• BMX Australia have become the second national sport organisation to endorse AusCycling, the proposed new multi-discipline body for cycling in Australia (BMX Australia Twitter)Source: BMX Australia Twitter
AusCycling looks set for the green light after BMX Australia voted on Monday night (AEDT) to endorse the proposed new governance model which now meets the minimum requirement of support from two national sporting organisations.
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Cycling Central

19 Feb 2020 - 11:11 AM  UPDATED 19 Feb 2020 - 11:43 AM

Funding for track and road cycling at risk if AusCycling not endorsed
Federal government funding for track and road cycling in Australia could be under threat if the disciplines don't join AusCycling which looks likely after Cycling Tasmania announced yesterday it will not support the proposed new model.
Stars throw support behind new AusCycling structure
Some of the biggest stars of Australian cycling from across disciplines have signed an open letter demonstrating their support for the proposed new AusCycling structure which aims to centralise the delivery of road, track, MTB and BMX in Australia.

Originally expected to formally vote against the proposal as NSW indicated it would join WA and Victoria in opposition, BMX Australia (BMXA) received endorsement from the required six of its eight state bodies after NSW's special general meeting last Thursday resulted in an unanticipated yes vote. 

Combined with Mountain Bike Australia's November endorsement, the federal government preferred AusCycling model will likely go ahead as a transition board also starts to form. 

"There is no doubt the AusCycling model has attracted a broad range of strongly held views from those both supportive and opposed to its formation," an AusCycling Steering Committee representative said.

"This is a normal and healthy part of any proposal for structural change and we thank everyone who has engaged constructively. The feedback received to date has already resulted in improvements to the AusCycling proposal, most notably the introduction of State Advisory Councils.

"In all of the discussion, the need for change in the way cycling is structured and run across in this country to better support and advocate for all riders has been a strong and consistent theme.

"With that in mind, we hope Cycling Australia’s members can agree on a path to join their BMX and Mountain Bike counterparts and create a truly unified and effective national body."

Cycling Australia's special general meeting is scheduled for 27 March but with Cycling NSW, Cycling Tasmania and WestCycle still holding out, a yes vote is unlikely. 

Cycling Central understands there may not be any legal barriers to individual road/track clubs and state bodies mutinying to a newly established AusCycling. 

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