Social Ride Sunday 20 May

The May social ride will be held on Sunday 20 May with a visit to the developing trail network in Gisborne ... and a social catch up with the dedicated team of local enthusiasts who are maintaining this trail network.

The ride will take in some pretty special singletrack en route to Hobbs Road and some interesting trails adjacent to the landfill site.  As the picture demonstrates some of the "rubbish" did not quite make it all the way to the tip!

A ride of around 30 km in length catering to intermediate and advanced riders.

The Gisborne and Surrounds MTB club will host a barbecue following the ride.

Meet in Gisborne at 10am at the John Aitken Reserve (on the left as you enter town, opposite the Coles shopping centre);  car pool from the Theatre Royal at 9:15am.

As usual riders need to be self sufficient with spares and refreshments.  Day licences available at $10.

Rider Profile - Nick Lewis

Name – Nick Lewis

Profession – environmental consultant transitioning to full time Dad

Uphill or Downhill? Bit of both…  
Most epic day on a bike?  Not as fancy as my last profile, but a last minute call by Nick Byrne to ride Muckleford trails from Castlemaine.  Knocked out all the trails, then a mixed grill and pots at the Newstead pub.  Bonked big time on the ride home, needing to stay in granny gear all the way home.  Still have the sun burn scars on my lower back where my jersey rode up…

I'm currently riding… less often that I would like (maybe as a full time Dad I’ll get out on my Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt a bit more frequently?!)

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) -  North East Vic are great (Beechworth, Yack, Falls, Mount Beauty & Bright).  Rode Tathra recently, loved the ‘old skool’ feel of the trails, and finishing at the beach is always good.

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be... a little bit grumpier  

One day I'll ride... North Island of New Zealand (yep, still the same aspiration as my first profile 6 years ago!)

When I head out for a ride I never leave without... my helmet. Beyond that it is quite variable what comes (or gets forgotten)

My race highlight?  Redesdale 24 hour with a great bunch of blokes… 2 hour plus full team lap at 1am was a unique experience ….

What is in your backpack?  a tube, hopefully a pump, a few random tools that were useful in the nineties which I never really knew what to do with

Golden Triangle Epic

Some great results for Rocky Riders in Sunday's Golden Triangle Epic despite the hot, dry and very dusty conditions.  Piper Albrecht dominated the field to claim victory in the 50km Junior event (and record the second fastest time of the day); Lachlan Warren was a member of the Junior Men's Team that took out the 50 km relay event; and Carrie Edney gained a podium position with third in the Women's 100km Masters 3/4 event.  Commiserations to Club President Col Norris who was in the hunt in the 50km Masters 7+ category until a broken derailleur brought his race to an end at the 21km mark.

Congratulations to the other Rocky Riders who completed the event ... and to the Bendigo MTB Club for staging another spectacular edition of the Epic.

Social Ride Sunday 15 April

The April Social Ride will showcase the most recent and awesome addition to our riding options in central Victoria with a tour of the trails at La Larr Ba Gauwa Park.

We’ll roll out as a group from the Goldfields Track café in Harcourt Central at 9am sharp (get in early if you want a pre ride cuppa) along the off road path to the La Larr Ba Gauwa main trail shelter.  Depending on numbers, we will likely split from here into two groups, with one tackling the northern trails (berms and more berms), and the other the southern blue trails (rock features and more rock features) before returning to the shelter, and heading to the other side of the park for those keen for more. 

Expect up to 3 hours of riding (20 – 30 km), with intermediate to advanced skills and fitness required.  A reminder there is no drinking water at the park, so bring enough food, water and spares to see you through. 

Optional Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) day licences will be available for purchase on the day ($10).   

Rolling Ride Sunday 8 April

The first rolling (easy) ride for 2018 is on this Sunday, 8 April.  We will be leaving the Theatre Royal at 9am. Bring your own food, water, spare parts, and have a bike in good repair.  Riding will be at a slow pace so everyone can keep together.  We will be back by noon, after a ride of around 20km.  No big hills or rocks.  Rolling rides are about having fun in the Bush.

Rocky Riders members will be available to offer support/advice/assistance as required.

Central Goldfields Winter Series

A new interclub series for Winter 2018 has been launched by the Castlemaine Rocky Riders and the Bendigo MTB Club.  The series will be conducted over six rounds at venues in Castlemaine, Harcourt and Bendigo, commencing on Sunday 3 June.  Entrants will be classified in Grades from A to E, together with separate categories for Dirt Squirts and Recreational Riders.

Each event will comprise around 45 minutes of racing for Seniors and 30 minutes for Juniors and recreational riders.  The courses will typically be set on loops of less than 4 km.  Classifications will be adjusted after each round with the top three promoted and the bottom three relegated.

A cash pool will be distributed among the Top 15 at the end of the series.  

Entry fees will be $65 for the series or $15 on the day for Rocky Riders and Bendigo MTB members;  $100 per series or $25 on the day for others.  Entries will be available through Entry Zone shortly.

The series calendar is:

Sunday 3 June  Spring Gully

Sunday 17 June  Walmer State Forest

Sunday 1 July  Harcourt

Sunday 22 July  Spring Gully

Sunday 5 August  Walmer State Forest

Sunday 26 August  Harcourt

Bike Travel Bags

Have you ever wanted to take your bike interstate or overseas with confidence about its safety and security?  There are some great travel bags for bikes on the market, but they are costly if your trips are intermittent.  Once again it is Rocky Riders to the rescue!

The Club has just invested in two high quality bike travel bags that will be available for hire to Club members.  We have purchased both a standard size and a large size in the EVOC range.  The bags can be hired at a cost of $40 per week, and $5 per day thereafter for longer trips.  This is a significant saving over the outlay of having to purchase a bag outright.

To book a bag please send your travel dates and requirements to the Secretary.

Rider Profile - Michael Scott

Name – Michael Scott

Profession - Intergalactic space traveller with P.L.H  Uphill or Downhill? Equally bad at both. If I had to choose... uphill.  Most epic day on a bike? Riding (and walking :)) over a mountain pass connecting north and south Spain (Puerto de Pajeres).  I was on a touring adventure and had to climb from the coast up over the mountains and down onto the plains.  I felt like if I fell off, I'd roll down the mountain for kilometres and end up at the bottom of the ocean.    

I'm currently riding…  a Cannondale Trigger

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - yet to explore many others. I liked the You Yangs and went to Forest for the first time a few months back.  I think we're pretty spoiled around here.  So many great trails.  Thanks to all the hard working trail fairies.  

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... seeking out the fourth dimension, writing old man letters complaining to various companies/government departments, gardening or fantasising about having super powers. 

One day I'll ride ... all the way up the stairs of death, no walking, no dabs, nice and smooth. 

When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... assorted snacks in a paper mushroom bag and a walkman/ mp3 player with inspirational, high octane  music. 

My race highlight? Coming second in a MTB race in Mildura. Yep, I hear ya, Mildura is very flat. I think it was the first official MTBA affiliated race in Mildura ever, it was held in the dunes by the river, the one place there is a hill or two (two feet hight) hahaha. There were 10 people in the race.  Or... in a previous life racing myself to catch the train to get to work on time. 

What is in your backpack? nothing that revealing, stock standard gear. Pump, tools, rain jacket, snacks, water, music and a pet Wonga cat.

Social Ride Calendar 2018

We have just finalised our calendar of social rides for the year ahead, including a series of gentle, rolling rides for newcomers.   We will be encompassing many of the great trails around Castlemaine, and venturing to other parts of central Victoria in conjunction with our partner mountain biking clubs.

Copies of the calendar will also be available at our local bike shops.

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.