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Social Ride - 18 November

This months club social ride on Sunday 18 November 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 35 hilly kilometres or about 4 hours riding.

There is a train leaving Castlemaine for Malmsbury at 8.21am but bike space will be limited. Alternatively, drivers and car-poolers should aim to get to the start of the ride at Malmsbury station at 8.30. All welcome, usual self sufficiency terms apply (food, water, spare parts etc.), with the amendment that anyone puncturing and without a spare tube will be thrown down the nearest mineshaft.

You will need to be a technically competent rider with good fitness level. An MTBA Day Licence can be purchased on the day at a cost of $10/$7 if riders wish.

Rider Profile - Daniel Hall

Daniel Hall
Daniel Hall in action at the Brackenbury Challenge

Name – Daniel Hall
Profession - High school
Uphill or Downhill? I go hard on the downhills and catch my breath back on the uphills, if that makes any sense.
Most epic day on a bike? The opening day of Harcourt mountain bike park.
I'm currently riding … An Intense Spider FRO 26
Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - I don't know if Harcourt counts as other than Castlemaine, but if not then Red Hill would be it.
If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... Playing soccer and futsal a lot more.
One day I'll ride ... Rotorua.
When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... My phone and my multitool.
My race lowlight? At the super muddy Brackenbury Challenge I slid out on the CX course and crashed [very embarrassing].
What is in your backpack? I always have one spare tube, my phone, some snacks, puncture repair kit and a handpump.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Castlemaine Rocky Riders will be held on Saturday 27 October commencing at 4pm. The meeting will be held at the Forest Creek Gold Mine, Duke Street, Castlemaine. With the support of Parks Victoria, this is the site of the Rocky Riders storage shed.

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 join us at our defacto HQ for a general catch up. BYO chair and glassware (if required) ... plus any ideas and input you have for the club's activities and plans for 2019. 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 via info@rockyriders.com

Social Ride - 21 October

The October Social Ride will be held on Sunday 21st with an exploration of the rejigged Pineys trails. Much of the Pine plantation was harvested in 2017 with the loss of some trails. However the local "trail fairies" have been beavering away this year 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 higher intermediate and/or advanced riders. We will however offer two groups to cater for faster and slower pace riders.

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.

Meet at Theatre Royal at 9am.

Social Ride - 16 September

The September social ride will explore the Poverty Gully region, including some of the historic water races. This area provides a 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.

Expect a ride of 20 plus kms over some varied terrain, with a duration of around two and a half hours.

Ride will depart from the Theatre Royal at 9am.

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.

Rolling Ride 14 October

The club’s next rolling (easy) ride is on Sunday, 14 October. We will be leaving the Castlemaine 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, will ride around 20km.

No big hills or rocks. Rolling rides are about having fun in the bush.

Rider Profile - Flynn Culph

Name – Flynn Culph

Profession – Primary School student

Uphill or Downhill? Downhill

Most epic day on a bike? Summer 2017, riding from Everton to Myrtleford on a 40 degree day, and I missed the water stop.

I'm currently riding … Nishiki Bushwacker

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - La Larr Ba Gauwa, Harcourt; track 2 downhill, and track 4 because it seems all downhill.

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... playing footy.

One day I'll ride ... all the rail trails from start to finish, on my new Cannondale

When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... my helmet and my mate Angus. And Mum.

My race highlight? Pushing myself so hard in the last race (Round 5 of Central Goldfields Winter Series); when I finished I fell off and lay on the ground. I nearly vomited, but I won.

What is in your backpack? If I took one, it would be my lunch and water, but I don't take one.

Rolling Ride 12 August

The club’s next rolling (easy) ride is on Sunday, 12 August. We will be leaving the Castlemaine 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, will ride around 20km.

No big hills or rocks. Rolling rides are about having fun in the bush.

First Aid Course (Level 2)

As part of the focus on increasing the skills within the Club the Committee has decided to conduct a formal First Aid Course. The course will be conducted by Castlemaine District Community Health. This will train participants to deliver both first aid and CPR; participants will receive a Level 2 Certificate at the completion of the course.

The course will run over two evenings scheduled for Tuesday 21 and 28 August (around 3 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.

If you are interested in participating in the course and gaining this First Aid certification please email the Secretary. As at 11 August we have just one spot available!

Social Ride Sun 24 June - Muckleford

The June social ride will be held on Sunday 24 June and will feature a return visit to the magical Muckleford Forest. A loose collection of singletrack has existed in this part of the forest for many years, but has been little utilised. The majority of 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.

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.