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.
This week is the Council’s Sunshine Coast Bike Week and in previous years we have put on rides for this at Ewen Maddock Dam, Ferny Forest and Mapleton. This time we decided to take advantage of the new ‘easy/green’ trails at Parklands and by all accounts it was a success. Also don’t forget to register for Wednesday’s #ride2work day and go into the draw for prizes (and get a free breakfast too).
The weather was great, the trails were perfect and the Fast and the Intermediate groups shot off at 7am (thanks Toby, Alf, Murray and Rod for leading). I briefed the ‘rookies’ using the map board and we set off at 7:30am. Note that now that there is demand we will have a group ride for rookies at every Parklands club ride (once a month).
The rookie group started along the new Rookie Road access track and then continued down Detour onto Road Rage before heading up Grand Canyon. We rode up to Coobong firebreak and up the Gumby Loop. From there we continued along Rocky Creek Road and then hopped onto Cancer Tree primer (the start) and then down Rocky Creek Road to the proposed skills area and the beginners loop start/finish.
We did a lap of the beginners loop (keeping in mind that it isn’t finished yet, this was a special ride where we pointed out all the work done (and work which will hopefully be finished real soon so we can open it up). After completing the loop we headed back to the car park via Rookie Road. At this point we gave the option of trying out some moretrails and a few of us headed up around Radar Hill Road and then down Ho-Chi-Ho. We even stopped and did some skills building on the big log rollover and showing the various trail features on the way down.
After the rides we went to the Bli Bli Bakery for coffee and a chat.
Rod entered the recent Love to Ride Sunshine Coast competition and won a 2-night stay at Noosa – lucky bugger!
Di and new riders Matt (or Mark?) and Timmo had a go at the big rollover at the start of Ho-Chi-Ho and nailed it.
Di, Emma, Jason and Nathan were practicing their new skills learnt at the recent free skills workshops.
Intermediate group got a bit mixed up with their multiple definitions of “the top of cancer tree” but it all worked out.
There are no photos of the “Fast” group – because… well, they were too fast I guess.
Scrolling through STRAVA there are a heap of PBs and Top 10’s – nice work everyone!
Finally a big hello to all the new riders today (sorry if I’ve stuffed up your names) and as always hello to all the regulars.
So October is Odd Socks month which is a light-hearted approach to reminding people that anyone can have an odd day and how you treat someone with a mental illness really does make a difference to their lives and recovery.
So during October put on some mismatching socks, come for a ride and a laugh and give a donation to someone who helps such as http://www.oddsocksday.org.au/ #oddsocksday2017
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.
OK, it’s not really Ride Leader Day, but we think it should be because our ride leaders are pretty cool and we wanted to give them a shout out and a big thank you.
Two years ago at the AGM in an effort to ease the workload of the President a heap of members signed up to be on the ride leader list volunteering their time and expertise to lead our club rides if need be.
The benefits of this list is two-fold because:
we now have a collection of seasoned riders with great local trail knowledge who are able to suggest and lead new or classic rides.
and we now have a pool of experience riders who can step up on the day and be the Ride Leader, Tail-end Charlie or take a sub-group on a separate ride (e.g. the fast group) etc.
If you are happy to be on this list and help out on the day or find some new exciting rides for us to do then let me know at [email protected].