RATS Cycling Club (RATS) brings together mountain bike, cyclocross and bike trials riders of all ages and skill levels in the South-East Queensland area. The club runs a number of race events throughout the year, has social rides each week and is active in a number of trail care programs as well as providing advocacy to expand the areas available for mountain bike riding.
Our partnership with the Logan Community Trail Care Alliance (LCTA) has seen a number of new world-class mountain bike trails developed in recent years. This has been achieved through partnership of passionate volunteers with the relevant land managers. LCTA uses best-practice trail building techniques to create recreational experiences that are not only fun for users, but are also sustainable and complement the local environment.
THINKING OF JOINING RATS CYCLING CLUB?
The best way to get to know us and decide if our club is for you is to join one of our regular social rides. The first ride is free and you will find us very friendly and with experienced ride leaders happy to give you riding tips. All social rides are just that: social. The groups maintain contact at each trail junction, ensuring you don’t get lost. No-one gets left behind on our social rides. More details can be found here.
Coming to our race events is another way to get to know us. We aim to have both entry-level and women-specific categories at each of our races. All of our races, along with others in South East Queensland, are listed here.
If you want to meet like-minded people and contribute to the cycling community, you might also consider volunteering with us. Members who make substantial contributions to the club can have their membership costs reimbursed in recognition of their efforts.
Membership of the RATS Cycling Club offers all the benefits of local club membership, combined with membership of Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA), the nation’s peak mountain bike association. Being a Club Member gives you access to:
- Group rides: training and social rides
- RATS Central Facebook Group
- Insurance cover: racing or social
You receive 12 months membership from the date of application. On receipt of your membership form and fee, the club will email a receipt. A membership card will be posted to you by MTBA, a process that can take up to 6 weeks. Please retain your club-issued receipt, as it will act as proof of membership in the interim. Take your MTBA membership card or receipt to all races, as it needs to be sighted to confirm entry. If you are unable to present your card you will be asked to buy a day licence for $25.
MTBA provides insurance cover including:
- Public/product liability
- Personal/professional indemnity
- Tragedy benefit: disability benefit, income protection, non-Medicare expenses
- 24/7 cover
- Full details of insurance cover here
VALUE ADDED MEMBERSHIP – CYCLING AUSTRALIA OR BMX AUSTRALIA
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they should visit those websites to acquire it.
‘CLUB ONLY’ MEMBERSHIP
‘Club Only’ membership is available to people who have already joined MTBA through another club and who also wish to receive the benefits of RATS membership. You must supply proof of MTBA membership with your application form, including details of membership type and renewal date. This proof must be provided to the club each time you renew your MTBA insurance.
- Credit Card: Join or Renew membership online
- EFT or Cheque: Follow instructions in RATS Membership Form
MEMBERSHIP FEES for 2017
|CATEGORY||CLUB FEE||MTBA FEE||TOTAL FEE|
|Racing, Senior (19 & over)||$25||$129||$154|
|Racing, Junior (13 to under 19 on 31 Dec.)||$15||$93||$108|
|CA/BMXA/ADCC value add, Senior (19 & over)||$25||$90||$115|
|CA/BMXA value add, Junior (13 to under 19 on 31 Dec.)||$15||$70||$85|
|Children (3 to under 13 on 31 Dec.)||$5||$45||$50|
|Recreational, Senior (19 & over)||$25||$60||$85|
|Recreational, Junior (13 to under 19 on 31 Dec.)||$15||$40||$55|
|Club Only, Senior (19 & over)||$25||$25|
|Club Only, Junior (13 to under 19 on 31 Dec.)||$15||$15|
OTHER MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
YOUNG RIDER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The program provides up to $500 per eligible rider per year towards the costs of attending a championship race. It applies to club members in the age categories of U15, U17 or U19 who are competitive at State Championship level or higher.
Further details and how to apply are available here.
PROGRESSIVE COACHING SYSTEMS
Progressive Coaching Systems (PCS) provides exclusive rates to RATS Cycling Club members on all training programs. PCS delivers high performance mountain bike training programs, assisting you to reach your full potential and achieve peak performance, no matter what your current skill or fitness level. PCS develops fully personalised training programs, tailoring them specifically for your needs and goals but more importantly, around your lifestyle. PCS takes a holistic approach to training, incorporating endurance, strength, power, speed, psychology and nutrition. Learn more about PCS at www.pcscoaching.com.au. PCS is offering all club members a 25% discount on their MTB101, Juniors, Women’s, Masters and Enduro programs.
To receive your discount, contact Donna Dall on 0400 740 055 or email email@example.com.