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Each month, we select three groups who are doing excellent things in MTB in Australia. We put $600 on the table, and we ask our customers to vote to decide who gets the funds. Each group gets at least $150, but the group with the highest votes at the end of the month scores $300!
Warrandtye MTB Club (VIC)
"We love kids getting into the MTB scene and are setting up squads and training sessions to have some infrastructure and pathways for kids to get involved. We are in the process of getting approval from Parks Victoria to run sessions on their land as well as having available jerseys and holiday activities for them to participate in. Even our adult social rides include the capable kids and teenagers, making most of our club activities kid/teen friendly. Our holiday programs include skills where it would be great to have some equipment such as: cones, ropes, planks of wood as well as them wearing an Warrandyte jersey so we as instructors can easily recognise them. Also having reflector vests for helpers would be an asset."
Illawarra Mountain Bike Alliance (NSW)
"The alliance was established by a small group of enthusiastic local MTB riders who came together to advocate for legal access to mountain biking on the Illawarra escarpment. The alliance is now in our third year and passionately believes in our region's potential to become an iconic international MTB destination and the flow on benefits mountain biking can bring to our community. Our mission is to be a strong voice advocating for a mountain bike park to be developed on the Illawarra escarpment by the year 2020 that is recognised as a Gold-level Ride Centre by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). Our vision for mountain biking to become a legitimate sporting and recreational activity on the Illawarra escarpment, that is sensitive to the environment, occurs in harmony with other users of the mountain and contributes to a cycle-friendly vision for our city of Wollongong. The alliance is working towards a commitment from local and state government bodies to establish a mountain bike park that: - Achieves a Gold Gold-level Ride Centre rating by IMBA - Is considered a community asset, by encouraging community participation and socialisation - Provides a unique tourism draw card for our region - Can host international mountain biking events - Recognises and preserves the cultural heritage of the mountain - Includes trails that are safe and accessible to all levels of riders and are sustainable and sensitive to the environment while maintaining the aesthetics of the surrounding bushland We are currently working with the Wollongong Council, Destination Wollongong, National Parks and other land owners. Trail Building company Dirt Art is currently conducting a feasibility study of the Illawarra escarpment to establish potential sites. The donation would go towards costs associated with getting our vision through Council."
Pedal Heads Inc (TAS)
"The Pedal Heads Inc MTB club members are ambassadors for our sport. We actively promote the social and physical benefits of riding bikes with friends. We advocate for the development of sustainable and high-quality MTB trails in the North East of Tasmania. We recognise the impact MTB riding has on young people and we are committed to junior development. We are committed to providing a range of quality events, promoting the area and providing opportunities for our junior members. Through the strength of our club volunteers we will collaborate with all levels of government and community groups. With consideration of the environment and long-term sustainability we will ensure that our sport and trails are managed and constructed responsibly. The money would go towards many things. Here are a few ideas. Help fund juniors sign up membership fees, race fees and skill development days, events, trail design, build and maintenance."
WMTB5 March 2018I vote for Warrandyte MTB Club