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Social Ride - Sunday 14 April

The April Social Ride will celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of the trails at La Larr Ba Gauwa Park, Harcourt. By some estimates there have been around 30,000 wheels across the trails there in the past twelve months, with most riders providing very favourable feedback on the trail layout. Some moisture on the trails would be handy to settle the surface down again so let's hope there is one rain event on the horizon.

We’ll roll out as a group from the Goldfields Track café in Harcourt Central at 9am sharp (get in early if you want a pre ride cuppa) along the off road path to the La Larr Ba Gauwa main trail shelter. Depending on numbers, we will likely split from here into two groups, with one tackling the northern trails (berms and more berms), and the other the southern blue trails (rock features and more rock features) before returning to the shelter, and heading to the other side of the park for those keen for more.

Expect up to 3 hours of riding (20 – 30 km), with intermediate to advanced skills and fitness required. A reminder there is no drinking water at the park, so bring enough food, water and spares to see you through.

Optional Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) day licences will be available for purchase on the day ($10).

Rider Profile - Bronwyn Dawson

Name – Bronwyn Dawson
Profession - Finance coordinator, amongst other things.
Uphill or Downhill? Downhill. Unless you want to hear me whine about the uphill.
Most epic day on a bike? It wasn't a big riding day, but the first of the 2018 Winter Warmer series held in Castlemaine was epic for the mud. Never ridden in anything like it. But I still loved it.
I'm currently riding … Liv Pique Advanced.
Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - Haven't found it yet. I'm enjoying everything I'm riding.
If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... Snow skiing.
One day I'll ride ... How long have you got to hear my list? It's endless...
When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... water and my phone.
My race highlight? Any time I beat my kids is a highlight.
What is in your backpack? Multi tool, pump, first aid, snack, sunscreen and water.
Bronwyn on song in the Pineys

March Social Ride - Wombat Forest

On Sunday 17 March we will team up with the Wombat MTB Club to tackle the Wombat Forest trails outside Woodend. Even though it is only 50 kms down the highway, the terrain, the forest and the trails are very different to our normal Castlemaine fare.

These hand built trails provide a great range of singletrack with quite a few technical features thrown in for good measure.

We will split into two groups - one for a faster paced ride, one for a more social pace and maybe a slightly shorter distance.

We will carpool from the Theatre Royal at 9am or you can meet us at the corner of Fingerpost Road and Boldiston Road at 9:45am.

Rolling Ride Sunday 3 March

The club’s next rolling (easy) ride for 2019 is on Sunday 3 March. We will be leaving the Castlemaine Theatre Royal at 9am. We will head out along Forest Creek, turn towards Golden Point and return via the fringe of the Pine Plantation.

Bring your own food, water, spare parts, and have a bike in good repair. Riding will be at a slow pace so everyone can keep together. We will be back by noon, will ride around 20km.

No big hills or rocks. Rolling rides are about having fun in the bush and are suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.

Junior Skills Clinic

Our Dirt Crits season is about to recommence so what better time to offer some skills sessions for our junior riders. Rocky Riders will be staging a skills clinic for riders 12 years and under on Saturday 2 February from 8:30am to 10am. This session will be held at the Dirt Crits course in White Hills Reserve.

The session will be led by two of our PMBIA qualified coaches, Carrie Edney and Al Farley. Participants will be limited to fourteen in total so you need to book your sport quickly.

The cost is $25 for members and $40 for non-members.

Bookings are being processed via the MTBA website; just follow this link.

Rolling Ride Sunday 20 January

The club’s first rolling (easy) ride for 2019 is on Sunday 20 January. We will be leaving the Castlemaine Theatre Royal at 9am. Bring your own food, water, spare parts, and have a bike in good repair. Riding will be at a slow pace so everyone can keep together. We will be back by noon, will ride around 20km.

No big hills or rocks. Rolling rides are about having fun in the bush.

World MTB Ride Day

Sunday 9 Dec 2018 has been designated inaugural World MTB Ride Day! This idea has been floated by Mic and Michelle Longhurst, hosts of the popular We Ride Mountain Bikes page on Facebook. This group connects MTBers in 100 countries around the world. They are encouraging riders to celebrate and spread the love of mountain biking by posting photos to the page of you and your old and new ride buddies riding on that day, with the hashtag #WorldMTBRideDay.

To join in the celebrations we will host a special World MTB Ride Day at the Baco trails in the Walmer State Forest. The Baco trails offer a great variety of singletrack with plenty of typical Rocky Riders terrain. This will be a social ride for all levels to cater for maximum participation.

Meet at the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens (opposite The Mill complex in Walker Street) at 9am for a social-paced ride of 15-20 kms.

Rider Profile - Jan Stroek

Name – Jan Stroek

Profession - Police Officer

Uphill or Downhill? Hhhmmmm, tricky.... I love going downhill after a nice gruelling climb

Most epic day on a bike? Hands down The Whole Enchilada!!!!

I'm currently riding … a Toyota Camry (Giant Trance Advanced 1)

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - The Whole Enchilada in Moab, Utah!!

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... Bored

One day I'll ride ... the Dolomites

When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... My phone with Strava switched on because if it isn’t on Strava, it never happened.

My race highlight? 7th in the Police and Emergency Services Games, sometime around 1879....

What is in your backpack? Tools, tube, pump, first aid kit and last but not least..... toilet paper😬

Jan in boulder-mode at La Larr Ba Gauwa

Social Ride - 18 November

This months club social ride on Sunday 18 November will be a cross country epic starting in Malmsbury and navigating backwoods trails through the Fryers Ranges to Castlemaine. We use the word navigating in the loosest possible way of course - but there will be farm tracks, jeep tracks, some fire road to tie everything together and a fair chunk of single track to finish the ride. In all about 35 hilly kilometres or about 4 hours riding.

There is a train leaving Castlemaine for Malmsbury at 8.21am but bike space will be limited. Alternatively, drivers and car-poolers should aim to get to the start of the ride at Malmsbury station at 8.30. All welcome, usual self sufficiency terms apply (food, water, spare parts etc.), with the amendment that anyone puncturing and without a spare tube will be thrown down the nearest mineshaft.

You will need to be a technically competent rider with good fitness level. An MTBA Day Licence can be purchased on the day at a cost of $10/$7 if riders wish.

Rider Profile - Daniel Hall

Daniel Hall
Daniel Hall in action at the Brackenbury Challenge

Name – Daniel Hall
Profession - High school
Uphill or Downhill? I go hard on the downhills and catch my breath back on the uphills, if that makes any sense.
Most epic day on a bike? The opening day of Harcourt mountain bike park.
I'm currently riding … An Intense Spider FRO 26
Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - I don't know if Harcourt counts as other than Castlemaine, but if not then Red Hill would be it.
If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... Playing soccer and futsal a lot more.
One day I'll ride ... Rotorua.
When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... My phone and my multitool.
My race lowlight? At the super muddy Brackenbury Challenge I slid out on the CX course and crashed [very embarrassing].
What is in your backpack? I always have one spare tube, my phone, some snacks, puncture repair kit and a handpump.