Hi reader,

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

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Contents

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News

2017 DHI National Championships

A number of new Australian champions were crowned at the recent championships at Mt Joyce in Queensland.

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2017 UCI MTB XCO World Cup

It's been a sensational start for Rebecca Henderson in the 2017 UCI MTB World Cup.

The Canberra rider has claimed a fifth and eighth after two rounds so far and has a current world cup ranking of six. 

Read More.

MTBA Chair Elected

The MTBA Board of Directors re-elected Tony Hancock as Chair at the recent meeting on the Gold Coast.

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Traction Community

If you haven't heard about the good work these guys do with disadvantaged youth through fixing bikes and other activities then check out their website.

Read More.

 

Take The Survey And Win!

 If you share A passion for Cycling visit this survey at www.youtellus.com.au and respond to 20 easy questions about cycling. You’ll go into the draw to win 1 of 5 $50 Visa Giftcard.

'Jack in the Box' is seeking your opinions and the responses. There are no wrong answers and its not a test. Your details and responses are guaranteed to be confidential.

The survey site is open from Thursday 1 June until Friday 12 June and the draw will take place on Friday 16 June 2017. Winner will be notified by email and telephone.
*T&C's Apply

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Member Benefits

BE QUICK!

From July 1st there will be a slight increase in MTBA membership fees.

For a full list of new membership prices, click HERE.

It's quick and easy!

Renew your membership in JUNE and it will follow on from your current expiry date. 

New membership categories will be introduced over the coming months including a Master category, Public Liability Only Membership and Family Membership options.

May Prize Winner

Congratulations to Lucy Widdup (VIC), Andriel Hernandez (ACT) and Scott Taylor (QLD) winners of the May membership prize.

Each receive a One Year subscription to [R]evolution MTB Magazine!

June Membership Prize

To celebrate MTBA's new partnership with Thule, we are offering a lucky member a $150 Thule Voucher when you renew or purchase a 12-month membership in the month of June.

Travel in style with new bike rack, roof racks or splurge on a sleek new backpack.  Discover the possibilities at www.thule.com.au

To find the membership to suit you, head to www.mtba.asn.au/membership

Emergency Info

There are  thousands of kilometres of trails scattered throughout Australia. Many are not officially registered in Emergency Service database and as a result medical and emergency responders may have difficulty locating an injured rider quickly. 

One way to assist EMERGENCY SERVICE responders is to provide 000 with the longitude and latitude of your location. Location data is available as part of the TrailForks app or download the Triple Zero (000) Smart Phone app for when you're next on the trails.

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2017 Schools National Championships

The inaugural 2017 Schools National Championships presented by Bond University is on the Gold Coast this weekend.

Friday will see XCE racing held at Bond University. While competition then heads out to Nerang National Park, site of the 2018 Commonwealth Games course on Saturday and Sunday.

You can view the full event schedule for the event here.

www.mtba.asn.au/event/schoolchamps

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We have a number of shifts still available as course marshals for the Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th at Nerang National Park.

Volunteer Here. 

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Trails 

 Sugar Bag Trails

The Sunshine Coast Regional Councils, Caloundra Town Reserve draft concept plan, which includes MTB trails at Sugar Bag Road is available for public comment.

You can provide feedback on the concept plan via the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CTReserveConceptPlan

St Helens Mountain Bike Trails

Tourism in Tasmania’s North-East is set to receive a major boost with the Tasmanian Government investing $1 million into the St Helens Mountain Bike Trail Network.

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Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve

Work has completed on the pump track and skills area at Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve near Ipswich.

The latest addition designed by Dirt Art, compliments the 15km of single-track already developed.

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MTBA Trail Maintenance Workshop

There was a terrific turnout for the first MTBA trail workshop of the year held in Townsville recently.  

If your club would like to learn more or host a workshop head here.

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Development

Farewell Jodie

MTBA would like to acknowledge the efforts of former National Junior Development Coach Jodie Willett, who resigned to pursue other opportunities in Tasmania.

Jodie established a number of development programs for juniors and in schools and MTBA thank her for her dedication.

Evan James will now be the point of contact for information regarding international representative commitments.

Email Evan on devcoordinator@mtba.asn.au

Level O Skills Instructor Course

The Level 0 MTB Skills Coach course is an entry level course aimed at parents, clubs and teachers who want to teach beginner and intermediate MTB riders the skills to confidently and safely enjoy mountain biking at a recreational level.

If you'd like to learn more about becoming a Level 0 Skills Instructor head to our website.  

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Clubs

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South Coast United Mountainbikers

Since late last year South Coast United Mountainbikers (SCUM) have run a ‘novice’ event prior to the start of their already popular XC races. Run over the same course as the main event, but shortened a bit, with the lumps, jumps and bumps optional, the novice event has provided first-timers, chillaxed riders and those returning to the sport after a break, an opportunity to polish-up their skills, gain some confidence and have a great time on the trail. 

The emphasis of the novice event is on inclusion, everyone is welcome because SCUM just love sharing their passion for this great sport. Young or old, girl, boy, woman, man the more the merrier.

And with every event, the numbers just keep growing. At SCUM’s last XC event, held on their fast and furious Butterfly single-track, just outside Nowra in NSW, 20 novices joined the fun. Included was a fearless 4-year-old who showed she is destined for greater things and will have the rest of us looking over our shoulder before much longer. Also along for the ride was a grandmother who, having heard on the grapevine about all the fun to be had, drove a one hundred kilometre round-trip just to part of the action. Sharing a laugh and a sausage sizzle at the end of the day, it was obvious that SCUM had won several new friends.

SCUM have found that the novice events have made everyone a winner. Riders who want to spend more time with their family and friends, and share their enthusiasm for their sport, can now spread the good word and indulge their obsession without sacrificing quality time with significant others. As we all know, once the mountain bike bug has bitten, it don’t let go. And SCUM is growing, both in numbers, and in the amount of shared fun.

If you’re a novice, or a more experienced rider who knows someone who wants to see why you spend so much time smiling, make sure you keep an eye on the SCUM website for details regarding all their events.

Go to http://www.scum.asn.au/

Rockhampton MTB Club

Mt Archer and more specifically the area on Moores Creek known as First Turkey has always been the home of mountain biking in the Rockhampton area. Dating back to the mid-1990s, the area hosted numerous races and plenty of social riding. In the following years with surrounding areas being developed into housing estates, mountain biking moved to other areas.

In 2013 the club with the support of the Rockhampton Regional Council was granted a lease over a significant parcel of land in the foothills of Mt Archer and we named it the First Turkey Mountain Bike Reserve. Many of the old trails were resurrected.

In February 2015 the trails were damaged by tropical cyclone Marcia and volunteers worked hard to open the trail network up again. The club successfully applied for a $25,000 cyclone recovery grant and this money was used for trail repairs. The grant was the start of the first machine built trails in the Reserve with the completion of Finley’s trail, the Reserve’s signature easy trail, and the repair and improvement of the lower part of the Scrub Turkey trail. The ethos of the club is provide trails for everyone.

The core network is mostly beginner and intermediate, but the advanced riders have not been forgotten with plenty of tough, black trails to challenge even the best.

The Rocky MTB Club’s trail network at First Turkey Mountain Bike Reserve is set to double this year. Construction is well under way with over 4km of new trail completed. The Rockhampton Regional Council  is investing in the construction of 13 kilometres of new trails as well as toilet facilites and an environmental  Centre as part of the Mount Archer Activation Plan. 

The big news in 2017 is that Rockhampton will be hosting Round 4 of the National Gravity Enduro Series on 8 – 9 July this year.

Go to: www.rockymtb.org.au

Northern Beaches Cycling Club 

NBCC will be holding a "Come and Try Mtbing" Day Sunday 11th June, 8am - 12pm, Forsyth's Mill Mountain Bike Trail.
We'll have a fleet of demo bikes on offer, for people to come and give "the dark side" a go.

Please bring your own helmet, shoes, and pedals if you have them. That way we can set you up with what you already ride with. If not, bring some sneakers to ride in.

NBCC will have a sausage sizzle on site to Fund Raise for the Club. We'll have experienced riders on hand to show you the basics, and three course options for distance and skill set.

So whether your a pro like Mark Papadopoff, or just starting out and getting use to staying up right, we'll have something for everyone.

It'll be a great day out. Get along for the festivities and fresh air.

NBCC Come Try Mtbing Day Facebook Event for details.

Northern Beaches Cycling Club Website

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Upcoming Events

For a comprehensive list of events being run around Australia, head to the national calendar on our website.

MTBA Calendar

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Contact Us

Mountain Bike Australia 
PO Box 377, Varsity Lakes  QLD  4227
Level 1, 246 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes  QLD  4227

T: (07) 5628 0110
E: info@mtba.asn.au
W: www.mtba.asn.au