In 2020 the club sponsored six of our younger riders to participate in the coaching program conducted by the 2 Wheel Academy Bendigo. This was a key element in our goal of facilitating new pathways for our junior riders to progress within the sport, especially in response to the level of participation and enthusiasm shown in the summer Dirt Crits series. Feedback from these riders has been extrmely positive and their skill levels have all increased noticeably.

The 2021/22 Bendigo 2 Wheel Academy program is already heavily subscribed with many of the riders from last year’s program continuing on. This year the Rocky Riders will be offering two scholarships to enrol and participate in the program. Each scholarship will cover the cost of registration in the Academy program (approximately $225 per rider). Registration is open to active mountain bike riders in the 10 to 14 year old age bracket. This level of the program covers weekly coaching and skills clinics held in Bendigo on Sunday mornings from July to March. Other coaching and training opportunities are available for riders wanting to compete at a higher level.

Participation in the 2 Wheel Academy does require a solid commitment to attend the skills sessions and the support of parents or family members who can provide the necessary transport etc. Equally mountain biking should be considered as your primary sport in order to minimise conflicts with other activities. A good quality mountain bike and riding gear is also required (the Club may be able to assist with upgrades of equipment if required).

We are now inviting members of the Castlemaine Rocky Riders to apply for a scholarship to the 2 Wheel Academy for 2021/22. An application form can be found below. Applications will close on 27 July with a selection process to follow.

If you need further details about the 2 Wheel Academy or the scholarship process please check out the Academy website or contact Frank Forster, Communications Officer on 0414 410 411.

Scholarship Application Form