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

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

Hello Bushrangers,

The Parklands Dash experiment is getting closer (10am, Sat 4th June 2016) so here is a bit more information for you.

1. It isn’t a race

After talking to MTBA about insurance and the different memberships we all have (e.g. race or recreation) this experiment will definitely not be a “race”. So there will be no official timing and no prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.apart from bragging rights and glory of course. So it’s more of a fun day where you can challenge yourself, have a good ride, brag and get some food afterwards.

2. Parking and staging area

Current plan is to start the ride at the end of Radar Hill Road, up towards the quarry where the bitumen stops. This will keep the main carpark free for other park users (we can park along the side of Radar Hill road). Starting the ride here gives us that stretch of dirt road to start and finish the ride in spectacular fashion.

3. Food and drink

We will setup the marquee, BBQ and have some cold drinks ready.

4. Volunteers

I’ll need people to act as marshals, which means you’ll wait at a certain point in the park and tell each rider crucial information as they come to you. You’ll also need to caution any other park users that we are all out and about.

5. What next?

Next week I’ll send out the final information with a register link so we can work out numbers.

Parklands Dash


Club Newsletter

Club Newsletter

Hi Folks,

The club newsletter (hosted by MailChimp) has been infrequently used to send out information about special events. This is going to change with the inclusion of a weekly summary of posts from this website. The weekly newsletter will go out on Wednesday mornings.

You can subscribe by filling out this form and unsubscribe by using the links at the bottom of the email.

Please note the ride notification emails/sms messages are from a different system and only sent to members.

See you on the trails!



Trail works in Parklands

Trail works in Parklands

FYI Folks,

Pete from Trailworx and SCTA will be in Parklands later this week to work on:

  • a new link track from Roo Valley to Meadows (Track 6)
  • refreshing Phoenix track (Track 6)
  • work on flow line from NZ to 4-ways on Meadows (Track 8)
  • work on Rock-a-dile south  (Track 6)
  • work on fall line section of T-track

There will be some SCTA trail care days announced for the next two weekends to finish off this new work but if you can provide any assistance during the week it would be great.

Stay safe and keep riding everyone!


14/05/2016 – Gap Creek Trail Care Learning day

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14/05/2016 – Gap Creek Trail Care Learning day

Hello ‘rangers

A few of us Bush Rangers, CORCAs and some other keen local trail advocates went down to Brisbane and helped the Gap Creek Trail Alliance out with a major trail redirect and armoring a creek crossing. There was about 30 of us and in a couple of hours we had scraped out the new trail, moved debris and trunks, made some berms, did some drainage work, armored a creek crossing and covered up the old trail. By the time we left riders were using the new trail. It was an amazing effort and a classic case of many hands make light work.

It was exactly the thing we could have with our own trails alliance. A lot of keen volunteers rocking up with a plan, skills, tools and machinery and then smashing out some good work in short order all over the coast.

Thanks to Ben, Chad, Andrew and Terry for representin’ the Bush Rangers. Thanks to the CORCA guys, Rob MacDonald and the other local guys who came down too. Thanks to the Gap Creek Trails Alliance and Brisbane City Council for having us and giving us great information and advice. And finally a BIG thanks to Kurt Martin from the Sunshine Coast Council for organising this trip and putting on the bus, lunch and coffee – it was a valuable experience.

See you on the trails guys.

Michael “I dug a hole!” Johns


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