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World MTB Ride Day

Sunday 9 Dec 2018 has been designated inaugural World MTB Ride Day! This idea has been floated by Mic and Michelle Longhurst, hosts of the popular We Ride Mountain Bikes page on Facebook. This group connects MTBers in 100 countries around the world. They are encouraging riders to celebrate and spread the love of mountain biking by posting photos to the page of you and your old and new ride buddies riding on that day, with the hashtag #WorldMTBRideDay.

To join in the celebrations we will host a special World MTB Ride Day at the Baco trails in the Walmer State Forest. The Baco trails offer a great variety of singletrack with plenty of typical Rocky Riders terrain. This will be a social ride for all levels to cater for maximum participation.

Meet at the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens (opposite The Mill complex in Walker Street) at 9am for a social-paced ride of 15-20 kms.

Rider Profile - Jan Stroek

Name – Jan Stroek

Profession - Police Officer

Uphill or Downhill? Hhhmmmm, tricky.... I love going downhill after a nice gruelling climb

Most epic day on a bike? Hands down The Whole Enchilada!!!!

I'm currently riding … a Toyota Camry (Giant Trance Advanced 1)

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - The Whole Enchilada in Moab, Utah!!

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... Bored

One day I'll ride ... the Dolomites

When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... My phone with Strava switched on because if it isn’t on Strava, it never happened.

My race highlight? 7th in the Police and Emergency Services Games, sometime around 1879....

What is in your backpack? Tools, tube, pump, first aid kit and last but not least..... toilet paper😬

Jan in boulder-mode at La Larr Ba Gauwa

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.