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20/03/2016 – Parklands club ride summary

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20/03/2016 – Parklands club ride summary
Cool photo by Chad - nice work (except the girls bike ruins it) :)

Only 8 intrepid souls came for Sunday’s club ride at Parklands and they were treated to a memorable ride of rain, mud, slippery roots and rocks, biting insects and punctured tyres.

My ride was cut short as I made a slight error with my tyre pressure on the new bike and lost all my air through a hole in the sidewall and had to walk back to car. It was a rather nice stroll though.

One highlight however was Alf’s ride leadership. The pre-ride briefing was loud and clear, choice of trails was good and the pace was great. Nice work indeed Alf! Keep up the good work!


Help Janine defend her World Title!

Help Janine defend her World Title!
Janine Jungels - MTB Trials Champion http://janinejungfels.com/

Janine Jungfels played an instrumental part of our Women’s Week activities that were successfully organised and coordinated by our Women’s Advocate, Susie Hume, and our Secretary, Julie Pearson, and subsidised by us, Bushrangers MTB Club Sunshine Coast. Since we like to support our local athletes and would love to see Janine back for more activities in future we would like to ask everyone to help her defend her hard earned title in Mountain Bike Trials riding by contributing to her ‘Go Fund Me’ campaign.


Go G.I.R.L. Mid Week Parkies Challenge

Grey clouds were looming but some brave ladies still turned up despite their reservations. (About the trails not the weather). Tania Marks, Fiona Langfeldt & Michelle Woods had heard of “Parkies” (as it is affectionately known), particularly in the wet. It suits ladies with determination and guts! You will have a few spills but it promises to make you a better rider. That’s why we love her.

Parkies did live up to all that and more. We started out at Radar Hill side & started climbing almost straight away. I like to do the hard stuff early when you have energy for it! Well that’s the plan anyway. We rode past the voodoo doll and attacked road rage rainforest. Once nearly to the end, one rider noticed that they didn’t have their drink bottle so it was decided (somewhat reluctantly) knowing the roots we had conquered, to go back down and find it. Fiona after wrestling with a root & taking a tumble decided to have a well earned rest whilst we went looking for the elusive item!

At some point, close to the car park, we decided to keep going as we didn’t bring lights. I told Fiona we wouldn’t need them! Tania went all the way back and took a short cut via a fire road. We would meet her at the start of Cancer tree, we shouldn’t be that long! We continued back up road rage, collected Fiona and climbed the tricky CCC track, crossing 3 troll bridges. One is well known to catch you unaware (yours truly still remembers the bruises)! I stopped to be catcher, prepared with my brand new, still in plastic, first aid kit in my back pack he he. Michelle and Fiona gave it a good crack, with my expert tuition (you don’t want to land down there), they got three quarters of the way around an off camber corner. It took me a lot longer to work that one out! With my kit still intact we vowed to get it next time!

After a few tips; such as “No riding over any pythons”, “Don’t try to jump over one either and miss”, “Watch out for Hobbit Gully & don’t ride off any bridges”, we took in the beautiful scenery of Cancer Tree! If only you could hear the stories the forest could tell … Meanwhile, Tania was deciding whether to send for the search and rescue team.

After a brief refuel, we rode all together at last, up the S’s or AKA called Rock and Roll escape up. I have the QOM STRAVA record for this year. You’re welcome to come and beat my time! (I know Michelle will be first of many, I could see her determination as she was hot on my back wheel). I’ll even help you. Ride as hard as you can from the entrance and don’t stop, if you are wondering where the end is, it’s not there, no not there either, keep going he he! You’ll know that’s the end of the segment when you hit the fire trail. No seriously, I am happy to ride with anyone who wants to take her riding to the next level.

Back to the story… in the end, the ladies got the Parkies thumbs up because they rode so well and finished doing Ho Chi Ho, one of the faster flowy fun trails (yes, there’s fun trails in there)  just before the heavens opened. You were all challenged and didn’t give up so you get a gold star for braving the wet roots, which no one likes & surprisingly said you would ride with me again!  (no photo because camera lens fogged up)!


Ride2school 2016

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Ride2school 2016

Michael, Julie and myself once again assisted Glenview State School with their ride2school day activity last Friday, 4th March. Starting at Glenview Gardens Cafe and riding the 3.5km of pathway along Glenview Road to the school. Overall 1,945 students registered from 62 schools in the Sunshine Coast Council region. Altogether the students travelled 4,194km – that’s like riding all the way across Australia…from the Sunshine Coast to Perth.


2016 Annual General Meeting Summary

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2016 Annual General Meeting Summary
Bushrangers Annual General Meeting

The club’s annual general meeting was quite the success attracting 21 people including Kurt from the Sunshine Coast Council and Rob from the Sunshine Coast Trail Alliance. Club updates and discussion were informative with everyone contributing and ensuring that the continuation and expansion of the club remains top priority.

This year the club will continue to focus on maintaining a variety of rides and events. Additionally we will aim to establish a new draft vision and charter to better position ourselves for future initiatives.

We will build on our relationships with the Sunshine Coast Council, South East Queensland Water, the Sunshine Coast Trail Alliance, National Parks and Wildlife Services, and Queensland Sports and Recreation.

Also we will continue to work with neighbouring clubs, Caloundra Off-Road Cycling Association, Sunshine Coast Touring Cycle Club, and the Noosa Trailblazers, and those clubs further abroad such as Gympie Bike Riders, Fraser Coast MTB, and Mountain Biking Bundaberg. On this note I like to remind members that they should always be considerate towards other clubs, especially on social media.

The AGM minutes can be found >here<.

Rides will now be coordinated by John Searston and lead by set ride leaders.  Current ride leaders:

First NameLast NameNotes
SusieHumeGoGirl Rides
SonjaWilsonGoGirl Rides
MikeMcFarlaneEwan Maddock Dam Only
ChadPowerEwan Maddock Dam Only

We continue to encourage members to volunteer help lead rides. Also not forgetting long time member Neil Innis and his fantastic ride organisation and leading around South East QLD.

The incoming committee, introducing Greg Bright as social co-ordinator and Michael Johns as secretary,  is as follows:

PositionFirst NameLastnameEmailPhone
PresidentBenJohns[email protected]0414250990
SecretaryMichaelJohns[email protected]0409595773
TreasurerCraigPearson[email protected]0422076776
Ride Co-OridinatorJohnSearston [email protected]0419795586
Social Co-OrdinatorGregBright[email protected]
Women's Advocacy OfficerSusieHume[email protected]0421847305

On behalf of the club I would like to thank both Julie and Sonja for their generous contributions throughout 2015 in their roles of secretary and social co-ordinator respectively.

See you on the trails.