Dollars for Dirt - March 2017
Author: Jen Date Posted:1 March 2017
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!
Read more about the program here
Check out the groups for March 2017:
Alpine Cycle Club (VIC)
"At the Alpine Cycle Club we are responsible for the approval, building and maintenance of all MTB trails in Mystic Mountain Bike Park in Bright. We are extremely passionate about maintaining and expanding our trail network to suit all abilities of riders, including young kids on balance bikes, up to experienced downhill riders. All our trail maintenance and finishing is completed by volunteers on weekends and after work during the week. We all love to ride and that's why we build. We would put this $300 donation directly to the construction of a trail. Our next volunteer project is the building of a progressive jumps track called Flat Strap. It involves the modification of an existing trail, and will be hand finished by volunteers, however we do need to pay a contracting digger to move some large amounts of dirt we need into place. This $300 would provide roughly half the funding we need, and would mean we could start the project ASAP!"
Cooloola Trail Care Alliance (QLD)
"We are a not-for-profit community trail care group based in the small town of Gympie in regional Queensland. Because we are a small regional centre, we haven't had much attention from government as far as investing in local MTB trails. So we decided to take out a 10 year lease on a 60ha block of unused council bushland so we could build our own! We got kickstarted by a generous donation from the local Nestle coffee factory which is a big local employer and over the last four years we've manage to raise over $150,000 and spent more than 2000 volunteer hours developing our local trail network at Victory Heights. By early next year we plan to have hit the magic mark of 15km of single track. We've also constructed 3 shelters and grassed picnic area, a kids track, small jumps track and pump track. We are currently doing a big fencing project to keep the moto's and 4wds out of our lease and off the trails. Next year we hope to have public toilets and a sealed carpark and mtb skills area. We are also really lucky to have had awesome support from Pete Wilson at Trailworx who with his team is one of the best known and respected trail builders around."
Giant Junior Dirt Skills (SA)
"The GIANT Junior Dirt Skills Program is a joint initiative of the Port Adelaide Cycling Club and the Adelaide Mountain Bike Club. Our main aim is teach children the skills and etiquette to increase their competence, confidence, and enjoyment from riding bikes in natural and off-road environments. The course caters for girls and boys aged from 4 to 11 years and is tailored and structured to suit their various abilities. We have 58 kids participating in the current program. It is entirely volunteer run and supported with the only fees charged for an annual MTBA Dirtmaster license (for insurance purposes) and $21 to contribute to all the venue hire. It is awesome because it encourages the whole family to be part of the program with mums, dads and carers all helping out, getting on bikes and enjoying the outdoors. It is even more awesome to see the progression of skills and confidence in the kids as they participate in the program! The kids also have started to venture into Junior CX and XC racing with the respective clubs which has become so popular that new categories have been created to cope with the demand!"