The sport of cycling is facing a major crossroad in the governing and management across Australia. Currently 19 independent governing bodies facilitate cycling in Australia, each with their own financial models. Our National Sports funding body has recognised the inefficiency in the current model, suggesting that it may reduce or cut funding to the current system, recommending a proposal to merge all cycling bodies as ‘AusCycling’.

All three major national bodies, MTBA, Cycling Australia (CA) & BMX Australia (BMXA), along with all State Federations (both CA & BMXA have 8 state bodies each) have the opportunity to dissolve their resources into a collaborative organisation which merges the governing and management of all cycling disciplines and increases member benefits. MTBA will be stripped of NSO status if the AusCycling merge does not proceed, disabling the recognition of Mountain biking in Australia.

A vote by all 19 bodies is being conducted as we speak, however as an MTBA affiliate members of AMBC are highly recommended to vote via proxy through MTBA or by attending the AGM in the Gold Coast.

Despite the effects of this vote seeming far reached, the implications for riders of all ages, at all levels and across all disciplines are massive. Every vote counts, so take the time to weigh in on a proper vote for the future of this excellent sport.

AMBC fully supports the OneCycling merge and recommends that members of our club vote in favour of the formation of a unified entity for cycling governance.

As an MTBA member, you may have noticed a few emails with lots of information in your inbox recently. Here is a short list of the best documents you can read to get you informed.

  1. MTBA- Open letter to MTBA members
  2. MTBA- Summary of implications from a YES or NO vote
  3. MTBA- Explanation Notices of Auscycling special resolution
  4. MTBA – Voting form

How do you vote? Unless you’re keen on a trip to the Gold Coast while attending, you will need to do a proxy vote form if you want your say on the AusCycling merge. Follow the steps below:

  1. Download this voting form.
  2. Print it, fill it out and sign it by hand
  3. Scan it, or take a photo
  4. Email the completed copy to

Forms must be sent before 11:00am (AEST) Thursday 28 November 2019.

The vote will occur at the MTBA AGM, which is scheduled for 11am AEST on Saturday November 30, 2019.

More info can be found at

Official Communique – SA State XCO Championships

Information about traffic delays,  call up, passing, tech/feed zone, food/drink, national cup points, lap counts and start list are contained.

1.0 Swamp Road Delays/Closures. Participants should be warned of Traffic Delays along Swamp road between Greenhill Road and Lenswood due to a road cycling event.
Choose another route to the event to avoid significant delays piror to and throughout the entire duration of AMBC’s event.

1.1  Call up. Participants must be present at the Start line at least 10 minutes prior to start.

1.2 Passing. Please remember to share the track safely and respectfully with all other riders. Choose a safe place to pass, as well as warn the person what side you will pass on. Slower or lapped riders must not interfere with the race.

1.3 Tech and Feed Zone. Tech and feed support is availible in the tech and feed zone. Outsider assistance beyond this point is not permitted. Riders who suffer mechanicals must complete their lap or register a DNF with timing if irreparable.

1.4 Food and drink. AMBC is hosting a BBQ and Beer fest with a great selection of foods for all.

1.5 National cup points are available at this race, all MTBA technical regulations apply.

1.6 Lap Counts

9.30am start – ALL womens and juniors grades, MMast7.
11.30am start – All mens grades.

Elite women 4
Elite men 6
Open women* 3
Open men 4
U23 Women 4
U23 Men 5
Masters 1 & 2 Women 3
Masters 1 & 2 Men 4
Masters 3 & 4 Women 3
Masters 3 & 4 Men 4
Masters 5 & 6 Women 3
Masters 5 & 6 Men 4
Masters 7+ Women 2
Masters 7+ Men 4
U19 Women 3
U19 Men 4
U17 Women 3
U17 Men 4
U15 Women 2
U15 Men 3
Singlespeed Women 3
Singlespeed Men 4
U13 Women 2
U13 Men 2

All lap counts are subject to change without notification. Lap count will be notified at call up.

1.7 Start List

Please find start list document

Thanks to all sponsors and volunteers for making this race possible. Happy and safe racing.

AMBC September 2019 Update

A lot is happening around the club, we’ve got SA State XCO Championships on the 29th of September at Fox Creek and Master’s Games on 12th of October at Craigburn Farm.

Enter here for SA State XCO Championships:

Zero Friction Cycling ‘s series overall table is up! You can check out where you stand at , while you’re there check out how waxed chains can benefit your MTB experience! We’ll be awarding medals at the State champs.

Master’s Games:

Entries for the 17th Australian Masters Games close on Monday 16 September.
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of Australia’s premier multi sport festival taking place 5-12 October in Adelaide. Get your bike into gear and go for gold this October.

Your games registration includes your official registration pass, games kit bag, drink bottle, and entry to exclusive entertainment and events. This year’s participants can look forward to partying at the Adelaide Convention Centre, with performances by Immaculate Madonna, Anthony Mara’s ‘Billy Joel Tribute Concert’, Elvis and more!
Enter now at
*All transactions are subject to processing and credit card fees. Further details available in the Games Entry Terms & Conditions

Mountain Bike Event Details:
Date: Saturday 12 October, 1:00pm
Venue: Craigburn Farm MTB Park, Craigburn Road

Age: 30+

For more mountain bike information go to –

Shepherd’s Hill XCO & Zero Friction Cycling overall

Sheps! The Shepherd’s Hill XCO on the 25th August is set to be an exciting one. Thanks to our sponsors Hammer Nutrition, BikeCorp and Schwalbe Tyres for supporting our races!

This race will contribute to our Zero Fricition Cycling overall series, with points up for grabs for each race and medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the series. Zero friction cycling’s products are perfect for MtB here in Adelaide, and we’re expecting to see more of them around! This will be presented at State XCO champs!


CATEGORIES: Self seeded, ability based categories for XC racing.

9:00am Start-

  • A Grade Women: 5 laps
  • B Grade Women: 4 Laps
  • C Grade Women: 3 laps
  • Junior A: 3 Laps
  • Junior B: 2 Laps

11:00am Start

  • A Grade Men: 6 laps
  • B Grade Men: 5 laps
  • C Grade Men: 4 laps
  • D Grade Men: 3 laps
  • (*Wet or hot weather may alter the lap count and course of racing.)
  • (**All lap counts are subject to change at any time at the race director’s discretion. All entrants will be notified.)


  • 8:15am: SIGN ON
  • 10.30am: PRESENTATION (early grades) (approximate time)
  • 11:00am: MALE GRADES START
  • 12:30pm: PRESENTATION (approximate time)


Parking will be directed on race day. Please be courteous of the park and environment.


Please be mindful that Shepherd’s Hill RP is a popular park for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and dog owners. Be respectful to the park and it’s users and represent MTB’ers sensibly!


** Suggested laps per grade based on a 15 minute Elite (A Grade) lap time. This is a guide only and the number of laps is variable due to different venues and different track conditions.


$30- all senior riders

$20- all junior riders

+$25 for an MtBA day license.


Course will be set up the day before. If anyone can help please get in touch with the club at


We need you. These races happen with the good work done by our vollies. If you are available to help set up or pack up or assist with anything else please get in touch with Aurelia Strozik via email:


It is cheaper to race as a club member. To join or renew visit the MTBA website and select Adelaide Mountain Bike Club as your club:

FREE once-off 8 week trial MTBA memberships are available on the above link.


Information about the location can be found in our trails index, and an interactive map at

If you have any questions, feel free to email for more information!

July wrap up

Another awesome race was held last weekend at Craigburn Farm, with fantastic winter conditions perfect for XCO racing. We had our first E-bike participant in our new E-bike category, who reported high levels of enjoyment! Our next race is at Shepherd’s Hill on the 25th August, stay tuned for more info.

There’s alot going on around the scenes for MtB’ers right now. Take a look below

Energy Bars made right! – Hammer Nutrition

Unfortunately, the majority of Energy bars are nothing more than glorified muesli bars made with a mass of unhealthy ingredients (i.e.brown rice syrup – sugar) that do little if anything to improve your performance. At long last, we now have a complete range of new Australian made Hammer bars,that not only taste great but are healthy for you. We want you to enjoy the delicious new range of raw bars and see the difference.

Enjoy 6 bars free
Use Coupon code 6freebars
Expires 5th August
Min order >$100
Place min $100 products in cart then add bars and apply code

Big Bike Film Night!

A short film fest style event that celebrates cycling in all its glorious shapes and forms is coming to Adelaide

The 2019 collection has an absolutely breath-taking range of short bike films – from mountain bike, to road, commuters and travel, personal journeys and triumphs. 

The programme offers a wide and dynamic variety of appealing storylines, projects and thrills not only for bike fans, but also all movie goers. At the heart of this collection is showing real people on ordinary bikes being part of some pretty extra-ordinary stories. In the lineup is the riveting Australian documentary LOWEST TO HIGHEST which follows five friends with disabilities attempting a world first human powered ride from Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre 2150km to Mount Kosciuszko, IT IS A MUST SEE!!

  • Tuesday 20th August, 6:30pm
  • Tickets:  Adults $26, Under 16 year olds $16.50
  • Piccadilly Cinemas, North Adelaide

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