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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Congratulations to our Rio Olympians Bec Henderson, Dan McConnell and Scott Bowden on their selection. This is a record-breaking 3rd Olympics in mountain biking for Dan, and Bec’s second Olympics.

All of Australia will be behind our riders on the 20th and 21st of August so do us proud! Looks like being a couple of late nights that weekend for those of us back in Australia. Again, my thanks to all those who have supported these riders over many years.

The NSW Cyclocross series was decided in Canberra at an event staged jointly by CORC and Vikings. The cold weather probably was a bit of a shock to the visitors, but the racing was exciting, with the series titles not decided until the final race.

Garry Millburn took out the men’s race and the series while Claire Aubrey won the women’s race and Fiona Morris’ second place meant she took out the series.  

The next rounds of the Australian Cyclocross National Series are on in Melbourne on 6/7 August and it will be a farewell performance for Lisa Jacobs in the green and gold. If you can make it, come along on Saturday and support our 3-time national champion.

MTBA’s regional junior development squads have been well received and action is already happening in several locations. This is a great way for our younger riders to improve their skills and be introduced to the next level of competition.  

Thank you to all those taking part in this program.

Russell Baker AM

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EVENT NEWS

2016/17 CYCLO-CROSS NATIONAL CHAMPS

Mountain Bike Australia and Cycling Australia are pleased to announce they have come together to share in the delivery of the 2016/2017 Cyclo-Cross National Championships to be held in South Australia in August. This arrangement, is a very positive move for the future of CX in Australia. The partnership will now allow MTBA and CA members to compete on their respective licenses at the event, which will take place at Adelaide Parklands on the 20th August 2016.

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ROUND 3/4 NATIONAL CX SERIES

Some of the best CX riders in the country are set to hit Essendon Fields this weekend for the next stop on the 2016 National CX Series. In the elite men Chris Jongewaard has a slender 80 point gap to Christopher Aitken. While in the elite women Rebecca Locke is looking for a shut-out and claim four straight after taking the opening two rounds in Queensland last month. For more information head to the clubs website.

 http://fojcx.blogspot.com.au/

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2016 ENDURO WORLD SERIES ROUND 5

Jared Graves has put a rocky first half of the series behind him to claim Round 5 of the EWS at Aspen, USA last weekend. Graves dominated day one winning all three stages before wrapping up stages four and five on day two to give him a gap of more than 40 seconds to second place. It's the first win of the series this season for the 2014 world champ. Graves is ranked 27th overall with three rounds remaining.

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Online Registration

2016 ENDURO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Online registrations are now open for the Enduro National Champs which will be held at Eagle Hills MTB Park, Mt Lofty Ranges in Adelaide the 15/16th October.

Categories range from Elite, Masters 10 to Under 15. 

To register head to the link: https://online.mtba.asn.au/ERegister.aspx?E=3286

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EVOCITIES MTB SERIES - ROUND 3

The event village at Tamworth MTB Park is set to be a madhouse this weekend for Round 3 of the Evocities MTB Series 5hr Enduro. You can race in pairs or solo or age group with $8000 worth cash and prizes up for grabs.

If you haven't entered get cracking you can find all the information on their website: 

www.evocitiesmtb.com/entertamworth

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Round 5 XCM Series - Dwellingup100

There's one month until the gun goes at one of the most popular marathon races around Australia.

The event which attracts some of Australia's best riders has quickly has become WA’s largest one day mountain bike race.

Earlier this year the Act-Belong-Commit Dwellingup 100 won the MTBA Event of the Year 2015/16 and is round five of the 2016 National Cross Country Marathon (XCM) Series.

For more information or to register visit the website.

 http://dwellingup100.com.au/

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DEVELOPMENT/COACHING

Mountain Bike Australia will be hosting junior development squads across the country in the first step for riders on the pathway to elite racing.

Thirteen courses will be held in each state and territory, except Northern Territory, by an accredited Level 1 or 2 coach who is based in the region, at a cost of $550.

Applicants must be aged 14-18 as at 31 December 2017 to be eligible for the program. 

Applications close 14 August 2016.

The online application form can be found at http://bit.ly/2a78FME

Any questions can be emailed to Jodie Willett devcoach@mtba.asn.au

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CLUB CONTRIBUTIONS

CORCA - CALOUNDRA OFF ROAD CYCLING ASSOC

After developing our local trails network in Caloundra (we call them the Sugarbag trails after the road they are on) for some years a few of us got together and decided to petition the Council to take the management of the State land the trails are on. We formed Caloundra Off Road Cycling Association Inc. (CORCA) and secured 615 signatures for the petition. We mainly formed a club to preserve and formalise the trails but thought we may as well do the whole club thing as well. On the 17th Oct 2015 we launched CORCA at a local park near the trails. Over 150 mountain bikers attended including over 60 beginners. We offered free instruction sessions for beginners and guided rides for all levels. The launch was an overwhelming success.

We now have around 100 CORCA club members, the council are now the land managers and are totally on board and supportive, Council are formulating an MOU with CORCA for the maintenance and further development of the trails network. We have around 11km of single track and over 60 timber trail features, we are supporting the Australasian Police & Emergency Services Games XC mountain bike event and a state round of mountain bike orienteering on the trails we have developed. We have had the trails and features audited by Gillian Duncan and are very pleased with how well the trails and our work has been assessed under IMBA standards.

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THE WILLO JNR DEVELOPMENT CAMP

Applications may be submitted for the James Williamson Junior Development Camp held at Bungarra, November 4th – 6th 2016. The camp aims to give a select group of junior mountain bikers the opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s highest level mountain bike riders. To find out more: www.jameswilliamson.com.au/willo-junior-development-camp/

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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.

Renew or Purchase A New MTBA Membership And Win!

We've got the perfect foil for days when it's just too wet or cold to ride.

Purchase your MTBA membership in the month of August and you will go into the draw to win TWO movie tickets for use at Village Cinemas, Event Cinemas, Greater Union or Bcc Cinemas.  

The winners will be announced on Sept 1st 2016.

A total of 4 prize packs are to be won!

https://www.mtba.asn.au/membership/

* 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. 

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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.

Shane Coppin 

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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 happening 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 your spiel to comms@mtba.asn.au and we'll get back to you.

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Photo Credits: Tim Loft; Russell Baker; EWS Media