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.
- MTBA- Open letter to MTBA members
- MTBA- Summary of implications from a YES or NO vote
- MTBA- Explanation Notices of Auscycling special resolution
- 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:
- Download this voting form.
- Print it, fill it out and sign it by hand
- Scan it, or take a photo
- Email the completed copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://auscycling.com.au/