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Parklands Signage Update

Parklands Signage Update
Parklands signage is on it's way

It’s been a loooong time coming but the signage for Parklands is currently being printed and will soon be delivered and installed.

The two big maps at both the Radar Hill Road and Atkinson road side of the park are being updated to include the new trails. There will be maps installed at the junction above Double Dab and the intersection where Rock’n’roll and Rock-a-dial meet the fire road. There will also be maps at the top of Phoenix and at the skills park.

Additionally all those old map signs that only showed the fire roads are being replaced with new maps that also show the single-tracks.

We are also getting some extra icons printed up so Rookie Road, Lush, Taser and Blue Tongue can be properly signed. Also we will get some “No Entry”, “Give way” and extra directional arrows for problem intersections. So expect some trail care days to be called to get these posts and icons finally installed.

Thanks to Ranger Eugene and QPWS for all their help and also thanks to Richard Berry the original map designer. Thanks as well to all the club members and volunteers who, many years ago, advocated for a Sunshine Coast Trails Alliance (SCTA) for the repairing and building of trails across the Sunshine Coast (including the new trails recently built in Parklands).

New map for Radar Hill and Atkinson Road entrances.

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Training Clinics for Body Positioning and Braking – Get in quick!

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Training Clinics for Body Positioning and Braking – Get in quick!
More clinics for December 2018!

We get positive feedback about the quality of training – and not just from Geoff.

We are squeezing in some more training clinics before the end of the year. So on the 15/16th of December we’ve organised Geoff from HitBikes to run some skills training for body positioning and new braking techniques clinics.

These will be small 5-person classes about 90min long and will teach you the importance of body positioning on a bike such as the “attack position” and the new braking technique clinics will teach the importance of…well… braking I guess.

The classes are $11 and the money goes back to trail-care and organising future training clinics.

Book into the single Body Positioning clinic here – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/bushrangers-mtb-club-bike-skills-clinic-body-positioning-tickets-53277993914

Book into the Braking Technique clinics here – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/bushrangers-mtb-club-bike-skills-clinic-braking-technique-tickets-53278555594

If you have any questions let Michael know at [email protected]

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Parklands “Adopt-a-Trail” – Good Idea or Bad Idea?

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Parklands “Adopt-a-Trail” – Good Idea or Bad Idea?
Call for comment - "Parklands Adopt-a-Trail"

For something as seemingly simple as moving a bit of dirt, trail-care is an extremely hot topic and everyone has a different viewpoint and strong opinions. I’ve heard countless complaints such as:

  • Kangarooiceus Judgmenticus

    “There isn’t enough trail care days”

  • “Your trail care days are on the wrong day/time”
  • “Trail care days have too many (or too few) people show up”
  • “The trails are being dumbed down/made harder”
  • “Illegal trails, links, shortcuts are being built”
  • “No signage and the maps are wrong”
  • “The kangaroos are silently judging my Taser runs”
  • and many many more.

So yeah, it’s a complex issue and there probably isn’t a silver bullet.

Introducing ADOPT-A-TRAIL!

This idea has been thrown around for awhile now and it’s used elsewhere but it hasn’t gained much traction yet due to our workload not giving us enough time to push it.

Basically the idea is that all the trails in Parklands are put up for grabs and people (or maybe teams of people) can nominate to “adopt” the trail and keep it looking swish whenever they get the time to do so. They do things like drainage, vegetation management and general maintenance. If they have a big repair/modification to make then they tell us and once we get QPWS approval we organise resources and get a team to head in there to help.

Some points of note are:

  • Must follow QPWS policies – e.g. no unsanctioned new trails or features, no chainsaws, protect the flora and fauna and other users etc.
  • No commercial interests/advertising e.g. having a bike shop adopting a trail is a great idea but the Nature Conservation Act forbids advertising in national parks.
  • If a trail is currently designated as “Blue (intermediate)” then it must stay a blue. You can’t amp it up to what it was like back in 1995 or something (unless you get the nod from QPWS of course).
  • Looks like our MTBA insurances will cover our trail care volunteers (whether a member or not) if they are doing a club organised trailcare event.

So what say you? Are you keen? Can you see any problems or issues? Email me at [email protected]

Michael Johns
Club Secretary 

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MTB Training Clinic – Enduro Skills – 10/11/2018

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MTB Training Clinic – Enduro Skills – 10/11/2018
8 riders per clinic - 2 clinics - MTBA members only

Hello folks,

So we had a high level of interest in doing some more advanced level skill training like descending faster, jumping and fast berms etc – because everyone knows that’s the sort of stuff that pulls the chicks/lads etc.

We have procured the well-reviewed services of local elite level downhill rider and coach Jacob Reeves for 2 x 3-hour intensive clinics on Saturday the 10/11/2018.

The morning clinic (8am) will be for intermediate riders who want to learn the advanced skills such as jumping and doing berms faster. The afternoon clinic (12.30pm) is for advanced riders who can already jump etc but want to get better at it.

These  longer, intensive clinics are $50 and YOU MUST BE AN MTBA MEMBER for insurance purposes.

Reserve your spot here – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/bushrangers-mtb-skills-clinic-enduro-skills-tickets-51710767297

Michael Johns
Club Secretary 

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2018 Outdoors Queensland Award Finalist

2018 Outdoors Queensland Award Finalist

Hey folks!

Trophy is a tooth from a giant glass chain-ring

The work we all did on the Parklands MTB Trails Project last year has been recognised in the 2018 Outdoor Queensland Awards.

The Outdoors Queensland Awards (formerly known as the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards) recognise and reward excellence in the outdoors community. The Awards celebrate individuals, organisations, programs, events and activities that have been successful in significantly improving outcomes for participants, clients and communities.

The winners are announced in Brisbane on the 26/10/2018 and we are up against some very stiff and well deserving competition in our category.

Once again another big thanks to all our volunteers and Ranger Eugene from QPWS who helped build the new trails and skills park and the Sunshine Coast Council and Department of Sport and Recreation for the grants to make it all happen.

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