Welcome to the 2021/22 Alpine Progression Squad.
The program is designed to contribute to the development and progression of junior MTB riders (both male and female) aged 12 years to 18 years interested in riding or racing at club, school, state and national competitions or events. We understand that not all juniors are wanting to race and welcome these riders if they are still prepared to commit to the program and their own development. Some riders may want to join the program for only recreational or competitive reasons and we will aim to cater for both.
The program includes:
We aim to produce junior riders who are confident, supportive and who gain skills that will enable them to become faster, safer and more developed riders. The focus will be on building a squad of riders who share a strong team mentality and developing the riders’ ability to self-monitor their skill progression to ensure maximum safety
The program will run each Friday 5:30 – 7:00 pm, starting October 8th 2021(Start of term 4) to April 8 th, 2022 (End ofTerm 1). The program will not run during school holidays or on public holidays.
The weekly skills sessions will work towards preparing riders for the Gravity Enduro events. Vic Enduro Series will potentially be attended and ridden as a group if interest warrants. More details can be found at: https://victorianendurotour.wordpress.com/
All squad members will be encouraged to take part in Falls Creek MTB Camp
November 27 & 28
Lodge Accommodation at Cooroona Alpine Lodge Falls Creek
Day 1 Shuttle Falls Creek Trails with Blue Dirt
Day 2 Ride the Fainters trail from Falls Creek to Mt Beauty
Parent or guardian required to attend, more details to follow.
The program will have limited numbers, riders will be split into two coaching groups. As a guide it would be expected that participants could ride all the trails (B lines) in Mystic Bike Park with the exception of the Downhill trails (World Cup/Mystic DH- but be interested in working towards these). Riders will need to have a good level of fitness (i.e. be able to ride up to Hero with no extended rest breaks). If you are unsure if you fit these guidelines, please contact the program coordinator listed below who will be happy to have a chat.
Riders are expected to commit to contributing to a supportive team environment and willing to support the Club in its activities.
The program is for riders aged 12-18. If the program is not at capacity, there is potential for younger members to be assessed by the coaching team on their suitability for inclusion.
All juniors must maintain a current MTBA membership and associated Alpine Cycling Club membership for the duration of the program.
Coached Skills Sessions
We are very fortunate to have highly skilled riders as coaches, Miles Davis and Ash Gray. Our Coaches hold the required MTBA qualifications as well as the internationally recognised PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instructor). They will also be supported by ACC members and parents. At all times, Junior riders are to listen to the coaches, follow instructions, support each other and stay with the group.
Group sizes will be limited to 8 riders.
Juniors will be given the opportunity to participate in a trail building workshop run by the Alpine Cycling Club Trail building team.
Role models and mentors
As part of being in the squad, members will be expected to be positive role models for the younger juniors. This will give the younger kids something to aspire to, in both their riding skills and their attitude towards riding and the club. From time to time we will assist you in being a ride leader for one of the junior MTB groups.
Bike and rider safety
All participants must have a mechanically sound bike at all times. Cleaning and checking mechanical soundness will be essential for all riders and expected to be completed before each ride.
For cancellation policy and child-safe policy are located on the ACC website under Junior club policies.
For further details contact Christian Stewart (Junior Development program coordinator) at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mountain biking is an activity which takes place in the outdoors in unpredictable conditions; the safety and enjoyment of our junior riders is important and whilst we will endeavour to run junior program activities regardless of the weather they may be cancelled in cases of extreme weather.
Alpine Cycling Club respects the right of all children who are members of the Alpine Cycling Club or who participate in Club activities to have the right to feel and be safe. We are committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people accessing our Club.