Our own Boaz Clark ranked 5th in Elites in last weekends XCO State Champions in Mackay. The race was hosted by the Mackay and District Mountain Bike Club and from all reports it was a particularly hard and technical course this year.
Good job Boaz!
14 riders showed up at the aquatic centre in Caloundra on Sunday morning. In addition to the regular crew we had a new rider, Sirrob, previous member Pete and Dean from Hit Bikes come along (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hitbikes/).
There was a particularly nasty magpie near the carpark who attacked Toby and Neil as they rode to meet us, it attacked Sirrob as he just stood there waiting and I think it even called me fat.
We rode through Ben Bennett park and onto the Sugarbag trails. I was looking forward to checking out the new Syrup trail that Trailworx had worked on recently.
Terry and Tania went off and did their own thing but the rest of us stuck together and we went through the regular trails like Sugar and Honeycomb and we did the new Syrup trail a few times too. Syrup is a bit loose on the berms at the moment but it’s still pretty fun.
After the trails Pete and Dean said we should just ride to coffee because parking would be terrible. This sounded like a good idea so Dean showed us an easy way to get there and we had coffee on the grass overlooking the ocean. I reckon we should do this on every Sugarbag ride, it worked out great.
So overall the ride was 20km and a lot of fun (Toby did more because he rode from Mooloolaba – so hardcore!)
Thanks to Dean from Hit Bikes for showing us around the new Sugarbag trails and make sure you let us know when the shop opening is!
On Friday the 23rd of September the club received a bank transfer from the QLD Government Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) for $24,587.50 meaning that we were successful in our round 89 application earlier this year (April/May)!
The funding will go towards race equipment (e.g. timing mats, tent and course marking stuff) and various trail care tools such as a brush cutter, soil compactor, drill and extra hand tools.
This will likely take us a couple of months to organise, procure and document but we’re keen to put them to use as quickly as possible.
Thanks goes to the QLD Government: Department Justice and Attorney General, Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation and to club secretary, Michael, who wrote and submitted the grant application on behalf of the club (and begrudgingly left out the fat bikes for all members idea). Also thanks to our membership who allow this club to exist and apply for these grants to do the things we all want to do.
The initiatives for which we are applying for grants are born from the feedback by our members so please please please make sure you complete the annual membership survey to ensure we’re going for the things that you want.
Fingers crossed that we have continued success with the three other grants we have submitted applications.
We will have a Bushrangers tent setup at the cycle village on Kingford Smith Parade so come down Saturday at 11.30am and say hello and watch the roadies do their fast skinny bike/lycra thing. There will be coffee and food and plenty of things to look at.
Bushrangers were asked to give another article to the latest edition of the Sunshine Coast Daily’s Multisport Mecca magazine.
We thought an article helping people getting into mountain biking would be a good choice this time. Stay tuned for the next article, it’s all about the GoGIRLs