MTB &Trail News
Posted on 09-12-2013 13:51, by The Dudes at SNORC
OMV: 2013 recap
2103 saw stage 1 of the Hornsby MTB Trails opened. It also saw the formation of the Trail Care team who have donated about 1000 hours of time in maintaining the track. The IMBA Masterclass training invested by Council in the community has really paid off and I would challenge anyone to show me a facility where so few $$ have allowed so many people to get out and get healthy on. Given that we've had a spring with long dry dusty periods followed by cyclonic rains, combined with 40,000 laps along the way, the place is looking pretty damn fine. So a huge thanks to everyone who gave up an hour or so to help. We will get back into it in February with the plan to have two months off having fun...Then come and join us again on the first Sat of Feb.
OMV: 2014 - what we are hoping for
Posted on 08-12-2013 20:50, by Adele Worner
The Giant Odyssey Mountain Bike Marathon for 2014 is supporting Michael Blyth who Rapid Ascent have officially appointed as an ambassador for the event, to be held on 27 April 2014 at the cycling mecca of Forrest, Victoria.
Michael was a passionate mountain bike rider who unfortunately suffered a horrific spinal injury whilst mountain biking near Sunbury (VIC) on the 22nd of May 2013, at just 18 years of age. This has resulted in paralysis from the abdomen down and moved him from riding his bike, to riding a wheel chair.
Apart from the devastation of the injury, the financial strain now burdening Michael and his family is only another battle. Michael is NOT financially covered by TAC nor the National Disability Insurance Scheme, so the Blyth family is forced to pick up all the costs of his rehab, alterations to the family home and car, and all o...
Posted on 06-12-2013 20:34, by Keith McKellar Stewart
The summer season of racing will kick off/lay down some rubber in the dirt, this Sunday at Wingello with a 9:00am race start time. All mountain bike riders from juniors through to any age are invited - all grades. Come along and join in the fun... Registration open from 8:00am - 8:45am. Racing to commence 9:00am!
All riders must be MTBA-licensed and comply with MTBA racing requirements re: approved helmets, functional, well-serviced bikes etc - either current annual or day license may be purchased on the day.
A junior-sub-junior race is also planned.
Meeting point is following on google maps: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z81VHnl25qDM.koBjAyT5EXNE
If unfamiliar with the location - entry point is via Forest Rd Wingello to the Forest camping ...
Posted on 04-12-2013 22:26, by Grant Shatford
Not much to this little set of tracks - more XC (cross-country) than hilly - and I wouldn’t suggest you invest in a first class ticket just to drive here from anywhere remote, but if you live close by, this trail may be worth checking out.
It’s perhaps an hour of riding & exploring in scrub, but it does join up with the Toongabbie trail, and if you’re prepared to do some hike-a-bike you can explore even further afield.
It's part of both Bidjigal Reserve & Darling Mills State Forest.
Interesting area with hardly any walkers in the early mornings so you've pretty much got the place to yourself 'til later in the day. Sometimes you just need to get away from it all and this is a pretty good place to lose yourself in.
Local unused backwater.
Posted on 02-12-2013 21:08, by Grant Shatford
Combine your weekly shopping at the Bondi Beach Farmers Markets with some tuning of your bike.
The amazingly helpful guys & gals from The Nunnery will help you fix your bike.
They would like to thank the Clovelly Community Bank (Bendigo Bank) for their generous support of their workshops.
When: 14 Dec, 9am - 1pm
Where: Transition Bondi Stall, Bondi Beach Farmers Markets.
Help them to facilitate a great experience by RSVP'ing for the workshops @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 01-12-2013 22:00, by Fiona Dick
Having been one of the most popular rounds of the 2012 SRAM Singletrack Mind Series, promoter Chocolate Foot decided that the trails in Kinross State Forest near Orange would make the perfect finale to the 2013 series and they didn't disappoint.
As weather events affected the series all year, it was of great relief to be gifted superb weather for racing while the coastal regions of the state were experiencing downpours. And with the trails in excellent condition after many hours of work by the hosting club, Central West Off Road Bicycle Club, all factors were in place for a stunning close to the Series.
Cameron Prosser (Target Trek Racing Juniors) tips his bike into another of Kinross State Forest’s flowing corners.
With series honours on the line as well as the round win on riders...
Posted on 30-11-2013 21:56, by Tristan White
Tristan just finished his Uni exams & recently completed the Highland Fling. Someone asked him which he thought was better....or worse.
It didn't take him too long to write about how these two seemingly different events are the same...or are they?
FLING: Spend all the previous weeks in intense training.
EXAM: Spend all the previous weeks in intense studying.
FLING: Most of my non-cyclist friends think I'm crazy for voluntarily punishing myself in such a tough race.
EXAM: Most of my non-engineer friends think I'm crazy for enrolling in such a tough course.
FLING: Try to integrate my training into my commute - i.e., ride to Hornsby station.
EXAM: Try to integrate my study into my commute - ...
Posted on 29-11-2013 22:22, by Grant Shatford
Here's an interesting little off-road cycleway that's perfect for winter days when you want to get from Manly Beach and up to Manly Dam without going on-road, or come down the hill from Balgowlah and ride to the beach equally safely.
Starts quietly in Baringah Ave, goes through some tree reserves then heads past the Golf Course to the beach via marked footpaths and Lagoon Park. Easy riding. Top destination. No flamin' parking fees in Manly Beach!! What more could you want on the North Shore for a family excursion?
Posted on 29-11-2013 21:30, by Terry Breheny
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is pleased to announce that its 2014 World Summit will be held in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Aug. 20-24. The biennial event brings together mountain bike enthusiasts, volunteers, trail builders and thought leaders with bike industry representatives, land managers and government officials from across the U.S. and around the world. The IMBA World Summit is a unique opportunity for people to share ideas, learn new things and ride great trails in a beautiful destination.
Photo: Steamboat Springs
IMBA chose Steamboat Springs from a strong pool of 16 proposals from mountain biking destinations across the country. Additional details, including a call for conference presentations and early registration, will be made available in January.
"The 2012 World Summit in Santa Fe, New ...
Posted on 27-11-2013 21:21, by Michael O'Reilly
Bang! You didn't see it coming, or perhaps it unfolded in all-too-alarmingly-obvious fashion. Maybe you've been in a collision with a motor vehicle, hit something in the road, lost control without warning, been deceived by a slippery surface or ... maybe you're not even sure what the hell just happened. All you really know is, you've just been in a crash.
Having an accident on a bicycle can be a confusing experience, and there are a lot of things to deal with, even though you may be in shock or in pain.
In almost a decade of keen riding, covering many thousands of kilometres every year, I've had two "offs" – once when I was hit by a car, and once due to equipment failure. Both times I was fortunate to escape significant injury, and both times I was helped by those nearby – concerned strangers as well as fri...