Adaptive MTB guidelines and downloads

Break the Boundary has developed a set of Adaptive Mountain Bike Guidelines and resources for download and use by associate members, clubs, charities, departments and associations around Australia. The Guidelines address many challenges with adaptive MTB and provides solutions such as the Adaptive Trail Rating (ATR) system.

The resources on this page are available to help promote 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.

Guidelines are a suggestion only. By downloading and using any of the resources available, you agree to the terms of use and copyrights embedded within the electronic packages. A small fee for the downloads is appreciated to continue providing new and up to date resources.





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Adaptive MTB Guidelines


7.22 MB



Interactive guidelines 88 pages +

Trail Auditing Worksheet

PDF, .xlsx

A4, A3

No Printing, N/A




Adaptive Trail Rating Signs


1.82 MB



0 - 5 star individual trail rating signs

Vector PDF

370 x 370 pt





Directional Race Signs


800 KB



(LHS + RHS + Forward) x (basic race sign, handcycle sign and adaptive MTB sign)

Vector PDF

600 x 600 pt





Directional Access Signs


400 KB



(LHS + RHS) x rectangle

and (LHS + RHS + Forward) x Square.

Vector PDF

840 x 380 pt

215 x 215 pt





Full Package
(1, 2, 3 & 4)









Your individual download link(s) will be available for up to 30 days from the day of download or until a new revision is released (whichever comes first). Once you have completed the transaction, you will receive an automated download link.

PayPal and Credit Cards (via PayPal gateway) accepted – PayPal account not necessary.

When a new version of a resource is available, you will be emailed with a unique discount code that allows you downloading of consecutive documents depending on the level of revision and according to the table below:

1 – Adaptive Mountain Bike Guidelines [electronic document]

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. Includes the Trail Audit Worksheet (used in conjunction with Guidelines).

Are you planning on using the guidelines and worksheet to audit trails and submit to our national register? Find out more here.

Download Contents Page (PDF) – FREE

Printable copies of the Guidelines with the full set of resources will be available for sale early February 2018 through Mountain Bike Australia.

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2 – Adaptive Trail Rating (ATR) System Signs [electronic artwork]

A set of signs that accompany the aMTB Guidelines 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 signs are 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 cycling 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 including those by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

This signs may be used in combination with other standard trail signs in the given network of trails.  Recommended printing width and height is 125mm to match common post signs (example below). This may vary depending on the trail network and the unique characteristics of the local area.

Example application of sign posts for adaptive trail ratings.

Badges shall be printed on a transparent background with the text, logo, lines, stars, numbers and rating bar to be 1% grey (CMYK – Key).

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.

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3 – Directional Adaptive MTB Signs [electronic artwork]

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.

Example application of directional handcycle signs for a race route.

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

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4 – Directional Mobility Access Signs [electronic artwork]

These way-finding signs are designed to inform people with mobility restrictions of designated access ways or the easiest possible route in off-road areas or unsealed areas with difficult terrain.

The standard international symbol for access has been replaced with a slightly more active looking user to differentiate from signs used to meet Australian Standards for premises. 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.

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5 – Full Guidelines, Worksheet and Signage Bundle (Packages 1, 2, 3 and 4)

This package consists of all 4 packages:

  • Australian aMTB Guidelines and Trail Auditing Worksheet
  • ATR Signage
  • Directional Race Signage
  • Directional Access Signage

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