Junior Dirt Skills

White logoThanks to a joint venture between the Adelaide Mountain Bike Club and Port Adelaide Cycling Club, led by the ideas mastermind, Kain Gardner, Junior Skill Clinic was born!

Wanting to see the sport grow, the Junior Skills Clinic was needed to bridge the gap that cycling had, a place for young kids to have fun, learn skills & develop as riders.  Kicking off the first of 6 sessions back on May 29th we saw 37 keen kids rock up, plus a group of extra keen volunteer coaches! (Many are now qualified MTBA Level 0 Coaches).

Ages of the kids varied from 4-13 as well as the obvious skill differences.  Classes were split in 4 groups of varying skills  & over the following 4 sessions we have seen the confidence & skills across all ages develop.  The main focuses have been around fun, basic skills, bike positioning, some simple self-bike checks, riding in groups etc. 13267796_10207277384865763_1479976504812547572_n It’s been great to see the pure enjoyment of the kids (& the parents!!) both during & after the classes.

As mentioned, the progression all the kids have shown has been the most rewarding aspect from my perspective, from basic skills during classes to running short course simulated races, it’s been a pleasure to be part of.  Highlighting the above has been the addition of more junior classes to the PACC CX events, specifically seeing the large amount of the course participants taking on the challenge of the State Champs IMG_7529on the weekend!!  So far the Junior Skills Clinics have excelled all our expectations, all the coaches have been so proud with the development of all the groups.

Talks of Spring/Summer clinics are already starting to kick off, leading to exciting times for the development of this great sport. Thanks to all the parents for taking the time to enrol the kids, & also to all the volunteers for giving up your time to make it happen. Mostly, thanks to both AMTBC & PACC for coming up with the idea to fill the void in the junior ages we had.

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See you all out on the trails,
Kev

Giant XCO Round 1 results are up!

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Results are up! Visit the results page to check them out – click here

Next race is the second round of the Giant XCO races on 18th September. Entries are open.

XCO is a a lap based race format where competitors race to be the first to complete the allocated number of laps for their grade. For more info, check out the links below.

Register Now | Race Location | XCO series info

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XCO Race 1 – Eagle MTB Park – 7th August

It’s xco season again and what a great way to kick it off
If you haven’t entered yet, it’s not too late, there’s still time to enter
Rego closes 10am saturday, 6th August
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HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE

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Location:     Eagle MTB park
To enter:     Register online any issues contact David timing@ambc.asn.au
Race date:  Sunday, 7th August 2016
Race start:  All categories start in waves at 9:30am (rego opens 8:30am)
Categories: 9 categories to choose from ranging from 6 laps down to 2 laps.
We even have categories dedicated to women only and to juniors.
Format:       XCO means it’s fast, fun and it’s short. We expect category winners
to complete the course in approx 1hr 45 min.


There is no transponder hire anyore and you don’t need to own one either.  We still use one but its included in your race entry along with the race plate. All event information around categories, costs, start times, and the like can be found on our xco race page; click here

For anyone who hasn’t been to a club race, we will have a toilet at the race.  We will also fire up the bbq – sausages and soft drink will be available for purchase at the race, so don’t forget to bring that spare change.

VOLUNTEERS – The club races wouldn’t be possible without our fabulous volunteers that help out.  If you are able to help out this sunday or your cheer squad is able to help out then please contact Robyn on racevolunteers@ambc.asn.au .  We still need a few people to help with race pack up and also bbq duties.  All volunteers receive a free race entry and sausage.

MEMBERSHIP – If your membership has expired or you’re not a member then now is a great time to renew and avoid paying a $25 day license. Racing as a club member works out cheaper if you plan on racing all the club events and your membership will also allow you to race at a discounted cost at other mtba affiliated events (GESA, Inside Line, PACC Cyclocross).   Click here to find out more about membership or to join/renew.  If you’re not 100% convinced that racing is for you then you can still race at member prices by taking out MTBA’s 2-month free trial membership offer click here.

LOCATION – Make sure you rock up to Eagle MTB park this sunday morning. eagle is perfect riding in winter – that sandstone base really sucks up that rain and compacts down beautifully.  Should be fast outthere! The gates will be open so drive in.  Car parking on race days is in the old quarry inside the park. For details on how to get there click here.

COURSE MAP – From the start/finish the lap heads up to the 4x and up loose moose over to tunnel vision.  We’ll be riding all of tunnel vision to the top, cut across the fireroad and on to southside and home again on north face.  The loop is 5.5km and should take about 16 minutes for A grade men.  David our fantastic timekeeper is taking on the trail setup role while Dave our race director heads off for some interstate pedal action. David with his crew of set up vollies will be setting up the course early afternoon on saturday so be sure to say hi to them.

Eagle XCO 2016 proposed

 

XC Junior Development Squad

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
Applications can be made online and close on August 14

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Mountain Bike Australia will be hosting junior development squads across the country in the first step for riders on the pathway to elite racing.  The Adelaide squad will be run by MTBA’s Coach Education Coordinator and Adelaide Mountain Bike Club member Evan James and will consist of a series of group training sessions with the ultimate goal of travelling together and competing at the MTBA National Championships on the Gold Coast in March 2017.

Program Duration: Mid-September to Late March.
Athlete Age: Born 1999 to 2002 inclusive (special dispensation for athletes just outside this age range may be available – please contact the coach).
Squad Size: Capped at 8.

Applicants are not obliged to accept a place on the squad so anyone interested in the program is encouraged to apply so they receive additional information as the program is developed. Athletes will be notified of the selection process outcome within a few weeks of applications closing.

Click here for more information including costs, aims and expectations, and to register your interest.

HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP

lifeIn all clubs, there are members who selflessly give to others of their time and energy without any expectation of reward.  These members are the quiet achievers who make the club what it is.  As such,

the Adelaide Mountain Bike Club is seeking nominations for either an honorary member or an honorary life member.

 

Nominations are now open and will close 11:59pm, 31 July 2016.  To nominate please provide in writing the reasons for the nomination and to which Honorary Membership.  An email should be sent to secretary@ambc.asn.au

Nominees should have been a member of the AMBC for many years and should have rendered exceptional service to the AMBC either through promoting the interest and objectives of the AMBC or in terms of benefits gained for the AMBC e.g. from sponsors or government bodies.  In recognition of the importance and honour associated with each type of membership….

an Honorary Life Member
shall not pay any membership fees for life

an Honorary Member
shall not pay any membership fees for a period determined by the committee

All nominations will be received and assessed in line with AMBC’s life member policy Click here