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Promisedland and Toogoom Roadtrip Summary

Promisedland and Toogoom Roadtrip Summary

What a marvellous tour of the Wide Bay trail networks. After waking up (a little late) to clear autumn skies we scoffed down breakfast and quickly threw the usual roadtrip necessities into the Bongo Brawny campervan i.e. bikes, helmet and…. well thats it really. The engine fired up (always a pleasant surprise) and then we wombled onto the highway and headed north. After traversing the incessant roadworks (wouldn’t that be a nice problem to have on mountain bike trails) we found ourselves pulling into Childers at 9:45am, an optimal time for the ‘second coffees’.

We found the rest of the group (Kerry, Toby, Max, Paul, Susie, Pete, Donna, John, Tanya, Sonja, Luke and Craig) and then we convoyed up to the Promiseland trailhead, which was only another 15min or so up the road past Apple Tree Creek and Cordalba where we met Terry, Rod, PeterC and Al. Note: Use the second entrance as it has the sheltered area with tables, tank water and toilet.

The Promisedland trails are difficult to describe to someone who has only ridden around the Sunshine Coast or areas close to the coast. They consist of a kind of small aggregate mixed with in sand and dust. If you haven’t got your flat corning technique down then you might find the bends a bit sketchy at first. The first loop taken was the most recently created one which is the same course the first round of the Wide Bay 3hr series will be using although we did it in the opposite direction. 18km over a good mix of rocky sections, flowy berms intermixed with doubles and rollovers, and traditional twisty single track. You could just ride that trail and be happy to go home and call the trip a success.

Once we clocked that course we had a quick catch up at the shelter and then set out to the ‘old’ trails towards the eastern side of the forest. Here we rode Barking Owl, Ironbark and Cow Bones to mention a few. After that we kinda split up so that we can either repeat favourites or do ones we may have missed or a in different direction. Before heading off we had a good chat with the BundabergMTB guys about what they’ve done with the place and how good it all was. Fantastic effort guys you should be proud and we hope it continues to benefit the area.

We headed off to the Hillcrest Van Park but dropped off into Childers again to pick up something for dinner and some drinkies. That night we settled down to eat, drink, and talk about all the things you’re not meant to like politics, religion, and unsanctioned trail building.

The morning sun popped up and the local bird life took it upon themselves to scream right next to our camping spots. We had to get to the Toogoom trailhead by around 8:30am to meet Mike. Luckily there is a nice cafe in Toogoom so I could delay the morning coffee routine for the 12 minutes it took to get there.

Sufficiently caffeinated we arrived at the trailhead ready to tackle the next bunch of single tracks that wiggle their way from a single point in the northern part of the Vernon State Forest. Local Mike showed us each track and we tried to make up our minds on which was our favourite with tracks 10 and 11 rating highly. Honestly I think they’re all good and it would take a long time riding them before you would lose interest.

After the north part of the forest was completed the group split with some of the adventurous of us crossing the Hervey Bay – Burrum Heads road into the southern side of the forest to explore the offerings there. Here there was a bit more climbing and a lot more loose rocks to contend with. After a few choice trails we called it a day. Thanks for building and maintaining a great set of trails Fraser Coast MTB – they’re certainly popular with us and we’ll keep coming back.

Once again I’m pleased and humbled that we have such a great group of people to do these kinds of things with and I look forward to the next trip which might be sooner than we expect.

Ben Johns
President – Bush Rangers MTB Club Sunshine Coast

 

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08/05/2016 – Parklands Club Ride Summary

08/05/2016 – Parklands Club Ride Summary

We had a smaller group today because of the camping trip this weekend but weather was great and the trails were good.

Chad took Alf, Andrew, Chris, Will, Graham, Steve and Neil out from the Radar Hill carpark, along Road Rage, over to Red Dog then back around to Lower NZ and Ho Chi Ho. Alf copped a catastrophic sidewall tear on those jagged rocks on top of Road Rage but then drove home, replaced the tyre and came back to finish the ride. That is dedication! Graham, Steve and Neil peeled off from the group and went a different route so I hope you guys had a good ride.

I took Greg the rookie out along the novice track and gave him a taste of mountain biking and Parklands. He did really well and I hope I didn’t bamboozle him too much with all the advice. It’s amazing how much you need to think about when you ride, only really realise it when you have to explain it to someone.

Smurfette with the new 4.8" tyres

Smurfette with the new 4.8″ tyres

This was “Smurfette’s” first ride after I tore a tyre on lower NZ on the last Parklands ride. Despite the fatter tyres she flew down the trails and I got through with no punctures or sidewall tears, so that was nice.

Thanks for the ride today guys.

 

Michael “Fast and Furious” Johns

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2016 Single Speed World Championships

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2016 Single Speed World Championships

2016SSWCPosterMany in the club are pleased that the 2016 Single Speed World Championships (SSWC) will be hosted in Woodend, Victoria between October 21 and 23‪#‎SSWC2016downunder‬

The town was literally named “wood end” because it is located where the Black Forest ends. At Woodend, prospectors en route to the goldfields in the 1850-60s could finally feel safe from bushrangers who used to hide in ambush in the black woods.

No longer will these single speed prospectors feel safe from bushrangers as we will be drinking them under every table and ambushing them on the tracks. Who will be our Mad Dan Morgan?

This years event presents a carnival (or carni-velo) theme with the expectation that participants will be dressing up as their favourite carnival character. Those with coulrophobia may wish to reconsider. At some point during the beer drinking there will be a mountain bike race where the only restrictions are a single gear and functional brakes. The race course takes you over the single tracks throughout the nearby Wombat State Forest.

Registration for the weekend is $140 for racers and $100 for those just wanting to party. Entry gets you:

  • Entry to the welcome party at Holgate Brewhouse on Friday night
  • A day to remember at the Carni-velo festival at the legendary Hanging Rock on Saturday
  • A start at the Main Event and lunch on Sunday (race entry only)
  • A bunch of sweet, limited edition, collectable merchandise.

Entries close 30th September.

Transportation is a matter of making your own way down. You can fly down and get a airport shuttle to Woodend or you can fly in and train it up from Southern  Cross Station in Melbourne. Driving time from the Sunshine coast is around 19 hours straight or about and hour from the airport at Tullamarine.

Accommodation will be scarce closer to the event due to other events taking place at the same time. Therefore we’ll need to know numbers ASAP so we can find an appropriate place to stay and do a group booking if so desired.

For further discussion about what gear ratio is best, whether you’re too soft for rigid, travel, and accommodation options please join our club >Facebook Group< . Otherwise you can check out their website: http://sswc2016.com and their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sswc2016downunder/ .

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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

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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.

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