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24/04/2016 – Pomona to Lake Macdonald Ride Summary

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24/04/2016 – Pomona to Lake Macdonald Ride Summary
"Cadbury" the fatbike

Pomona to Lake Mac rideHello ‘rangers (pronounced “range-er” not “rang-er” FYI),

Today’s ride was 37km of new and old trails from Pomona to Lake Macdonald and back again. A big thanks to Terry for leading the ride and showing us what he has found on his explorations. There was some real standout pieces of track today. Pete and Toby also did the bonus 6km towards the end but the rest of us just wanted to get coffee by that point (or get home to watch the XC Mountain Bike World Cup at 11am) .

Terry kept us at a good pace today with fewer stops and good use of “corner-men” and a “tail-end charlie” so no one got lost or left behind and the ride was done and dusted by around 10am.

Had a few spills today with poor Di copping a nasty cut on her leg and having to get a lift back to car. Nothing too serious but still needs to get checked out and cleaned at the Hospital so we hope they get you in and out of the ER nice and quick. Thanks to Carol, Sonya, John and Nick for cutting their ride short and helping out.

Toby and Pete also tried to do some weird stationary balancing acrobatic trick but no-one told Toby first so it all ended up with Toby, Pete and Graham on the ground in a pile of bikes.

Graham is also now a member of the “plus” bike club with his new Norco Torrent with the 3″ tyres. Very nice bike! You can hang with us cool kids now and don’t listen to the non-believers, they are just jealous!!

So thanks for the ride everyone, there was some nice trails there that I look forward to riding again.

Signing off,

Michael “putting the P in Phat-bike” Johns

 

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20/04/2016 – Parklands Night Ride Summary

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20/04/2016 – Parklands Night Ride Summary
Night Ride Parklands

Hello Bushrangers,

Wednesday’s night ride was good with the temperature great, the bunyips not eating anybody and the rain not showing up (apart from a tiny bit of drizzle). On the ride we had Andrew, Brad, Chad, Terry, Neil and myself (and lots of cane toads). We first did a 5km loop through the Novice track and then some of us went up to the top gate and barrelled down lower NZ and Ho Chi Ho. Chad and Andrew did an extra ride before we even started because they are just hardcore like that.

It was Brad and Neil’s first night ride and they were pretty impressed. It really transforms trails you already know into something a lot different.

We even had a well earned post-ride beer as a special night-ride treat, it was soooo good.

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10/04/2016 – Parklands club ride summary

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10/04/2016 – Parklands club ride summary
Craig sobbing because he was riding a Giant bike.

Eight of us showed up for another casual jaunt through Parklands today. The weather was good and the trails were spot on with most of the mud gone. We had Alf, Chris, Craig, Damien, Pete and Will show up and we hooked up with some other riders later on.

Today’s intrepid ride leader was Greg and he did a fine job with his selection of trails that were challenging and fun. He even took the others who wanted more for an even longer ride.

Total ride time for the final four was 3.5hrs, ride length was around 20km and there was either 400, 500 or 700m of elevation depending on who’s Garmin you believe.

This sucks

This sucks!

I bowed out 1hr in with yet another sidewall tear as I tore down lower NZ (obviously caused by my hardcoredness).

 

 

 

 

 

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New Bushrangers banner has arrived

New Bushrangers banner has arrived
New Bushrangers Banner ready for use

The old banner was missing in action for awhile and now it’s showing its age with the ink peeling off in places. A new banner was quickly designed and printed up and looks pretty bloody good (even if I do say so myself)!

The timing is great as we will have it up at the 24hr ride this weekend and the Trex ride next weekend. We also have a booth at the upcoming Heart Week expo.

GO BUSHRANGERS!

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20/03/2016 – Mapleton community ride summary

20/03/2016 – Mapleton community ride summary
Community Ride at Mapleton Forest April 2016

Well what a great ride today was!

John was ride leader today and rumour had it that he was going to mix things up a bit. Now on the few rides I’ve been on where John says this it usually meant we were up for a whole lot of climbing and I’d more than likely be saying words similar to “goshdarnit” and  “I think I’m a little bit pooped”. But my fears were totally unwarranted because the ride ended up being pretty awesome and just the right amount of challenging. Initial ride briefing was loud and clear, the trails chosen were a good mix of climbing, flow and technical and the ride was smoothly adapted where needed to account for the varying fitness levels of the group.

It was big group of 28 today and after riding together from the Mapleton township through some beautiful trails we arrived at the Mapleton Day Use Area where we split up into a “Gung Ho” group and a “Moderate” group. The gung ho group shot down the newly improved Magic Mile trail and then rode down and climbed back up from the Kureelpa Falls. The other group also did the Magic Mile trail and then came back along the road back to  Mapleton where we met up for some well earned coffee and cafe treats.

Thanks John for a good ride today and thanks to all that helped. Big shout out to our distinguished visitors from Harvey bay, CORCA and the Sunshine Coast Cycle Touring club and a big “you go girl!”to the rookie on the Intense dualie who just kept powering on!

 

Michael “Fatbike is the new black” Johns

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