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.
We received the 2018 Queensland Government Award for Outdoor Places and Spaces award for our efforts on the Parklands MTB Trails Project.
We were up against three other extremely good projects so our winning of this award was definitely a surprise. The panel had a difficult time sorting all the nominations down to four finalist and then a painstaking effort to pick a winner.
This award isn’t only for the club committee though. It’s also for:
all the volunteers who came along to the trail care days and helped,
QORF, MTBA, QPWS and Rob MacDonald deserve special mention for their work on the 2014 Queensland Mountain Bike Strategy. This helped greatly with the project planning and grant applications.
Where to from here? We have a grant submission in to fund a number of maintenance activities within Parklands. These will bring the trails up to a standard a regionally significant MTB trail network deserves. If the funding is secured then work can begin mid-2019 with a view to have it completed by the end of 2020.
Other mountain bike related awards went to Peter Lister ( Encouraging Participation Award & Outdoor Event Award) and the MTBA (Outstanding Achievement Award). See MTBA’s post for more info.
Rob Macdonald (Trails Officer), Ben Johns (President), and Michael Johns (Secretary)
Receiving the QORF Award
Impromptu thank you speech
All the award winners
Here’s the video introducing the four nominations for the Queensland Government Award for Outdoor Places and Spaces award:
For something as seemingly simple as moving a bit of dirt, trail-care is an extremely hot topic and everyone has a different viewpoint and strong opinions. I’ve heard countless complaints such as:
“There isn’t enough trail care days”
“Your trail care days are on the wrong day/time”
“Trail care days have too many (or too few) people show up”
“The trails are being dumbed down/made harder”
“Illegal trails, links, shortcuts are being built”
“No signage and the maps are wrong”
“The kangaroos are silently judging my Taser runs”
and many many more.
So yeah, it’s a complex issue and there probably isn’t a silver bullet.
This idea has been thrown around for awhile now and it’s used elsewhere but it hasn’t gained much traction yet due to our workload not giving us enough time to push it.
Basically the idea is that all the trails in Parklands are put up for grabs and people (or maybe teams of people) can nominate to “adopt” the trail and keep it looking swish whenever they get the time to do so. They do things like drainage, vegetation management and general maintenance. If they have a big repair/modification to make then they tell us and once we get QPWS approval we organise resources and get a team to head in there to help.
Some points of note are:
Must follow QPWS policies – e.g. no unsanctioned new trails or features, no chainsaws, protect the flora and fauna and other users etc.
No commercial interests/advertising e.g. having a bike shop adopting a trail is a great idea but the Nature Conservation Act forbids advertising in national parks.
If a trail is currently designated as “Blue (intermediate)” then it must stay a blue. You can’t amp it up to what it was like back in 1995 or something (unless you get the nod from QPWS of course).
Looks like our MTBA insurances will cover our trail care volunteers (whether a member or not) if they are doing a club organised trailcare event.
So what say you? Are you keen? Can you see any problems or issues? Email me at [email protected]
Just a reminder that the official opening for the Sugarbag trails is this Saturday folks!
When: Saturday 8th December 2018 – 9am to 12noon Where: The main event will be at the Sugar Bag Road Trails car park, between Alexander Street and Lawman Street. (see map below).
Join Mayor Mark Jamieson and Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer to officially open this exciting new facility and celebrate the thriving Sunshine Coast mountain bike community.
• Bike demo’s from major bike companies
• Local food vendors
• Numerous trails to ride.
We’ll have the club marquee set up on the day so feel free to drop in for a yarn and a lemon squash.
There will be very limited disability and VIP parking at the top. Official parking is front of Caloundra high school with a brief ride up to the event area.
Fiona with the latest in hardcore MTB kit – a ribbon!
Our pink ladies did brighten up the forest with huge smiles and plenty of words of encouragement as record numbers of GoGIRLs participated in Chicks In The Sticks this year. And don’t our new jerseys look terrific. Thanks Michael. We love the design.
There were near perfect conditions on the day at Scribble Gums Conservation Park in Redlands. After the initial race was cancelled due to bad weather and subsequent rain being on the radar for what seemed like forever, the ladies knew despite their fitness taking a bit of a dive, that they were more than ready to hit the trails as you could feel the excitement in the air.
Sonja came 3rd in the Queen of the coop section!
Everyone is to be congratulated because you rode so well and looked so good out there on the trails. There were more than a few GoGIRL podium finishers too. We cheered Anka in first place, up there with Sonja in third for the Queens of the Coup section, what a machine is that girl. We had another first with Debbie winning the Have a Crack category. She was so excited when she yelled track right as she passed me.
We giggled and yelled loudly when Fiona and Louise won the best dressed with their inventive Crazy Chicken ladies costumes. They came an impressive second in the Soft Boiled Double Yokers. Everyone was really proud of our first timers too, Jenny T, Kara, Fi, Kerry and Jenny TB just to name a few.
Well done Nicci who came 4th in the huge Free Range category as well as everyone who rode just a bit better than last year and reached their own personal goal which for many was just to have a crack at their first race.