Release to Members and Stakeholders

South Australian Mountain Biking Association   (SAMBA)

1 November 2013, Adelaide, South Australia

SAMBA – Trails – Destination – Community

The South Australian Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) is now an independent association with the ability to work with all land owners, cycling bodies, associations and clubs.   After three years of incubation with Bike SA, the SAMBA board voted not to continue the service agreement with Bike SA.  Evolving as the peak industry body for mountain biking in the State, SAMBA has engaged its own executive team to continue its great work with volunteers on the trails and advocacy with government, tourism and land owners.        

working with land owners and advocacy

SAMBA has developed a close working relationship with local councils, other land owners and State Government which was instrumental in opening trails in Cleland and Belair and contributes to the expansion of trails in Mitcham and Mt Crawford State Forest.  SAMBA plans to work closely with bike shops and industry by providing a link to the trails through upgraded mapping and signage.  SAMBA is focused on providing a better riding experience for all mountain bikers and plans to work closely with conservation and walking groups to ensure that sustainable trails continue to be built being mindful of environmental and social impact.    

developing new trails supporting regional SA

In addition to the Awesome trails in the Adelaide Hills and Melrose, new trails are being developed around Robe designed at attracting tourists during the off peak season.  SAMBA has facilitated meetings with council and tourism leading to a feasibility study designed to outline the positive impact that mountain biking will have on the whole community. 

engaging volunteers

SAMBA is open to new members.  Individual membership is $10 per year and corporate membership is $50 per year.  Membership fees will contribute to the development of trails, advocacy, preparation of maps and signs as well as administration of SAMBA.  SAMBA membership does not include cycling insurance.  SAMBA is closely aligned to the mountain bike clubs, Bike SA and Cycling SA and cycling insurance is offered through each of these organisations.  Existing SAMBA members will continue to enjoy the reciprocal Bike SA membership and insurance that is included with that membership until expiry.  A range of SAMBA merchandise will soon be available with all proceeds supporting the awesome trails currently enjoyed by thousands of mountain bikers. 

 About SAMBA

The South Australian Mountain Biking Association (SAMBA) was established as an incorporated body to support the sustainable development of mountain biking in South Australia. SAMBA is committed to getting more people riding mountain bikes and to increase engagement in the organised mountain biking community, including increasing the number of people actively engaged in mountain biking, trail care and maintenance. SAMBA's vision is to make South Australia a world class mountain biking destination with an extensive network of sustainable trails supported by an actively engaged community. A new website will be up soon and Facebook is used for key notification and trail events.