October Social Ride - Pineys

The October Social Ride will be held on Sunday 22nd with an exploration of the rejigged Pineys trails.  Much of the Pine plantation has been harvested over the past year with the loss of some trails.  However the local "trail fairies" have been beavering away in the past few months on reconstructing some trails and adding a number of new sections. Please note that the Pineys trails are among the most technical in the Castlemaine region, featuring lots of steep climbs and descents, plenty of tree roots, technical components and some significant rock features.  A 20km ride in the Pineys is equivalent to at least 30km around the Baco trails.  As such this social ride will be geared to higher intermediate and/or advanced riders.  

We will assemble at 9am at the Theatre Royal to ride out to Colles Road and warm up the legs before tackling the Pineys trails.  Shoot us an email to if you have any queries.

You will need to be a technically competent rider with good fitness level;  the riding distance will be around 20km with a duration of 2.5 to 3 hours.  As with all Rocky Riders' trips, you need to bring your own food, water, spare parts and have a bike in good repair.  An MTBA Day Licence can be purchased on the day at a cost of $10/$7 if riders wish.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Castlemaine Rocky Riders will be held on Saturday 21 October commencing at 4pm.  The meeting will be held in the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens, next to the Childrens Playground off Downes Road.

Along with the formal business of the AGM, including the election of office bearers, there will be an opportunity for members, families and friends of the Rocky Riders to enjoy a relaxed and sociable afternoon/evening.  Drinks and nibbles will be supplied by the club with soft drinks for children.   

Mark the date in your diary, bring the family, and head on down to the Botanic Gardens for a general catch up.  BYO chair ... plus any ideas and input you have for the club's activities and plans for 2018. 

If you are interested in joining the Committee please think about nominating for one of the Committee positions;  if you are unable to attend the AGM and would like to cast your vote please complete a proxy appointment. Any queries regarding the AGM please contact the Secretary on

Harcourt MTB Park Management

Would you like to help manage the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park?  Expressions of Interest (EOI) are invited for people interested in volunteering to be on the Committee of Management.  The Committee will be responsible for the day-to-day management and future planning of the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park on behalf of the community.

This will be a skills-based committee.  DELWP are looking for people who are enthusiastic and have a passion for contributing to their local community in managing this world class recreational facility. Committee members will be responsible for caring for, protecting, promoting and managing the park as well as maximising community involvement and use of the mountain bike trails.  The Committee will need a range of skills and interests including environmental management, business management, technical expertise in mountain bike use, event management, marketing and promotions, legal affairs, cultural heritage and more.

All Expressions of Interest must be submitted on a nomination form by Monday 16 October.  More information and nomination forms are available from Lynda Grant at DELWP on 5430 4444 or by emailing

Harcourt Economic Opportunities Forum

Mount Alexander Shire Council has organised an Economic Opportunities Forum on Wednesday 20 September from 7pm at the Harcourt Bowling Club in Bagshaw Street.

A range of guest speakers will talk about the economic opportunities that will be generated from the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park, future planning for Harcourt and other local projects.  Speakers include Simon French from Dirt Art and Emma Ashton from Forrest Guesthouse.

More information is available from David Leathem at Mount Alexander Shire Council on 5471 1700.

Mountain bike skills session

Mirawara is a dynamic local group aimed at providing nature based experiences for young people. We are working with them to include mountain biking in their program and will be piloting this program in the September school holidays. 

We have teamed up with Jo Wall from the Bendigo MTB Club who will provide expert skills coaching on the day.  Plus the guys from The Bike Vault will be doing some bike and equipment checks and can arrange free use of a suitable mountain bike from their hire fleet.  And everyone who participates gets a free entry into Ride The Train coming up in November.

Please share with anyone who may be interested ... and don't miss out (places are limited).  For more details and bookings head to Mirawara.

Harcourt MTB Park update

The Dirt Art construction teams are making excellent progress at the Harcourt MTB Park Project, with the 10km construction goalpost now a distant memory. With between 4-5 teams working concurrently across the site, a veritable feast of different trail styles have been rolled out, from technical rocky singletrack, through to high-speed flow trails. Teams have been making the most of the incredible topography and rock on site, to create some pretty special trail features, like this one 1f447.png👇 below!

The project is managed by DELWP Loddon Mallee with funding from Regional Development Victoria.

Harvesting in the Pineys

HVP Plantations will be beginning harvesting of the Moonlight (Castlemaine) Plantations within the next week.

The operation will be a thinning operation at the Northern end of the plantation.

The operation is scheduled to be ongoing until end of November 2017.

September Social Ride - Plenty Gorge

The September Social Ride will be held on Sunday 17th with a trip down to Melbourne to sample the singletrack goodness available at Plenty Gorge.  The Plenty Gorge MTB Club conduct regular social rides on the 3rd Sunday of the month, offering a range of lengths and difficulties to suit all levels of riders.  

At least 25km of sweet singletrack is to be found in these parts.  With trails varying from open fire roads to technical rock gardens, expect around 500m of climbing on short pinches for a 20km loop.  The network of trails can be confusing - hence the benefit of teaming up with the Plenty MTB club to have a local guide.  Parking, toilets and water are all available at the trail head at Yellow Gum Park, Goldsworthy Lane, Plenty.  

The ride will commence at 10am so please aim to arrive 10 minutes beforehand.  The Rocky Riders will meet at 8am at the Theatre Royal to car pool for the trip down to Plenty Gorge.  Shoot us an email to if you have any queries or want to offer car and/or roof space.

You will need a mountain bike and to be reasonably fit as the riding distance for the main ride will be around 25km with a duration of 2.5 to 3 hours.  A shorter ride of around one and a half hours will be available as an option.  As with all Rocky Riders' trips, you need to bring your own food, water, spare parts and have a bike in good repair.  An MTBA Day Licence can be purchased on the day at a cost of $10/$7 if riders wish.

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.