Break the Boundary has developed a set of adaptive MTB guidelines for download and use by clubs and associations around Australia. The resources on this page are made available to help promote the sport of adaptive MTB, encourage participation in races and the community, assist with inclusion for event managers, educate new people to the intricacies of the sport and provide consistency throughout the country.

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Adaptive MTB Guidelines

Draft 1.0.0

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Adaptive Trail Rating Signs


998 KB



Vector PDF

370 x 370 pt





Directional Race Signs


308 KB



Vector PDF

600 x 600 pt





Directional Access Signs


316 KB



Vector PDF

840 x 380 pt





Full Package
(2,3 & 4)


1.40 MB



Vector PDF





Your individual download link will be available for up to 30 days from the day of download. An automatic email will be sent to your nominated email address. There-after you can contact us if you still require the link.

When a new version of a download is available, you will be emailed with a unique discount code that allows you FREE downloading of updated revisions.

1 – Draft Adaptive Mountain Bike Guidelines (December 2017)

A detailed national guide to help land managers, trail builders, event directors, MTB clubs, charities and associations develop inclusive MTB events and programs for people with disabilities in Australia.

2 – Adaptive Trail Rating (ATR) System Signage

A set of signs that accompany the aMTB Guidelines (above) have been developed for use on mountain-bike trail signposts. The signs are aimed at informing riders of the trail-accessibility level. Several forms of information are presented to give a detailed yet concise description of an audited trail.

The sign is an adaption of popular 5 star rating systems, in particular common energy or safety rating systems seen around the world. The sign also illustrates the adaptive MTB “logo” (see next package), a descriptor and a numeric value of the star rating.

With a descriptive title and distinctive logo, other MTB riders can differentiate the information from other trail signs and differentiates from the trail’s level of difficulty (e.g. IMBA rating system).

This sign may be used in conjunction with other standard trail signs in the given network of trails.  Recommended printing width and height is 125mm to match common post signs (see image below). This may vary depending on the trail network. Badges shall be printed on a transparent background with the text, logo, lines, stars, numbers and rating bar to be 1% grey (CMYK – Key).

Example application of sign posts for adaptive trail ratings.

Each Adaptive Trail Rating sign come as a separate vector PDF for printing only. Files have been individually locked from any editing to preserve the artwork.

3 – Directional Handcycle Signage Package (ver. 1.0)

These signs are designed to clearly mark a course route for handcyclists. They can be used for adaptive events or used in conjunction with regular MTB events where there is a different route or detour for handcyclists. They should be used with the events standard hazard and information signs (example: speed warnings, traffic cautions and descent arrows).

The symbol used is an adaption to common bike symbols and the International Symbol of Access. It utilities the same colour code for the background (as per AS 2700) and provides a clear contrast between the two colours (as per AS 1428.1). The handcycle symbol also represents a recumbent cycle as this is the more common and well known adaptive cycle for people with disabilities.

Each directional sign comes as a separate vector PDF for printing only. Files have been individually locked from any editing to preserve the artwork.

Example application of directional handcycle signs for a race route.

4 – Directional Mobility Access Signage

These way-finding signs are designed to assist users with mobility restrictions who need an accessible access way or the easiest possible route beyond the scope of access to premises (example: an off-road footpath with gravely surface may have an alternative and accessible route).

The standard international symbol for access has been replaced with a slightly more ‘active looking’ user to differentiate from an accessible pathway which meets Australian Standards. This signage shall not be used to replace any signage that may be legally required for premises, but rather for areas that are beyond the scope of Australian Standards.

Each directional sign comes as a separate vector PDF for printing only. Files have been individually locked from any editing to preserve the artwork.

5 – Full Signage Package (2, 3 and 4)

This package consists of all three signage packages:

  • ATR Signage,
  • Directional Race Signage, and
  • Directional Access Signage.