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Think Alice Springs and the first few things that come to mind are hot, desolate and arid. So it’s ironically surprising that this remote town in the middle of Australia can offer such a unique, challengin...
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!
Dirty Divas (WA)
"I have started a group to motivate and encourage women to mountain bike. No matter their ability I organise rides on different trails sometimes with experts from those areas to show us their local trails and teach us skills as well. After woods we usually have lunch and support the local business or bike shop. For example I have taken groups of ladies to Middle Earth Gale Road near Margaret River our guide is Rid Larkin. Also I organise a tent at Wharncliffe Mill and we do the Pines in Margs also. I want to be able to organise a two day over night skills training session in Dwelliingup for all abilities. It wld go towards getting two instructors for the two day skills session in Dwellingup I am trying to organise."
Dromana College Cycling Team (VIC)
"Dromana College has a Cycling Subject as part of its classes. For half a day every Wednesday students get to ride bikes and learn valuable life skills like goal setting, bike maintenance, nutrition and fitness. The school has a pump track and a 3 1/2 km XC race track where a round of the Victorian Schools Cycling Champs are held every year. The students are about to start the planning process in designing and building a pump track in the nearby area working with the Pt Leo foreshore ranger. This will be a great community project where the students learn trail building skills whilst giving back to their local community. The $300 donation would be used to help provide valuable building tools such as fire rakes."
Bayview Conservation Area Trailcare (QLD)
"Bayview Conservation Area Redland Bay Queensland. We develop, plan, design and build new trails, promote trailcare events, organise trailcare events, design race circuit, maintain trails and equipment. We develop annual plan for works, liase with Council and mtb clubs (such as Rats cycling club), cultural Heritage & other user groups (trail runners,walkers,horse riders) We are a great group of volunteers giving up rour ride time to further works and provide more technical features for the wide variety of Mountainbiker's using our network This local community initiative has also enabled the running of a national XCM event Bayview Blast in its 4th year and gaining momentum every year. We lack a shade (pop up tent) hi visibility vests and specific tools. We would like to provide training courses in trail design & Maintenance ongoing to improve our trail volunteer knowledge and assist with other local groups in the design and development capacity."