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Pomona/Cooran Ride Summary 24/02/2019

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Pomona/Cooran Ride Summary 24/02/2019
Single lane bridge on way back to Cooran

Hey folks,

So this is my last ride summary as the club secretary and I have to say, I may actually miss having this avenue to publicly tell my dumb jokes, bag my brother and drop the occasional passive aggressive bomb <sigh>… But that doesn’t matter now because this weekend I will hand over the official book of mountain bike lingo – 101 Words for Dirt – and then someone else can have the pleasure of publicly humiliating our club members with these summaries.

On that note – the AGM is on this Saturday at 2pm at the Woombye Pub. This year we are going all out and blowing the club’s remaining finances on a platter of sausage rolls!

But anyway – let’s get back to Sunday’s ride.

Ride Map – Pomona to Cooran Return – 27km

We arrived in Pomona early in the morning and the little town was just waking up. The weather was still and cool despite the earlier cyclone warnings of torrential floods and 160kph ducks and lawn furniture flying about.

We had some new, some nearly new and some not-so-new riders come along with us. Big hello to Jani and Orlando who came riding with us for the first time. I hope everyone enjoyed the ride.

Highlights of the ride were:

  • No cyclone
  • Sticks and lots of fallen trees.
  • I got to ride Kerry’s new e-bike.
  • Ben deciding to not use his GPS and then he took the wrong turn 300m into the ride (LOL!)
  • Roger decided to go down that rough descent near Fergusons road on his head (but he was OK).
  • A dead rabbit on Jampot Creek Road that really really stunk and Ben stopped us near it on the way back as we regrouped.
  • Free coffee and a citrus tart

That will do I guess. Check out the pictures and I hope to see you at the AGM this Saturday.

Your’s sincerely,
Michael Johns
Club Secretary


Mac’n’Bak Ride Summary 17/12/2017

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Mac’n’Bak Ride Summary 17/12/2017
Lake Macdonald Spillway doing it's thing

Planning these rides has become a lot easier as I’ve been updating OpenStreetMap for so long – the route for this ride was thrown together in around 15min although it helps to have knowledge of the area. This route took into account that Lake Macdonald was spilling and therefore the creeks were going to be up and there was a likelihood of a fair bit of water still sitting around. Turns out that there is no getting away from giant mud puddles sitting across the trails so there was a bit of awkward skirting around them much to Kathy’s and Marty’s demise.

This could be the mud puddle that poor Kathy lost her shoe

Good weather and what looked like a cruisy ride attracted 25 riders to the Cod Park meeting point and without much dilly-dallying we set off just past 7am towards the first mud puddle. We snaked through a bit of ‘Trail 4’ of the Noosa trail network towards Hamilton Rd which will take us onto an access road/mud pit and onto ‘Trail 7’. This route mostly follows the boundary access road of the Yurol State Forest before crossing over Yurol Forest Drive.

Someone made a good joke about how this is what happens when you are actually able to bunny hop a fat bike

Just before crossing Yurol Forest Drive there was a badly washed out culvert with half the road missing. Hopefully this will be fixed up someday soon as it’s been that way for quite a while now. Michael took the opportunity to stick his bike into it and take a picture.

On the Pomona side of the Yurol forest we continued along the access roads and took a small detour that loops back around towards the township – this section is pretty fun as it’s mainly downhill and the wide corners help you maintain speed.

Stopping over at Pomona for cake and coffee for around 45min we set off home back through the forest but this time taking a more direct path. I would normally keep going and cross over 6 mile creek but since the dam was over it would have been a swim. So we went to the end of Kennedys Rd and turn back down the road of giant mud puddles.

It wasn’t long before we were back at the cars and washing our bikes off at the canoe ramp. 30km with a stop over and while it was a bit hot everyone had a good ride.

Ben Johns
Club President



Terry’s Cooroy/Pomona Adventure Ride Summary – 24/09/2017

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Terry’s Cooroy/Pomona Adventure Ride Summary – 24/09/2017
We had to bravely cross the "Not Particularly Treacherous Creek of Disappointing Emptiness"!

Hello Bushies,

The Kangaroo coldly stared in disgust at Brad’s old, skanky sun sleeves

So first up, a bit of an apology for a technical glitch with the Google Maps link. It seems the link worked correctly on a computer (which I checked) but not on a phone (which I did not check). So a few riders rocked up on the other side of the dam and missed the ride off time. But all things worked out in the end with this smaller group going on their own adventure ride and catching up with the main group later on.

17 riders showed up at Mary River Cod Park (with 5 more meeting us later on the ride). Big hello to new riders Sally, Timmo, and Jonathan and Angie – I hope you all had fun.

The weather forecast said today was going to be hot but it was not that bad really. Riding through the trees gave us some shade and the wind on our faces from the 20-metre gap jumps kept us cool.

We saw a bit of wildlife on this ride with sightings of a tiger snake, a big goanna and a pretty big kangaroo who was giving us the evil eye!

Thanks for leading the ride Terry and good job with the corner marking everyone (there was lots of pizzazz!).

But enough talk! Here are some pics.

Kind Regards,

Michael (The reports of my death were greatly exaggerated) Johns
Club Secretary 


Pomona to Cooran (or Kin Kin) Ride Summary – Sunday 27/08/2017

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Pomona to Cooran (or Kin Kin) Ride Summary – Sunday 27/08/2017
Helen did well today with a top 10 in Strava

21 riders showed up on yet another chilly morning for our Pomona to Kin Kin ride (with a smaller ride to Cooran also available). We broke into two groups, Ben took the first group to Kin Kin and the other group came with Toby and myself to Cooran. Both groups rode around Mt Cooroora and did the trails that run along Jam Pot road before we arrived into Cooran. The first group continued onto Kin Kin while the 2nd group went up Brewers road and down that squiggly bit of singletrack full of off-camber turns and dog poop. The 2nd group also sneaked in some extra singletrack on the way back to Pomona.

Notable points of interest were:

  • New rider Bryan came along on his first club ride. Welcome Bryan, we hope you enjoyed yourself.
  • Di fell off her bike 3 times in the first 20 minutes (she wasn’t hurt so it’s OK to laugh).
  • Jenny came for a ride – long time no see! Good to see you again.
  • I floated the idea of making it a rule that people on e-bikes cannot try to have conversations with you while everyone is climbing a hill.
  • Pete Bigaila did an extra 130km on top of the 36km Pomona to Kin Kin ride.
  • Sexy orange rims!
  • Jalapeno burger from Trail 518 cafe – it’s awesome!

It was a great ride on yet another great day! Thanks everyone.

Photos below.

Michael (Orange rims rock) Johns
Club Secretary


Pomona to Lake Macdonald Ride Summary – 16/07/2017

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Pomona to Lake Macdonald Ride Summary – 16/07/2017
We had a nasty crash on this ride but the Ambo was there in 15min

Waiting to start the ride

I had to really drag myself to Sunday’s ride because when I woke up it was raining and the idea of a wet, cold, muddy ride just didn’t take my fancy that morning. But by the time I got to Pomona the clouds had cleared, the cold had gone and it was actually going to be a beautiful day for a ride… for some of us anyway.

We had 13 people show up for the ride which was a good turnout considering the rain and that a lot of the club was camping at Toogoom. Most of us drove straight to Pomona but Andrew, Chad and Greg were extra keen and rode in from Cooroy to get some extra km in – apparently that was a bit of an adventure involving scaling fences and surprise railway bridges.

At 7:30am we set off behind ride leader Terry who was on his new sexy black Levo e-bike. Later in the ride I had to tell him to lower the settings to “Mortal” so we could keep up and there was also a fear that his bike could electrocute everyone in a creek crossing.

Unfortunately early in the ride one of us had a big crash and did some serious damage to himself. While travelling at speed he didn’t quite clear a fallen log and was thrown over the bars. Rumor has it that he actually overtook an e-bike while sliding along the dirt on his face/shoulder… pretty impressive. It was obvious that his collarbone was doing something it shouldn’t so the ambulance was called. He managed to limp to the nearby road where the ambo arrived in 15 min and whisked him off to hospital. I’ve spoken to him and he has a displaced collarbone and cracked ribs but he is at home now recuperating and we hope he heals up ASAP! Also a big thanks to the Queensland Ambulance Service for their wonderful service!

We finished the 2.5hr ride without any more events and had coffee and food at the Trail 518 cafe in Pomona – good coffee there!


Michael Johns
Club Secretary

Ride map and elevation