There is so much discussion, news and activity occurring in creating or enhancing places to ride, but as of yet nothing has been accumulated to indicate the actual dollar value spent to date and planned for investment.
This is very valuable information when lobbying for future development opportunities and to highlight locations investing in our sport and mountain bike lifestyle.
MTBA encourages all to submit details of known projects or planned projects and we will keep this information updated on our website for the benefit for all.
As part of our planning it was identified that there is a need for club framework relating to a number of activities to assist clubs to self-assess against national benchmarks. In the coming months we will be seeking input as we work to develop this framework and resource for our existing and future MTB clubs.
Finally, MTBA recently submitted a formal application to the Australian Sports Commission seeking NSO recognition for MTBA and our sport. NSO recognition is vitally important to the growth and development of any sport.
MTBA and mountain biking is not recognised equally in comparison to road and track cycling and BMX. With NSO recognition, MTBA will be able to directly access ASC sustainability grants, funding, resources, programs, engage in networking with other NSO for best practice and co-operation and directly seek state government grants, all which is currently denied to MTBA and mountain biking.
A decision from the ASC is expected at the end of August.