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Special Event: Parklands Dash Experiment – Sat 4th June 10AM

Special Event: Parklands Dash Experiment – Sat 4th June 10AM

Hello ‘rangers,

We are cooking up some events to liven up our ride calendar.

Ben “El Presidente” has got some good things underway but in the meantime I want to put on an event at Parklands on Saturday 4th June at 10am. Now this event isn’t your traditional circuit/lap race. It will require speed, strategy and quick decision making so I’m hoping it will equalise the field a bit (and no, it’s not a poker run ride – although that’s a good idea for another event).

I’ll send more details later but for now here is what I can say:

  • There is no charge – for now this is a fun, informal experiment to see if it works
  • We’ll put on a BBQ (and we may even cook some food on it)
  • Riders will need to be members (for the insurance)
  • Awesome prizes!!*

*Prize pool will consist of the following:

  • a certificate of bragging rights (valid until the next event – terms and conditions apply)
  • a big metaphorical trophy of glory (to hold over your head on the invisible podium of victors while everyone claps once or twice to be polite)
  • lovely bouquet of grass and weeds that we will tear up from side of the road
  • Maybe a sausage on bread…maybe.

If this goes well we can make it a Bushranger “thing”.

Warmest regards,

Michael “el secretario?” Johns

Parklands Dash


2016 Bayview Blast

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2016 Bayview Blast

The Bayview Blast is a well organised weekend of events covering all kinds of riders from kids to elites will be on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of June at Redland Bay. The premier event is the 50km marathon race on Sunday which is part of the national XCM series.

The Bayview trails are a favourite of the club and great fun to ride and worth the trip alone.

Checkout their website and have a look at all the events on offer. Registrations are currently open and note there are field limits so get in early, entries close midnight, 23rd June.


Why Sunshine Coast MTB clubs need the SCTA and why they need us

Why Sunshine Coast MTB clubs need the SCTA and why they need us

After a really positive meeting on Saturday I wanted to write this letter to start a conversation across all clubs and riders about getting world class trails on the Sunshine coast and helping the SCTA to do it. Please share it around to the other clubs and riders and let’s start talking about how it can be done right and get all the information out there.


Michael Johns


2016 Wide Bay MTB Race Series

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2016 Wide Bay MTB Race Series

Fast approaching with the first race of the series on the 29th of May at Bundaberg – Cordalba (Promisedland Trails) – the Wide Bay Cross Country Endurance race series entails three races in Bundaberg, Fraser Coast (Toogoom, 3rd of July) and Gympie (Corella, 21st August).

A few of us are showing interest in attending at least one of these races and I’m pretty keen to do all three this year. It would be great to see us support our neighbour clubs in the north and keep this series alive.

If you would like to test these trails before signing up don’t forget that we’re having a camping trip up that way this weekend and will be riding Promisedland and Toogoom trails.

Event Series facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WideBayMTB

Big thanks to MTB Bundaberg Inc, Fraser Coast MTB Club Inc and Gympie Bike Riders MTB Club Inc for organising.

Registration links:

Bundaberg: https://online.mtba.asn.au/ERegister.aspx?E=3121

Fraser Coast: https://online.mtba.asn.au/ERegister.aspx?E=2931

Gympie: TBA


Heart Week Expo Summary

Heart Week Expo Summary
Michael ensuring the club's expo presence is aesthetically correct

On Saturday (30th April 2016) the Sunshine Coast Council hosted a Heart Week Expo at the Lake Kawana Community Centre. We were invited to provide an avenue for people to take on a more active lifestyle to ward off potential heart related illness. Realistically we were more of a side exhibit however we did garner good interest from the community and we emphasized that we were promoting the trail networks as much as the mountain biking. We let people know about the great walking and mountain biking trails around the area and encouraged people to go and see for themselves.

Keen riders were taking turns on the mobile pump track that Kurt from the council organised and while it was looking a bit wet and neglected at the start it quickly became popular once the track dried out. I even loaned my bike to a few kids that wanted a turn (they understandably didn’t want Michael’s fatbike). The track was provided by a local company so don’t be surprised if you see more pop up at various events including our own.

I provided an impromptu interview to Channel 7 news which actually ended up on the news tonight (2nd May 2016) along with John on the pump track:

Excellent coverage for the club and made the effort more than worthwhile when combined with the interest generated at the expo.

Thanks goes to Michael and John for assisting us in the expo and to the Sunshine Coast Council for inviting us.