Coolum to Wooroi return was today’s ride. But before the ride even started I popped into Coolum to wish four Bushranger MTB women good luck as they had left their bikes at home and were about to start the 35 km walk in aid of mitochondrial disease. Hope you all have fun Tania, Amanda, Emma and Wil.
So 11 riders set off but not long in Dennis had mechanical woes and had to call it. Up through Peregian Beach and across to Murdering Creek through to Weyba road and out at the RSPCA unit. We had a couple of requests to keep the pace at 24km/hr – no idea why.
Into Wooroi we went and up Wallaby then down to carpark. Tried to find a bike charger for Terry as he was on two bars. We then went down Bloodwood up Daydream and down Milkmaid. Miles fell in luv with his hardtail again.
Heading home Greg (The Mo) decided to pull out and go for a burger and Paul on his sparkly new Giant Trance had a fight with a branch. Only one winner. We called in Rogers towing but he subbied the job out to Miles. John was good enough to ride on and come back to pick him up. Good team work guys.
Hey everyone, Sunday’s ride sounded great. Below is copy of Toby’s report from Facebook.
Ok hello mtbers.
Bushies ride this morning was at Glasshouse mountains and what a glorious morning. We started off with 12 riders and rode down Steve’s way to the famous drop bog and I think Neal got swallowed up as we lost him. Not blaming the tale end Charlie at all.
We then went along Caves Rd and up around tibbro lookout. Mike decided to stick it up all the e-bikers by going in reverse up the stairs. We lost another rider but this time due to mechanical. E-bike. Then headed around over the sandstone stepping Stones up to another lookout.
Mike took lead and found some hills up to the big Glasshouse lookout. That was when Di phoned an Uber e-bike delivery. Oh and Kerry found walk mode on her ebike.
We then went down to wave rock for a play where Chris was like a kid in a candy store. Alex tried to get a lift out but held on just. We then went back down stevo way to the cars and coffee was had.
Thank you to all I had a fun ride and thanks for the help everyone. See u all next weekend for the community ride. Live to ride.
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 Prez Ben worked out a route for last Sunday’s ride knowing that it was going to be a hot day. So he tried to keep it a bit shorter, mostly under the trees and limit any big climbs, I’m glad he did because by 8am the temperature was soaring.
We started in Cooroy opposite the library then worked our way around to the Lake Macdonald spillway. Had a quick break and refilled out water bottles then we did a fun little bonus bit recommended by Toby. We had to backtrack in places because the creek was still high but we made it back to Cooroy for coffee after about 32km.
Check out the video below and thanks for the ride folks. See you next week.
It’s been awhile since we’ve done a written ride summary as we’ve been doing those little videos instead and quite frankly I’m too lazy to do both. But last week’s ride was particularly eventful for one of our riders so I should immortalise it in text.
Terry’s glowing halo was so bloody annoying!
It all started on a crisp Sunday morning, the birds were singing, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the early morning sunbeams filtered through the trees and gently warmed our faces. The mood was jovial with people laughing and chit-chatting about their week, their bikes and how you can delay washing socks by switching feet and turning them inside-out. Little did we know that this ride was to be an exercise in CARNAGE!!!
Today I thought I’d lead the ride (as I’m a charismatic yet modest natural leader etc). We stayed as a group up Indy then over to the top of Secrets. Here we split up with Luke “Go hard or go home” Bouckaert taking a faster group away then I took the intermediate group down Secrets.
Advanced ride map and elevation
Intermediate ride map and elevation
Jenny was unaware of what this ride had in store for her.
After Secrets we rode up the road and then went down Turn 10. The last time I did Turn 10 I wrote off my back wheel landing like a cement truck onto a root (no that’s not a sex thing) so I was bit apprehensive. But today Turn 10 only claimed Jenny’s tyre which looked like it was pinched flat, but the tube was quickly changed out and we were on our way again. Little did we know that this was only the beginning of Jenny’s cascade of woe.
We rode back up the road and then across to Snake which, like Mickey Rourke, had quite a bit of work done since I last saw it. We regrouped at the top, had a quick breather and then down we went – I tried to get everyone to yell out “VALHALLA CALLS!” but no one seemed to get it (mental note – dial back the norse mythology jokes). I went down last so if anyone died I could loot their bikes, clear the trails etc. Snake trail must of been hungry for blood today and the unlucky victim was Jenny again. She had a small prang first but was unharmed and she quickly jumped back on the bike. However Snake wasn’t yet satisfied and demanded more. So towards the bottom Jenny (again) had a much bigger accident and came down onto a jagged log just off the trail. I screeched to a halt when I heard the crash and turned around to a terrible scene – she was bleeding, tangled up in her bike, clutching her leg and screaming naughty words. I moved the bike off her and checked to see if I should finish her off with my multi-tool but luckily the leg wasn’t broken. We washed and bandaged her arm, checked the bike and got rolling again. I hope you are feeling better Jenny and everything is starting to heal up nicely.
So once we joined back with the group Jenny was escorted back to the carpark while the rest of us had a quick run up Cross-cut and then down Milkmaid before calling it quits for the day and went for coffee at Cafe Doonan.
Thanks for the ride everyone!
Michael “I’m fine too by the way” Johns Club Secretary