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Timeless Winter Series Resumes

Have the XCO races at the Olympics motivated you to get out and ride your bike? COVID restrictions are easing from Wednesday 28 July meaning that we can resume racing in the Timeless Winter Series with Bendigo MTB Club. Round 4 will be staged on Sunday 1 August as scheduled at the Baco Trails with Bendigo MTB Club but there are a few things you need to know. Entries close online at Entryzone at midday Friday.

No spectators are allowed however parents and guardians are able to attend. We must obey social distancing before and after the race. More details about keeping COVID safe will be shared prior to the race.

June Social Ride - Pineys

This month's social ride will head into the fabled Pineys on Sunday 27 June to explore some old favourites and some new additions. Local "trail fairies" have been beavering away over the past few months to reconstruct some trails and create some new challenges. 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 riders with good technical skills. We will however offer two groups to cater for faster and slower pace riders.

We will assemble at 9:30am at the Theatre Royal to ride out to Colles Road and warm up the legs before tackling the Pineys trails.

Timeless Winter Series Round 2

Timing for Round 2 of the Timeless Series on Sunday 20 June is as follows:

Registration from 0830 onwards

Dirt Squirts (short circuit) kick off at 0945

Other race categories from 1000

Format is a 5km circuit; complete as many laps as you can in one hour time limit.

Race Village is in the Walmer State Forest, featuring fire pits, coffee van, merchandise etc.

Parking is on Daltons Road; enter from Daws Road up the hill from the Castlemaine Pony Club.

Timeless Winter Series - Round One cancelled

Due to ongoing uncertainty about the current lockdown in Victoria a decision has been made to cancel Round One of the Timeless Winter Series (scheduled for Spring Hill on Sunday 6 June). If circumstances permit the series will commence at the Baco trails, Castlemaine on Sunday 20 June.

Further updates will be posted as information comes to hand.

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Timeless Winter Series 2021

The 2021 Timeless Winter Series hosted by Rocky Riders and Bendigo MTB Club kicks off at Spring Gully on Sunday 6 June. There are race categories for all age groups and for Elite riders, 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. Note that (in keeping with the name of the event) the races are untimed; so first past the finish line wins. Points are awarded for participation as well as for podium finishes. The best five results count for your total score.

Entries now open via EntryZone.

Women's Social Ride - Walmer State Forest

In response to an exciting number of women expressing an interest in increasing their participation in mountain biking, a monthly Women’s Social Ride (including trans and femme) has been added to the Rocky Riders Calendar. These rides will focus on creating a supportive, inclusive and encouraging environment, connecting with other women and spending time in our beautiful local surrounds.

The first ride on Sunday 13 June will sample the Baco trails in the Walmer State Forest. Assemble at the carpark at the corner of Daws Road and Daltons Road, Castlemaine (up the hill from the Pony Club) for a 9am start time.

The Women’s Social rides are targeted at a beginner skill level, conducted at a gentle pace and have a duration of approximately 1.5 hours. There will be a “no drop” policy – no one will be left behind, with one of two ride leaders at the back of the group. There will be an option to follow the ride with a catch up at a local café. Women with intermediate/advanced mountain biking experience are welcome to come along to contribute to the supportive environment.

Please note this is not a skills clinic and riders must be self-sufficient with food, water and spares. You must have a well maintained mountain bike and well fitted helmet that meets Australian standards.

A Rocky Riders (or other AusCycling) membership is recommended so you are covered by insurance while riding. An insurance waiver can be signed on the day if required.

In order to manage numbers of riders in line with Covid restrictions please register your attendance via email:
events.crr-mtb-vic@mail.tidyhq.com

If you have any questions regarding the ride get in touch via info@rockyriders.com

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: events.crr-mtb-vic@mail.tidyhq.com 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.