Launch of the Batemans Bay Mountain Bike Club
In a major step towards the development of mountain biking in the region, the Batemans Bay MTB cycling community voted last night to establish the Batemans Bay MTB Club. About 40 interested riders gathered at Broulee Brewhouse to vote overwhelmingly in favor of forming a club with the aim of supporting and defending the local trail network, organizing racing events and developing the sport of mountain biking in the local community.
The inaugural members appointed a committee and agreed to continue the new local club’s affiliation with AusCycling, the leading body for all cycling disciplines in Australia. This will provide members with additional available benefits such as sport development, racing opportunities and insurance coverage.
Batemans Bay Cycles and Moruya Bicycles are committed to supporting the new club and its members, and the club’s funds have been started with a generous donation from one of the original members.
New club chairman Jamie Clout said: “The BBMTB club is a great opportunity to grow the sport in our region, in partnership with other clubs on the south coast and southern New South Wales, as well as developing the sport in the wider local community. The club is fortunate to have so many enthusiastic members with a passion for riding and the experience to create a truly vibrant club which is a feature of the local sporting and social scene.
In addition to races, the club plans social rides to bring together cyclists of all ages and skill levels to develop their skills to make the most of the local trail network.
Before the meeting begins to form a club, the Eurobodalla Shire Board gave an update on the progress of the Mogo Adventure Trails, which will offer approximately 150km of mountain bike trails between Batemans Bay and Mount Wandera, just at north of Moruya. The trails will be world-class and will be a major new attraction for tourism in the area, as well as an incredible recreational asset for the local off-road motorcycling community.
Membership of the Batemans Bay MTB Club will be open via the AusCycling website once membership is complete, likely later in 2022. In the meantime, the club can be contacted via ridebatemansbaymtb.gmail.com Chairman and Secretary – Jamie Clout
Vice President – Mark Walker
Treasurer – Yma Carnall
Committee Members – Andrew Hearn, Iain Oliver, Geoff Henderson and Steve Wright
Batemans Bay Mountain Bike Racers already has a Facebook page that invites new members to join and keep up to date with discussions and events