The Gold Coast Mountain Bike Club (GCMTB) was established in 1990 by a dedicated group of mountain bike riders. With membership varying between 80-120 over the years and easy access to some of the best trails in Australia, it has ranks among the most successful clubs in the country. The club caters for ages 13 years upward and all MTB disciplines, both at the racing and social ride levels for Cross Country (XCO), Endurance (XCE) and Downhill (DH).
A major contributor to the Gold Coast’s successful bid for the staging of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, GCMTB lobbied for funding grants through various Queensland Government departments to construct and establish an Olympic standard Cross Country track at Hinze Dam. Stage 1 of this project has been completed with approximately 6km of single track open for riding and racing. Stage 2 was completed a bit latter and sees a further 5.5km added to the trail network. In addition to the Hinze Dam project, the Club has worked closely with National Parks, Recreation Sport and Racing (NPRSR) to provide trail construction and maintenance within Nerang National Park by entering into a formal Trail Care Agreement. GCMTB is supported in this venture by the MTB Trailcare Group who is alike minded collection of mountain bike enthusiasts dedicated to the maintenance, upkeep and construction of mountain bike trails. All trail construction and maintenance is performed to the standards adopted by International Mountain Bicycling Association-Australia (IMBA).
The Club’s traditional home for Downhill riding and racing activities has been at the Hinchcliffe Mountain Bike Trails, Illinbah in the Gold Coast Hinterland near Canungra. This 600 acre working cattle property is well known throughout Australia and internationally as being home to one of the most technically difficult and challenging Downhill tracks. Well-travelled competitors consider it to be comparable with European tracks used for world class competition. Regular downhill social riding and race events are conducted at the venue when favourable weather conditions prevail.
GCMTB has recently worked in conjunction with the Gold Coast City Council and IMBA on a project to recognise and legalise a Downhill and All Mountain trail system within the Eagle Heights Conservation Park, Mt Tamborine commonly referred to as ‘Old Tambo’. This trail was offically opened by the by the Gold Coast City Councel in 2014 with GCMTB hosting the festivities.