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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.

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.

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: More details here.

Dirt Crits resumes on Thursday 26 November

With the recent relaxation of Covid restrictions for outdoor sporting events in Victoria we are able to resume our summer Dirt Crits series this week. Racing for DirtCubs (3-6yo) and DirtMasters (7-12yo) will kick off at 5:45pm. Please be on site at the Oak Forest at 5:30pm for registration and marshalling.

Remember a Race Off Road licence from AusCycling will be required by all riders. A four week trial licence can be obtained at no cost which will provide coverage for the balance of the series in November and December.

Dirt Crits postponed until 26 November

After further review/clarification of the current Covid 19 restrictions currently applying to cycling in Victoria we have (sadly) reached a decision to postpone the Dirt Crits series for the next two weeks. Assuming that restrictions are further eased on 23 November we plan to recommence the series with Round 2 on Thursday 26 November. Handicaps based on last week's time trial will still apply.

Parents and guardians of those currently enrolled in the series have been notified by text.

Apologies for the disappointment and any inconvenience that this may cause. Please keep riding and training in the meantime.

The Bike Vault/Merida Dirt Crits series update

The 2019/20 Bike Vault/Merida Dirt Crits series is at the halfway point with a clear leader in the Dirtmasters category, and an old hand asserting his claim for back to back titles in Seniors. The most pleasing aspect of the season to date has been the strength (in both numbers and enthusiasm) amongst our younger riders with close to thirty riders competing in most rounds. As a result there have been a few issues with rider management out on the track, but the skill level and trail confidence is increasing simultaneously. The second half of the series promises to be very exciting.

In Dirtmasters young Ned Lock has shown great form and reliable consistency to establish a significant break on the rest of the field. He currently leads the series by more than 20 points over second placed Angus Melville. Note however that Angus has only competed in four rounds compared to Ned's five round tally so the gap is not actually that significant as Angus has been consistently scoring 20 plus points per round. This could turn into a very close contest as the season progresses.

Following Ned and Angus we have a bunch of riders that have accumulated seventy points or more and fill positions from third to seventh on the leaderboard. This includes the highest placed female rider, Maggie Drydon, currently holding down fourth place on 75 points, also from just four rounds.

Remember that the final series tally is based on each rider's best seven results, including a maximum of one Individual Time Trial, so there could be some significant adjustments to the leaderboard as the series reaches its conclusion.

In our Seniors division entries have been lower than in previous years, while a number of the Dirtmasters have been backing up by riding in Seniors events. Defending champion Rob Hole is still riding his trusty Kona to good effect and has established a six point lead over Grant Barnett as we head into the second half of the series. Tim Godfrey has recorded some consistent rides and holds down third place from just four rounds. There is still plenty of scope for any of the other riders to climb the leaderboard, or even for some new riders to make their mark in the second half of the series.

Round 6 will be the second of our Individual Time Trials to reset handicaps for the remainder of the season. The series re-commences on Thursday 30 January so get your race preparations in place now.

Dirt Crits - Total Fire Ban

Thursday 21 November has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the whole state of Victoria ... on such days we are required to suspend our Dirt Crits event. So no Dirt Crits this week. Let's hope this is not a common occurrence this summer.

Read more about the fire ban ratings.

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.

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

For all other details and a copy of the rider information pack for Round 1 head to:

Junior Skills Clinic

Our Dirt Crits season is about to recommence so what better time to offer some skills sessions for our junior riders. Rocky Riders will be staging a skills clinic for riders 12 years and under on Saturday 2 February from 8:30am to 10am. This session will be held at the Dirt Crits course in White Hills Reserve.

The session will be led by two of our PMBIA qualified coaches, Carrie Edney and Al Farley. Participants will be limited to fourteen in total so you need to book your sport quickly.

The cost is $25 for members and $40 for non-members.

Bookings are being processed via the MTBA website; just follow this link.

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

Central Goldfields MTB Winter Series commences this weekend

This new grass roots, club based series of winter racing is brought to you by Castlemaine Rocky Riders and Bendigo MTB Club and proudly sponsored by Hume and Iser. Racing will be XCO style over a short course for up to 45 minutes. Round 1 will be hosted by the Bendigo Club at their Spring Gully complex.

Categories to enter are: Open, Recreational Ride and Dirt Squirts. Within the Open category, the club handicapper will allocate entrants to either: A, B, C, D or E

Entry Costs - Open - $100 for series $25 per round - club membership discounts apply. Recreational Ride - FREE (must pre-enter) Dirt Squirts - FREE (must pre-enter).

Dirt Squirts is for younger riders under the age of 10. Recreational Rider category is a noncompetitive ride on a shorter course for riders new to MTB riding.

Dirt Squirts and Recreational Riders race at 10am; all other categories at 10:30am. Recreation Ride and Dirt Squirts if not MTBA members will need to buy a day license. To purchase an MTBA membership please follow this link - MTBA Membership

To enter for the race or the series head to

Central Goldfields Winter Series

A new interclub series for Winter 2018 has been launched by the Castlemaine Rocky Riders and the Bendigo MTB Club. The series will be conducted over six rounds at venues in Castlemaine, Harcourt and Bendigo, commencing on Sunday 3 June. Entrants will be classified in Grades from A to E, together with separate categories for Dirt Squirts and Recreational Riders.

Each event will comprise around 45 minutes of racing for Seniors and 30 minutes for Juniors and recreational riders. The courses will typically be set on loops of less than 4 km. Classifications will be adjusted after each round with the top three promoted and the bottom three relegated.

A cash pool will be distributed among the Top 15 at the end of the series.

Entry fees will be $65 for the series or $15 on the day for Rocky Riders and Bendigo MTB members; $100 per series or $25 on the day for others. Entries will be available through Entry Zone shortly.

The series calendar is:

Sunday 3 June Spring Gully

Sunday 17 June Walmer State Forest

Sunday 1 July Harcourt

Sunday 22 July Spring Gully

Sunday 5 August Walmer State Forest

Sunday 26 August Harcourt

Applefest Sat 10 March

On ya bike!! This year’s Applefest will feature a parade of bikes of all shapes and sizes leading the traditional Applefest street parade through central Harcourt.

Cyclists can then join a mass ride out to the brand spanking new Harcourt Mountain Bike Park, an easy 2 kms along a purpose built track. At the mountain bike park – officially named La Larr Ba Gauwa (“stones and mountains” in the local indigenous language) you can see for yourself the great infrastructure and fantastic new trails which have been constructed. Come and be one of the first to enjoy this great local asset. Tackle a few of the trails before heading back into the Applefest.

There’ll be an info stall and display about La Larr Ba Gauwa at the Applefest, along with members of the new Committee of Management responsible for the operations of the Park.

Meet Paddy Toasty (aka Patrick O’Sullivan) on Saturday morning to join the big bike ride. Riders of all ages and abilities are invited to join in the parade and the mass ride. Meet up in Wright Street, opposite the ANA Hall, in Harcourt at 11.30am with a mass departure scheduled for 11.50am.

Enquiries about the ride to Paddy on 0408 841 218.

Junior Skills Coaching Clinic

Junior Skills Coaching Clinic - Sunday 18th Feb 2018

Rocky Riders will be holding a junior (up to 12 years old) skills clinic in Castlemaine on Sunday February 18th from 8.30am-11am.

Run by two qualified PMBI coaches,this short course will be aimed at new riders and will focus on the skills required to form a solid foundation for future development.  The course will be at no charge for Rocky Rider members who will be given priority, and $30 for non members.

Places are limited so please email us with any questions or to register ASAP.

Victorian Mountain Bike Championship Round 1

Date: Saturday 25th November

Location: Jubberland, Castlemaine

Camping: Free and available on Friday Night ONLY

At site:  Coffee Van, light snacks, Please bring your own drinking water, Portable toilets

Start times:  This will be the same for every round

Course Practice: 7:30am Sat

Registration: 7:30am to 15mins before your race start

Start Group 1 – 9:00am start time

1A – Under 17 Men, Ultra Masters Men

1B – Open Women, Veteran Women, Masters Women, Super Masters Women,  Under 19 Women Under 17 Women

1C – Under 15s Men / Women, Under 13 Men / Women


Start Group 2 – 10:45 Start Time

2A – Elite Men,  Veteran Men, Under 19 Men

2B – Open Men, Elite Women

2C – Masters Men, Super Masters Men

Course Notes:  The Jubberland course has hosted many an event. This purpose built course on private property has lets just say a "FEW" rocks.  The track has no major climbs but has enough elevation to hurt you at full pace in an XC race.  There are some technical sections but with A and B line options.    Its all a matter of being light over the rocks and holding speed through the flowing sections that follow old gold mining water races.  Oh and there is a wall ride!

Mountain bike skills session

Mirawara is a dynamic local group aimed at providing nature based experiences for young people. We are working with them to include mountain biking in their program and will be piloting this program in the September school holidays. 

We have teamed up with Jo Wall from the Bendigo MTB Club who will provide expert skills coaching on the day.  Plus the guys from The Bike Vault will be doing some bike and equipment checks and can arrange free use of a suitable mountain bike from their hire fleet.  And everyone who participates gets a free entry into Ride The Train coming up in November.

Please share with anyone who may be interested ... and don't miss out (places are limited).  For more details and bookings head to Mirawara.

Interwinter Series Round 4

The final round of the 2017 Interwinter Series will be held at the Mount Avoca Winery on Sunday 6 August.  This venue actually hosted XC racing in the late 90s for huge races with nearly 500 competitors. The course was resurrected to play host to 2013 and 2014 State XC champs.

For the final round of the Interwinter series the course will be modified a little further and will run in reverse.  This should make it a fast loop with elite laps in 2014 sitting at 17mins! 

So relax and come enjoy the final round of the Interwinter.  Three Cats Coffee and Gourmet BBQ by the Avoca Primary School locked in.

More details.

Interwinter Series Round 4 - changed date and venue

The 4th and final round of the 2017 has had to have a venue and date change.  It was unfortunate that the VOGA club was unable to obtain a permit for their round of the series which threw it all back the drawing board.

With the tight times a venue that was 100% on private land and would not required a permit was required and thus through a process of best case the Mt Avoca Winery race course was chosen.  This venue has a great history with Mountain Bike racing and this round will be nothing short of great.

Avoca is about a 2hr Drive from Melbourne and less than 1hr drive from Bendigo, Ballarat and Castlemaine so a perfect central location for the final round.

The round will be held as a traditional XC format and similar to the summer State XC rounds we will split into 2 race starts to ensure the track is not too crowded.

The date has been changed to Sunday August 6th.  This was due to a clash with the schools racing competition and with such strong junior fields attending the series it was best that a new date was found also giving us 1 more week to get things moving on this venue change.

The final round will be a great battle location for the final series placing and trophies for both the round and the series will be handed out at the event.

Want to know how you stand in the series?   Check the Series results here

Winter Warmers

Our Winter Warmers events are a series of Sunday afternoon "races with a twist".  The focus is on fun and fitness in the cooler months.  Winter Warmers are suitable for all ages, all abilities - in fact all rounders are most likely to succeed.

The 2017 Winter Warmers series kicks off on Sunday 16 July with Toss the Boss - heads or tails, win or lose.  If you lose it's the long loop for you.  Fun racing for all the family.

Following events will take place on 30 July, 13 August, 27 August, 10 September and 24 September.  These rounds could feature archery, polo, jousting and perhaps some ball skills for good measure.

Assemble at 2.45 pm for a 3 o'clock start. Home in front of the fire by 4:30pm. 

For the 2017 WW series we will be returning to the former Dirt Crits track at White Hills Reserve, off Rowley Park Road, Campbells Creek (see map below).

First Aid Course for Mountain Bikers

Have you had or witnessed an injury while mountain biking?  Did you or your riding buddies know how to treat the injury and render the appropriate assistance?  Along with your water and nutrition items, you should also carry a practical knowledge of first aid when you ride.

To assist in this goal, the Rocky Riders are holding a basic first aid session for mountain bike riders.  It will cover the common types of injuries, how to deal with them, and what to carry in your pack - in other words, how to help yourself and others in the event of a mishap out in the bush.  Note this is not a formal first aid certificate course.  The course will be conducted by local St John's Ambulance member, Les Vearing.  

Enrolment for this 2 hour session will be restricted to 20 people, so you will need to book a spot in advance.

Date:  Monday 24 July

Time:  7.30pm to 9.30pm

Venue:  West End Hall, corner of View and Woodman Streets, Castlemaine

Cost:  $10 (payment on the night)

To make a booking either email or ring/text David Bannear on 0407 685 871

Interwinter Series Round 3

Round 3 is quickly approaching (Sunday 2 July), get your entries in early, on the day entry will cost you an extra $20.
Andy’s is looking fantastic and trails riding beautifully at the moment, you won’t want to miss it!
Junior’s will be able to race in 3 categories for this round U17, U15 and U13 (for the series all will be in Under17).

Enter at Entryzone -

The Duael 6 Hour Pairs Enduro

Flat Hill Dirt Crits & Rush Cycling Events have set up again to bring you this great event. Basically put; it's a 5-6 hour mountain bike singletrack pairs enduro - nothing fancy, you do one lap on one lap off, no double laps for those fit boys and girls, it’s all about team work.   As for the course, you can expect dirt, rocks, ruts, switchbacks, corners and more corners, drop off, ups downs, trees and all the nature the gold fields of Victoria can throw at you and your buddy in buckets.

Action starts at 10am Saturday 13 May

Event information and entry details

Interwinter Series Round 2 - Cloverleaf

The event will once again be featuring the near-legendary Cloverleaf composition (with a few mods) in the Walmer State Forest.

Date: Sunday 4 June with racing from 10am.

Format: XCO with a Musical Twist.

Predominantly singletrack, with some short sections of open trail and fire road, this course is a series of five different loops with a return to the event village at the completion of each loop.

The event village will feature registration area and feed zones, along with local food and beverage vendors including Rocket Roast Coffee (bicycle powered), Pizza de Wheels and hot dogs - plus braziers to warm up before and after the event.

There will be a Kids 20 minute race for U12s commencing at 9am (registration closes at 8:30am).  Kids entry is free but they will need to register, fill out an entry form with parental permission, have MTBA membership or buy a $10 participation permit on the day.

Entry via Entryzone