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.
MTBA National Series and National Championship races form a fundamental part of MTBA’s junior development programs for riders ranging from intermediate through to elite level. They are also an integral part of the selection process for development squads and junior world championship teams. MTBA recognises that attending some or all of the series can be a significant time and financial burden on families.
In response MTBA has developed a program that gives the opportunity for U17, U19 and U23 riders to attend National Series and National Championship races without requiring parent/guardian accompaniment and under the supervision of experienced and accredited coaches and staff. Athletes are met at the destination airport and are under the care of MTBA staff until they are on their returning flight at the end of the camp.
The National Junior Travel Program for the 2017-2018 XCO and DHI National Season is open now. For full details please download the information sheet HERE.
Registrations are open now and can be accessed via the following links. Note registrations close strictly 4 weeks prior to each event to allow for logistics planning and minimum numbers are required to implement the program. Please register as early as possible.
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
Gold Coast (XC) | Rusty Mark | Open for rider expressions of interest | Nerang
NEW SOUTH WALES
Port Macquarie (XC) | Jamie Vogele | Dates TBA | Port Macquarie
Melbourne (XC) | Dora and Kelvyn Bettridge | Open for expressions of interest – Nov – Dec | Lysterfield
Adelaide (Gravity) | Tyson Schmidt | Open for expressions of interest | Fox Creek
Hobart (XC) | Open for expressions of interest | Glenorchy
Perth Hills (XC) | Ian Humphrey & Lorraine Phillips | Dates TBA | Kalamunda
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
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 email@example.com
View the MTBA Junior Policy