We have worked long and hard to find the best balance between what riders want and our obligations to the association and governing bodies.
We have several options that give you a choice of what level of riding you are expecting to do and if you wish to be a member of MTBA or not.
Note: if you are already a fully paid member of MTBA then all that is needed is for you to pay the $10 club fee and/or sign up here.
Free memberships (non-MTBA):
Casual: Facebook group member who does not ride regularly but may occasionally do some riding with friends, cannot attend organised Sydney MTB Rides
Social: Signed up to SydneyMTB website who rides occasionally and doesn't want to race but wants to join organised Sydney MTB Rides.
Note: When joining a ride organised by Sydney MTB Riders you will be required to purchase a $7 participation certificate for insurance which can be upgraded to include personal injury for $20 on the day of the ride.
Paid memberships (MTBA):
Club: Allows member to take part in Sydney MTB Rides without paying any insurance fees, give Social membership to MTBA (a $20 day license will be required to participate in MTBA races) and requires the member to sign up and pay the membership fee on MTBA website by selecting Sydney MTB Riders as the club.
Cost: $60 ($55 of MTBA and $5 club fee)
Race: As above but includes personal injury insurance for not only MTBA races but also every ride you do including commuting. No additional fees are required to participate in rides or races (other than race entry fees that many be charged by race organisers beyond Sydney MTB's control).
Cost: $130 for seniors and $95 for Juniors (MTBA fee for senior is $120 with a $10 club fee and for juniors $85 with a $10 club fee) Under 13's fee is $45
What are the benefits of becoming a paid member?
Some of the benefits of joining Sydney MTB Riders with MTBA include:
A national autonomous body for mountain biking
National series that is raced all over Australia
Cost effective membership
Well priced day membership fees
Rolling licenses (valid for 12 months from date of purchase)
Flexibility in membership types (both recreational and competitive)
All money collected by MTBA is returned to mountain biking clubs and riders
Component of national membership is directed back to assist clubs in local development initiatives
Trails maintenance funding for states and clubs through setting up and partially funding IMBA AU
Works to keep trails open for all riders
All members can race all MTBA events nationwide (club, state series, state championships, national series, national championships)
Each rider will receive a card
Works to promote the sport to the general public through its contacts with the media
Markets the sport to sponsors and television
Why is a Race membership the best option?
You can take out as many day membership permits as you like but there are some pretty good reasons why a full 12 month membership is better:
You get additional insurance coverage for the time you are 'just' riding your bike at the same level as the great coverage you get in competition.
You only have to fill in forms once every 12 months instead of at every event, saving you time and the club volunteer's time in administration.
Your membership fee has helped to finance IMBA Australia who lobby Local and State Governments and land managers to open, build and maintain trails that are local to you.
A full MTBA membership can be used at events held by any other affiliated MTBA club throughout Australia, including at state or national level. You can even accrue UCI points at selected national level events!
Lastly, a full MTBA membership saves you money – for a junior if you participate in just 4 or more events or for a senior if you participate in only 5 or more events in 12 months you save!
We have been and continue to be busy securing benefits for members of Sydney MTB and via MTBA.
As a Sydney MTB Riders paid member of any level you receive:
Discounted 2XU Jersey designed and manufactured for Sydney MTB and 2XU compression wear.
Free Office365 access.
40% off Oakley eyewear.
Wholesale pricing on Maxxis tires and Dakine accessories and clothing.
Watch this space for more great benefits. Email firstname.lastname@example.org after you sign up to find out more and take up any of the above offers.
Discount AMB Subscription offer for members!
We have been working with Australian Mountain Bike magazine to get a great subscription offer for our members and their friends! The offer is valid for 2 months - you can get a year's subscription for $45, or two years for $85. Just follow the link here for full details.
As a Preferred Accor Partner, MTBA members benefit from discounted rates at over 2,500 hotels worldwide across our Sofitel, Pullman, Mgallery, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis brands. Click here to take advantage of this deal!
Europcar: Save 10%
We're pleased to offer in conjunction with Europcar all MTBA members an exclusive discount of 10% when booking a car. Simply use this link to make your next car hire and save!
With Infinite Rewards, MTBA members can save on day-to-day purchases of things like including groceries, petrol, movie tickets, clothing, music and more.
Following the program launch, members will be able to log onto a dedicated Infinite Rewards website to access hundreds of discounts and offers. Stay tuned for more details!
Every three months, members will receive a $20 voucher to use at Scody. More information will be coming soon and conditions apply!
We're excited have world-renowned carrier solutions company Thule as part of our member benefits program. This partnership will give MTBA members access to a range Thule products, as well as providing vital logistical support and a wide range of prizes for members at MTBA’s National events. Check out their full range at thule.com.au & stay tuned for some special offers!
Table of memberships, how to join and fees:
Casual RidesOfficial Rides
Member TypeDescriptionHow to become a memberMTBA CostMTBA Club FeeAttendCostAttendCost (non Syd MTB Club Member)MTBA Races
Casual - only rides every now and then and can't justify the Club level membership
- required to pay for orgainsed Club ridesSigned up to Syd MTB Facebook groupN/AN/AYes$7*NoN/A$20
SocialSigned-up to Sydney MTB websiteN/AN/AYes$7*Yes$57$20
Club - provides insurance coverage for general riding
- not required to pay for orgainsed Club rides
- provides a fee to Sydney MTB to help maintain the clubSign up on MTBA website and/or via Sydney MTB Form/Website555Yes$0Yes$0$20
Race (Senior 19+) - provides insurance coverage for races and training
- provides a fee to Sydney MTB to help maintain the club
- not required to pay for orgainsed Club rides
- for those who attend races affiliated with MTBA or when Sydney MTB hold racesSign up on MTBA website and/or via Sydney MTB Form/Website12010Yes$0Yes$0$0
Race (Junior 13-18)Sign up on MTBA website and/or via Sydney MTB Form/Website8510Yes$0Yes$0$0
* Why do casual and social rides cost $5? This is what is called a participation certificate, it indemnifies the club and/or ride leader in the event of an incident causing injury or damage to the public. It is a cost charged to us by the peak body MTBA and in now way makes any money for the club or ride leaders. You'll notice this is not payable for Club or Race members as their membership fee covers that already. Please Click here to find out more.