Juniors

Welcome to Alpine Cycling Club Junior MTB Program 2020/21.

 

Alpine Cycling Club Junior Program has been running for many years and is constantly evolving to offer the best opportunities for our up and coming riders.

 

Our program runs during Terms 4, 2020 and Term 1, 2021 starting from Tuesday 6 October through to 15 December 2020 and 2 February to 30 March 2021 riding away at 4.30pm from Alpine Cycling Clubrooms in Coronation Avenue, Bright.  The program does not run on public holidays and during school holidays.

Fees:

 

  • $80 for Alpine Cycling Club Members – First Child
  • $50 for Alpine Cycling Club Members – Second Child
  • $20 for Alpine Cycling Club Members – Third Child
  • Capped at $150 per family

 

All participants must have a current MTBA Licence which is valid for the entire period of the program.  We recommend a Dirt Club (2-6 years) or Dirtmaster (7-12 years), as this will enable your child to participate in the Junior MTB Race series if they wish

 

Purple Group will again be running for Girls 10 – 17 years old, with the emphasis on fun, social rides, exploring new trails and skills coaching sessions. Girls that wish to ride in a girls-only group can nominate this when registering. Proudly supported by #thisgirlcanvic

Your fee covers:

 

  • Participation in Tuesday afternoon Club Rides for 2 School Terms
  • Skills coaching at different times throughout the season 
  • Alpine Cycling Junior Program T-Shirt
  • One shuttle session per term (Green groups and above)
  • Personalised Name Plate (only if registered by 6 October 2020 – later registrations will receive a handwritten plate)
  • Junior Development Day on Sunday 31 January **Separate Registration will be required** Limited places available you must complete a separate registration to confirm your place. The link will be emailed on your registration confirmation.
  • End of Term BBQ
  • Information about other riding opportunities
  • A whole lot of MTB fun and friends.

 

For more information email juniors@alpinecyclingclub.com.au

Registration now open for Junior MTB Program

How to Register:

  1. Make sure you have a current MTBA “Dirt Master” Licence (for 4-13 year olds) available at Mountain Bike Australia for riders over 13 a Recreational Licence will be sufficient unless they plan to try racing in which case we would recommend taking out a race licence. This link will also allow you to pay your club fees in the same transaction.

 

We welcome families to ‘Come and Try’ our program for 2 weeks, you will still need an MTBA Licence and you may wish to sign up for MTBA’s 8 Week Free Trial Membership at https://www.mtba.org.au/join

Tuesday Night Junior MTB Rides

Tuesday Junior MTB rides are a great social ride for junior riders of all abilities, there will now be some skills coaching incorporated into the Tuesday night rides depending on the skill level of the group.

 

There are regularly over 80 kids from 4 – 15 riding each week so please have your kids at the Alpine Cycling Club in their group around 4 pm, ready to ride away at 4.30pm during Terms 4 and 1.

 

Ride groups are based on age, ability, fitness, friendships and riding interests, it is important that kids ride with their designated groups so that we can keep track of everyone and maintain ratios.

 

Our aim is to keep the group sizes at 8-10 junior riders with two leaders so we always need extra adults to help out on our rides – if you are interested in helping out, please email juniors@alpinecyclingclub for details.

 

Your child will receive a personalised nameplate, please ensure that emergency contact details are written on the back of that plate and it is attached to their bike every time they participate in club activity.

 

All children must carry a drink bottle or a small backpack with water and wear close-toed shoes for all riding activities.

 

Please make sure that your child’s bike is in good working condition every time they ride, simple things your child can do every week are to check their tyre pressure, clean and lube their chain, check that brakes and gears are working and make sure there are no loose bits.

 

Information about cancellations or changes to the program will be emailed to junior club families and posted on Bright Cyclists and Alpine Cycling Club Facebook page.

Junior Club Policies

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. 

2021 Junior Development Day

Sunday 31 January 2021

All junior riders are welcome to participate in Junior Development Day, registered program members are entitled to free registration by using promotion code ACCDev2021 – numbers are limited so it is important that your register your child to secure a place. Cost for non members is  $35 – all participants will need an MTBA Licence or you can purchase a day licence for $7 – so if your child has friends who might like to come and try mountain biking for a day, get them to sign up.  Online Registration https://online.mtba.org.au/ERegister.aspx?E=7358

 

Development Day is a great opportunity for children of all ages and abilities to have a fun day, learning new skills with qualified coaches participating in MTB games, fun races and other MTB activities.  There will be activities for kids of all abilities, so a great opportunity for beginners to come and try mountain biking or, for those who are already mountain bikers to improve skills from top level coaches

2020/21 Junior MTB Race Series

This is a great opportunity for children of all ages and abilities to try racing in a fun, inclusive and low-key way.

 

This year we are running seven races over six venues:

  1. Saturday 7 November 2020 – Dinner Plain
  2. Saturday 28 November 2020 – Bright
  3. Saturday 12 December 2020 – Falls Creek
  4. Saturday 16 January 2021 – Mt Beauty
  5. Saturday 6 February 2021 – Beechworth
  6. Saturday 27 February 2021 – Yackandandah
  7. Saturday 27 March 2021 — Bright

All courses and duration of races is set to suit the developmental stages of junior riders, there will be two courses running at each event, a shorter, easier course for younger riders and a slightly longer course for older riders.

 

Whilst some riders will be racing to beat their friends, others will be there for the opportunity to ride a different track with loads of other kids from around the region, everyone is welcome, no matter how fast or slow, as long as they come with a friendly attitude, two wheels and a helmet!

 

Cost is $10 per race

 

A BBQ and series presentation will take place at the final race of the series.

 

  • A certificate and small prize will be awarded to top 3 in each category at each individual race.
  • Points are awarded on a sliding scale for all riders (best 4 races)
  • Series results will not be published until the end of the series as the main goal of the series is participation
  • Series prizes will be awarded to winners of each category with 3 or more competitors
  • To be eligible for a series prize, competitors must have raced in at least 4 races
  • special prizes awarded at the discretion of the race organisers.

 

All events are subject to change to keep inline with the latest Covid 19 government restrictions and the clubs Covid Safe policy.

Alpine Progression Squad 2020/21

Welcome to the 2020/2021 Alpine Progression Squad.

 

The program is designed to contribute to the development and progression of junior MTB riders (both male and female) aged 13 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: 

  • Fortnightly skills coaching (gravity/ jumps /tech focus)
  • Shuttles
  • Social rides
  • Wilderness/Adventure rides
  • Trail building workshops.
  • participation in club activities
  • Ride leader for Junior MTB club 

 

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 Tuesday 4:00pm – 5:30pm from October 6th, 2020 (Term 4 start) to March 30th, 2021 (Term 1 end). The program will not run during school holidays or on public holidays.

Rides and Events

 

The weekly skills sessions will work towards preparing riders for the Mystic Gravity Enduro event on the 27th of March (2021) and this event will be ridden as a group for those wanting to compete.

 

All squad members will be encouraged to take part in a full day “Fainter Trail” ride on Dec 12th from Falls Creek to Mt Beauty via this remote route.

 

Other 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/

 

  • Rd 1: Mt Beauty 1st of November 
  • Rd 2: Albury 15th of November 
  • Rd 3: Falls Creek 7th of February
  • Rd 4: Mt Buller 7th of March
  • Rd 5: Bright 27th of March 

 

Suitability

 

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 13-18. 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

Program Structure

 

Coached Skills Sessions

 

Skills coaching sessions will be held every second Tuesday (Week 1, 3, 5 etc) at Mystic Bike Park from 4.00pm until 5:30pm, with the first session commencing Tuesday 6th October 2020. Coaching sessions will start with a pump track warm up at 4:00pm – 4:15 when the group will be shuttled to the top of Hero trail via a minibus to start their coaching session.

 

Starting the squad at top of hero allows the riders and coaches to access the steeper terrain and more advanced features that the Mystic bike park has to offer. 

 

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.

 

Every second Tuesday

 

When the squad is not having a coaching session (weeks 2,4,6 etc) they will head out on a group ride with the intention of consolidating the skills they have learnt the previous week. It will be envisaged that 2 riders will share the responsibility of being the ride leaders (rotating each week). Planning and leading the ride to start and finish at the clubrooms in the allotted time frame. This will be done under adult supervision.

 

Juniors will be expected to participate in a trail building workshop run by the Alpine Cycling Club Trail building team that will be scheduled on a non-coaching Tuesday.

 

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. 

 

Self-lead Group rides:

  • Water bottle 
  • Riding gloves 
  • A spare tube, pump/canister & head, or repair kit 
  • Appropriate clothing 
  • medical needs (inhalers, puffers etc)
  • Other items we recommend are riding glasses, elbow pads (not compulsory)
  • And maybe a small snack.

 

As well as the items listed above athletes are required to bring the following to all coaching rides:

Full face Helmet (can have a detachable chin guard) – meeting Australian Standards & Knee pads

 

Cost: $170

 

What’s included:

  • Fortnightly Coaching with shuttle up lift to Hero
  • One shuttle session per term
  • Alpine Cycling Club MTB Jersey
  • Trail Building Workshop
  • Day adventures and fun times with mates
  • Opportunities to race gravity enduro as part of a supported team group

 

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:

 junoirs@alpinecyclingclub.com.au or 0402 275 256 

Registration now open for Alpine Progression Squad