Latest from La Larr Ba Gauwa Park

It's been a cracker of an opening week at La Larr Ba Gauwa Park, with beautiful weather, fabulous trails and heaps of riders (from beginners all the way up to experts).  Even if you have managed to conquer all of the trails there is still scope to try some alternative features or just improve your lines and times.

Just remember a few key guidelines for your use of the Park:

Park your car on High Street opposite the Harcourt CFA Station.  Then cycle to La Larr Ba Gauwa Park via the off-road path that runs alongside Market Street and Picnic Gully Road.  This path will take you straight to the Trail Head (it's also a lovely cruisey way to finish off your ride).  There are no parking facilities for bike riders at the Trail Head or in the Oak Forest.

Be aware of the weekend weather conditions and plan your ride accordingly.  A total fire ban has been declared for the North Central Fire District on Saturday.  The Park will remain open unless a Code Red alert is issued.

Make sure you have plenty of water with you before you leave Harcourt as there is no drinking water at the Park.

Make the most of the La Larr Ba Gauwa experience.

Dirt Crits Conclusion

The summer Dirt Crits series concluded on Thursday 1 March with some more enjoyable racing ... and some congestion on the leaderboards!  The overall outcome is decided by the best seven results for each rider, with only one of the individual time trials being allowed to count.  

In the Junior division this led to the closest finish in memory with three riders tied on 74 points - Charlie Warren, Liam Fletcher and Angus Melville.  Tully Godfrey was just a single point further back (73), closely followed by Flynn Culph and Thomas Warren, both on 71 points.  Liam Fletcher also claimed honours for the fastest lap of the series with an impressive 5 minutes 55 seconds.  A great effort by all the riders in the Junior series, especailly those who competed in all ten rounds.

In the Seniors it was a more clear cut win, this time for the Bendigo riders, led by Isaac Fletcher who was very consistent throughout the season to amass a total of 124 points.  Shaun Darcy finished second with 119 points, and Rob Hole took third place with 113 points.  The result was only confirmed after some fairly scrupulous checking of the round-by-round results (and after the place getters had been announced).  Apologies if anyone went out and celebrated (or commiserated) too hard after the series conclusion.

The fastest lap of the series was a close contest between the Albrecht brothers, with Jasper recording 7 mins 19 secs, just ahead of Piper with 7 mins 26 secs.  Al Farley showed that his racing legs are still in fine form with a fastest lap of 7 mins 32 secs.

The White Hills venue has proved to be a popular choice of circuit for this series, including the new technical features on the long loop.  We had 29 Juniors compete during the series and over 40 riders in Seniors.  A big thanks must go to the club volunteers who helped out with course setup, marshalling, handicapping, timing and results.

To check all the round by round results and the final leaderboards head to the Dirt Crits page on our website.

A crowded podium for the Dirtmasters division of Dirt Crits

Social Ride Sunday 18 March

The March Social Ride will be held on Sunday 18th and will venture into the somewhat uncharted territory of Mount Macedon.  There is some pretty scenic singletrack on the slopes of Mount Macedon but they are mostly unmarked and largely the preserve of a few adventurous locals.  For this social ride we will be joining up with members of the Wombat MTB Club who will be able to guide us to and through the best trails. But be warned ... the ride will depart from Woodend so there will be some climbing at the outset to get up the mountain ... around 7 to 8 kms of ascending (mostly on fire trails) with an elevation gain of around 350 metres.  From there you can expect to explore around 18-20 kms of singletrack deep in the forest.

We will car pool from outside the Woollen Mills in Walker Street, Castlemaine;  assemble for a coffee at Das Kaffeehaus at 8am and for departure at 8:10am sharp.  If you want to go direct to Woodend please meet the Wombat crew across the road from Il Caffe/bike shop in High Street, on the grass near the railway line.  The ride will depart from Woodend at 9am.

You will need a mountain bike and to be quite fit, especially to manage the climb at the start.  The main ride will be of 2.5 to 3 hours in duration.  If numbers permit we can split the group into two sections for faster and slower paces. 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.

Applefest Sat 10 March

On ya bike!! This year’s Applefest will feature a parade of bikes of all shapes and sizes leading the traditional Applefest street parade through central Harcourt.

Cyclists can then join a mass ride out to the brand spanking new Harcourt Mountain Bike Park, an easy 2 kms along a purpose built track. At the mountain bike park – officially named La Larr Ba Gauwa (“stones and mountains” in the local indigenous language) you can see for yourself the great infrastructure and fantastic new trails which have been constructed. Come and be one of the first to enjoy this great local asset. Tackle a few of the trails before heading back into the Applefest.

There’ll be an info stall and display about La Larr Ba Gauwa at the Applefest, along with members of the new Committee of Management responsible for the operations of the Park.

Meet Paddy Toasty (aka Patrick O’Sullivan) on Saturday morning to join the big bike ride. Riders of all ages and abilities are invited to join in the parade and the mass ride. Meet up in Wright Street, opposite the ANA Hall, in Harcourt at 11.30am with a mass departure scheduled for 11.50am.

Enquiries about the ride to Paddy on 0408 841 218.

La Larr Ba Gauwa MTB Park opening 9 March

Get on your bike because La Larr Ba Gauwa Park will open to riders from noon on Friday 9 March! That means you can spend the long weekend shredding 34 kilometres of purpose built mountain bike trails at Harcourt!

The trails take advantage of the Park’s stunning views and natural granite features. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, we’ve got you covered.

La Larr Ba Gauwa Park has everything from a leisurely beginners’ loop to long flowy cross-country rides and technically challenging trails featuring chutes, berms, drops, jumps and rock gardens.

Once you arrive in Harcourt, park your car in town and cycle to La Larr Ba Gauwa via the off-road path that runs alongside Market Street and Picnic Gully Road. That will take you to the Trail Head where you’ll be able to choose from 11 trails.

If you’re heading to La Larr Ba Gauwa for the long weekend, make sure you enjoy everything the Harcourt Valley has to offer. The region is brimming with relaxing cafes, award-winning wineries and cideries, plenty of outdoor activities and accommodation options. For information about what to do and where to stay, check out or

The Project is being managed by DELWP Loddon Mallee with funding from Regional Development Victoria's Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.

Plus it is Applefest weekend in Harcourt so take in all of the local events and attractions.

February Social Ride - Sunday 18

The February Social Ride will be held on Sunday 18th and will explore the twists and turns of the highly regarded Cloverleaf layout in the Walmer State Forest.  These trails have hosted rounds of the Intwerwinter series and continue to attract riders from far and wide.  The Cloverleaf trails are within easy reach of the centre of Castlemaine and provide a smorgasbord of the trail features that make riding in our location so special;  this includes rock gardens, the infamous Gully Run and pinch climbs - in other words something for everyone.

The ride will depart from outside the Woollen Mills in Walker Street, Castlemaine;  assemble for a coffee at Das Kaffeehaus at 9am and for departure at 9:15am sharp.  

You will need a mountain bike and to be reasonably fit as the riding distance for the main ride will be around 30km with a duration of 2.5 to 3 hours.  There will be plenty of stops to allow riders to regroup, so all abilities will be catered for.  If numbers permit we can split the group into two sections for faster and slower paces.  

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.

Junior Skills Coaching Clinic

Junior Skills Coaching Clinic - Sunday 18th Feb 2018

Rocky Riders will be holding a junior (up to 12 years old) skills clinic in Castlemaine on Sunday February 18th from 8.30am-11am.

Run by two qualified PMBI coaches,this short course will be aimed at new riders and will focus on the skills required to form a solid foundation for future development.  The course will be at no charge for Rocky Rider members who will be given priority, and $30 for non members.

Places are limited so please email us with any questions or to register ASAP.

January Social Ride - Creswick

In January we are teaming up with the Wombat MTB Club to conduct a social ride in Creswick.  Following the funding of the Harcourt MTB park, Creswick has also received funding for the construction of a very extensive network of trails in the forests around the township.  

Our January ride will provide an opportunity to explore around 30 kms of the great natural trails of Creswick before the new trail network in Victoria is constructed, with the benefit of an expert local guide.  The Wombat Club will also provide post ride food & drinks.

The ride will be held on Sunday 21 January, commencing at 9am from the RACV Resort, 1500 Midland Highway, Creswick.

Victorian Mountain Bike Championship Round 1

Date: Saturday 25th November

Location: Jubberland, Castlemaine

Camping: Free and available on Friday Night ONLY

At site:  Coffee Van, light snacks, Please bring your own drinking water, Portable toilets

Start times:  This will be the same for every round

Course Practice: 7:30am Sat

Registration: 7:30am to 15mins before your race start

Start Group 1 – 9:00am start time

1A – Under 17 Men, Ultra Masters Men

1B – Open Women, Veteran Women, Masters Women, Super Masters Women,  Under 19 Women Under 17 Women

1C – Under 15s Men / Women, Under 13 Men / Women


Start Group 2 – 10:45 Start Time

2A – Elite Men,  Veteran Men, Under 19 Men

2B – Open Men, Elite Women

2C – Masters Men, Super Masters Men

Course Notes:  The Jubberland course has hosted many an event. This purpose built course on private property has lets just say a "FEW" rocks.  The track has no major climbs but has enough elevation to hurt you at full pace in an XC race.  There are some technical sections but with A and B line options.    Its all a matter of being light over the rocks and holding speed through the flowing sections that follow old gold mining water races.  Oh and there is a wall ride!

November Social Ride - Goldfields Track

November's Social Ride on Sunday 26th will be a cruise along the Goldfields Track from the letter boxes at Dry Diggings (Sawpit Gully Road). The trail is in excellent condition and the bush will be at its best.  

The plan is that riders can travel the complete distance to Castlemaine (approx 40km) or opt out at the Vaughan Springs lunch stop (approx 21 km). 

Although the ride is not particularly challenging technically, you will need a reasonable level of fitness to manage some fairly steep climbs.  We will assemble at the Theatre Royal for carpooling and a departure at 8.30 am. 

To help with transport logistics please email indicating your preferred termination point  by November 20th so we can get things organised. There may be a moderate charge if we have to hire a vehicle.  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.