So each month we do a “community” ride where we offer a easier ride for people who want to come along and try MTB out. This month we went to ride in the beautiful Mapleton Forest.
The advanced group left from the township and did around 30km all through the forest with a lot more climbing while the easy group left from the Mapleton Day Use Area and rode the 18km out to the Oakey Creek Lookout and back. The forecasted high temperatures held off until later in the day so it ended up being a rather pleasant ride indeed.
Someone in the advanced group forgot their hydration pack at the lookout so when the easy group arrived we wondered what this suspicious bag was. After a vigorous shake it was deemed safe and obviously not a bomb so we went through it and managed to track down it’s owner (and eat all the muesli bars) – Hoorah!
So today’s ride at Mapleton had a bit of extra treacherousness due to the massive amounts of sticks lying around. The bikes copped scratches, punctures and snapped spokes and our bodies pretty much copped the same as well. My theory is that the sticks were unfairly punishing us for their obviously inadequate skills at being a proper tree branch.
The first group left from the township at 7am and made their way through the forest to meet the 2nd group at the Day Use Area at 7.30am. We had some new riders with Blair, Kate and Dennis coming along to have some fun riding through sharp pieces of wood. I hope you guys had a good time.
For the record Blair’s new Scott bike is the brightest bike I’ve ever seen, it’s like the love child of the Sun and a traffic controller’s raincoat. I tried to take a photo for you but my phone would scream in agony before abruptly crashing itself. I know I’m going on about this but that’s probably because it’s still burnt into my retina’s and it’s all I can see at the moment.
Toby won the “Most damage to bike” award when he lost 6 spokes to a stick that I flicked up… whoops! Will won the “Most damage to person” award when a stick tried to remove his bicep. Terry won the “Most damage to fashion” award with his outfit that he obviously assembled in the dark – bahahaha!! Just kidding Terry. Speaking of fashion, Shelly tried to bring her “bright” game to the ride with her funky new pink helmet and socks but I reckon they just sulked the whole ride once they saw Blair’s bike.
But despite the carnage and all the gravity-challenged pieces of tree everywhere, riding through Mapleton forest was as lovely as ever. The temperature was great, the sky and views were amazing and the foliage was lush and beautiful. The trails were pretty good but there was a bit of mud about which was surprising but mostly avoidable.
Thanks for the ride everyone and check out the photos below.
Michael “Protect your wrists and just land on your face” Johns Club Secretary
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service have organised a community engagement session to discuss the recent trail closure within the Mapleton National Park. Could be a great opportunity to clear the air on both sides and show the need for advance level trails on the coast?
Details as follows:
Time: 3:30PM onwards Date: Friday, 9th February 2018 Location: Ground Floor Seminar Room, Mike Ahern Building, 12 First Avenue, Maroochydore Google Maps:https://goo.gl/maps/Fk3nqE3LeoE2
My sincerest apologies about the extreme lateness of this ride summary. I’m afraid I’ve only just regained my sight from the brilliant awesomeness of last week’s ride and as I am still in withdrawal I’ll keep this short and sweet.
Mapleton Day Use Area
We had 30 riders in two groups on this ride with the usual group leaving from the township and doing a 30km ride while I took a smaller group on a 15km ride from the Mapleton Day Use Area.
The bigger group went up past Linda Garrett park, through to the first lookout and then off to the bigger Oaky Creek lookout. They then did the Magic Mile trail and then back to the town. The smaller group went to the smaller lookout and then did the whole Magic Mile trail.
The two groups did merge at one point which was surprising when I looked back to check on my 8 riders and saw that I now had 30 riders behind me. It was like that scene in Gremlins when you got them wet.
Apart from a little confusion with some missing riders and new rider Courtney being attacked by a nasty stick, the ride went well and we finished with coffee and cake in Mapleton.
Thanks for the ride everyone and thanks to John, Shelly and Ben for the following photos I stole.
Lots of hugs!
Michael “Speak up if you’re not here!” Johns Club Secretary