So each month we do a “community” ride where we offer a easier ride for people who want to come along and try MTB out. This month we went to ride in the beautiful Mapleton Forest.
The advanced group left from the township and did around 30km all through the forest with a lot more climbing while the easy group left from the Mapleton Day Use Area and rode the 18km out to the Oakey Creek Lookout and back. The forecasted high temperatures held off until later in the day so it ended up being a rather pleasant ride indeed.
Someone in the advanced group forgot their hydration pack at the lookout so when the easy group arrived we wondered what this suspicious bag was. After a vigorous shake it was deemed safe and obviously not a bomb so we went through it and managed to track down it’s owner (and eat all the muesli bars) – Hoorah!
So Prez Ben worked out a route for last Sunday’s ride knowing that it was going to be a hot day. So he tried to keep it a bit shorter, mostly under the trees and limit any big climbs, I’m glad he did because by 8am the temperature was soaring.
We started in Cooroy opposite the library then worked our way around to the Lake Macdonald spillway. Had a quick break and refilled out water bottles then we did a fun little bonus bit recommended by Toby. We had to backtrack in places because the creek was still high but we made it back to Cooroy for coffee after about 32km.
Check out the video below and thanks for the ride folks. See you next week.
It’s been awhile since we’ve done a written ride summary as we’ve been doing those little videos instead and quite frankly I’m too lazy to do both. But last week’s ride was particularly eventful for one of our riders so I should immortalise it in text.
Terry’s glowing halo was so bloody annoying!
It all started on a crisp Sunday morning, the birds were singing, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the early morning sunbeams filtered through the trees and gently warmed our faces. The mood was jovial with people laughing and chit-chatting about their week, their bikes and how you can delay washing socks by switching feet and turning them inside-out. Little did we know that this ride was to be an exercise in CARNAGE!!!
Today I thought I’d lead the ride (as I’m a charismatic yet modest natural leader etc). We stayed as a group up Indy then over to the top of Secrets. Here we split up with Luke “Go hard or go home” Bouckaert taking a faster group away then I took the intermediate group down Secrets.
Advanced ride map and elevation
Intermediate ride map and elevation
Jenny was unaware of what this ride had in store for her.
After Secrets we rode up the road and then went down Turn 10. The last time I did Turn 10 I wrote off my back wheel landing like a cement truck onto a root (no that’s not a sex thing) so I was bit apprehensive. But today Turn 10 only claimed Jenny’s tyre which looked like it was pinched flat, but the tube was quickly changed out and we were on our way again. Little did we know that this was only the beginning of Jenny’s cascade of woe.
We rode back up the road and then across to Snake which, like Mickey Rourke, had quite a bit of work done since I last saw it. We regrouped at the top, had a quick breather and then down we went – I tried to get everyone to yell out “VALHALLA CALLS!” but no one seemed to get it (mental note – dial back the norse mythology jokes). I went down last so if anyone died I could loot their bikes, clear the trails etc. Snake trail must of been hungry for blood today and the unlucky victim was Jenny again. She had a small prang first but was unharmed and she quickly jumped back on the bike. However Snake wasn’t yet satisfied and demanded more. So towards the bottom Jenny (again) had a much bigger accident and came down onto a jagged log just off the trail. I screeched to a halt when I heard the crash and turned around to a terrible scene – she was bleeding, tangled up in her bike, clutching her leg and screaming naughty words. I moved the bike off her and checked to see if I should finish her off with my multi-tool but luckily the leg wasn’t broken. We washed and bandaged her arm, checked the bike and got rolling again. I hope you are feeling better Jenny and everything is starting to heal up nicely.
So once we joined back with the group Jenny was escorted back to the carpark while the rest of us had a quick run up Cross-cut and then down Milkmaid before calling it quits for the day and went for coffee at Cafe Doonan.
Thanks for the ride everyone!
Michael “I’m fine too by the way” Johns Club Secretary
Hey Folks! For this Sunday’s community ride we’ll ride from Maddock Park, through the Ewan Maddock Dam trails and around to the Ferny Forest trails. Here we can stop for coffee at Brewhaha Mobile Cafe (or you can choose to do some laps of Ferny Forest).
While we chill in the sun and wait for coffee I’m thinking we do a little Q&A on something bike related like seat height, tyres or how come our club president cannot grow a real beard etc.
Nineteen ladies and 4 boys on the side, including Michael our secretary turned up to ride on this perfect winter’s day. Who could blame them? The scenery around Ewan Maddock Dam is just magic at this time of year. After acting like children at Maddock Park, a head count, or 2… I was astonished at the numbers that were double and marvelled at how we got here.
For some of our GOGA (Get OutGet Active) graduates this was there first big girl ride. Many of the ladies had been adopted by our experienced ladies in our #adoptanewbie program so had been practising their skills and building their fitness. I could see some friendships had developed too.
Heading over the first causeway
Soon we set off happily chatting and any pre ride nerves were quickly dissipated as it became apparent that all the ladies were keeping up with the steady pace. Some of them even volunteered to challenge themselves by going up Ewan Maddock Climb. It didn’t surprise me that Toni was up for the challenge. I could hear wheeeeeeeeeeee on the downhill but that might have been her inner child squealing with delight.
From Horse Shoe Bend we continued through Dularcha NP to Landsborough where we refueled at Buck’s bakery. Then we headed back into the NP along the old railway line.
After taking in the sights at the Tunnel we continued to Mooloolah where we finished our adventure opting for the fast route back to the car park. All the ladies successfully completed the ride with smiles in their dials and no one vomited!
Having a PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) has progressed our newest GoGIRLs so they can officially come on any our grade 2 rides now. Congratulations ladies!
Keep Saturday 21 July free. An awesome ride is being planned, one to please all levels. For those who like fast and flowy and some air time there will be an advanced option. For the rest of us it’s fun fun fun!