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Paul Vandeleur starts the 6500km Terra Australis Bike Epic 2018

Paul Vandeleur starts the 6500km Terra Australis Bike Epic 2018
6am start at Cape York - Terra Australis 2018 is off and racing!

From the top to the bottom of mainland Australia.

We just wanted to give a shout out to Bushranger member Paul Vandeleur who has commenced the Terra Australia Bike Epic 2018.

They started in Cape York on Saturday and they’ll ride across the continent and finish at Wilsons Promontory (so mainland Australia’s northernmost tip to it’s southernmost tip – 6500km!!) Paul has done over 400km already, so if you want him to grab you something from inland Queensland then you better hit him up soon e.g. coal, gemstones, cattle – I’m sure he’ll have space in his pannier bags.

All the info is here – https://www.terraustralisbikepic.com/ and you track him live at http://trackleaders.com/terraustralis18f.php

Good luck Paul!

Photo courtesy of @terraustralisbikepic

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Great Year for the Go-GIRLs!

Great Year for the Go-GIRLs!

We are a supportive group of ladies that like to ride and socialise together. We usually ride on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Some rides are specifically targeted for women to improve their skills and most are for the pure enjoyment of this awesome sport. All rides have clearly stated levels and you can check our calendar for more details. Every rider requires MTBA insurance to ride with us (MTBA has a free 8 week insurance offer for new members – we can help you with this).

It has been a busy year to date with over 30 ladies taking advantage of coaching funded by grants obtained by the Bushrangers. The ladies were very happy with the personalised coaching from Geoff Foxx from HitBikes. We are looking forward to rolling out stage 2 beginning soon.

Bushrangers also funded some members to complete their level one MTBA coaching certificates as well as a first aid and resuscitation course. I was able to put these new skills to use in the recent G.O.G.A. (Get Out Get Active) beginners mountain biking skills course, which was at Caloundra council initiative and ran for 6 weeks.

Obligatory photo in front of the old Dularcha railway tunnel

To support the new GOGA graduates we began a #adoptanewbie program that was very successful. Experienced mentors organised regular get together rides to reinforce essential skills and build fitness. These ladies are now ready to join us on our longer rides.

At the moment many of us are training together to ride in Chicks in the Sticks, a fun race suited to all levels that is held annually in August and run by the RATS MTB Club.

Our Facebook page is where we keep connected so join us today. You’ll be able to find other like minded ladies to ride with and sometimes we get together socially too. You may like to join us on September 4 when we are heading to Nambour for the Wild Women’s Film Festival.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.

Hope to see you on the trails!

Susie Hume
Women’s Advocate
Bushrangers MTB Club Sunshine Coast
Queensland, Australia
E: [email protected]
M: 0421847305

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News Flash!

News Flash!
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Hello folks!

Just wanted to quickly let you all know about some recent milestones and events that have happened or will be happening.

Charity Race Day

  • The recent charity race day raised over $700 for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland – thanks to all the riders, volunteers and sponsors for everything.

Membership

  • Club membership continues to grow. We now have almost 300 members and a third of them women (much better than the 6% it used to be). Thanks to the GoGIRLs and the council sponsored GOGA initiative.

Grants

  • We just scored another grant for over $13000 to help in repair work throughout Parklands e.g. bridges, rock armouring, causeways, drainage etc.
  • In the next couple of months we will be submitting a grant application for the big $150k State Government grant with help from our already approved Sunshine Coast Council grant to meet the co-contribution requirements.

Training

  • We will be starting up subsidised MTB training workshops soon and also offer free bike maintenance workshops on topics like bike fit, suspension setup, trail repairs etc.
  • We recently completed a MTBA Trail-building workshop with about 20 people from around the coast all learning the how’s and why’s of building trails.

So there is a bit of good news to brighten your day!

Michael Johns
Club Secretary

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Warburton Mountain Bike Destination Project

Warburton Mountain Bike Destination Project

Yarra Ranges Council along with Parks Victoria, Dept. Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Melbourne Water, and Vic Roads are seeking input on their upcoming Warbuton Mountain Bike project. The project will be building a trail network within the Yarra Valley which is 90km east of the Melbourne CBD.

Warburton is set to become one of Australia’s premier mountain bike destinations with planning well underway for approximately 160 kilometres of trail in the surrounding area. The project is now at the Master Planning stage which includes a detailed assessment of potential alignments and impact assessments.

Consultation with adjacent land owners has been conducted during May and June. The public are invited to contribute to this project by providing input into the trail alignment, the mix of trail grading and supporting facilities and services.

This project is being coordinated by a partnership comprising of Yarra Ranges Council, Parks Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Melbourne Water and Vic Roads.

You can find their survey > HERE <

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Noosa Trail Master Plan – Survey!

Noosa Trail Master Plan – Survey!
Cooran - Kin Kin ride

Hi Folks,

Tourism Noosa, Noosa District & Landcare, Noosa Council’s Economic Development department and Common Ground Trails are working on a Noosa Trail Masterplan, funded by the Noosa Biosphere Reserve, to enhance the Noosa Trail Network experience for local and visiting bushwalkers, mountain bikers, horse riders and other users.

Common Ground Trails have created a survey that you can find HERE.

We encourage everyone to fill out the survey and to highlight any areas that need attention on the map.

Thanks for the heads up Brad!

Further information:

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