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Rider Profile - Simone Fraser

Name - Simone Fraser

Profession - Speech Pathologist

Uphill or Downhill? A slow uphill slog with a switchback or two, nothing too technical

Most epic day on a bike? It was epic in effort and planning. A stunning wintery ride along the Goldfields Track from Castlemaine to Daylesford, my first night away from a small child, spent with a fabulous group of Rocky Rider chicks, wining and dining post ride of course!

I'm currently riding ... A well loved but not well cleaned Liv Giant Intrigue

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - Tathra & Bright

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... dancing, (attempting some break dance moves actually)

One day I'll ride ... in another country

When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... my buddies, who keep me healthy in body and mind, they teach me new tricks and make me smile and whoop merrily through the bush!

My race highlight? The 12 hr Bright enduro with Linc in 2012; we rode a lap each then went for beer and tapas! Now that’s racing!

What is in your backpack? Pump, spares, tyre lever, trusty multi tool, some dirty outer layer clothing, and there always seems to be a stale lolly or two!

Piper heading to World MTB Championships

Fresh from an impressive ride at Round 5 of the Central Goldfields Winter Series, our very own Piper Albrecht will be donning the yellow and green to represent Australia in the World Mountain Bike Championships in Monte-Saint-Anne, Quebec, Canada. The championships will be taking place from 28 August to 1 September. This year's event will also include the inaugural UCI E-MTB championship.

Congratulations to Piper and big thanks to all those who have helped him along the journey so far. We look forward to monitoring his performance at the world championships.

You can follow the championships here.

August Social Ride - Forest Creek

The August 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 may 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 11 August.

Traffic Management Survey - La Larr Ba Gauwa

Traffic Works Pty Ltd are completing a traffic impact assessment for the town of Harcourt following the construction of the La Larr Ba Gauwa (LLBG) Mountain Bike Park. Members of the Castlemaine Rocky Riders are invited to provide feedback on traffic and parking issues at LLLBG by completing the survey and return it to Pauline Murtagh, DELWP, 1-7 Taylor Street, Epsom 3551.

Once Traffic Works has completed their report it will be supplied to Mount Alexander Shire Council for their consideration.

Traffic Management Survey

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.