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Get Out Get Active Women’s Mountain Bike Program

Get Out Get Active Women’s Mountain Bike Program
GoGIRLS in Parklands

The Sunshine Coast Council has teamed up with our Go GIRLS and CORCA’s Women on Wheels to offer the Get Out Get Active Women’s Mountain Bike Program.

This six week programme will offer you the opportunity to develop essential skills needed to make mountain biking a enjoyable and safe activity. Additionally you will be provided a hire bike (if you don’t have one) and a one year Mountain Biking Australia (MTBA) membership through either club ($85 value).

When: 17th April – 24 May 2018, Tuesday or Thursday afternoons.
Where: Sunshine Coast – Kawana Sports Precint or Caloundra Cricket Ovals.
Cost: $66.00
Registration: > HERE <

Contact: Kurt Martin [email protected] (07) 5420 8671

Don’t worry if you’ve missed out – we have a whole bunch of beginners coaching sessions planned for the next year so keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.

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2017 MTBA Queensland Club Volunteer of the Year Award Acceptance Speech

2017 MTBA Queensland Club Volunteer of the Year Award Acceptance Speech

Recently I was awarded the 2017 MTBA Queensland QLD Club Volunteer Award. It was a quite the surprise and I am both honoured and humbled to receive this award.

Since I became President our club has become a multifaceted entity delivering on many fronts such as coaching, women’s advocacy, trail development and bringing back racing, all while supporting the wider mountain biking community. During these years I have witnessed many contributions made by our committee and membership and it is a particularly great feeling seeing new riders develop into competent riders who then begin to share their knowledge with others.

If I am a good volunteer, it is because of the a great committee and membership behind me. I would like to call out to the club secretary and my brother, Michael, as without his help the club would not be what it is today. The same can be said of Craig, Susie, Rob, and Greg for their work as treasurer, women’s advocate, trails officer and social coordinator respectively. I also liked to acknowledge the previous committees for contributing to the Bush Rangers rich history.

I’m proud to be apart of this inclusive community of riders who all support each other and I ask that we continue contributing to our mountain biking community and make a lasting positive impact to the Sunshine Coast.

Sincerely,

Ben Johns
Club President

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New MTBA Membership Options

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New MTBA Membership Options

Hi Folks,

MTBA have new membership options available and we’re pretty excited about them. Current MTBA members would have received an email with the following information.

Firstly the new seniors category (Masters 7+) provides reduced fees for those who are 60yrs old and over – it’s great to see people continuing or taking up mountain biking during their retirement, this option will help ensure they’re looked after in case of an accident while also being more affordable.

Then there’s a ‘public liability’ option that might be of interest to potential/current ‘club only’ members who have private health cover/other insurance coverage but wish to make sure that they’re completely covered. Worth a look if you aren’t sure if you’re covered in this regard.

The next one is pretty exciting for us on the Sunshine Coast – it’s a Triathlon Australia value-add membership. If you’re already a member of Triathlon Australia and wish to take up off-road triathlons, MTB racing or just want to use mountain biking as a way to mix up your training then this option is well worth a look. Also, TA members receive race day license discounts.

Finally there’s the new Family membership discount which kicks in when three or more family members join up. This option has been a popular request so it’s great that it’s now an option – it’s a pretty complex option to set up so good work to the MTBA for making it happen.

Here’s the summary of the new options:

New Membership categories

Masters 7+ (60+ years old) – Available for Race or Recreation categories. Membership price matches the Junior membership!

PL (Public Liability) Membership 
– This membership is ideal for the social rider who already holds a suitable level of private health insurance through another provider. As part of this membership, the rider will receive 24/7 Public Liability insurance cover whenever you are riding recreationally and on any type of push bike.

Value-Add (Triathlon Australia)
– The Value-Add membership currently offers financial members of Cycling Australia, BMX Australia and Australian Defence Force Cycling a discounted Race membership, with MTBA recognising the commitment of these riders to other sporting organisations.  Triathlon Australia members have now been included as a Value-Add category.

Family Membership discount – Now the whole family can get involved with a MTBA Family Membership!
The family membership discount provides family members to receive between 10% – 15% discount depending on the number of family members.

Further information available from the MTBA website: https://www.mtba.asn.au/membership/ . Otherwise we’re happy to answer any questions.

 

Club Committee
Bushrangers MTB Club Sunshine Coast Inc

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Mountain Biking Australia Recognised as a National Sporting Organisation

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Mountain Biking Australia Recognised as a National Sporting Organisation

Congratulations to Mountain Biking Australia (MTBA) for being recognised as a ‘National Sporting Organisation’ (NSO) by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and therefore joining the ranks of 94 other sporting organisations including Cycling Australia and BMX Australia. This is a great benefit to the whole MTB community.

Of the many possibilities this creates this will hopefully lead to clear and supported development pathways and help steer government/private funding towards building and developing MTB related activities and facilities. We’re excited to see what opportunities arise for us as a MTBA affiliated club – perhaps we have the next Commonwealth Games/Olympic representatives in our midst (no, Fat Bike racing isn’t a thing Michael).

Read the announcement from the MTBA here: https://www.mtba.asn.au/news/mtba-attains-nso-recognition/

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Trails Development Strategy

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Trails Development Strategy
QPWS Trail Care Briefing

Hi Folks,

As you may know MTBA along with Common Ground Trails are engaging the MTB community around Queensland so as to inform a Queensland Mountain Bike Strategy – if not check out our post about it here, we encourage everyone to complete the survey. Part of their engagement is asking various clubs and trail associations for any documented plans they may have for their regions and if they would like to set up a meeting to talk about them. We’re happy to say that we’ve quickly produced and submitted a draft ‘Trail Development Strategy’ document and will be speaking with Common Ground Trails early November.

We have made our Trail Development Strategy publicly available on our trails page, right under the trail counts.

We intend to review this document annually with input from the community and land managers however please don’t let that stop you from providing your ideas on new and existing trails across the Sunshine Coast region at any time.

Thanks goes to Rob, Michael and QPWS for helping review this document with short notice.

Ben Johns
Club President

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