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 to make sure there is space.

Rolling Ride Sunday 10 June

The club’s second rolling (easy) ride is on this Sunday, 10 June. 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.

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

Social Ride Sunday 20 May

The May social ride will be held on Sunday 20 May with a visit to the developing trail network in Gisborne ... and a social catch up with the dedicated team of local enthusiasts who are maintaining this trail network.

The ride will take in some pretty special singletrack en route to Hobbs Road and some interesting trails adjacent to the landfill site.  As the picture demonstrates some of the "rubbish" did not quite make it all the way to the tip!

A ride of around 30 km in length catering to intermediate and advanced riders.

The Gisborne and Surrounds MTB club will host a barbecue following the ride.

Meet in Gisborne at 10am at the John Aitken Reserve (on the left as you enter town, opposite the Coles shopping centre);  car pool from the Theatre Royal at 9:15am.

As usual riders need to be self sufficient with spares and refreshments.  Day licences available at $10.

Rider Profile - Nick Lewis

Name – Nick Lewis

Profession – environmental consultant transitioning to full time Dad

Uphill or Downhill? Bit of both…  
Most epic day on a bike?  Not as fancy as my last profile, but a last minute call by Nick Byrne to ride Muckleford trails from Castlemaine.  Knocked out all the trails, then a mixed grill and pots at the Newstead pub.  Bonked big time on the ride home, needing to stay in granny gear all the way home.  Still have the sun burn scars on my lower back where my jersey rode up…

I'm currently riding… less often that I would like (maybe as a full time Dad I’ll get out on my Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt a bit more frequently?!)

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) -  North East Vic are great (Beechworth, Yack, Falls, Mount Beauty & Bright).  Rode Tathra recently, loved the ‘old skool’ feel of the trails, and finishing at the beach is always good.

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be... a little bit grumpier  

One day I'll ride... North Island of New Zealand (yep, still the same aspiration as my first profile 6 years ago!)

When I head out for a ride I never leave without... my helmet. Beyond that it is quite variable what comes (or gets forgotten)

My race highlight?  Redesdale 24 hour with a great bunch of blokes… 2 hour plus full team lap at 1am was a unique experience ….

What is in your backpack?  a tube, hopefully a pump, a few random tools that were useful in the nineties which I never really knew what to do with

Golden Triangle Epic

Some great results for Rocky Riders in Sunday's Golden Triangle Epic despite the hot, dry and very dusty conditions.  Piper Albrecht dominated the field to claim victory in the 50km Junior event (and record the second fastest time of the day); Lachlan Warren was a member of the Junior Men's Team that took out the 50 km relay event; and Carrie Edney gained a podium position with third in the Women's 100km Masters 3/4 event.  Commiserations to Club President Col Norris who was in the hunt in the 50km Masters 7+ category until a broken derailleur brought his race to an end at the 21km mark.

Congratulations to the other Rocky Riders who completed the event ... and to the Bendigo MTB Club for staging another spectacular edition of the Epic.

Social Ride Sunday 15 April

The April Social Ride will showcase the most recent and awesome addition to our riding options in central Victoria with a tour of the trails at La Larr Ba Gauwa Park.

We’ll roll out as a group from the Goldfields Track café in Harcourt Central at 9am sharp (get in early if you want a pre ride cuppa) along the off road path to the La Larr Ba Gauwa main trail shelter.  Depending on numbers, we will likely split from here into two groups, with one tackling the northern trails (berms and more berms), and the other the southern blue trails (rock features and more rock features) before returning to the shelter, and heading to the other side of the park for those keen for more. 

Expect up to 3 hours of riding (20 – 30 km), with intermediate to advanced skills and fitness required.  A reminder there is no drinking water at the park, so bring enough food, water and spares to see you through. 

Optional Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) day licences will be available for purchase on the day ($10).