Quick update on the counters. This afternoon I collected the trail counts for September/October making four months worth to analyse. Parklands looks like it currently receives around 550 mountain bike visits a month although it’s still very early days and we expect that to trend up and down over the seasons. Also we’ve made the weekly totals available on our trail care page with an adjustable period (click the date range in the top right corner), I’ve included it below so you know what it looks like.
While collecting the counts I checked a few of the new trails to find they’re holding up well given the heavy rain this week. There’s a few parts that have suffered damage that we’ll try and get to during trail care tomorrow (8am, Radar Hill Rd car park) if it’s not raining too much.
Trailworx didn’t get a chance to continue work at Parklands this week because of the rain so they’re aiming for mid next week if the weather is good.
“There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Mark Twain
A reminder for this weekend to be on the lookout for runners within and around the Mapleton Forest National Park, both the Mapleton and Cooloolabin sides. The Blackall 100 race will be starting Saturday morning at 8am with a cutoff time at Sunday 10am. The race will be starting and finishing at the Mapleton QCCC and there’s provisions for spectators if you wish to go and have a look.
Update 18/10/2017: postponed until 4-5th November 2017 due to rain
If you enjoy two legged transportation as much as two wheeled then the Dingo Duo might be your kind of event. You can choose from events that are MTB only, Run only, or both. Various distances and categories available. The event is held out at Hiddenvale so if you haven’t been along to the CycleEpic or one of the camping trips out that way this is another good opportunity to ride the new trails they’ve been building over the past couple of years.
It’s on next weekend – 21st – 22nd October 2017 so you’ll have to register quickly.
The ’99 Bikes Dingo Weekend’ provides fun and entertainment for the whole family. Event options include; RIDE only (Dingo Howl), RUN only (Dingo Dash) TEAM challenge sharing the Run-Ride-Run disciplines of the Dingo Duo or tackle the full DUATHLON – SOLO.
There’s now also the Dingo Duo Intro and even an event just for the KIDS Run-Ride (Pup Dash) and on the Sunday the Dingo ENDURO using new trails and a format that differs to others – with all these Events inc Wildlife Show it’s going to be another event to remember!
This week is the Council’s Sunshine Coast Bike Week and in previous years we have put on rides for this at Ewen Maddock Dam, Ferny Forest and Mapleton. This time we decided to take advantage of the new ‘easy/green’ trails at Parklands and by all accounts it was a success. Also don’t forget to register for Wednesday’s #ride2work day and go into the draw for prizes (and get a free breakfast too).
The weather was great, the trails were perfect and the Fast and the Intermediate groups shot off at 7am (thanks Toby, Alf, Murray and Rod for leading). I briefed the ‘rookies’ using the map board and we set off at 7:30am. Note that now that there is demand we will have a group ride for rookies at every Parklands club ride (once a month).
The rookie group started along the new Rookie Road access track and then continued down Detour onto Road Rage before heading up Grand Canyon. We rode up to Coobong firebreak and up the Gumby Loop. From there we continued along Rocky Creek Road and then hopped onto Cancer Tree primer (the start) and then down Rocky Creek Road to the proposed skills area and the beginners loop start/finish.
We did a lap of the beginners loop (keeping in mind that it isn’t finished yet, this was a special ride where we pointed out all the work done (and work which will hopefully be finished real soon so we can open it up). After completing the loop we headed back to the car park via Rookie Road. At this point we gave the option of trying out some moretrails and a few of us headed up around Radar Hill Road and then down Ho-Chi-Ho. We even stopped and did some skills building on the big log rollover and showing the various trail features on the way down.
After the rides we went to the Bli Bli Bakery for coffee and a chat.
Rod entered the recent Love to Ride Sunshine Coast competition and won a 2-night stay at Noosa – lucky bugger!
Di and new riders Matt (or Mark?) and Timmo had a go at the big rollover at the start of Ho-Chi-Ho and nailed it.
Di, Emma, Jason and Nathan were practicing their new skills learnt at the recent free skills workshops.
Intermediate group got a bit mixed up with their multiple definitions of “the top of cancer tree” but it all worked out.
There are no photos of the “Fast” group – because… well, they were too fast I guess.
Scrolling through STRAVA there are a heap of PBs and Top 10’s – nice work everyone!
Finally a big hello to all the new riders today (sorry if I’ve stuffed up your names) and as always hello to all the regulars.
Trailworx has completed their work for stage two, the beginners loop, and Ranger Eugene from QPWS has completed the bridge. We’re just waiting on the sandstone to be deposited around the loop so we can organise a trail care day to dig them into the dips and make ramps for the bridge. Once this is done the loop can be opened and named.
Next up, and Trailworx have already started, is stage three which is the two ‘progression’ tracks from the top of the hill (where Cancer Tree starts) down to where the container is. There’s been a bit of a delay while the 5 tonne excavator gets repaired so we hope they can get cracking towards the end of this week or next week.
This rain has been long overdue. I walked over Rookie Road checking drainage and inspected the bridge and surrounding sections that had the worst dust/powder – all looking good but still some dry powder that hadn’t soaked through yet – another day like this and it’ll be good. Once it completely dries out the ‘loop should become a nice hardpack surface like Rookie Road.
Beginners loop mostly completed – just needs a sprinkling of sandstone
Progression tracks started, things should get back underway soon
Mid-project acquittal should be completed in the next week or two