The much heralded Castlemaine to Maldon Walking and Cycling Trail was officially opened by Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards on Saturday 18 March. The 17.7 kilometre trail can be ridden in either direction (or both) between Castlemaine and Maldon stations, and passes through a number of historic points including the Muckleford station, running in parallel to the heritage Victorian Goldfields Railway for much of the journey. There are also a number of areas of singletrack mountain bike and other forest trails accessible from the Trail.
An interesting possibility will be to combine the cycle elements of the Trail with the steam train experience on offer from the Victorian Goldfields Railway (VGR). Currently the VGR volunteers are busily restoring a carriage to fit out as a dedicated bicycle storage compartment for up to 20 bikes. In the interim up to 10 bicycles can be accommodated on the steam train with no pre-booking required. Bikes are carried for free one way on purchase of any one way ticket which need to be purchased from the respective station on the day of travel. Any groups of 10 or more should be pre booked. For further information contact the VGR on 5470 6658 or email@example.com. Keep an eye on their website for news about their cycling/rail packages.
The new Cycling Trail will feature in our social ride calendar in July this year, followed by the Race the Train event in November.
Harcourt is well on the way to becoming cycling central and will be celebrated at this year's Applefest on Saturday 11 March. To coincide with the Festival we have developed a special selection of rides to cater for a wide audience.
At 8:30am there'll be a group leaving the Theatre Royal bound for Harcourt Applefest via the Goldfields Track; approximately 19km including some hills and a few technical sections.
Once at Applefest feel free to do your own thing OR join one of 3 rides leaving Harcourt at around 11am:
Ride 1 is a tour of the proposed Harcourt MTB Park site.
Ride 2 will be a leisurely meander around the township of Harcourt and surrounds.
Ride 3 will be for the road cyclists and depending on takers will either go around (approx 40km) or over (approx 30km) Mt Alexander.
These 3 rides will all depart from the Harcourt MTB Park information stall being manned by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Check out our events calendar for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The next RR Social Ride is happening on Sunday 19 February and will explore the singletrack sweetness to be found in the Walmer State Forest (aka Cloverleaf). Check out all the details on our Calendar.
Please note that Round 7 of the 2016/17 Dirt Crits series scheduled for the evening of Thursday 9 February has been postponed due to the forecast of extreme heat conditions. Weather permitting we will resume racing next Thursday. Keep an eye on the Rocky Riders Facebook page for other news and updates.
Are you ready to race? The 2016/17 Dirt Crits Series resumes on Thursday 2 February with an Individual Time Trial. Juniors commence with rego at 5:30pm and Seniors at 6:30pm. Forecast says 27 degrees and sunny.