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Rider Profile - Chris Austin

Name – Chris Austin

Profession - Nurse

Uphill or Downhill? Both, uphill is very satisfying, downhill just plain fun!

Most epic day on a bike? Derby Blue Tier

I'm currently riding ... Specialized Stumpjumper for trails and Liv Lust for cross country

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - Wombat mtb, Yack Tracks & Forrest

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... researching next mtb adventure or anything else outdoors.

One day I'll ride ... in New Zealand.

When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... my helmet, gloves, backpack & Garmin.

My race highlight? Haha I was the oldest participant.

What is in your backpack? Water, tools, spare, pump, first aid basics & snack.

July Social Ride - Poverty Gully

Our monthly social rides will return in late July with an exploration of the Poverty Gully region, including some of the historic water races. This area provides a good sample of classic Castlemaine singletrack, along with some superb relics of the gold rush era. Luke Stevens knows these trails intimately and will lead the group.

Depending on numbers and experience of riders we may be able to break the group into two to cater for a slower paced group.

Either way you can expect a ride of 20 plus kms over some varied terrain, with a duration of around two and a half hours. The ride will depart from the Theatre Royal at 9am on Sunday 28 July.

As usual, 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 (adults) or $7 (juniors) if riders wish, or you can sign a waiver to ride at your own risk.

Central Goldfields Winter Series

The 2019 Central Goldfields Winter Series swings into action this weekend with Round 1 at Spring Gully on Sunday morning. The series will be conducted over six rounds at venues in Castlemaine, Harcourt and Bendigo, covering Grades A to D, together with separate categories for Dirt Squirts and Recreational Riders.

Each event comprises around 60 minutes of racing for Seniors and 30 minutes for Dirt Squirts and recreational riders.

Prizes for 2019 include three new bikes from Giant Castlemaine plus bike-related podium prizes for each round.

Registrations are still open at www.entryzone.com.au

For all other details and a copy of the rider information pack for Round 1 head to:
https://www.rockyriders.com/events/2019-winter-series

Rider Profile - Andrea Brasher

Name – Andrea Brasher

Profession - Teacher

Uphill or Downhill? Uphill for sure ... except for the rock with my chin imprint at the top of trail 2.

Most epic day on a bike? Riding Derby...the epic part was getting the 5 kids, 7 bikes and the camper trailer there! The riding was the easy part.

I'm currently riding … Paula Ewing's old Giant Anthem (finally getting to claim it as my own after sharing it with the 2 oldest kids ... for a short while until Sammy outgrows her bike)

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - I enjoyed not having to ride over rocks at Forrest and loved 'Flowtown' at Falls Creek

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... running (and a lot richer).

One day I'll ride ... I'm open to riding anywhere, Canada sounds like a good start.

When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... a kid or two.

My race highlight? Not much racing to date though managed to pull off a win at the winter series last year in the E (Elite!) category.

What is in your backpack? It's embarrassingly basic - water, phone and occasionally lollies. Been meaning to make improvements on this as a couple of band-aids would have been helpful the other day!

First Aid Course for Mountain Bikers

Our certificate First Aid Course (Level 2) will be offered again in 2019. The course will be conducted by Castlemaine District Community Health. This will train participants to deliver both first aid and CPR, with a focus on mountain biking.

The course will run over two evenings scheduled for Tuesday 4 and 11 June (around 4 hours per session). There will be space for up to 15 people on the course.

The course cost is $125 but the Club will be providing a 50 percent subsidy for members wishing to enrol, bringing the cost down to $62.50 per person.

To register for the course please visit our online shop.

Womens Come and Try Ride - Sun 5 May

Castlemaine Rocky Riders MTB Club and Mt Alexander Shire Council proudly bring you a Come and Try Women's MTB Foundation Skills and Social Ride at the Walmer State Forest from 9am - 11am on Sunday 5 May.

Become confident on your bike - on and off-road - and enjoy the outdoors.

A limited number of hire bikes and helmets are available. Or we can arrange a rental with The Bike Vault in Castlemaine.

Foundation skills to be covered include
> Body Position and Balance
> Operations controls - brakes and gears
> Terrain Awareness

Then we'll head out for an easy spin in the Walmer State Forest to test out our new skills.

Bring water and snacks.

Registration is required via the MTBA website.

This event is being supported by Mount Alexander Shire Council as part of the This Girl Can program.

May Social Ride - Muckleford

The May social ride will be held on Sunday 12 May and will feature another visit to the magical Muckleford Forest to see what the local trail fairies have been up to. A loose collection of singletrack has existed in this part of the forest for many years, but is less frequently visited. Generally the trails are flowing and less technical in nature, although some newer trails have exploited local geological and Goldfields features.

We are planning a ride of around 25 km that should take around 2.5 hours. We will likely split into two groups to offer both a faster-paced and a more social-paced journey. Riders with beginner to intermediate skills are welcome but must have a reasonable level of fitness and all riders must be self-sufficient with food, water and spares. MTBA membership is required. Day permits available for non-members $10; or a waiver can be signed.

The ride will commence at the historic Red White and Blue poppet head on Bells Lane Track. Head west on the Muckleford School Road, past Jeralee Boarding Kennels and continue on Bells Lane Track to the intersection with Red White and Blue Track. There is plenty of parking (but no coffee van).

The ride will commence at 9:30am. Carpool: 9:00am meet at The Mill in Walker Street. If you need a lift, email us at info@rockyriders.com to make sure there is space.

Rider Profile - Tully J Godfrey

Name – Tully J. Godfrey

Profession - Mountain Biker (also primary school student on my days off)

Uphill or Downhill? Downhill. Definitely downhill :)

Most epic day on a bike? Lake Crackenback to Thredbo on the Thredbo Valley Trail.

I'm currently riding … Trek MT220

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - Harcourt

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... Skateboarding, but I do that a lot anyway

One day I'll ride ... a motorbike

When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... my asthma puffer (don't judge me), clothes, water bottle, helmet, gloves, glasses, bike

My race highlight? 2nd overall in the 17/18 Dirt Crits season.

What is in your backpack? Just school stuff. :)

Social Ride - Sunday 14 April

The April Social Ride will celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of the trails at La Larr Ba Gauwa Park, Harcourt. By some estimates there have been around 30,000 wheels across the trails there in the past twelve months, with most riders providing very favourable feedback on the trail layout. Some moisture on the trails would be handy to settle the surface down again so let's hope there is one rain event on the horizon.

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).

Rider Profile - Bronwyn Dawson

Name – Bronwyn Dawson
Profession - Finance coordinator, amongst other things.
Uphill or Downhill? Downhill. Unless you want to hear me whine about the uphill.
Most epic day on a bike? It wasn't a big riding day, but the first of the 2018 Winter Warmer series held in Castlemaine was epic for the mud. Never ridden in anything like it. But I still loved it.
I'm currently riding … Liv Pique Advanced.
Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - Haven't found it yet. I'm enjoying everything I'm riding.
If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... Snow skiing.
One day I'll ride ... How long have you got to hear my list? It's endless...
When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... water and my phone.
My race highlight? Any time I beat my kids is a highlight.
What is in your backpack? Multi tool, pump, first aid, snack, sunscreen and water.
Bronwyn on song in the Pineys