Here’s a handy excuse to head to the far northern parts of Queensland to ride your pushie in August 2018. Expanding on the already popular Rural Rainforest Reef (RRR) cross-country race is the new Reef to Reef stage race.
Over four days R2R throws in the Smithfield and Davies Creek trail networks with most of the RRR course that includes Mt Molloy and Wetherby Station to Port Douglas. The same organisers are behind the Port to Port and Cape to Cape stage races so you can be confident that this will be a well organised affair.
MTBA have new membership options available and we’re pretty excited about them. Current MTBA members would have received an email with the following information.
Firstly the new seniors category (Masters 7+) provides reduced fees for those who are 60yrs old and over – it’s great to see people continuing or taking up mountain biking during their retirement, this option will help ensure they’re looked after in case of an accident while also being more affordable.
Then there’s a ‘public liability’ option that might be of interest to potential/current ‘club only’ members who have private health cover/other insurance coverage but wish to make sure that they’re completely covered. Worth a look if you aren’t sure if you’re covered in this regard.
The next one is pretty exciting for us on the Sunshine Coast – it’s a Triathlon Australia value-add membership. If you’re already a member of Triathlon Australia and wish to take up off-road triathlons, MTB racing or just want to use mountain biking as a way to mix up your training then this option is well worth a look. Also, TA members receive race day license discounts.
Finally there’s the new Family membership discount which kicks in when three or more family members join up. This option has been a popular request so it’s great that it’s now an option – it’s a pretty complex option to set up so good work to the MTBA for making it happen.
Here’s the summary of the new options:
New Membership categories
Masters 7+ (60+ years old) – Available for Race or Recreation categories. Membership price matches the Junior membership!
PL (Public Liability) Membership – This membership is ideal for the social rider who already holds a suitable level of private health insurance through another provider. As part of this membership, the rider will receive 24/7 Public Liability insurance cover whenever you are riding recreationally and on any type of push bike.
Value-Add (Triathlon Australia)– The Value-Add membership currently offers financial members of Cycling Australia, BMX Australia and Australian Defence Force Cycling a discounted Race membership, with MTBA recognising the commitment of these riders to other sporting organisations. Triathlon Australia members have now been included as a Value-Add category.
Family Membership discount – Now the whole family can get involved with a MTBA Family Membership!
The family membership discount provides family members to receive between 10% – 15% discount depending on the number of family members.
Nothing like a rainy day to write up the Lake Weyba Ride summary, so without further adieu…
28 riders ready to roll!
On a somewhat cloudy morning 28 riders prepared themselves in the car park near Peregian Beach for a 30km ride around Lake Weyba. We set off just past 7AM (unfortunately just missing Lumir and Alan who got kidnapped by Siri). I had to drag the group up a hill straight off the bat so I quickly got my first satisfying fix of everyone wailing and moaning. We then nipped across David Low Way and after a little bit of bitumen we were on the dirt and skirting the southern perimeter of the lake through grassy fields and paperbark forests.
We navigated around to where the single track starts through the southern reaches of the Noosa National Park. This bit of track consists of sandy soils, roots and grass. and holds up well to all sorts of treatment, as made evident by all the trail bike marks along it. Regardless of it being sandy it tends to hold water and there were regular puddles all the way along it, this helped feed our bottom brackets their fill of grit.
We sneaked under the Sunshine Motorway through a little known pedestrian tunnel that Michael tries to name “Pedestrian tunnel of death!”. But there is nothing deadly about it – he just puts “of death” onto the end of everything to make things sound more extreme. At the eastern entrance of Wooroi we offered the option of anyone who wanted to go it alone and do a few loops of Wooroi but as there weren’t any takers we continued on and headed back down a firebreak that crosses a stream and runs alongside the golf course.
John had to do a quick adjustment but then bridge was good to go again
Zig zagging through the small streets like BMX Bandits (that’s an old 80’s movie kids) we cut though a ‘back track’ that had a make-shift bridge and into the Noosaville commercial estate. Here we got to whiz through the back of Noosa Civic Shopping centre and onto the Eenie Creek Road cycleway (there are great cycling facilities around Noosa). We followed this over the bridge and into Noosa Springs.
At the end of Leslie Drive is where we hit the sandy soils of the eastern side of Lake Weyba. This was the most anticipated/dreaded section of the ride – those with fatter tyres and/or motors were looking forward to the soft sand and those with traditional tyres were not. The wet weather had helped bed the sand down a bit but there were sections that felt like you were riding up hill even though it was flat. However the different vegetation and nice views along this track made up for the extra effort as it is quite unique compared to where we normally ride.
After the sandy tracks were done we tramped sand through the back streets of Peregian Beach and rode some more grassy easements back to where we started.
Big hello to everyone especially our “long time no see” members, it was good to see you. Also a shout out to our new member Michael who made it through the whole 30km, nice work!
Congratulations to Mountain Biking Australia (MTBA) for being recognised as a ‘National Sporting Organisation’ (NSO) by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and therefore joining the ranks of 94 other sporting organisations including Cycling Australia and BMX Australia. This is a great benefit to the whole MTB community.
Of the many possibilities this creates this will hopefully lead to clear and supported development pathways and help steer government/private funding towards building and developing MTB related activities and facilities. We’re excited to see what opportunities arise for us as a MTBA affiliated club – perhaps we have the next Commonwealth Games/Olympic representatives in our midst (no, Fat Bike racing isn’t a thing Michael).
It’s amazing that it has already been a year and time for our end of year social event. This year we’re heading back to Paul’s beautiful residence for a BBQ and a bit of a blat around his trails – thanks Paul!
We’ll also be handing out a bunch of prizes for various things such as Movember and the Membership Survey random prize draw.
When: Saturday, 2 December 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: 32 Ruwoldts Rd, Dulong (https://goo.gl/maps/wVPmWswRVQM2) What we’ll provide: Food (healthy options included), utensils, condiments, soft drinks, and water. What to bring: Bike and riding kit, any special dietary requirements and alcohol if you want to have a drink.
Who can come: Members, sponsors and other club members are invited. There is space to set up your tent if you want to stay the night. Just make sure you RSVP.
Cost: Free (but a small donation on the day to the club and trails would be greatly appreciated).