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Ewen Maddock Dam/Ferny Forest Ride Summary – 01/10/2017

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Ewen Maddock Dam/Ferny Forest Ride Summary – 01/10/2017
Ewan Maddock Dam/Ferny Forest Community Ride

Hey there everyone,

Sunday was our monthly community ride and this time we were back at Ewan Maddock Dam again. I like riding here as it’s a nice area with beautiful trees and views… and it’s mostly flat.

We had a good turn out with 27 riders including 9 new riders and some guests from CORCA and beyond. Big welcome to you all and I hope you had fun.

We started from Maddock Park and went through the pretty trails that ran along the edge of the water. I offered a Clif Bar to the fastest male and female to get over Horseshoe Hill (named because the trail is the shape of a horseshoe – not because it is a hill made of lots of horseshoes – I know! Sucks huh?). Of course the e-bikes smashed the climb but John Searston was the first unassisted rider over the hill with Kerry the first female – both of them are the proud winners of two Clif Bars we scored from Unique Health Products.

A few of us split off from the group to have their breakfast at some cafe at Landsborough (called the Flatulating Duck or something?) and we caught up with them in Ferny Forest later. But the rest of us crossed the secret “Skanky Swamp of Skankiness” and worked our way to Steve Irwin Way.

We all knew that coffee was on offer at the Brewhaha coffee van so the pace was starting to pick up. I chose the time honoured practice of cheating and stayed on the bitumen for the last 100m and sprinted for the Ferny Forest carpark to get the first coffee. I almost killed myself but Murray still beat me there by microseconds and got the first order in (however somehow I still got my coffee before him anyway – probably because I’m charismatic or something).

A lot of us stopped and had coffee while others did a full lap of Ferny Forest first then came back for their coffee later. Afterwards we all went back to the cars along the Mooloolah Connection Road and the ride was over.

Thanks for the coffee Brewhaha, thanks for the Clif bars Unique Health Products and thanks for the ride everyone – here are some pics and videos.

Adieu, adieu, adieu!

Michael (Not a Roadie!) Johns


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.


  • 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


2017 QLD XCO State Titles – Congrats Boaz!

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2017 QLD XCO State Titles – Congrats Boaz!
Boaz during the 2017 XCO State Titles - photo by http://www.elementphotovideo.com.au/

Congratulations to Boaz Clark for coming 5th in the Queensland XCO State Titles at Rowallan Park, Mackay, hosted by the M.A.D Mountain Bike Club. Also congrats to my mate Tim Fleming for coming 6th just behind Boaz. Results: http://my2.raceresult.com/83439/?lang=en

Word is that the event was a success by all accounts and the course was liked by most if not all the participants. Well done MAD and fantastic effort in general by all our far north Queensland MTB clubs for making mountain biking in the far north what it is today.

Photos of the event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pg/madmtbc/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2040415745972324


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.




Today is International Ride Leader Day!

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Today is International Ride Leader Day!
Cooran - Kin Kin ride

OK, it’s not really Ride Leader Day, but we think it should be because our ride leaders are pretty cool and we wanted to give them a shout out and a big thank you.

Two years ago at the AGM in an effort to ease the workload of the President a heap of members signed up to be on the ride leader list volunteering their time and expertise to lead our club rides if need be.

The benefits of this list is two-fold because:

  • we now have a collection of seasoned riders with great local trail knowledge who are able to suggest and lead new or classic rides.
  • and we now have a pool of experience riders who can step up on the day and be the Ride Leader, Tail-end Charlie or take a sub-group on a separate ride (e.g. the fast group) etc.

If you are happy to be on this list and help out on the day or find some new exciting rides for us to do then let me know at [email protected].

Again thanks heaps folks, it really helps us out!