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.
The intention was to ride the northern areas around Ringtail Creek however given Marty’s recce the day before the routes were still pretty boggy we decided to head to Wooroi instead. However to keep things at least a little different to the usual Wooroi ride the 17 of us continued on through Tewantin National park (north) and did the ‘sunken gardens’ single track that runs parallel with MacKinnon Drv before grinding up Old Tewantin Road and heading down towards Cooroy Noosa Rd. Here we took a sneaky route onto Coveys Rd that took us to the top track of Wooroi at Sunrise Rd.
Wooroi was perfect riding with nay a muddy spot however we avoided the known wet areas and stuck to Milkmaid and Turn 10. Once done with the single track it was a easy cruise back to Tewantin and then off to Cafe Doonan for coffee.
Thanks the ride guys and we hope your finger heals up quick Simon!
Here Martin was only just able to unclip and plant his foot to stop toppling down the hill
So for our last ride of 2017 we had a 40km jaunt through the Ringtail Forest area near Tewantin.
This ride was more challenging than usual due the weather being particularly hot and humid as the predicted afternoon storms brewed up. The heat drained us and we burned through our water supplies pretty quickly. Although some interesting solutions were offered such as drinking from the skanky puddles we came across or sucking the sweat from each others shirts – luckily it didn’t come to that. But be this a reminder that as it gets warmer think twice about your water requirements.
The ride started in Tewantin at the cricket grounds and 23 of us set off to make our way to the old Noosa enduro trail off Louis Bazzo Drive and then back through the forest trails to the cars. Big hello to our new riders and welcome back to Lou and Di from their big biking adventure down south.
Apart from the heat the ride was great with us travelling through various types of bush and having to get over challenging terrain and large mud pits, which unfortunately, no one fell in this time.
Afterwards some of us met up at Cafe Doonan for coffee, cake and a chat.
Thanks for the ride everyone and I hope you all recovered OK.
Michael “Puddle water tastes bad” Johns Club Secretary
I borrowed most of this route from one of Richard Poyner’s group rides. It was a ride good for cruising a decent distance but kept interesting with the occasional bit of single track and the odd tunnel and swamp.
We were mostly all ready to go at 7am and after some quick announcements and a failed attempt to get our Social Coordinator Greg to take his credit card to pay for the mid-ride coffee, we set off. 25 riders (bushies, distinguished guests and new riders Kate and Eric) headed along McKinnon Drive.
We entered the northern reaches of Tewantin National Park. There’s a sneaky single track that runs along the northern parts of the park parallel to McKinnon Drive called the ‘sunken gardens’. Its tight twisty and lumpy surface makes for an interesting challenge and it’s a far more interesting route than the road. Nice work to whatever trail fairy does that work in there, we appreciate it!
Exiting the sunken gardens takes us onto Old Tewantin Road which is a bit of a boring climb however there’s a kinda of a neat creek bed crossing and pinchy climb in the middle that is fun to try and do without ‘dabbing’ (touching the ground with your foot). This took us up to what is known as the ‘worm farm’ which is a trail that goes through Six Mile Creek so there’s usually a water crossing to contend with if it has been raining recently.
A bit further along Ring Tail Creek Rd we hang a left onto Porters Rd, through the Yurol Forest, hopping over Yurol Forest Rd and heading south towards Cooroy via ‘Trail 8’. At this point there were some mechanical issues that were quickly sorted with help from John. The trail has been changed since the Bruce Highway upgrades in the area so it was a bit of exploring for me. We came across a tunnel under the highway with a skinny bridge going through it – I suspect this is used by the various critters around so they don’t drown. We rode through the tunnel and nearby swamp without issue and hopped onto Mary River Rd which took us the rest of the way into the township of Cooroy.
Our large group ended up setting up camp in the middle of town and we all went off and foraged for coffee and food, it was good to distribute our patronage across the many establishments. After coffee we relived our youth and did a couple of quick laps of the local BMX track and then crossed the railway tracks atowards Cooroy Mountain Rd. We climbs over a nice bunch of hills and were presented a great view of Cooroy Mountain. This is where Will developed a puncture so the main group waited in the shade while the tail-end guys assisted him (…by watching).
It wasn’t long before we found ourselves in the familiar territory of Wooroi so we split up into three groups and went various ways through the trail network before meeting at the day use area and heading back to the cars.
Great day, nice ride, rad people, sun was a little bitey.
Ben Johns Club President
PS: Here’s an excellent video of the ride, thanks Lumir!
It was a mild foggy morning on Sunday but it cleared into a beautiful day. 21 of us, including guests from CORCA, gathered at the car park anticipating a good long ride. We set off at 7:30am and headed towards Peregrine Beach along the pavement before crossing David Low Way and heading into Noosa National Park south east of Lake Weyba. This area consists of open eucalyptus forest with sandy soils which can be a little bit challenging at first but makes for good riding once you’re used to it. From here we sneaked across Eumerella Road and skirted the Weyba Nature Reserve – there’s an access track that runs through here but it’s rarely used and it’s pretty overgrown.
We rode under Walter Hay Drive through a single lane underpass that is used by the occasional cyclist and looks popular with the graffiti artist. We continued straight through until meeting Noosa Eumundi Road where the RSPCA animal refuge is. This is the only ‘hairy’ section of the route where we have to ride along this busy road for 200m before turning into the southern access track into the Wooroi trail network for a loop or two.
The group got mixed up a bit in Wooroi but in the end we all met back up at the bottom of Milkmaid and set off back home. Some of the group deviated onto Old Emu Road past the Peregrine Springs Community College before popping over Emu Mountain Rd and back to the cars.
Once back we headed over to the soccer match that was taking place and exploited the coffee and donut vans.