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Cystic Fibrosis Charity Race Day Update

Cystic Fibrosis Charity Race Day Update
We got riders, we got sun and we got hero dirt!

It’s ON!!

Put your racing legs on!

We’ve had a last minute rush of participants sign-on so everything is going ahead as planned! It’s going to be a good day with a good amount of riders, good weather and good beer (Paul also has a fire drum ready to go to keep us warm).

Times

  • Check-in opens at 7.30am. We will be there ready to sign you in and hand out the number plates so come out early to have a practice lap and get your bearings.
  • Race 1 (1hr) – starts at 8.30am
  • Race 2 (2hr) – starts at 10am-ish
  • Prizes and beer – 12 noon-ish (once the 2nd race has finished)

Food and drinks

We are putting on a free sausage sizzle and will have water and soft-drinks available. Trish might be baking some delicious sugar-coma causing cakes or slices too! There will be beers from Brouhaha Brewery available for a gold coin donation after the races.

Presenting “Little Rocketman”

Prizes

In addition to the prize for the winners, we have a heap of prizes donated by our sponsors which will go into a lucky draw so everyone has a chance to win. We will have a prize for other things as well such as best leap over Paul’s new jump feature “Little Rocketman“.

Parking and Spectators

Below is the map showing where to park and where to spectate. We don’t want cars along the side of driveway this time as it’s a bugger moving them all out and we need the space for overtaking.

Parking and Spectator Zone Map

More Information

We are having a charity race day at Paul’s Place on Sunday 15/07/2018 to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.

  • Cost: $30.00 for the day (plus MTBA race day license if required)
  • Where: Paul’s Place (32 Ruwoldts Road Dulong)
  • When: Sunday 15th July 2018 – first race starts at 8:30am
  • What: 1-Hour Race (MTBA Come’n’try event, 12yo+, free insurance) / 2-Hour Race
  • Who: Everyone! (need a mountain bike and helmet though)

Registration links

Big thanks to our sponsors Beerwah Cycles Brouhaha Brewery EnPlusOne Giant Sunshine Coast Hit Bikes Mountain Bike Australia Palmwoods Physiotherapy Peter Legge Photography Venture Cycles and Vivelo Sports

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2017 MTBA Queensland Club Volunteer of the Year Award Acceptance Speech

2017 MTBA Queensland Club Volunteer of the Year Award Acceptance Speech

Recently I was awarded the 2017 MTBA Queensland QLD Club Volunteer Award. It was a quite the surprise and I am both honoured and humbled to receive this award.

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.

Sincerely,

Ben Johns
Club President

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The 2018 MTBA QLD Club Volunteer of the Year Award goes to…….. Ben Johns!

The 2018 MTBA QLD Club Volunteer of the Year Award goes to…….. Ben Johns!
Put your racing legs on!

So shiny!

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
Club Secretary

Here are some photos of Ben in action over the years.

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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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Thank you for a fantastic year

Thank you for a fantastic year

The beginning of 2016 marked a significant point as the old club with its strong heritage and foundations was given a fresh coat of paint and some new upgrades. Aside from introducing new branding and backend systems these changes included a revamp of the club’s vision, mission, and values. It was these statements in conjunction with the help of our members, committee and community and government supporters that have guided us through a fantastic 2016.

But as we shored up the foundations of our club we have also prepared for the future by applying for grants, increasing communication with members, landowners, local businesses and other clubs.

With Susie heading up our GoGIRL initiative to advocate women in mountain biking and our efforts to get people riding and maintaining our local trails we have been able to build an interesting narrative. A narrative that highlights our endeavours of being inclusive, engaging and supportive of the local community while demonstrating that we have the big picture in mind – make the Sunshine Coast a premier mountain bike destination.

With support from Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, NSPR/QPWS and SCRC our story played a key role in securing close to $150,000. This funding allows us to pursue our plans for 2017:

  • provide training programs with professional trainers
  • support our volunteers by providing them the opportunity to become accredited MTBA coaches
  • host and assist with cycling races and events throughout the region
  • support and advocate for the Sunshine Coast Trail Alliance, and
  • continue the development of trails such as the Parklands MTB Trail Network upgrades

Special projects aside there’s an ongoing review of our day to day activities. The annual membership survey results and ongoing feedback will inform us of what decisions need to be made and what initiatives we should pursue. We’ll present our response to the feedback and how it will influence our plans at the next annual general meeting in February/March for discussion.

As always we like to thank everyone for supporting our club and allowing us to pursue our vision.

happy-new-year-2017

 

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