Junior Development


MTBA have identified the need and developed a structured framework for a junior athlete development pathway aimed at exposing and preparing junior riders for club, school, state and National competitions. Under this framework junior riders will be further developed in a progressive manner for the potential of entering into future High Performance pathways and/or Elite Representative programs.


Mountain Bike Australia will be hosting junior development squads across the country providing the first steps for riders on the pathway to elite racing. Squads will be created by accredited Level 1 or 2 coaches who responded to expressions of interest in running the program.

The focus of the program is skilled based group training sessions with the ultimate goal of attending and performing at a national level event. Each programme will run over a period of 3 months. The programme will introduce athletes to basic fitness testing, information on anti-doping, nutrition as well as conduct in the MTBA high performance environment.

Riders will also receive  a minimum 24 hours of face to face coaching with squad sizes capped at 10. Applicants must be aged 12-18 as at 31 December 2017 to be eligible for the program. Cost $380



Brisbane (XC) | Mark Routledge | 26 March, 23 April, 7 & 21 May, 4 & 18 June | Daisy Hill – FULL, CURRENTLY RUNNING

Gold Coast (XC) | Rusty Mark | Open for rider expressions of interest | Nerang


Port Macquarie (XC) | Jamie Vogele | Dates TBA | Port Macquarie

Sydney (XC) | Andrew McMillan | 2 & 23 April, 7 & 21 May, 4 & 18 June | Terry Hills – FULL, CURRENTLY RUNNING

Newcastle | Damien Enderby | 6 & 20 May, 3 & 19 June, 1 & 29 July | Glenrock


Beechworth (XC) | Greg Meyland | Open for expressions of interest | Beechworth

Melbourne (XC) | Dora and Kelvyn Bettridge | 17 & 24 September, 15 & 29 October, 5 & 19 November | Lysterfield


Adelaide (Gravity) | Tyson Schmidt | 25 June, 9 & 30 July, 27 August, 10 September, 24 September | Fox Creek


Hobart (XC) | Open for expressions of interest | Glenorchy

Launceston (XC) | Adrian Cooper | 18 October then every Wed. night for 10 weeks + 2 Saturday sessions


Perth Hills (XC) | Ian Humphrey & Lorraine Phillips | Dates TBA | Kalamunda


Canberra (XC) | Dylan Cooper | October 2017 | Stromlo

Applications will remain open on a rolling basis. As squads fill a waiting list will be created for the next intake. Any coaches who wish to lead a squad are encouraged to get in touch.

The online application form can be found at HERE

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

View the MTBA Junior Policy

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