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Women's Social Ride - Ken's Trails

Our October social ride will be held on Sunday 31st and will explore the eastern section of trails in the Walmer State Forest, aka Ken's Trails, on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. These loops are marked orange and blue and have been used for rounds of the Victorian Enduro series in the 2000s. The trails showcase the undulating and rocky terrain of our local area.

The ride will commence from the Daltons Road carpark (corner Daws Road) at 9:00am.

The Women’s Social rides (including trans and femme) are targeted at a beginner to intermediate skill level. There will be a “no drop” policy – no one will be left behind. There will be an option to follow the ride with a catch up at a local café, COVID regulations considered. Women with 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.

Please register your attendance by "buying" a ticket for this event (please note is is free).

Junior Pre-Crits Social Rides

In the lead up to the Summer Dirt Crits series we are organising some junior social rides. These will be held on Saturday 23 October and 30 October.

These rides are not intended to be a major workout, but focused more on getting back riding for those who haven't been on the bike for a while. A number of CRR adult riders will be in attendance to monitor & provide assistance as required. Parents are also welcome to join in the ride if interested. Participants are required to be self sufficient with water & snacks.

It will be a great time to meet up with like minded young people, get the legs spinning and brush up on some skills.

The first ride will be held at the Baco trails on Saturday 23 October commencing at 9am; this session will go for 1.5 hours max. Meet at the Daltons Road carpark (corner Daws Road) at 9:00am.

Age group 3-7 will ride for 1 hour - route determined based on age of children. Parents of younger children are are welcome/encouraged to participate in ride.

Age group 8-14 will ride for 1.5 hours - group may be split for separate ride subject to age & number of attendees.

Please register for the ride by purchasing a free ticket.

The second ride will be held at the White Hills Track in Campbells Creek on Saturday 30 October commencing at 3pm; this ride will be for one hour max.

Please register for the ride by purchasing a free ticket.

NOTE: We will be adhering to Covid safe directions and restriction in place at the time of this event.

November Social Ride - Muckleford Forest

The trails in this network are generally flowing and less technical in nature, with only a few short climbs; some newer trails have exploited local geological and Goldfields features. This ride will introduce some new trails through the forest.

On Sunday 21st we are planning a ride of approximately 22 km that should take around 2.5 hours. We will likely split into two groups to offer both a medium-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.

The ride will commence at 10am 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).

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.

Please register for the ride by purchasing a free ticket.

Walmer Forest trailhead

Proposed trailhead design

Bubbling away in the background over the past two years has been a project to formalise the mountain bike trails in the Walmer State Forest (aka Baco trails). Part of this plan is the redevelopment of the pine forest area just off Daltons Road. DELWP are proposing to establish a campground, picnic area and toilet block in this area. This will provide a decent trail head for the trail network.


You can view the details of the proposal (PA234/2021) here: https://planning.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/.../main.aspx... The redevelopment of the pine forest area is currently under consideration by Mount Alexander Shire Council. It would be great for the Council to hear voices of support from within the local biking community.

Submissions can be made to Council via email: info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au Submissions must be received prior to 12 October.

Some points that you may like to highlight include:- the increasing popularity of mountain biking in the region- the current investment in bike trails such as La Larr Ba Gauwa and the Castlemaine to Maldon rail trail- the mental and physical benefits of mountain biking- the flow on benefits to local businesses

Annual General Meeting 2021

The Annual General Meeting of the Castlemaine Rocky Riders will be held on Saturday 23 October commencing at 4pm. We are planning to conduct the meeting in person at the Forest Creek gold mine site, 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 2022.

Further details will be advised to members.

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

Regional Victoria lockdown

Regional Victoria goes back into lockdown from 1pm Saturday 21 August. Lockdown will last until Thursday 2 September. Under these rules residents are only permitted to leave home for exercise with members of their own family or with one other person. This makes it impossible to conduct our scheduled social rides in August.

We will aim to reschedule our social ride calendar once these restrictions are lifted.

Remember also that the guidance from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is for exercise to be undertaken at the closest available location to your home.

You can check the latest guidelines here.

September Social Ride - Ken's Trails

Our September social ride will be held on Sunday 19th and will explore the eastern section of trails in the Walmer State Forest, aka Ken's Trails. These loops are marked orange and blue and have been used for rounds of the Victorian Enduro series in the 2000s. The trails showcase the undulating and rocky terrain of our local area. The ride length will be around 20kms with options to add a few kms for more experienced riders.

The ride will commence at 9:30am from the carpark at the corner of Daltons Road and Daws Road.

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.

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.

Please register your attendance by "buying" a ticket for this event (please note is is free). Riders will be split into groups of 10 to adhere with COVID safe policy.

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.