During periods of wet weather when the clubs planned ride is cancelled a pavement ride is often still held, if predicted weather isn’t too severe. Members will typically receive a text or email the night before to advise of the changed plans. For our last ride of January we had seven keen members meet in Maroochydore headed Coolum way in search of a coffee shop for a mid ride refueling treat. We encourage all members still keen to jump on their bike to stick to the pavement and areas that won’t negatively impact trails when riding in or after periods of rain. Plus your less likely to become intimate with fallen branches on the pavement!
The ‘Glenview Ferny Forest Ride’ scheduled for tomorrow (Sun 31/01/2016) has been cancelled due to wet weather. The route will be soggy and we would like to avoid causing damage to people, bikes and trails.
An alternative ride is as follows:
Maroochydore to Marcoola Ride
Location: Deanna Street, Shopping Centre car park opposite Trader Dukes Maroochydore (Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/f3Tck).
Time: 6:45am for a 7am ride-off
Simple ride on the pavement over the Maroochy Bridge, through Twinwaters, Mudjimba and Marcoola and back.
The event calendar for February and March has been published.
The away rides are Victory Heights (Gympie) and Daisy Hill/Cornubia (South Brisbane) and the night rides are Cooloolabin Dam and Ferny Forest
Don’t forget the Annual General Meeting on March 6th and Women’s Week beginning March 7th where we have a bunch of activities planned so watch out for announcements.
We hope to see you out on the trails!
The monthly club night rides are always a pleasant experience. There is something about riding at night that let’s you drift off into a trance where you can reflect upon the past and yet at the same time enjoy the present, the time out on the bike. You could say it’s a style of mindfulness – maybe I should write a book?
There has never been an easier time to take up off-road night riding. There are so many lighting options and the prices affordable. For a small investment of a good bar and helmet light you open up a world of riding opportunities. The trails you thought you knew backwards and upside-down become alien yet somehow the light beams focus your attention and you go faster and smoother.
I find there is little more disconcerting than to ride in the dark for a time, out in the wilderness on your favourite trail, and then stop. The comforting sounds of the wind and the bike, the sounds of progress, cease – leaving utter silence. You begin to question things and soon you desire to go back to the comfort of progressing. However should you stay yourself and persist awhile you become attuned to your new surroundings and then you can continue.