Ride Report 15/12/19 Gympie “Victory Heights’’ Strava Spaghetti

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The lure of flowy trails, easy double jumps, smooth burms, plus the promise of aromatic coffee and food was enough to attract an eclectic group of riders on a wide range of bikes including single speed Steel hard tail, Dual suspension alloy and carbon framed steeds with a mix of suspension travel, ebikes new and old.

With an early start to beat the heat the faster group blasted off into the twisty trails with the intention of riding every trail in the park lead by Rod who always sets a cracking consistent pace.

Eagerly awaiting take off

 The tracks while dry hold up incredibly well with reasonable grip provided you don’t get too game and load the front wheel up. Toby lead the “less air” group through the maze of decimal numbered tracks giving new members some challengers and skills to be honed in future.  Only a couple of lie down moments with no injuries sustained.

 As the group moved on to the more open northern tracks Jacob the young trail Guru took control as ride leader with aerial manoeuvres rekindling the enthusiasm of the Older school Gentlemen behind him (the rest of us) who tried to emulate riding in the air with varying success.

The two groups caught up for mid ride breather at the shady hut swapping tales of heroism and trail lies, while the show-offs did a couple of log rides with look at me pride Ha Ha.

Each group Set off after cooling down to then complete the remaining trails.

Tyre Repair

A deflating moment occurred when Rods back tyre was impaled on a stick spraying out sealant in a loud 360 degree display, luckily there were several experts to offer theories on how it happened including tyre spikes,  stray bullets about creative thinkers !!.   Refocused and repairs completed the group headed back out to the new jump tracks with the brave dudes clearing the large log trail features completing another great ride by both groups.

Expert Mechanical Advice

Thanks to the Ride leaders Toby, Rod and Jacob and all the riding Crew.

 Wonderful Coffee and tucker were consumed in town at the SoMa SoMa Café, Great atmosphere of Gympie as the steam train rolled past and a history lesson from a local on old Holdens (you had to be there).

Next ride Sunday at Bone Yards 22/12/19 6:30am ride off, please see details on the Website Calendar. 

Cheers Miles.

Safe riding.

Time for a rest
Reward Coffee

Parkies Ride Report… (luckily) without Hangovers

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Yesterdays Parklands Post Xmas Party Ride started with a solid turn out of riders including new member Jeremy and visitor Grant from North Brisbane, great to see such enthusiasm early on a Sunday Morning.

The whole crew was quite fresh considering the jelly shots at the party seemed 9.5 parts vodka and 0.5 part jelly (just enough jelly to give the vodka some colour)… But with nobody overdoing it, we turned up bright and early for the ride with no complaints for the sweat-box that we were about to endure.

MASSIVE thanks to John and Tanya for opening their awesome home on the water in Mountain Creek – what a perfect place to gather with a bunch of (well-behaved) mates.

We all set out through Rookie Road track into the skills area where the crew did a fast-hot lap of Lush to warm up, this is a great track for new and old to hone their skills and Strava times in cornering and line choice with few obstacles to dodge.

 The group then split into two with the fasties carving up and down Road Rage where the humidity certainly had the post party drinks being sweated out profusely, on Anger Management track several riders took the challenging “A” line dodging some unexpected obstacles to survive.  Continuing along the Gumby loop to enjoy the Shady cool forest of CT track before the ascending the infamous climbing track S’s of Rock and Roll.

 We were followed closely by Toby’s group at a slightly slower pace,  Al took  them on a detour to enjoy the trails between Gumby loop and CCC, heading through Ct track must have been a faster pace as  there was a comment that Amanda’s face was the lovely colour of her pink gloves. While they headed off for a quick dash down vanderloop and heading into the meadows assisting  Jason and Lou in their trail orientation, they headed back down Spare Parts to the car park.

 From here the Fasties  decision was unanimous to test everyone’s metal on the steep sections  of Rock a Dial down toward Phoenix, with lots of grins from Jeremy and Grant. Paul then suggested the climb up to the top of Radar hill for a long descent, no one was game to protest in case we up set the yellow “Kona” gods.

On the way up Double Dab Johnny’s bottom bracket seized in protest sending him on a long walk/roll back to the carpark bike. Continuing on up to a high point fire trail then bombing down to the bottom of phoenix, up Roo valley, NZ and down Rock it Man then Ho Chi Ho where Adam and Grant looked for extra Kudos doing Jumping and  Ant (in other words we lost them).

The hot start was followed with a cool change with riders forgetting about the early challenges in the day.

Coffee and Chocolate solved nearly all the first world problems at the Forest Glen Bakery. Great ride with a super group.

Alternate Rookie Ride Report – Ewen Maddock Dam

We’re alternating the Rookie Rides between Parklands and Ewen Maddock Dam, with the aim of providing a gentler ride option for newbies or those that want a calmer pace….

Thanks to those that attended this week!

This ride was undulating and an easy 30 kilometres and fortunately perfect weather.

We had a new member Kira (apologies if spelt incorrectly) with a beautiful new Norco dual suspension. I’d also like to thank Teresa for her kind letter of thanks, she looked to be enjoying herself on her new striking blue Merida!

No crashes, everyone seemed to be having a good time, it was the kind of ride where you could do a lot of talking while riding. 

This Coming Weekend:

Looking forward to seeing you next Sunday in Gympie at Victory heights tracks 6:30am for a 6:45am ride off.


2019 AGM Report – from the new President

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The Bushrangers AGM was held on 30/11/19 with a core of enthusiastic attendees having very positive and constructive input into the future year ahead.

Items presented and discussed as follows.

Secretary report: Emma has done an amazing job throughout the year keeping the wheels of the club rolling.  Emma gave an overview of the club’s major activities, skills training, Sunshine coast council Grant partnership, QPWS interaction, Social Media update. Emma  has been a pivotal member of the committee in the past year, learning the roll of club secretary with the ease of a new derailleur keeping the club in the right gear.    

Treasures report: Financial position and standing, club audit. Great job and big thanks to Luke for the past year, much appreciate. Thanks to Katie for doing the 2018/19 audit.

Vice President: Adam gave a very informative report on the recent member/non-member survey, this helps the committee guide the club direction for the members. Adam has also engaged a new Bushrangers web site design to launch the club into the new year and beyond. Great job Adam.

Women’s Advocacy: Presented by the ever-enthusiastic Suzy giving an insite into the exciting previous and future years activities, fantastic increased growth in membership and participation. Go Girls is a massive credit to Suzy and her ride leaders keeping the balance and diversity in the club.

Trails officer Report: Presented by the unstoppable John on trail care days (next one is 18/1/2020), adopt a trail, facilities and new parklands signage. Keep your eye on the web site for trail care dates. Credit to John on the many rides lead by john throughout the year.

Social Committee: Presented by the dynamic trio Kerrie, Tania and Amanda, the team have promised to organise up to 4 adventurous away trips including the brilliant Hidden vale trails when things cool down. Looking forward to Quarterly post ride BBQ’s at Parkies 😊 keep your eye on the calendar.

Ride Coordinator: Toby the most supportive, encouraging ride leader to new and old members has done a fantastic job keeping the variety and diversity of rides for all members. This is a pivotal roll and largely what the club is about.

New Members Services: Alan has done brilliant job in attracting new members with his well-planned entry-level trail selection, this is critical in inviting new members and introducing them to our trail networks. In addition, up skilling people with organised training helping them to reach their safe full potential. Looking forward to the new year’s rides listed on the calendar.

Elected 2020 committee members.

President: Miles Porteous (new)

Vice President: Adam King

Secretary: Emma McCormack

Treasure: Kerry Clausen (new).

Members Services Alan Marsden

Women’s Advocacy: Suzy Hume

Trails Officer: John Searston

Social Co-ordinators: Tania Marks, Amanda Porteous, Kerrie Pascoe

Ride Co-ordinator: Ian (Toby) Reavely

The club is looking forward to another great year of riding across the amazing selection of trails on offer throughout South East Queensland ranging from Hinterland Rainforests, Stunning Beaches, Old School single tracks, formed flowing trails and cross-country endless fire trails. One of the best ways to learn an experience some these hidden treasures is to join the Original Bushrangers MTB club and share the knowledge with likeminded people. If anyone has a great ride they would like to share with the club feel free to make contact.

Looking forward to seeing you out on the tracks.

Safe riding, Keep the wheels rolling.

Miles Porteous ( President)


Full moon ride at Paul’s Place

Full moon ride at Paul’s Place
An extra sausage to whoever can reenact this scene the best

Greetings Bushrangers,

This is a heads-up that we are changing the full moon ride on the 19th of June from Ewen Maddock to Trish and Paul Vandeleur’s lovely property on Ruwoltds road, Dulong (that’s behind Woombye/Nambour).

We have all been so privileged to have had access to this beautiful spot in the past and it looks like this will be the last time, so now or never people.

Come and thank Paul and Trisha by bringing your lights and appetites to enjoy a full moon spin and BBQ. We may even rustle up some previous committee members for an informal and overdue thanks for all the good times. Hope to see y’all there on the west side of town.

Check the calendar for more details.


Jens riding on Paul’s trails

Parklands Ride Report 09/06/2019

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Parklands Ride Report 09/06/2019
Fluffy the Emu - pic by Wayne

Hey Bushies.

Today’s ride was at parkies. 14 keen riders turned out with a couple of guest riders. We had Will’s sister (Hannah)and his niece (Luca) who is a very strong up an coming junior. She handled Parkies with ease even after racing in the Bayview Blast yesterday.

After a big v lap we run into Fluffy the resident emu who was just about to start a coaching clinic with Foxy. Up through Cancer Tree. Up the SSS’s over and down Rock-a-dial to 4ways. Through the Meadows up TNT then up Shit hill over NZ to top of Radar hill then down Rocket man and finish on the old fav Ho-chi-ho.

Good loop no major incidents and no lost riders. Some riders went for shit coffee but I went to 711 for great coffee – Yum! Have a great week. Ride hard stay safe. :o)