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Mapleton Community Ride Summary 04/12/2016

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Mapleton Community Ride Summary 04/12/2016

Corinne and Susie in a treeOn this ride I found out that plus bike riders are people too. Buying into the middle ground of tyre sizes never pays off – it’s not the best of both worlds, it’s boring being-all-things beige. Pick a side and defend it with all the misinformation and confirmation bias you can muster in a 5 minute google search! However; Graham and Daniel were the two plus bike riders this ride, a Norco and a Scott respectively and I discovered that you can talk to them and they won’t try and validate why they wasted so much money on a marketing gimmick. As a matter of fact they’re quite normal. So the next time you bump into a fence sitting semi-fat rider give them the benefit of a doubt and look past their shortcomings. Maybe you could help them out by convincing them to go back to normal sized tyres. [/sarcasm, I actually like plus bikes]

Getting on with the summary… I was pleasantly surprised after rolling up early and seeing the car park full and people getting ready for a ride. Turns out they were our elite crew starting early for a longer ride down to Pt Glorious – sounds like they had a pretty good time with Murray breaking out his Independent 29er which was one of the first 29er style bikes to grace the local trails. (It also had normal sized tyres).

The fasties moved off and then the more leisurely crew began to trickle in and prepare themselves for the way more exciting ride on some shared access trails to a lookout and then onto the MAGIC MILE.

Skirting Lynda Garrett park via the fire road we joined onto the newly signed and cleared trail 3, it’s a wide access road that doubles as a fire break. The trail was a bit up/down and has one hill called ‘Oxygen’ that’s a bit of a challenge (Corrine fell over on it while trying to dodge horse poop) . We then reached a bush camp with a nice lookout and had a breather. While there we stole Greg’s snake lollies and talked about how Michael the club secretary bonked out big time on the last hill and his questionable tyre choices and how he hadn’t had a sidewall tear yet.

Continuing on along trail 3 we went through some fun creek crossings to the motorbike parking area then headed down trail 1 or the beginning of the Magic Mile. There was a tree down and the usual assortment of derailleur destroying dunnage but the rain had washed off the leaf matter exposing the concrete like dirt underneath which made for some rather fast rolling. After briefly stopping at the day use area to give some people the option to head back to the cars we continued on to the end of the ‘mile and made our way back for coffee at the local bakery.

All in all it was a slightly more hilly community ride but one that took in different views and routes and that’s always a good thing right?

Ben Johns
Club President



Global Fat Bike Day 2016 Summary – 03/12/2016

Global Fat Bike Day 2016 Summary – 03/12/2016
E-Fatbike outside Villain Coffee

Hello everyone,

I don’t know about you but I could barely sleep last Friday night because I knew that when I woke up it would be the most wonderful-est day of the year. GLOBAL FAT BIKE DAY!!!! #GFBD2016 #fatbikelove #chunky&spunky #phatfat #ihatehashtags

More girth, more mirth!

More girth, more mirth!

“What exactly is a fatbike?” I hear you ask. Good question! In my eyes a fatbike is a bike with tyres over 3.5″ wide. Now I know there are these new “plus” bikes out there with 3″ tyres but it’s just not the same so maybe one day they’ll have a “Global Half-Assed Fat Bike Day” and they can ride around and be shunned from both sides.

Here is an interesting chart which visibly shows the results of a “lengthy” and “unbiased” study into the correlation of tyre width and LOA (Level of Awesome). Note the strange drop around the 3″ mark.


In our club we have a few folks who have seen the light and gotten their hands on the sublime high that is a fatbike. These people all got out and about on Saturday and strutted their stuff on their enhanced bicycles.

Julie Pearson took her recently built beast for a early morning beach ride from Mudjimba to Yaroomba and back with a bit of swim afterwards.

Nice pic Julie!

Nice pic Julie!

This is one nice bike although that seat touched me in a weird way

This is one nice bike although that seat touched me in a weird way

Ruth Huckstepp took her shiny new Trek Farley for a 43km jaunt around Tewantin and Noosa. Look at those new 27.5 x 4.5″ fat tyres.

John Searston, Tania Marks, Neil Ennis and Helen and Wayne Findley went down to a large group ride along Bribie Island. Apparently it was a tough day indeed with a 30km ride into a strong head wind then a hard ride back into the face of a severe thunderstorm. HARDCORE!! Check out Neil’s great write up here.

I had a busy day lined up for Saturday so I had to get up early and squeeze a 32km fatbike ride in. I did some exploring through Nambour, out to Wappa dam then back down to Woombye. It was amazing being out and about at that time.

Did anyone else get out on their fatbikes? Leave us a pic in Facebook.

Yours truly,

Michael “Feel dat TRACTION!” Johns
Club Secretary

PS: I actually own a plus bike and it rocks!

More pics


What to know more?

Global Fat-Bike Day and The Art of Bicycle Chillification



Keeping it Positive – Trail-care in Conservation Areas

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Keeping it Positive – Trail-care in Conservation Areas
Grasstree at Ferny Forest

Damaged Grasstree at Ferny Forest

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS) have asked the club to help redirect the over-enthusiastic trail fairies onto permitted trail-care activities coordinated by the QPWS and the Sunshine Coast Trail Alliance (SCTA).

In addition to the tree cutting and unsafe technical trail features the particular concerns are as follows:

  • The Spare Parts trail that runs alongside Radar Hill Road in the Parklands Conservation Park. Even though it’s an amazing effort the trail is unsanctioned and simply unsustainable and has been closed by QPWS.
  • Overzealous pruning of sensitive plants during trailcare activities. Specifically the cutting back of Grasstrees (Xanthorrhoea) and ferns within the trail networks. This isn’t a maintenance requirement and vegetation removal must be supervised by a ranger.

2017 will be a big year with new trails being built and existing trails undergoing maintenance. The Bushrangers, SCTA and QPWS are working closely towards quality outcomes for the local MTB community and other trail users and the above activities only serve to undermine this work.

Currently QPWS have identified a few maintenance activities at Ferny Forest if anyone is interested in helping out. They include fixing a few wet areas (you may have noticed some new piles of bluestone along the trail) and a few stumps that need to be removed. Additionally, plans for the new bridges in Parklands are underway. If you would like to help please forward your details through to [email protected] and we’ll let QPWS know.

Trail-care notifications and Adopt-a-trail projects

On a related note we are currently working with QPWS and SCTA to get a trail-care roster and an alert system setup. So you can sign up to this and whenever a trail-care event is set you’ll receive an email or text message.

Another idea on the table is to set up an “Adopt-a-trail” system where you can volunteer to look after a particular trail for awhile. You will be responsible for keeping the trail in good condition and in return you get the fame, glory and appreciation from all the riders that use it. So stay tuned for that!

Stay safe, Keep Riding!

Bush Rangers Committee


SCTA article in the Sunshine Coast Daily Multisport Mecca magazine

SCTA article in the Sunshine Coast Daily Multisport Mecca magazine
Another good read about all things sport
Click here to download

Click here to download

We thought this year’s final article for the Multisport Mecca magazine should be about building up the Sunshine Coast Trails Alliance (SCTA). #MultisportMecca #SunshineCoast @MultisportMecca @sc.trails.alliance

Check it out at http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/download-november-30-edition-multisport-mecca-e-ma/3117261/



GoGIRLs in Parklands

GoGIRLs in Parklands

Parklands, its reputation as a gnarly and technical park is well known. Most ladies avoid riding here for a myriad of reasons. A year on, has anything changed?

Personally, my happy endorphins go wild when I do something really hard. You can often hear me screaming for joy. Sorry in advance if you wanted peace and quiet! But I just can’t keep that kind of excitement bottled up. And I have a great need to share this with others. Hence why GoGIRLs started.

Kindred spirits know what I’m taking about. That great sense of achievement you feel when you make a particularly tricky section that you have never made before; be it going through a narrow gap through two trees whist climbing around a sharp pinch, (Bee Hive), weaving in and out of the tropical jungle (Cancer tree) or getting over a large log stack for the first time (Beginning of HoChiHo).

But is it possible to share this wonderful world of Parklands with less experienced riders and not turn them off?


Miss Sonja carving up Phoenix with style.

I turned to Kerrie who has made a complete about face from “I hate Parklands”, to “I ride in Parklands every week”! I asked her would she lead a GoGIRL ride. She said yes, which shows how far we have come. We began by designing a modified loop made possible by the addition of a new track we affectionately call the M1. After testing it out, we advertised and we got a great turn up considering it rained the night before.

Kerrie expertly lead us to the flowy New Zealand track, which always is a crowd pleaser. After TNT, we showed our skills in Circle Du Soleil, performing a Loop De Loop before finding a Quick Way Back to the ever-popular Phoenix Descent. Some of us took the fireroad to the final Wall whilst others had to pat Red Dog one more time. By our smiles you can tell we had a great ride and can’t wait to do it again.

Susie Hume

Women’s Advocate