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The Blackall 100 Race at Mapleton

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The Blackall 100 Race at Mapleton

Hi Folks,

A reminder for this weekend to be on the lookout for runners within and around the Mapleton Forest National Park, both the Mapleton and Cooloolabin sides. The Blackall 100 race will be starting Saturday morning at 8am with a cutoff time at Sunday 10am. The race will be starting and finishing at the Mapleton QCCC and there’s provisions for spectators if you wish to go and have a look.

Thank you.

Bushrangers Committee

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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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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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Parklands MTB Trails Project Update 02/10/2017

Parklands MTB Trails Project Update 02/10/2017

Hi Folks,

Time for another project update!

Trailworx has completed their work for stage two, the beginners loop, and Ranger Eugene from QPWS has completed the bridge. We’re just waiting on the sandstone to be deposited around the loop so we can organise a trail care day to dig them into the dips and make ramps for the bridge. Once this is done the loop can be opened and named.

Next up, and Trailworx have already started, is stage three which is the two ‘progression’ tracks from the top of the hill (where Cancer Tree starts) down to where the container is. There’s been a bit of a delay while the 5 tonne excavator gets repaired so we hope they can get cracking towards the end of this week or next week.

This rain has been long overdue. I walked over Rookie Road checking drainage and inspected the bridge and surrounding sections that had the worst dust/powder – all looking good but still some dry powder that hadn’t soaked through yet – another day like this and it’ll be good. Once it completely dries out the ‘loop should become a nice hardpack surface like Rookie Road.

Highlights

  • Beginners loop mostly completed – just needs a sprinkling of sandstone
  • Progression tracks started, things should get back underway soon
  • Mid-project acquittal should be completed in the next week or two
  • Skills area detailed planning started

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Queensland Mountain Bike Strategy Survey

Queensland Mountain Bike Strategy Survey
MTBA and Common Ground Queensland MTB Strategy

You may have heard that there is a new Queensland Mountain Bike Trails Strategy being developed. The strategy is being coordinated by Mountain Biking Australia (MTBA) who have appointed Common Ground Trails to undertake the development of the strategy. The strategy is partly funded by the Queensland Government Sport and Recreation Planning Program. You can read up on it on the MTBA’s Trails page.

Recently a survey and interactive mapping facility was released to gain input from the Queensland MTB community. We encourage everyone to complete the survey.

The Bushrangers, Sunshine Coast Trails Alliance (SCTA), and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) have been planning and delivering local trail development using the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF) ‘Developing Mountain Biking in Queensland: Regional Solutions’ Report that was released in 2014. We hope new QLD MTB Strategy will build upon this work as we and others across the state have put a lot of effort towards making it a reality.

 

 

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