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Rookie ride at Parklands 8.30am on Saturday – 28/05/2016

Rookie ride at Parklands 8.30am on Saturday – 28/05/2016

Hello,

I’ll be in Parklands at 8.30am Saturday morning if anyone wants to come for a easy ride. We will meet at the Radar Hill road carpark, Kulangoor – https://goo.gl/maps/c7jbcdjAsPT2.

Ride will be on the “Novice trail” and will be 5km long and take about an hour. We will stop plenty of times to give tips and ask questions. Bring water, sunscreen, helmet, glasses and a bike in good nic.

You will also need insurance so sign up for the 8-weeks free insurance that the MTBA is offering – http://www.mtba.asn.au/join/

If you are keen to come along leave a comment here or on Facebook or send an email to [email protected]

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SCTA – Parklands Trail Care – Saturday Afternoon 28th May – 2pm

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SCTA – Parklands Trail Care – Saturday Afternoon 28th May – 2pm

Hi Folks,

Following on from the successful trail care session yesterday (Saturday 21st May) on the Roo Valley – Meadows link track the Sunshine Coast Trail Alliance is continuing works within Parklands along with Trailworx. Another trail care session has been organised for this Saturday 28th May at 2pm. Meet at Aitkenson Road side. Please arrive at least 15 minutes earlier.

Works to be done

  • Finishing work on Pheonix track
  • Rock-a-dile south (6) just a few corners and,
  • possibly the top of T-track

Please bring

Favourite tool of choice such as rake-hoe, a hat, gloves, sturdy shoes, water and sunscreen.

People can also head out during the week to assist while the Trailworx machine is working.

A few photos of yesterdays work

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22/05/2016 Ringtail Forest Ride Summary

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22/05/2016 Ringtail Forest Ride Summary
Checking out a few of the forgotten forestry access tracks.

This morning was 17°C and overcast when eleven of us met at Read Park, Tewantin. We set out along McKinnon Drive towards the Tewantin National Park where we took ‘Harry’s Shortcut’ and the McKinnon Drive single track to Old Tewantin Road. The route was one used by Richard Poyner in Tewantin the week before and looked good on the map so we gave it a go.

A gradual climb up to the north of Lake Macdonald and then along the bitumen to the Old Coach trail (Alternate 4) and onto forestry roads (and some of the steepest climbs of the ride) to the top of the old Noosa Enduro downhill track which has lasted through the years but it starting to suffer a bit thanks to trail bikes.  At this point we began our trip back using park/forestry roads until we hopped back onto McKinnon Dr but taking a short cut via the suburbs to Lake Cooroibah Road and then the paths back to the cars.

The only glitch this ride was Greg sneaking off into the bushes to water some plants causing us to leave him behind. Michael ventured back and found him lurking around a pile of dead fish near McKinnon Dr.

We then went to Cafe Doonan for the well earned coffee and talked about how Michael and his Fat bike had the clear advantage on that 30 metres of sandy track we found.

All up the ride went for 40km and had around 420m of climbing, most of which were a few pinches scattered around Ringtail Forest.

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Rookie ride at Parklands 2pm on Saturday – 20/05/2016

Rookie ride at Parklands 2pm on Saturday – 20/05/2016

Hello,

I’m taking some new riders into Parklands tomorrow at 2pm. We will meet at the Radar Hill road carpark, Kulangoor – https://goo.gl/maps/c7jbcdjAsPT2.

Ride will be on the “Novice trail” and will be 5km long and take about an hour. We will stop plenty of times to give tips and ask questions. Bring water, sunscreen, helmet and a bike in good nic.

You will also need insurance so sign up for the 8-weeks free insurance that the MTBA is offering – http://www.mtba.asn.au/join/

If you are keen to come along leave a comment here or on Facebook or send an email to [email protected]

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18/05/16 Parklands Night Ride Summary – IT SUCKED!

18/05/16 Parklands Night Ride Summary – IT SUCKED!
New Helmet time

…well it sucked for me but the others had fun.

Andrew, Ben, Chad, Royce and myself all rocked up to do the night ride.

Chad was there early to do an extra loop and rescued some poor bugger who had gotten lost with no lights and brought him back to the carpark.

We explored a new section of track that has a lot of potential, just needs some bridges over the muddy bits and maybe remove the big low-hanging branch that crosses the trail.

My ride was cut short because I head-butted that big low-hanging branch that crossed the trail. It hurt a lot and I taught the wildlife some new words similar to “Jeepers!” and “Goshdarnit!” I also discovered yet another sidewall tear when I got home (more new words were said).

The other guys went on to finish the ride while I found Toby and Kirsty and went back to the car with them. I guess I was feeling a little bit shook up and fragile and just needed a hug and someone to tell me everything will be alright but Toby just didn’t understand, so I had a beer instead.

So what can we all take away from that ride:

  1. It gets darker earlier this time of year and Parklands can be a rat warren
  2. You should yell out any obstructions you encounter to the people behind you
  3. Applying icepacks ASAP helps a lot
  4. Beer is good

See you at the trail care day tomorrow if you’re coming and the club ride on Sunday.

Michael “A head is a poor axe” Johns

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