Interwinter Series Round 3

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The sun came out for a glorious mud fest at Bendigo’s Interwinter round on Sunday 31st July.  Situated on private property at Andy’s Trail Network, Big Hill, Round 3 of the 2016 Interwinter Series saw a sizeable turnout of riders prepared to take on a muddy track that hasn’t…

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Interwinter Series Round 2 - Castlemaine Cloverleaf

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Close to 150 mountain bikers braved a chilly start to contest Round 2 of the 2016 Interwinter Series on the Castlemaine Cloverleaf circuit in the Walmer State Forest on Sunday 26 June.  The five loops of the Cloverleaf configuration provided riders of all levels and abilities with some challenging terrain, some typical Goldfields technical features and a variety of trails to keep everyone engaged.  There were some very close contests on the day in the various race categories ... and some memorable moments of persistence and camaraderie.

A big thanks to everyone who competed, to the huge number of volunteers who helped in presenting a safe event, to the food and beverage vendors who provided the necessary sustenance and to the major sponsors of the event:

Coffee Basics

Peddling Pastry

Tellurian Wines

Castlemaine Brewing Company


Also thanks to Craig from the Castlemaine Camera Club and Shayne Hill for capturing some wonderful images of the event;  a selection of Craig's images from Loop 5 is available here.

Rider Profile - Jeremy Kessler

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Name – Jeremy Kessler

Profession - Nurse

Uphill or Downhill? - Uphill on the rigid single speed, and down on the Dually

Most epic day on a bike?  I won’t call it epic but spending a few days exploring trails around Adelaide. On the trails near…

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Pine Plantation Harvesting

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We have received the following advice from Hancocks (HVP Plantations) regarding their recommencement of harvesting of the Moonlight (Castlemaine) Plantations  (The Pineys) within the next 2 weeks. 

"After consultation we have decided to limit the harvest area at this time to the NW section of the plantation, an area with less…

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Kalimna Park

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We have been contacted by the Friends of Kalimna Park to draw attention to an area of Kalimna Park that should not be ridden in order to avoid damaging the endangered Eltham Copper Butterfly.  The area is uphill from the Junior Campus of Castlemaine Secondary College – see map below.

In April 2015 DELWP put in a mineral earth track around the butterfly population to protect it from being damaged in their planned burn.  Despite Parks coming back to put branches across track entrances, it is being used by some MTB riders as a downhill trail.  Being put in for fire fighting purposes, the track is poorly laid out and its use is damaging some of the best bush in the Park.

The map shows an area coloured orange which should be avoided, and an area in red where the Eltham Copper Butterfly population is.

The Rocky Riders would appreciate your help in looking after this sensitive area.

May Social Ride Report

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Celebrating another beautiful autumn day in central Victoria, 20 riders turned out for the May social ride to the Jubberland trails just south of Campbells Creek. Mostly local riders attended, with others making the trip from Bendigo, Daylesford and Woodend, all eager to experience the fabled Jubberland. The ride headed…

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May Social Ride - Jubberland

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Join Sam Brown on a guided tour of the legendary Jubberland circuit on our next club social ride on Sunday 15 May.  Head to the Calendar page for all the details.

April Social Ride - Wombat

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The next Club social ride is scheduled for Sunday 17 April and will explore the expanding network of trails in the Wombat Forest near Woodend, particularly some new sections that have been developed in the past few months and were featured in the recent Wombat Classic.   There's lots of variety to be explored in amongst some very different vegetation to what we experience around Castlemaine.  The ride should last for two and a half hours covering 25+ kms.

We will be meeting our local rider at the Wombat trails at 9:15am for a ride starting at 9:30am;  the meeting point is the designated Wombat MTB carpark on Taylor Road, Ashbourne (the location is clearly marked on Google Maps).  If you wish to carpool then please meet at the Theatre Royal at 8:30am.

Head over to our Calendar page for all the details - hope to see you there this Sunday.