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Rookie Ride – Parklands – 21/01/2018

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While the rest of the club had an away ride down at Bayview. 17 riders came along on a Rookie ride through Parklands. We rode around the green loop, then the gumby loop and with a bonus Ho-chi-ho loop as for the keen ones.

Thanks for the ride everyone and thanks to the advanced riders who came along to help us out – I really appreciated it!

Michael Johns
Club Secretary 


Parklands Club and Rookie Ride Summary – 14/01/2018

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Parklands Club and Rookie Ride Summary – 14/01/2018
36ºC and I had them climbing over rocks and uphills but these rookies were still happy!

So how hot was Sunday at your place? It was bloody hot at Parklands! 36°C to be exact. Now most normal people would stay at home in the air conditioning, go to the beach or get some of those handy suppositories you can keep in the freezer. But not us, no way! We went for a bike ride – heat stroke be damned!!

Now it wasn’t just the two groups of Bushrangers keen for a ride this day, the Radar Hill road carpark was overflowing with all the riders hitting the black track early while it was still cooler. The regular club ride started off from the Aitkenson Road side with Alf “Putting the A in ABBA” Cerwen and the rookie ride group started from the Radar Hill Road side led by me.

The Club Ride

Club Ride – Ride map and elevation

Alf lead his 20+ riders on a challenging 20km route up Double Dab then through Cancer Tree and Road Rage. They then rode the new green and black trails and then back across the park to the cars. The heat and humidity definitely made things tougher (“especially for the Europeans” Alf said). But everyone had enough water and kept in the shade. Lou had a tumble off the Hobbit bridge in Cancer Tree but came out fine. Word is some crazy bugger on this ride is training for a 6000km self-supported endurance ride – I’ll find out more and let everyone know the details – sounds pretty interesting.

Thanks for leading the ride Alf and I’m sorry to hear that no-one wanted to listen to your excellent jokes. I’m sure they were comedy gold and politically correct as always.

The Rookie Ride

Rookie Ride – Ride map and elevation

The Rookie ride started with 13 riders (which then grew to 17 as we discovered more riders on our journey). Before we started I gave everyone a brief pep talk with 3 rules – check your bikes, drink water and don’t die. Everyone excelled in these tasks beautifully – nice work Team Rookie!

We rode from the carpark to the beginning of the green loop and everyone road the loop at their own pace for a bit until we regrouped back at the container. We then went down Road Rage and up and around the Gumby Loop. Ended up being a perfect 10km and 2 hrs by the time we got back to the car and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Thanks to John, Dave and Nick for being tail-end charlie for me. I hope everyone had fun and I’ll see you again next weekend for another rookie ride.

Yours truly,

Michael “It’s OK, we have a 10% loss policy on group rides” Johns
Club Secretary


Merry Xmas! Parkland’s New Green and Black Level Trails ARE OPEN!!

Merry Xmas! Parkland’s New Green and Black Level Trails ARE OPEN!!
An almost completed section of the new black trail at Parklands

One of the log rides being built on the black trail

Hey Everyone,

As of this afternoon the green beginner’s loop and the black flow trail will be completed and open for riding.

So we are cancelling this Sunday’s Yandina/Cooloolabin ride and instead heading into Parklands to ride the newly opened Green loop and the Black flow trail.

To celebrate this awesome Xmas present for all of us we are going to setup the BBQ and put some food and drinks on for anyone who wants to come and ride the new trails on Sunday morning.

Time: 8am Sunday 24/12/2017
Location: Shipping container at the old carpark (start of the new beginners loop). Just follow Rocky Creek Forest Road up from the Radar hill carpark (


BBQ location – red lines show the new trails

Thanks to the hard work of QPWS, Trailworx and our volunteers and another big thanks to Queensland Department of Sport and Recreation and Sunshine Coast Council for the grants that made this possible.

SAFETY NOTE: The new black trail has big berms, table tops, rock gardens, step downs and jumps. So give it a slow run first to check things out.


Parklands Ride Summary – 09/04/2017

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Parklands Ride Summary – 09/04/2017
Hoe-Chi-Hoe is cleared and riding well

Parklands was filled with Bushrangers on Sunday morning, as we had the normal club ride happening as well as a rookie ride for our beginner riders.

Sunday was also a very special day because not only was the weather sublime but it was also the official “Cherish an Antique Day” and “Name Yourself Day”. I’m a bit upset because if I had known earlier then I would’ve given Terry and Alf a big hug and called myself Max Power. But next Sunday is “Eggs Benedict Day” or “Wear Your Pyjamas to Work Day” so FYI everyone!

Big hello to our regular and new members and welcome to all of our guests for the day. I hope you all had a good ride.

Signing off,

Max Power!!
Club Secretary