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Night Riding

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Night Riding
Ewen Maddock Dam at dusk.

The monthly club night rides are always a pleasant experience. There is something about riding at night that let’s you drift off into a trance where you can reflect upon the past and yet at the same time enjoy the present, the time out on the bike. You could say it’s a style of mindfulness – maybe I should write a book?

There has never been an easier time to take up off-road night riding. There are so many lighting options and the prices affordable. For a small investment of a good bar and helmet light you open up a world of riding opportunities. The trails you thought you knew backwards and upside-down become alien yet somehow the light beams focus your attention and you go faster and smoother.

I find there is little more disconcerting than to ride in the dark for a time, out in the wilderness on your favourite trail, and then stop. The comforting sounds of the wind and the bike, the sounds of progress, cease – leaving utter silence. You begin to question things and soon you desire to go back to the comfort of progressing. However should you stay yourself and persist awhile you become attuned to your new surroundings and then you can continue.

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It’s a new website!

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It’s a new website!
Inside look at a typical Google datacentre

After many months of planning, designing and testing we bring you this shiny new, mobile friendly, website. Thanks goes to Michael Johns for helping with design and content and to the committee for scouring over it and picking up various errors.

You may have seen glimpses of this new look with the Facebook page and group sharing the same ‘hero’ shot header image. It’s part of a unified theme for the club’s on-line presence.

Further content will be added in time but if you have anything you would like to see added such as more places to ride and local knowledge then please let us know.

The old site had a good innings lasting from ~2008 through to 2015. This is an extraordinary long lifespan for a website and sadly it was showing its age and was also a popular target for hackers looking for an easy exploit. Thanks goes to the efforts of past admins who selflessly worked to set it up and keep it going.

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Women’s Advocacy Officer

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Women’s Advocacy Officer
Sonjas womens skill session

To formally recognise the efforts of our members that are helping bring down the barriers of entry into mountain biking to women we have created a new committee position for Women’s Advocacy.

The position entails the co-ordination and facilitation of rides and events for women and to assist the club in ensuring that women are fairly represented and encouraged to participate in all club activities.

Susie Hume has volunteered and therefore has been appointed to the position until the next annual general meeting.

For more information see our Women’s Advocacy page.

 

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Mapleton Back on the Community Ride Menu

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Mapleton Back on the Community Ride Menu

We’ve had a few requests to host community rides in Mapleton Forest again. So we’ll alternate between Ewen Maddock and Mapleton for a while and see how people go.

Mapleton can be a little challenging for a first time rider as there is a deceptive amount of climbing hidden in that road to the Oaky Creek lookout. So we’ve allowed for two meeting points (Mapleton Lilly Ponds and the Mapleton Forest Day Use Area) to try and make the ride shorter for those who may be a little concerned about the effort.

Members take note that this isn’t like the usual club rides in Mapleton Forest. It’s a straight up and back to the lookout via the access road with no side tracks. Keep it simple so no one bonks out or gets lost.

The Mapleton Forest Day Use Area has recently been refurbished with additional car parking and the trailhead further up the road has also been redone to accommodate the the motorcycles better.

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