National Adaptive Mountain Biking Conference 2016

Join the discussion about the developing sport of off-road handcycling at Australia’s first Adaptive Mountain Biking Conference in Melbourne on June 18th 2016.

Presented by Break the Boundary and proudly supported by Disability Sports Australia and Disability Sport and Recreation Victoria, the conference is a chance to learn about what’s happening in Australia and around the world with this new, developing sport and recreational activity.

The 2016 Adaptive MTB Conference is also an opportunity to take part in the discussion and steering of Australian Adaptive MTB in general.

The workshop aspect of the event will include discussions on a host of topics – from events, equipment, programs and funding to MTB integration, coaching, personal adventures and more – with key MTB, Adaptive MTB and disabled-sports stakeholders, led by Andrew Liddawi, founder of Break the Boundary and one of Australian Adaptive MTB’s key participants and drivers.


Links will be made live on the day of the conference – 18th July 2016.


A mini-demo will be available by request, giving participants a chance to examine Adaptive MTB equipment in person, see it in action and even try it themselves.

Liddawi has been working tirelessly to expose and legitimise Adaptive MTB as a part of the wider competitive MTB scene for several years.

His efforts have contributed to the transformation of the sport in his home state of WA – it recently become the first Australian state to build handcycle-specific trails and feature an Adaptive MTB class in a national or state MTB series round – and with this landmark conference he will be encouraging east-coast stakeholders to join the push to give para-athletes greater opportunities in the MTB realm.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is interested in mountain biking to learn about what’s available and discuss what they want to see in the near future,” says Liddawi. “Mountain bike clubs and associations can also learn about a variety of recreational and sporting experiences from people with disabilities and understand the intricacies of different equipment – which will be on display. Both WA and VIC speakers will share their stories and progress.”


Date: Saturday 18th June 2016

Location: 341 George Street, Fitzroy, Victoria.

Time Name Association Topic
9:00AM ARRIVAL @ DSR Office, 341 George Street, Fitzroy VIC.
 9:30 – 10:00 Andrew Liddawi Break The Boundary – Welcome note,
– Adaptive MTB Definition,
– Types of ‘Inclusion’,
– Equipment Overview,
– Events and Coordination,
– Trail Building Guide,
– Trail Rating System,
– International initiatives & developments.
 10:00 – 10:15 Campbell Message Victorian Spinal Cord Services – Recreational Inclusion and community engagement,
– Camping & Multi-discipline Adventure using trails.
 10:15 – 10:45 Denise Cox Mountain Bike Australia – Organisation structure and governance (NSO, SSO etc),
– Resources and funding for State and National Competitions,
– Potential inclusion of Adaptive MTB on a State and National Level,
– Trail Guidelines and Standards (committee progress & future plans).
10:45 – 11:00 INTERMISSION
 11:00 – 11:15 Jenni Cole Disability Sports Australia – DSA History in developing national sports & participation,
– Pathways for  Participation vs High Performance.
 11:15 – 11:30 Julia Pickwick* Parks Victoria – Shared trails (walking and cycling),
– Alternatives to cycles (all-terrain wheelchairs).
 11:30 – 11:45 Bill Forrester Travability Travel Club – Benefits of travel agents,
– Customer demographics & travel hotspots,
– Lessons learnt & customer needs,
– Adaptive MTB Touring.
 11:45 – 12:00 PM Adam Evans* Defense Services* – Current and future projects/initiatives for Wounded Service Personnel.
12:00 – 12:15PM OPEN PANEL Q&A
12:30 – 2:00pm Demo Equipment (Same location): Reactive Adaptions Bomber, Lasher Sports ATH-FS, One-off Handcycle, Greenspeed Magnum, TrailRider & Hippocampe.

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One comment on “National Adaptive Mountain Biking Conference 2016

  1. Hank Duchateau
    Hank Duchateau

    Hi all
    I would like to have one of these National Conferences in Northern NSW

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