Harcourt Mountain Bike Park consultation

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A further consultation session is being planned re the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park. This time the people who will actually be designing and constructing the trails will be in attendance and available to take your ideas, suggestions and answer your questions.

When: Wednesday 26 April 2017

Time: 7pm-8pm

Where: Harcourt Leisure Centre, Binghams Road, Harcourt

If you are keen to attend please RSVP by Monday 24 April via email harcourtMBP@delwp.vic.gov.au or call Lynda Grant on 5430 4354

MTBA Achievement Award

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Secretary of the Castlemaine Rocky Riders, Carrie Edney, has recently been recognised as the Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) Club Volunteer of the Year in Victoria, in a series of achievement awards announced at the conclusion of the 2017 XCC National Titles in Queensland.

Carrie joined the Castlemaine Rocky Riders committee in 2013 and has served as the Secretary for the past three years.  In this capacity Carrie has been instrumental in the management of key mountain biking events in central Victoria, including the inter-club Interwinter Series, the summer Dirt Crits series and the monthly social rides.  

Carrie has a particular interest in increasing female participation in the sport of  mountain biking and has significantly grown local patronage for juniors and women in the local area.  Among the activities that she has promoted and arranged are skills days, including women and junior specific clinics.  She has also been actively marketing the sport via social media, particularly the Castlemaine Women Cycling Facebook page.  Carrie also leads a number of rides of differing lengths and difficulties to encourage cycling participation across mtb and road disciplines.  

Through her co-ordination, leadership, marketing and follow-up Carrie is ensuring that more local community members, particularly women, gain enjoyment and exercise through mountain biking and socialising.  Our congratulations to Carrie on this well deserved recognition of her efforts by MTBA.

Rider Profile - Daan van Dorenmalen

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Name – Daan van Dorenmalen

Profession - Project Manager

Uphill or Downhill? Downhill

Most epic day on a bike?  Most epic day on the bike was in Scuol Switzerland taking a chairlift and riding down a mountain for 35 minutes.

I'm currently riding… Scott Scale 930

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - Probably Forrest....

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... A lot less fit.

One day I'll ride ... A dual suspension.

When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... Nuts.

My race highlight? Riding my first downhill race in 1996 on a Kona and crashing (of course) in sight of the finish line.

Castlemaine to Maldon Walking and Cycling Trail officially opened

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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 info@vgr.com.au.  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.

Feature story from the Bendigo Advertiser.

Applefest Rides

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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 info@rockyriders.com

Social Ride on Sunday 19 Feb

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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.

Rider Profile - Luke Stevens

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Name – Luke Stevens

Profession - Research Data Management Consultant, Software Developer

Uphill or Downhill? A happy descender - downhill for the grins! I take it easy going back up to get my breath back.

Most epic day on a bike?  Riding modern bikes at…

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Dirt Crits Round 7 postponed

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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.