Hi reader,

Welcome to the February edition of Mountain Bike Australia's Member's Newsletter.

A lot has happened in the last month. Here's a snapshot:
- Catchup on results from DHI & XCO National Series Rounds
- MTBA Management Advisory Commmissions
- 2017 MTBA National Championships
- Member Benefits
  plus plenty more....

Contents

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EOI’s – MTBA Management Advisory Commissions

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, as part of MTBA’s new governance structure, five Management Advisory Commissions will be established to assist management to connect and effectively communicate with various sectors of the MTB community.

MTBA are now calling for expressions of interest from MTBA members who are interested in being a part of one of the Advisory Commissions listed below.  Appointments are for a two year period.

Community

Inclusion

Trails

Sport and Technical

High Performance

Development Pathways

Further information on the composition of the Commissions, level of commitment and expectations in regards to meetings can be found here

If you are interested in joining one of the Management Advisory Commissions please tell us a bit about you including which Commission you would like to be involved with and why by completing this form https://goo.gl/forms/1ZkrfPyCf514uqFo1.

EOI’s close 8:00pm AEST 24 March.

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News

2017 DHI National Series

Thredbo and Mt Beauty tossed up some awesome riding and awesome tracks in Rounds 2 and 3 of the Downhill Series.

Big names like Troy Brosnan, Dean Lucas, Connor Fearon, Caroline Buchanan, Shelly Flood all tore up the tracks with huge crowds on hand.

Read more 

2017 XCO National Series

Scenes of jubilation at Mt Taylor for Rounds 5/6 with Holly Harris taking her first ever elite womens race win. 

The rounds also marked Brendan Johnston's first ever win in the elite men while in the Junior Men Cameron Wright dominated to make it six straight.

Read more

 

2017 GE National Series

Online registrations for the 2017 GE National Series open at 9am on Wednesday, March 1st.

To register head to:

https://online.mtba.asn.au/ESeriesRegister.aspx?ES=307

Register for three or more rounds of the GE National Series in one transaction and receive a 10% discount off your entry.

For more information on the 2017 GE National Series go to:

 www.mtba.asn.au/event/genationalseries

GC2018 Volunteer Program 

Volunteering at GC2018 is a great way to develop your current sports skills and to genuinely be part of the biggest multi-sport event to ever take place in Australia in 10 years.
There will be a number of different roles across all of our venues and service areas. 
**Please ensure you nominate the sport(s) you are most proficient in, with 3 preferences, so we can maximise your skill-set and experience.**
Apply: 
www.gc2018/com/volunteer

2017 Oceania's MTB Championships

Want to explore the region a little more after competing at the Oceania Championships on the 10-12th March in Toowoomba?

There's plenty to see and do around the Darling Downs region and can be the perfect break before National Champs.

Read more

Become An XCM Legend

This year MTBA are introducing a recognition program for those riders in the XCM series who load up their bikes and support the series.

A rider who participates in 5 or more of the 2017 XCM series will receive a "Legends" jersey and will be recognised on the MTBA website. 

To find out where all the events are head to the link below and enter.

http://www.mtba.asn.au/event/xcmnationalseries/

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2017 MTBA National Championships

There's just 16 sleeps until the 2017 MTBA National Championships kick off in Canungra, QLD.

For all the latest event information including course maps, event schedule, venue information and local tourism deals, head to: www.mtba.asn.au/event/national-champs

Interested in volunteering? Sign-up now at:

 http://mountainbikeaustraliamtba.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=20235

Online registrations for the 2017 MTBA National Championships close at 11:59pm (local time) on Wednesday, 15th March. Register early to avoid on-the-day late fees!

MTBA Achievement Awards

The MTBA Achievement Awards recognise the phenomenal contributions made by the clubs, members, volunteers, riders, coaches, event promoters and commissaires in the mountain bike community.  The awards are yours and MTBA's way of acknowledging achievements and recognising these contributions.  

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote.  You are now in the draw to WIN a $150 Thule voucher to be redeemed on Thule product(s) of your choice.

Recipients will be announced at the official awards function held as part of the National Championships. The awards function will commence at 6:00pm Friday 17th March at Bond University, Robina (Gold Coast) following the conclusion of the XCC racing and presentations. 

Canapés will be served and drinks available for purchase.

Date:  Friday 17 March 2017

Time:  6:00pm - 8:00pm

Venue:  Princeton Room, Level 3, University Centre - Building 6 within Bond University, Robina.  See campus map.  https://bond.edu.au/campus-map

2017 MTBA National Championships Discounts

Mountain Bike Australia in conjunction with Destination Queensland are pleased to offer the following discounts (displayed in the picture on the right) and deals to riders, their family and friends who are attending the 2017 National Championships held at Canungra from the 16-19th March.

Flyer Discounts

Gold Coast Sights and Attractions

The Gold Coast is the perfect backdrop for a large variety of sporting and entertainment events. There are a number of sights and attractions to keep the all ages happy. The following document has suggestions to keep you entertained while on the Gold Coast, from exploring local trails, wandering round food and crafts markets, to checking out an open air movie, or relaxing at a café and watching the world go by.

Things To Do

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2017 Schools National Championships

Mountain Bike Australia in conjunction with Bond University are pleased to present the inaugural Schools National Championships to be held on the Gold Coast, June 2-4. 

After a number in inquiries, MTBA have now extended the event categories to include Under 13 through to Under 19. MTBA extend an invitation to all secondary school mountain bikers with this event catering for riders of all abilities.

Riders may register in a school team, district teams or individually where they will be allocated a team.

For more information on the Schools National Championships or to register head to:

 www.mtba.asn.au/event/schoolchamps

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Development

Travel Assistance Program

There are limited spaces left in our Travel Assistance program to attend the National Championships in Canungra, Queensland.

If you are aged 12 - 18 and would like to compete at the MTBA National Championships, our program provides all ground transport from Brisbane Airport, meals, accommodation and coaching.

Contact the MTBA Development coach at devcoach@mtba.asn.au to secure your spot! 

2017 Regional Jnr Squad Coaches

MTBA are seeking coaches for the 2017 Regional Junior Squad program. Preferably coaches will be NCAS level 1 qualified, however if you have another accreditation (eg. PMBI, MTB Skills) please get in touch.

Coaches will be delivering six sessions of four hours duration over a 12 week period.

Fill out the online form if you are interested in being involved in working with Australia's next generation of mountain bikers!

2017 Australian XCM Selection

The selection criteria for the 2017 Australian XCM Team is now on the MTBA website. Singen, Germany will host the World Championships in June. The criteria can be found on our Elite Development Page. All riders who are considering applying for the 2017 event, please familiarise yourself with the selection requirements.

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Trails 

Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve – Ipswich, Qld

MTBA recently caught up with Ben Thomas, Ipswich City Council’s Nature-based Recreation Officer, for a ride on the approximately 13km of mountain bike trails at Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve.

Sold to Council for a measly sum of $1.00 in 2014, Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve was once bustling with a different type of activity than it does today.

Coal mining at Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve took place from 1866 to the mid 1940s. The early mining was done by means of shafts and tunnels, which were dug using hand tools by candlelight. Riding through the Reserve it’s hard not to be reminded of the areas culture rich mining heritage with remnants of the shafts, tunnels and the famous ‘Castle’. Brynhyfryd a three-storey mansion was built by Welsh ‘Coal King’, Lewis Thomas (1832-1913). Mr Thomas was one of the most successful coal miners of the day thanks to the abundant coal reserves under what is now Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve. Brynhyfryd featured marble fireplaces, electric lighting, cedar joinery, stately verandas on each level, and 49 rooms laid out over 24 metres squared. Sadly, after Brynhyfryd was sold to Rylance Collieries in 1936, mine excavations under the building rendered it unstable and it was demolished in 1937. 

Since acquiring the Reserve Council have been working with local riders to transform the land into a quality MTB park while ensuring to retain the hand built character of the trails. Castle Hill Trails Alliance work hard to maintain the 15 or so trails.

Thanks to Ipswich City Council recently additional parking and an event area was created at the base of the hill. With work on a new pump track due to commence in the coming days Castle Hill will continue to provide great riding opportunities.

For more information on Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve Mountain Bike Trails and Castle Hill Trail Care Alliance visit:

http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/

http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/68252/Blackstone-Reserve-

Mountain-Bike- Trails.pdf

https://www.facebook.com/castlehilltrailsalliance/

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Club Focus

Stories and pictures supplied by the clubs.

Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective

Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective is commencing a detailed plan or “framework” in conjunction with the land managers Department of Parks and Wildlife, and other stakeholders.

This is conducted by volunteers and will be of no cost to KMBC members. This will form the basis of future trail development in the Kalamunda area. Over $9.5 million in mountain bike specific funding pledged by Government ahead of the state election so the outlook for trail development in Western Australia is very positive.

KMBC are holding their annual raffle with support from Specialized Bicycles Australia and Al’s Cycle Surgery which will raise funds towards trail development and maintenance of the Kalamunda Trail Network.

The trails are attracting ever increasing use and the work done helps to keep them enjoyable and sustainable. The grand prize is any Specialized bike up to RRP of $7,200 (e-bikes excluded). Tickets go on sale 1 March 2017 and the raffle is drawn 11 June 2017. For full details visit www.kalamundacollective.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/KalamundaCollective

Mansfield Mt Buller Cycle Club

Summer heated up for the Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club (MMBCC) straight out of the 2017 starting gate with delivery of the 4th Round of the Victorian Downhill Mountain Bike Series, over the weekend of January 21st and 22nd.

For the 2nd year in a row the Mt Buller event was delivered by the local MTBA club with volunteers going above and beyond to get the job done. Course setting on the Friday saw a group of hardy club members bunt the 2km “International DH” course in less than ideal conditions. With heavy fog and persistent rainfall, once again (2016 saw similar conditions for the course setting team!) this crew Saturday’s practice day arrived to stunning clear blue skies, there might have been maybe one or two pesky clouds hanging around, and by 10:00am the event village at the top of the Northside Express chairlift was bustling with riders, team tents and their associated entourage.

Race Day Sunday’s weather turned out to be even better than Saturday, not sure how? Over 200 downhill warrior’s slayed the International DH trail on their way to the finish line. Over the two days MMBCC members manned numerous marshal points down the course, delivering 1 st class event support and safety to all the riders.

What this event again showed is the delivery of these events is a massive undertaking from numerous parties.

The MMBCC received amazing support from The Victorian Downhill Series Committee, the Mt Buller & Mt Stirling Resort Management, Buller Ski Lifts, St John Ambulance and Ambulance Victoria.

Team Mt Beauty

It has been a busy start to 2017 for Team Mt Beauty with heaps of visitors to the town enjoying the trails in the Big Hill MTB Park and a couple of marquee events.

Volunteer club members have also been busy in Big Hill with trail marking and signage, preparation of race courses and continuing maintenance of our extensive trail network. An ongoing trail signage project has continued, making the park more ‘user friendly’ for both locals and visitors. Two additional riding loops have been formally marked, providing three loops of increasing length and challenge that give riders a great taste of the Big Hill experience. These loops all start from the trailhead car park.

The Mount Beauty round of the Victorian Gravity Enduro Series was very successfully hosted by Team Mt Beauty in January. Five great courses were put together for the event with nearly 250 riders competing. As we go to press, the club is just wrapping up after successfully hosting of a round of the MTBA National DHI Series.

Some of our female riders have formed Mt Beauty Spoke Sisters, an informal crew with a Facebook group to communicate and promote girls getting out on their bikes. We would encourage visiting ladies to join the group and get amongst it.

Team Mt Beauty website: http://tmb.org.au

Team Mt Beauty Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/143802645656054/

Gold Coast MTB Club

Gold Coast Mountain Bike Club will be hosting a Gravity Enduro event at Nerang Mountain Bike Trails on Sunday 5 March 2017.

The event will be held over 4 or 5 compulsory timed special stages including parts of the new GC2018 Commonwealth Games course, Three Hills, Pete’s and Barneys Track and include a category for E-MTB’s.

This is the clubs third Gravity Enduro at Nerang National Park, which has recently seen the return of club mountain bike races in the park after an absence of approximately 20 years.

Check out the clubs Facebook page or visit online.mtba.asn.au to enter.

Entries close 3 March 2017.

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Member Benefits

Mountain Bike Australia are pleased to offer the following Member Benefits thanks to THULE.

For these and other great offers, head to the Mountain Bike Australia webstore here.

February Membership Winner

Aidan Page (NSW) is the winner of the Feb membership prize - Thule Cable Lock & Thule 17L Sling Pack!

March Membership Prize


Two lucky MTBA members will win a RearViz prize when you sign up or renew your membership in the month of March. 

Choose from a RearViz Universal Camera Mount or a RearViz Arm Mounted Mirror.

For more details on Membership head to www.mtba.asn.au/membership.

For more information on RearViz head to www.rearviz.com

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Share Your Story

We are loving hearing stories about your club and mountain biking in your region so keep sending them in and don't forget a picture and link to your club website. Email stories to comms@mtba.asn.au

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Contact Us

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E: info@mtba.asn.au
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