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Beerburrum to Woodford Ride 28/05/2017

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Beerburrum to Woodford Ride 28/05/2017

The first of the long distance winter rides taking advantage of the cool dry days. Expect more of these challenging but worth while rides between now and when things start heating up again.

The fog was still rising over the highway and the temperature reading outside was a fresh 13°C. After being thankful for the modern marvel known as a heater I went back to the critical decision of whether I wanted a bacon & egg roll or a ham & cheese croissant when we arrive at Woodford. Still undecided I arrived at the Mathew Flinders Park rest area where I found Rod and Murray getting ready and a couple of cars that looked like they took advantage of the free overnight stay (be smart, don’t drive tired).

I began to unload the bike as the rest of the 14 riders trickled in and also started to get ready. Here Gary from Bendigo asked if he could tag along which is always fine for MTBA members. It was just before the ride off that I realised that I hadn’t copied the route onto my Garmin… so John and Mike managed to improvise the route – thanks guys!

The improvised route took us along Caves Road, around the northern side of Mt Tunbubudia over to Twin View Rd. Riding along the road for a little before heading back into the forestry where we met our first set of climbs. Reaching the top we followed a mix of forestry access tracks and a bit of single track and passing a recently felled forestry area which was kinda eerie in that it looked like a war zone with the morning mist still drifting around.  We then popped out onto George St, Woodford, completing the first leg of the ride.

We b-lined straight for CJ’s Pastries for a well earned coffee for around 30 minutes. I decided on the croissant. We were lucky that we just beat the motorcyclist rush hour as there was a line out the door and motorbikes everywhere before we had finished.

From Woodford we headed back via Old Cove Rd before turning down Dunning Ln and back into the Forestry. A few more climbs later we took a rest to watch a 4WD negotiate a technical climb which was kinda interesting, video of it available here. We then skirted a hill via some single track and then headed over to the Glasshouse Mountains Lookout. It was along this section where Gary from Bendigo suffered a catastrophic rear derailleur failure with both the cage and hanger getting bent up in the rear wheel. A bit of bush mechanics and we had upgraded Gary’s bike to a single speed.

We did the usual happy snaps of the views from the lookout and then headed back to the cars to call it a day.

A long ride with a fair bit of climbing but it was worth it for the great weather and views.

Ben Johns
Club President


Impromptu Trail Work Update – Saturday 27/05/2017

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Impromptu Trail Work Update – Saturday 27/05/2017
Freshly compacted and raked - you could eat off it!

My new boots got dirty :/

A few of us went in today for an impromptu trail-care to attack some problem drainage areas on the new access trail. In addition to creating/improving all the regular style drains we’ve tried a new style of drain to catch and divert water away from clay-heavy areas before they got waterlogged (I drew a diagram to help explain it). We put these hidden “T” drains throughout the trail and on that particularly boggy berm.

On top of the drainage work we also got the compactor over the new work and shaped the berms and trail that couldn’t be done last week due to things being too muddy.

Nice work Ben, Will and Rob!

Update (Monday 29/05/2017)
Matt and Eugene went in on Monday to check our work and made a few changes. They have added more rocks to the water crossings (so we don’t need to do it anymore – yay!). The big berm above the water crossing needs a drain on it as well a few soggy spots a little further on.

The new causeways that were put in on the slope heading down to the old carpark/skills area have been removed and the trail will need to be reshaped and cleaned up again.

Michael Johns
Club Secretary


Parklands MTB Trails Project Update 23/05/2017

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Parklands MTB Trails Project Update 23/05/2017

Trailworx have finished their work on stage one (access trail) and will be continuing on with stage two (beginners loop) in the coming weeks. Two trail care days in and we’re almost finished the access trail. The volunteer works have been made difficult with the wet weather and the particularly boggy clay sections. As we want these new trails to last we’re aiming for a high quality finish and that will take a bit longer so your patience and support is appreciated.

Stage One (Access Trail) Remaining Items:

  • Drainage
  • Digging/surfacing of two berms (1 x southern face/carpark side, 1 x northern face/container side)
  • Additional sandstone armouring of two creek crossings
  • Any other items identified by QPWS

All trail capping will be done at a later date, on an as-needed basis – this includes using rock armoring and road base.

Also note that QPWS have organised maintenance work on Double Dab and Rock-a-dial. Those trails should be okay to ride by this weekend but please abide by QPWS signage and trail closures.

Next trail care day is at 1:00PM Saturday, June 3rd will be focusing on the start of the beginners loop and any remaining work left on the access trail.


Wooroi Ride Summary 21/05/2017

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Wooroi Ride Summary 21/05/2017

The weather and trail conditions couldn’t have been better. We split into two groups, 14 in one and 8 in the other, with the fasties speeding off up Cross Cut to take advantage of the hero dirt on Snake and Spectator while the casual cruisers meandered up Birdwing to start off with Milkmaid and inched our way up Cross Cut to do the Snake/Bloodwood combo and then splitting up to do Secrets or Turn 10 + Secrets. A little bit of confusion in the fast group as some split right after Snake and others went straight. Then the casuals picked up a few of the fasties and… everyone had fun in the end anyway.

Today we were joined by a couple of locals, Cortney and Martijn, and a Gold Coast visitor which my sieve of a brain has forgotten his name – thanks for tagging along guys.

Brunch was had at Cafe Doonan as usual.

Distance awards goes to Pete – 126km and Andrew – 80km. They must hate sleeping.

Thanks goes to John for leading the fasties group and I lead the casual group.

Ben Johns
Club President


Great work Pete at the LunarC 8hr Enduro

Great work Pete at the LunarC 8hr Enduro
Pete got 1st in category and 3rd overall

Pete cruising through the Murrenbong Scout Camp trails

Pete Bigaila competed in the LunarC 8hr MTB Enduro race last Friday night and finished 1st in his category (50+) and 3rd overall! That’s an awesome effort Pete!

Also a big shout out to his dedicated pit crew Donna and Kirsty who spent the night counting laps, drinking coffee and probably freezing .

The results have been posted here –



LunarC race map and elevation