The Bunyip is a mythical “water spirit” from Aboriginal mythology, said to leave in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes. Bunyip sightings were common amongst European settlers in the early and mid-nineteenth century throughout Australia. To this day though, no such mythical beast has been identified. Some says it could have been leopard or elephant seals travelling far inland Australian rivers, some others that it may have been surviving members of gigantic river-dwelling marsupials Nototherium or Diprotodon. Mind you, these two guys became extinct shortly after humans arrived in Australia about 50,000 years ago, so the odds of their sighting by European settlers seem, well, “mythical”. The mystery remains whole, but Bunyips are fascinating animals at the heart of Australian past and modern lore, imagination and identity, so here: “Bunyips” is how we decided to call our little racers at Coot-tha kids MTB.
CMTB Bunyips racing support program
A calendar of upcoming races is displayed below, listing events for which CMTB will endeavour to support wannabe Bunyips of all walks, from Koalas to Death Adders. A gazebo sheltered mechanical workshop will be made available to Bunyip girls and boys and Bunyip parents to fix last minute problems, here a flat tyre, there a snapped chain or pedal, a broken bottle holder, a loose head-set, etc... A few CMTB volunteers, sometimes a coach, will be around to help with repairs and to give last minute advice and encouragement. This support is provided as part of your term enrolment. Spare parts will be kindly supplied by our beloved sponsor, Ride Indooroopilly. As you can see below, most races occur on Sundays. We completely understand that Bunyips defending our club colours will not be able to attend their normal Sunday skills session, that’s OK and is reflected in the term cost! Please note - whereas CMTB will endeavour to provide support as per calendar below, the Bunya kids and parents are still free to choose to attend or skip any race. We hope though that the very presence of the CMTB support crew and team mates will encourage our Koalas, Wallabies, Dingoes and Death Adders to feel welcome and have a go at competition, for the sake of racing with mum or dad, or just by curiosity! Go CMTB Bunyips!!!
Calendar of Events
Life after Death-Adders (LADA) Coaching program
At CMTB we believe that younger Bunyips, less than 10 year of age, from Koala to Dingo would not benefit from extra hours of riding designed to build racing fitness, and speed. Koala, Wallabies and Dingoes are instead working on developing their skills, namely agility, balance, coordination, and reaction time. For kids in the Death Adder group however (approx nine and ten years of age), a slightly more intense training program can be combined into our Sunday skills session to start developing other fitness components, namely cardio-vascular fitness, strength, power and speed. This is the purpose of CMTB’s LADA coaching program, involving extra training sessions during the week with the goal to attend and compete in local race series (Wild West XCO, RATS Summer Sprints, Bayview Blast, OHV Xmas, Epic and Dingo, etc…). Please watch this space as we put together the LADA coaching program.