Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Want to take your Mountain Biking to the next level?

The IAS Cycling Program has expanded to include Mountain Biking, with the program designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented MTB athletes by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October and concluding in September. The aim of the program is to provide additional skill development on top of club training.

The MTB program identifies both Endurance-based disciplines (XCC, XCO, XCM, XCEMTB, Cyclocross, etc) and the gravity disciplines (GE Gravity Enduro, DHI, 4 Cross, etc).

Register your interest for 2022/23

The program will provide coaching, training and competition to improve athlete development with a view to:

  • The primary focus of the Academy program is to provide the necessary resources for riders to perform well at identified MTB events and ultimately at National level.
  • Develop the skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities for selection into national teams/squads and the NSWIS program as scholarship holders.
  • Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to the NSWIS (NSW Institute of Sport) squad is ‘seamless’
  • Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events
  • Provide an introduction and progression into sport specific strength and conditioning
  • Provide education around athletic development as well as personal development in topics such as Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Media Skills / Public Speaking, Youth Leadership, Drugs in Sport
  • The program will conduct weekly skills based and strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected

2021-22 Staff


2021-22 Squad


Scholarship Components

Academy Games

Skill Development

S&C Testing

Strength & Conditioning

Education Session

Education Sessions


2021/22 Scholarship

Athlete Eligibility

To be eligible for an IAS Cycling MTB Scholarship, athletes must:

  • Reside within the Illawarra Region, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee
  • Be a registered member of a cycling club affiliated with AUS Cycling
  • Be 13 – 18 years of age.

Special consideration may be given to cyclists outside the eligibility criteria, subject to the approval of the IAS Board.


2021/22 Scholarship

Selection Criteria

Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;

  • Demonstrate through past performance and/or potential, the ability to reach or exceed a top 5 place at NSW Championships within 12 months
  • Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in cycling
  • Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance
  • Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction
  • The ability or potential to work as part of a team to achieve excellence

NB: Subjectivity is an unavoidable element of selection to the IAS Cycling Squad.


2021/22 Scholarship


BMX and MTB applications close: 5pm 10 November 2021

Selections will be made through an automatic qualification and interview process.


2021/22 Scholarship


The IAS is the only regional Academy to not charge an athlete levy to athletes successful in obtaining a scholarship. However, athletes may be required to contribute to some additional components of the program such as camps and tours.

Athletes will also be required to purchase the IAS Cycling squad uniform.

2021-22 Coach

Expression of Interest

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