The Walloon course is tight and twisty with obstacles and long gradual descents and climbs, it’s hard to go fast and you have to time the overtaking to make best use of the short sprints.
There will be lots of fun activities for the kids, plus a special guest appearance by Totally Wild presenter Ranger Stacey! Learn more about the park and check out the new walking and riding areas on our free guided tours. We’ll be also be serving up some delicious coffee and sizzling up a storm for a mid-morning sausage sizzle.
We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and wearing enclosed shoes if you’d like to participate in the walking and riding activities.
The local ranger has asked us to spread the word that the Ferny Forest trail at Ewen Maddock Dam is temporarily closed due to rather wet conditions. To save further deterioration of the trail surface please avoid riding until after a couple of days of sunny weather.
For more information see: https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/15632.html
Since I became President our club has become a multifaceted entity delivering on many fronts such as coaching, women’s advocacy, trail development and bringing back racing, all while supporting the wider mountain biking community. During these years I have witnessed many contributions made by our committee and membership and it is a particularly great feeling seeing new riders develop into competent riders who then begin to share their knowledge with others.
If I am a good volunteer, it is because of the a great committee and membership behind me. I would like to call out to the club secretary and my brother, Michael, as without his help the club would not be what it is today. The same can be said of Craig, Susie, Rob, and Greg for their work as treasurer, women’s advocate, trails officer and social coordinator respectively. I also liked to acknowledge the previous committees for contributing to the Bush Rangers rich history.
I’m proud to be apart of this inclusive community of riders who all support each other and I ask that we continue contributing to our mountain biking community and make a lasting positive impact to the Sunshine Coast.
So yeah, our President just won the QLD Club Volunteer Award in the 2018 MTBA Achievement Awards!
No idea why really. Why award someone who took over a club that was on the ropes and then grew it by 300% in 3 years to be the biggest MTB club on the coast. Who then spent all of his free time upgrading and modernising the club’s look and administration systems so he could spend more time on trails, grants, woman’s advocacy, training, rookie rides and trying to kickstart the club’s racing pedigree while also dealing with the conflicts and earning the trust and strengthening the relationships with the local riders, community and landowners. Maybe no one else was nominated?
But seriously Ben – good work mate! You totally deserve this reward and I’m sure lot of others think so too. I remember falling off my chair when you told me you had volunteered for President 3 years ago and I thought you had bitten off way too much. You absolutely proved me wrong!
Michael “You’re still a dork!” Johns
Here are some photos of Ben in action over the years.