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Moustaches and Mountain Bikes 2017 – 10,000km in November!

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Moustaches and Mountain Bikes 2017 – 10,000km in November!
Join our Movember challenge!

Moustache fails and hardcore trails!

To raise money for the Movember Foundation we’d like to introduce the inaugural Moustaches and Mountain bikes Strava event which will be run throughout November 2017.

We’ve set the challenge to try and ride 10,000km in November (and grow totally awesome optional moustaches). We will have prizes for the male, female and youth (<15yo) with the most amount of kilometres and a prize for biggest fundraiser and best moustache. The winners will be announced at our Time trial race/BBQ at Paul’s place in Woombye in early December (more details about that event later).

This contest is open to all Bushrangers, riding clubs, bike shops and local MTB riders and your entry fee is a $20 donation to a Movember page (e.g. yours, your mates, the club). Once you do this let me know your Strava name and I’ll invite you to the prestigious Moustache and Mountain bikes Strava club so we can all track each other’s kilometres.

So join our Movember team at https://moteam.co/moustaches-and-mountain-bikes-sunshine-coast-2017 (or just donate $20) and then check out the Strava club at https://www.strava.com/clubs/317958

Let’s have some fun, raise some money and try to ride 10,000km in one month!

Michael “I started my Mo early” Johns
Club Secretary

PS: Details are still being hammered out so if you want to know more or have some feedback (or prize ideas) then let me know at [email protected]

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#WorldMentalHealthDay2017

#WorldMentalHealthDay2017
Trust your gut and ask the question!

It’s World mental health week again so it’s a timely reminder to eat well, sleep well, get social and ride your bikes to get some of those feel-good hormones flowing. Your mental health is vitally important so look after it!  Also trust your gut and be sure to ask if someone is OK, that simple conversation might be just what the other person needs.

On a related note I’ve had to go to the occasional toolbox meeting about workplace mental health issues for my job and I’ve always asked the question – what can I do or say? And I’ve never really gotten a good answer. Apparently my current repertoire of supportive things to say like “buck up li’l buddy!” and teasing them about their hair/clothes/MTB skills etc are pretty crap. So I had a look around and found this nifty diagram to give me a headstart. Maybe it might be handy for you too.

Things to say when someone’s sad

 

Michael “I’m cool with hugs” Johns
Club Secretary 

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We have a new Away Ride Co-ordinator – Martijn (Marty) Mooij

We have a new Away Ride Co-ordinator – Martijn (Marty) Mooij
Welcome Marty!

Not confirmed yet but we think this is Marty searching for the best riding trails.

Marty has volunteered to organise the club’s away rides and camping trips (with the occasional assistance of his lovely partner Courtney). Marty and Courtney came to our last committee meeting for a meet and greet and we believe that with their talents and their enthusiasm they are going to be an awesome fit with the club.

Ben has whipped up the email address [email protected] so if you have any ideas or requests for away rides or camping trips then let Marty know.

On behalf of the club thanks for volunteering Marty, the club has always loved it’s camping trips so it will be good to get some more back onto the calendar.

 

Michael Johns
Club Secretary 

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Next Week is Bike Week Sunshine Coast 2017

Next Week is Bike Week Sunshine Coast 2017
Bike Week Sunshine Coast 7th to the 15 of October 2017

We Love to Ride!

The Sunshine Coast Council presents the Sunshine Coast Bike Week 2017, an annual nine day celebration of cycling on the Sunshine Coast. This includes the Cyclefest events, free rides and workshops and a Ride2Work day with free breakfast and prizes.

Bike Week encourages people of all ages, sizes and cycling abilities to get into the saddle by offering a packed schedule of events during the week. Most events are free and are provided by community clubs and groups and local business. This series of events aim to encourage participation in cycling and promote road safety messages for all bike riders and motorists to share the road safely.

The Bushrangers are having a Rookie Ride through Parklands on Sunday 8th October at 7:15am at the Radar Hill Road Carpark – https://goo.gl/maps/BbUzvcPHR3G2. More information is on our Calendar at https://bushrangers.org/information/calendar/

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It finally rained! But please don’t ride on muddy trails

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It finally rained! But please don’t ride on muddy trails
No one wants this... except maybe your bike mechanic

Our Department of Raindancing, Astrology and Clipless Pedals has just reported we have had 120mm of rain at Parklands in the last 2 days. This is GREAT news for the new trails in Parklands as it means all that dust will be packed down and hardened (and we can fix that loose berm along Rookie Road). However if they get ridden, even while slightly wet, we’ll end up with a chopped up surface that will need to be scraped smooth and it’ll go dusty again – so please, please, please avoid riding the new trails (or any trail for that matter) until they’re nice and dry.

Instead of riding on our awesome trails maybe do some of the following:

  • Service your bike – top up the tyre sealant, clean the chain, grease your bearings, replace that old emergency energy gel in your bag or just simply sit and look at your bike – when was the last time you two had a good chat?
  • Bring out your inner BMX Bandit – ride along the coastal pathway or something – nice views, plenty of coffee places and you can impress the balance bike kids as you bang down stairs and over gutters etc.
  • Turn on Youtube or Redbull – watch some awesome MTB things like the UCI XC and DH events, Redbull Rampage and Crankworx stuff. Watch some cool training videos and then practice some manualling and bike handling on the driveway (“Wheelies pull the chicks/dudes” – Dr Phil*).
  • Roadie ride – Blow the dust off the road bike and go for an easy century around the coast and hinterland – LOL! yeah we’re just kidding!

Thanks for understanding.

Ride safe, Ride well, Ride on!

Bushrangers Committee

* Dr Phil didn’t actually say that wheelies pull the chicks or dudes.

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