April Social Ride - Fryers Ranges

This month's club social ride on Sunday 18 April will be a cross country epic starting in Malmsbury and navigating backwoods trails through the Fryers Ranges to Castlemaine. We use the word navigating in the loosest possible way of course - but there will be farm tracks, jeep tracks, some fire road to tie everything together and a fair chunk of single track to finish the ride. In all, about 45 kilometres of steep climbs, sharp descents and everything in between - about 4-5 hours riding.

There is a train leaving Castlemaine for Malmsbury at 8.11am but bike space may be limited. Alternatively, drivers and car-poolers should aim to get to the start of the ride at Malmsbury station at 8.30. Usual self sufficiency terms apply (food, water, spare parts etc.).

You will need to be a technically competent rider with good fitness level, and possessed with a fair dose of confidence and endurance. AusCycling membership is desirable. An insurance waiver can be signed by non-members.

Skills sessions

Our mountain biking skills sessions commence on Saturday 27 March. Suitable for beginner and intermediate riders with topics including gears, braking, trail awareness, body position and cornering. These sessions will be conducted by our fully accredited club coaches.

Cost is just $50 for 3 x 2 hour sessions. You do need to be a member of Castlemaine Rocky Riders.

You need to register via email: More details here.

March Social Ride - Forest Creek

The March social ride will be a more relaxed ride along the Forest Creek trail leading to some fairly easy singletrack en route to the Expedition Pass reservoir. The return journey will touch on some sections of the Pineys. Not hilly or rocky; best described as twisty and fun. The pace will also be moderate to encourage newer riders to participate and develop their skills and confidence.

You will need a mountain bike and to be reasonably fit as the riding distance will be around 20km. Dress for the weather and be sure to bring food, water and spares.

Ride will depart Theatre Royal, Castlemaine at 9am on Sunday 21 March.

February Social Ride - Baco trails

Our first social ride for 2021 will be held on Sunday 21 February. This ride will explore the best bits of our much loved Baco Trail network. The ride length will be around 20 kms plus so come prepared for around 2.5 hours in the saddle. Depending on numbers and experience of riders we may be able to break the group into two to cater for a slower paced group.

Riders with intermediate skills are welcome but you must have a reasonable level of fitness and all riders must be self-sufficient with food, water and spares. AusCycling membership is desirable. An insurance waiver can be signed by non-members.

The meeting point will be at the corner of Daws Road and Daltons Road (up the hill from the Castlemaine Pony Club) with the ride commencing at 9am. An opportunity will exist for some post-ride refreshments at the Taproom. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for any weather or other updates.

Dirt Crits resumes on Thursday 26 November

With the recent relaxation of Covid restrictions for outdoor sporting events in Victoria we are able to resume our summer Dirt Crits series this week. Racing for DirtCubs (3-6yo) and DirtMasters (7-12yo) will kick off at 5:45pm. Please be on site at the Oak Forest at 5:30pm for registration and marshalling.

Remember a Race Off Road licence from AusCycling will be required by all riders. A four week trial licence can be obtained at no cost which will provide coverage for the balance of the series in November and December.

Dirt Crits postponed until 26 November

After further review/clarification of the current Covid 19 restrictions currently applying to cycling in Victoria we have (sadly) reached a decision to postpone the Dirt Crits series for the next two weeks. Assuming that restrictions are further eased on 23 November we plan to recommence the series with Round 2 on Thursday 26 November. Handicaps based on last week's time trial will still apply.

Parents and guardians of those currently enrolled in the series have been notified by text.

Apologies for the disappointment and any inconvenience that this may cause. Please keep riding and training in the meantime.

Covid Stage 3 restrictions

Stage 3 restrictions come into force in regional Victoria from 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August. Under these rules residents are only permitted to leave home for exercise with members of their own family or with one other person. This makes it impossible to conduct our monthly social rides in August and September.

We will aim to reschedule our social ride calendar once the Stage 3 restrictions are lifted.

Remember also that the guidance from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is for exercise to be undertaken at the closest available location to your home.

You can check the latest guidelines here.

Bendigo 2 Wheel Academy Scholarships

A number of our younger members have participated in the Bendigo 2 Wheel Academy in the past few years and have reported very favourably on the quality of this coaching program and the opportunities it has presented. The Club is keen to facilitate new pathways for our junior riders to progress within the sport, especially in response to the level of participation and enthusiasm shown in the summer Dirt Crits series.

For the 2020/21 Bendigo 2 Wheel Academy program the Rocky Riders will be offering up to three scholarships to enrol and participate in the program. Each scholarship will cover the cost of registration in the Academy program (approximately $225 per rider). Registration is open to active mountain bike riders in the 10 to 14 year old age bracket. This level of the program covers weekly coaching and skills clinics held in Bendigo on Sunday mornings from July to March. Other coaching and training opportunities are available for riders wanting to compete at a higher level.

Participation in the 2 Wheel Academy does require a solid commitment to attend the skills sessions and the support of parents or family members who can provide the necessary transport etc. Equally mountain biking should be considered as your primary sport in order to minimise conflicts with other activities. A good quality mountain bike and riding gear is also required (the Club may be able to assist with upgrades of equipment if required).

We are now inviting members of the Castlemaine Rocky Riders to apply for a scholarship to the 2 Wheel Academy for 2020/21. An application form can be found on our website. Applications will close on 30 April with a selection process to follow.

If you need further details about the 2 Wheel Academy or the scholarship process please check out the Academy website or contact Frank Forster, Communications Officer on 0414 410 411.

March Social Ride Cancelled

Please note that our March social ride on Sunday 22nd has been cancelled in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The situation is obviously fluid and the Club will keep monitoring the situation and official advice in order to determine the status of future events on our calendar.

We still encourage you to get on your bike during this fine autumn weather and enjoy the trails in our region, but please do so in observance with the current advice re social distancing, personal hygiene etc.