August Social Ride

Sunday 20 August - a tour of some of the long-standing Walmer trails that are still a perennial favourite with mountain bikers from around the region.  

The ride will ramble through some of the Cloverleaf trails, and more.  Meet at Das Kaffeehaus at 9am for a coffee, we'll be leaving at 9:30 from out front in Walker St. 

Usual deets: must carry own food, water, spares, etc.  We will ride for approx 3hrs across intermediate level terrain with plenty of stops.  Your bike must be in good working order, it is not fair on the group to be stopping repeatedly for unnecessary repairs.  MTBA insurance available on the day (but not mandatory) for $10/$7. 

Non-Technical Rolling Ride Sunday 3 September

The ride will depart Castlemaine Theatre Royal at 9am. We shall ride out along the Castlemaine to Maldon Rail Trail and then take on about 15kms of easy riding single trail.  Not hilly or rocky; best described as twisty and fun.  You will need a mountain bike and to be reasonably fit as the riding distance will be around 20km.  As with all Rocky Riders' trips, you need to bring your own food, water, spare parts and have a bike in good repair.  There will be some experienced riders, so for those just beginning mountain bike riding you should be able to pick up some tips.  We will certainly be back in Castlemaine before noon.

Interwinter Series Round 4 - changed date and venue

The 4th and final round of the 2017 has had to have a venue and date change.  It was unfortunate that the VOGA club was unable to obtain a permit for their round of the series which threw it all back the drawing board.

With the tight times a venue that was 100% on private land and would not required a permit was required and thus through a process of best case the Mt Avoca Winery race course was chosen.  This venue has a great history with Mountain Bike racing and this round will be nothing short of great.

Avoca is about a 2hr Drive from Melbourne and less than 1hr drive from Bendigo, Ballarat and Castlemaine so a perfect central location for the final round.

The round will be held as a traditional XC format and similar to the summer State XC rounds we will split into 2 race starts to ensure the track is not too crowded.

The date has been changed to Sunday August 6th.  This was due to a clash with the schools racing competition and with such strong junior fields attending the series it was best that a new date was found also giving us 1 more week to get things moving on this venue change.

The final round will be a great battle location for the final series placing and trophies for both the round and the series will be handed out at the event.

Want to know how you stand in the series?   Check the Series results here

Rider profile - Ben Bailey

Name - Ben Bailey

Profession - House Husband

Uphill or Downhill? Downhill

Most epic day on a bike? It's on a road bike, does that count? Tackled many of the cobbled climbs and farming roads of The Tour de Flanders with a couple of hard-man Belgian friends. We had beers and fries with mayonnaise post-ride in Oudenaarde. It was the perfect Belgian road cycling experience  

I'm currently riding… Giant Trance - the standard Castlemaine-issue bike. 

Ben riding his mountain bike on some twisty, treed single track
Riding Misty Twist at Mt Buller

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - Hard to say... Bright, Buller, Beechworth, Red Hill, Armidale are all great. Harcourt might top them all.  

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be... playing tennis 

One day I'll ride... Moab, Utah

When I head out for a ride I never leave without... saying bye to Melissa, Dan and Alex. 

My race highlight? The Mont 24 Hour in Canberra with Nick, Nick and Andy. The riding was nothing extraordinary but competing as part of a team was a lot of fun. 

What is in your backpack? The usual - tube, tyre-levers, pump, multi-tool, phone, cash, banana/muesli bar, bandaids/small bandages and a kitchen sink. 

Winter Warmers

Our Winter Warmers events are a series of Sunday afternoon "races with a twist".  The focus is on fun and fitness in the cooler months.  Winter Warmers are suitable for all ages, all abilities - in fact all rounders are most likely to succeed.

The 2017 Winter Warmers series kicks off on Sunday 16 July with Toss the Boss - heads or tails, win or lose.  If you lose it's the long loop for you.  Fun racing for all the family.

Following events will take place on 30 July, 13 August, 27 August, 10 September and 24 September.  These rounds could feature archery, polo, jousting and perhaps some ball skills for good measure.

Assemble at 2.45 pm for a 3 o'clock start. Home in front of the fire by 4:30pm. 

For the 2017 WW series we will be returning to the former Dirt Crits track at White Hills Reserve, off Rowley Park Road, Campbells Creek (see map below).

First Aid Course for Mountain Bikers

Have you had or witnessed an injury while mountain biking?  Did you or your riding buddies know how to treat the injury and render the appropriate assistance?  Along with your water and nutrition items, you should also carry a practical knowledge of first aid when you ride.

To assist in this goal, the Rocky Riders are holding a basic first aid session for mountain bike riders.  It will cover the common types of injuries, how to deal with them, and what to carry in your pack - in other words, how to help yourself and others in the event of a mishap out in the bush.  Note this is not a formal first aid certificate course.  The course will be conducted by local St John's Ambulance member, Les Vearing.  

Enrolment for this 2 hour session will be restricted to 20 people, so you will need to book a spot in advance.

Date:  Monday 24 July

Time:  7.30pm to 9.30pm

Venue:  West End Hall, corner of View and Woodman Streets, Castlemaine

Cost:  $10 (payment on the night)

To make a booking either email or ring/text David Bannear on 0407 685 871

Interwinter Series Round 3

Round 3 is quickly approaching (Sunday 2 July), get your entries in early, on the day entry will cost you an extra $20.
Andy’s is looking fantastic and trails riding beautifully at the moment, you won’t want to miss it!
Junior’s will be able to race in 3 categories for this round U17, U15 and U13 (for the series all will be in Under17).

Enter at Entryzone -

July Social Ride - Muckleford

The July Social Ride will be held on Sunday, 16 July, 2017, and is designed as another of our non technical rolling rides.  The ride will centre on the Castlemaine-Maldon Bike Trail with a little bit of singletrack on the side.

The ride will depart from the Castlemaine Theatre Royal at 9am sharp.  For those wanting coffee beforehand, the Theatre Royal opens at 8am.  For those coming by car, it may be best to park in Forest Street, near the front gates of the Camp Reserve.  The Castlemaine-Maldon Bike Trail commences on the opposite side of the road, near the Creek.  Feel free to wait there if you like as those coming from the Theatre Royal will be along shortly after 9. 

The ride will turn around once Muckleford Creek is reached (just past the Muckleford Railway station) and return to Castlemaine before noon.  A number of the more experienced Rocky Riders will be participating, so for those just beginning mountain bike riding you should be able to pick up some helpful tips. 

If any are keen and able, an extended guided ride can continue from Muckleford Creek to Maldon and return to Castlemaine via the Muckleford Forest. This will make a 60km ride and riders should be back in Castlemaine between 1 & 2pm.

You will need a mountain bike and to be reasonably fit as the riding distance for the main ride will be 25km. As with all Rocky Riders' trips, you need to bring your own food, water, spare parts and have a bike in good repair.  

June Social Ride - Ballarat

The June social ride will be held on Sunday 18 June and will be hosted by the Ballarat MTB Club.  The ride will take in some of the the new Black Hill XC trails that are being developed in a $320K project incorporating cross country, downhill, skills area and pump tracks.  There will be an opportunity to tackle a downhill run if anyone's feeling confident.   Then we will head out along the Goldfields Track to Nerrina for plenty more awesome singletrack in the Canadian Forest.

You can expect 3-4 hours of riding so a good level of fitness and technical ability is required.  As usual, come equipped with bike spares, food and water.  MTBA membership is required;  optional day licenses are available on the day ($10/$7).

We will be departing from the Theatre Royal in a convoy down to Ballarat at 7:30am sharp (arrive at 7:15am to coordinate car pooling).  Alternatively you can meet at 8:30am at the Museum of Australian Democracy Eureka (MADE) car park, 102 Stawell St South, Ballarat (enter the carpark, go down about 100 metres and park alongside the Eureka pool fence).  The ride will finish back at MADE for coffee/food at the cafe.