Programs and Partners

Junior Travel grant:

UPDATE: Application will remain open throughout the race season – please fill out the form and return to committee@ambc.asn.au

This grant application is for any AMBC club member U23, U19, U17 or U15 who is travelling to compete at the 2024 National Rounds in Gold Coast, Canberra or Brisbane, the 2024 National Champs in Lake Macquarie or the 2024 Oceania Champs in Brisbane.

Grant funding is available for one round per applicant per season. Our grants will be $500 for up to ten applicants!


2024 National Champs

Other Financial Assistance: Local Sporting Champions

The Sport Australia Local Sporting Champions program provides funding of between $500 and $750 for athletes aged between 12 and 18 attending School Sport, State or National Championships, and International events where the applicant is part of the official AusCycling team. More information is available on the Sport Australia website HERE.

Junior Dirt Skills:

The Junior Dirt Skills Program is a joint initiative of the Adelaide Mountain Bike and Port Adelaide Cycling Clubs.

Our aim is to teach kids the skills and etiquette to increase their competence, confidence, and enjoyment of riding bikes in natural and off-road environments. The program caters for 4-15 years olds and is tailored and structured to suit their various abilities. Where possible, we also look to allocate girls-only groups to support their social connection.

Each participant is required to bring to each session:

– Bike In Good Working Order. – Australian Standard AS/NZS 2063 Helmet.

– Spare Tube (In Your Kid’s Tyre Size)

– Attached To The Bike.

– Sufficient Water For The Session – Either Water Bottle Or Bladder.

Skills that may be covered include:

– Bike Handling – Descending Skills

– Clearing Obstacles

– Body Positioning & Technique

– Bike Safety

– Trail Craft And Etiquette

Our instructors are qualified volunteers who hold a minimum AusCycling Foundation MTB Instructor certificate along with extensive riding experience. We are always looking for more instructors – please reach out via the Facebook Group if you’d like to know more.

To get involved with Junior Dirt Skills and stay up to date with all session information and registration, please request to join the Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/JuniorDirtSkillsAdelaide/

A huge shout out to Kain Gardner, Kev Pullen and the many other volunteers, parent/guardians and young people who have contributed to the success of this community program!

Other Frequently asked questions!

Adelaide Mountain Bike Club is a welcoming and supportive space for families and junior riders. We aim to provide the best experience for new riders and foster the development of junior riders.

Age Categories:

Our minimum age to enter AMBC events is 11 years old.

Age is defined as that of 31st December this competition year.

CategoryMin AgeMax Age
U23* 1922

What is XC – cross country Mountain biking?

XC mountain biking means riding off road on dirt trails, being able to climb up hills and descend down them, ride through twisty sections and trees, around berms, and over obstacles such as logs, rocks and jumps often in forests or scrub. It is based on the Olympic format of mountain biking that requires endurance and skill.


A standard 26” hardtail MTB with gears is sufficient, a helmet that meets Australian Standards, gloves, sturdy shoes, glasses, drink bottle, food/snacks and suitable clothing for racing and weather conditions. Permission and support from an adult!


AusCycling is the national body for mountain biking in Australia.

You will need to have an AusCycling membership to race. You can get a 4-week free trial membership to start off with. To continue with race membership, consult the AusCycling memberships page to find the perfect fit for you.

Junior membership is very affordable and if you were considering doing more club races it ends up being cheaper to join the club.


Race registration – online on Entryboss

What happens on race day?

  • 7:30am – club volunteers arrive to begin setup
  • 8am – registration – collect race plate, transponder and check that it all works
  • 8-8:30am – kit up, warm up.
  • 8:35am – New rider briefing
  • 8:50am – line up at start line & general rider briefing
  • 9:00am – wave starts, juniors usually last few waves!

How do I get up to date information? Where do I go if I have questions?

  • Entryboss
  • Website (you’re already here!)
  • Email  juniors@ambc.asn.au (to clarify details and ask questions)
  • The club Facebook and Instagram