Major domestic events are an important focus for development athletes, and they are also an integral part of the selection process for squads and Junior World Championship teams. AusCycling recognises that attending some or all of these major events can be a significant time and financial burden on families. The NJTP gives the opportunity for U17, U19 and U23 riders to attend selected events without requiring parent/guardian accompaniment, and under the supervision of experienced and accredited coaches and staff. Athletes are met at the destination airport and are under the care of AusCycling staff until they are on their returning flight at the end of the camp.
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.
Selection criteria for the MTB World Championships (all disciplines), Commonwealth Games (XCO) and the Olympics (XCO) can be found on the Australian Cycling Team website HERE.
Applications for the XCO, DHI, E-MTB and XCM World Championships have closed for 2021.
AusCycling administers UCI World Cup entries for all riders with an Australian international license unless they are on a UCI listed MTB team. This includes individual entries (for riders with the required UCI points) and federation entries (riders that do not have the required UCI points). Currently World Cup entries are subject to the AusCycling Position Statement on International Activities.
All entry enquiries should be directed to AusCycling MTB Pathways Manager – Evan James firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Race Campaign program revolves around AusCycling staffed and facilitated trips to international races encompassing the XCO, DHI, CX and Gravity Enduro disciplines. Targeted at athletes already racing at state and national level primarily in the Junior (17 -18 years old) and U23 categories, the program will also cater for Elite athletes looking to gain international racing experience as a stepping stone to representing Australia at World Championships. Successful applicants to the program will have experience racing at state and national level, and demonstrate a commitment to progressing their riding to international level. Locations and events will be selected to give riders experience with longer travel distances, foreign language and food, national team culture, diverse racing conditions and high-level competition as well targeting UCI points and/or EWS entry. Flights, accommodation, ground transport, meals, coaching and mechanical support are all coordinated by AusCycling staff. Costs will vary from trip to trip. Previous trips have included UCI listed XCO races in South Africa and CX races in Japan.
The program is on hold while the Australian governments travel international ban is in place.
AusCycling Junior Development Camps are multi day live in camps designed to increase the experience and knowledge of off-road riders aged 14 to 17. The camps are open to riders in the disciplines of Cross-country (XC), Downhill (DH), Gravity Enduro (GE) and Cyclo-cross (CX) and will include riding sessions specific to each discipline as well as a range of off the bike activities as a combined group. The schedule and sessions will vary slightly from camp to camp so as to maximise the use of local trails, infrastructure and coaching staff. Athletes can attend multiple camps if they choose to and activities on camp are designed to allow riders with previous camp experience to participate in more advanced activities.
In addition, AusCycling accredited coaches and skills instructors are invited to attend the camp to assist the lead coaches and broaden their coaching experience. In particular Foundation Instructors local to camp venues are encouraged to attend.
Currently the camp program is on hold while the threat of COVID related travel restrictions makes long term planning difficult.