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.

Dirt Crits Round 1

The Dirt Crits series for 2017/18 got off to a flying start on Thursday evening with a beautiful spring evening, some new trail features, and a heap of new faces.  The return to the White Hills Reserve track proved popular, providing some challenging twists and turns for both juniors and seniors alike.

In Juniors a total of 19 riders took to the trails with most completing 4 laps.  At the finish it was a close contest between Liam Fletcher and Inny Shears with a margin of just 8 seconds separating first and second.

A similar finish occurred in the Senior event with the Albrecht brothers battling it out for honours,  Jasper eventually prevailing over Piper by 35 seconds.  A further five riders also completed five laps of the longer loop.

Start line in Seniors event

Rider Profile - Jeremy Ryan

Jeremy at Bright
Buddha-hood trail, Bright

Name ... Jeremy Ryan

Profession ... Carpenter/Builder.  My interest in MTB helped develop a family business Off RoadCycling Adventures or ORCA. I was fortunate enough to teach outdoor education on mountain bikes for about seven years. We also ran MTB training camps for adults in the  '90s and early 2000's It was a great fun way to earn a living.

Uphill or Downhill? Definitely both. It's always a challenge to get fitter for climbing and to use the brakes less on the way back down. Descending Gully Run at the Cloverleaf is a real buzz and reminds me why I ride. 

Most epic day on a bike?  
There've been a few close calls getting stuck out longer than I'd imagined I might.  Climbing hours from Missoula Montana USA in Autumn.  Arriving at a peak with patches of snow, the sun was fairly low on the horizon we really should've ridden back but chose to continue the planed loop.  The further we rode, the more trees were down across the trail, slowing progress.  We descended along a cliff edge above a snow speckled gully before running out of light on single track in the valley of a forest park.  There was no food left and the trail was almost impossible to see. The potential for accident or hypothermia was very real.  Fortunately the moon rose and provided enough light to get out of the forest onto road and home by 2:00 am after about fourteen hours riding. 

I'm currently riding… 
2016 Scott Spark 730 my first dual suspension bike.

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine)
 -  Bright (Buddha-hood, Tombstone, Hero trails);  Howqua river trail from the back of Mt Stirling to Sheepyard Flat;  Byers back track between Blackwood and the Lerderderg gorge is good fun too.  Forrest in the Otways have a great trail network that's marked and the trailhead is next to the local micro brewery. I look forward to sampling the Yackandandah trails and the network at the You Yangs soon. 

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be...
 Telemark skiing in powder snow. 

One day I'll ride...
 Harcourt trail park;  Moab Slick Rock;  New Zealand single track;  a gearbox bike;  a long travel trail bike.

What is in your backpack?  
Water, banana, multi tool, chain breaker, spare quick link, pump, tube, wind breaker jacket.  Credit card and coffee/ snack cash.  Mobile phone if solo.

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.