MTB &Trail News
Posted on 02-03-2014 19:23, by Kirsty Needham
A plan to give mountain bikes greater access to Kosciuszko National Park as the sport booms has upset environment groups, who argue tourism operators risk turning the wilderness into a theme park.
The Kosciuszko Thredbo resort charges hundreds of dollars for mountain bike riders to use lifts and trails in the summer, and has requested permission to build more trails in back country areas.
In response, the O'Farrell government has released a draft plan of management that removes a ban on cycling in the habitats of threatened species at Kosciuszko, or where cycling on a trail poses an unacceptable safety risk to walkers. The plan encourages cycling on shared-use tracks that are to be purpose-built.
National Parks Association chief executive Kevin Evans says the changes are ''completely inappropriate'' and will put too much pressure on the alpine environment.
''It changes a natural area into man-modified,...
Posted on 01-03-2014 20:52, by Campbell King, SNORC
Due to the recent wet weather...
We have cancelled the build day today due to rain. We are rescheduling to next Saturday 8/3/14. SEE YOU THERE AT 2PM!
If you are local to Old Mans Valley or ride it often, spend an afternoon helping out with some trailwork. The more people that attend the quicker the work gets done!
Posted on 26-02-2014 19:47, by Campbell King
Riders, we need your help - 2pm this Sat 1st March for a build day.
Dirt Art are forging ahead with stage 2., whuch is great, however this creates a problem.
The club is building the 150 metre link and - somehow! - we are dragging the chain. To give us our due, we've also been pretty busy with general trail maintenance!
But we need this llink built otherwise no-one will be able to connect into stage 2!
If at all possible, please spare us an hour or two this Saturday. Meet at the trailhead sign Quarry Road at 2PM. Bring your muscles.
Posted on 25-02-2014 05:33, by jedijunglesnow, Grant B
A while ago it was announced that Manly Dam would be undergoing some changes as part of the update to the Manly Warringah Memorial Park Plan of Management. There were to be two consultation sessions, including BBQ's!
Feedback from the sessions follows below...
They are going to build a new trail at the top of the Golf Course car park entrance that will go through the trees, instead of on the existing walking track along the side of the oval. The guy I spoke to from the council said there was talks of 2 tracks, an easier one and pump style one with berms and rollers.
They're going to build a b-line down to the flat rock in the Golf Course sniggle to keep slower/beginner riders out of the way of faster riders on the existing line.
Posted on 20-02-2014 17:54, by Nicolai, Grant Byrne
Nicolai has released a teaser for some of their latest work...
past weekend our Teamrider Frank Schneider aka Schneidi, met the filmmaker Jan Zander to shred the Harz mountains.
Is he riding the FAT Bike future?!
The prototype of the Argon FAT equipped with Pinion Gearbox, Gates Carbon Drive system and Carver Trans Fat fork is not treated well only a few hours after it´s birth….
...but have a look at the video
here ---> http://www.vimeo.com/86932937
I've been thinking about getting myself a fatbike for a while now. I had a brief test ride on one that was way too big for me on terrain that was more suitable...
Posted on 16-02-2014 18:30, by juliane Wisata
Ed McDonald claimed the AMB100-miler Marathon race win for the fourth time in Canberra on the weekend, completing five laps on a gruelling monster circuit at Stromlo Forest Park in hot conditions. On the Canberran clean sweep elite podium Callum McNamara came in second with a gap of only seven minutes ahead of Sam Moffitt who took out the third position. In the three-lap challenge the race favourite Jarrod Hughes from Jerrabomberra won ahead of the locals Lewis Cressy and Aaron Bashford. Liz Smith from Wollongong defended her marathon 100-miler title from 2013 in the elite women’s field.
Ed McDonald courtesy Outerimage
A field of 300 riders was set to race the AMB 100 Marathon event at Stromlo Forest Park, the inaugural race for new head...
Posted on 14-02-2014 20:01, by Campbell King
Wander down to Old Man Valley on Friday 21st Feb to Get Social at the first ever SNORC BBQ RIDE THINGY!!
Come and sizzle a sausage, enjoy a cruise around the track (rumour has it that an underground makeshift cyclocross circuit may be operating as well) and enjoy a cool drink in the setting sun. OK, so it sounds like the ideal valentines day but NO it's not! It's a SNORC club BBQ social ride thingy. Yes, some feared that North Korea would chill out before SNORC had a social event but they were wrong!
But wait there's more - in addition to meeting other riders, there is a meet and greet the new kid in town from Dirt Art - Simon French. The chocolate coloured dirt of stage 2 is about to be unravelled into a milky flow of fun and excitement. Frenchy will be as busy as a hungry lion on a sheep station come mid Feb and with expectations hi...
Posted on 12-02-2014 08:06, by Bicycle Retailer & Industry News
IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Shimano on Monday announced it was entering the action camera market with the new CM-1000 Sport Camera, a $299 camera that will be available in May.
The CM-1000 is the first product from Shimano's Lifestyle Gear Division that targets the fishing and cycling markets.
Shimano said the camera integrates with existing Shimano electronics in its fishing and cycling products.
The camera produces HD movies and stills. Its F2.0 lens is said to excel in low-light conditions. The camera offers dual, standard angle 135° and super wide 180° modes, while a 90° increment auto-image rotation allows users to flip the camera in multiple directions and maintain a horizontal image plane.
The camera weighs just 86 grams and is waterproof to 10 meters out of the box, without need for an external case.&nb...
Posted on 10-02-2014 20:48, by Campbell King
Welcome to 2014
Well Feb has caught us all by surprise. Where did Jan go? Stage 2 is getting built over the next two months by Dirt Art. We will be organising a time on a weekend for anyone interested to meet Simon French and the Dirt Art team. Simon is keen to meet local riders and get their direct input about what they would like to see in stage 2. So keep an eye out for this meet and greet. It will probably happen in the next two weeks.
Getting oiled up and social in 2014
2014 is going to be the year of the social event for mtbing in our zone. During the construction of stage 2 at Old Mans Valley and beyond, we are committed to running at least a few club rides and a BBQ or two. We will send an email out closer to the time but we real...
Posted on 08-02-2014 17:03, by Fiona Dick
Great news from Chocolate Foot: their 2014 Singletrack Mind Series includes Mowbray Park Farm: Well done Grant Byrne!!
Heading into its 5th big year Chocolate Foot's Singletrack Mind Series is well established as a must-do series of quality events for mountain bikers on the east coast. Chocolate Foot are always enthusiastic about giving riders new and exciting riding experiences, and in 2014 the series will feature two new venues, one of which has never been raced before.
Andrew Lloyd rails through a berm on his way to taking the overall Series victory - Dave Bateman Photography
A new venue in the 2013 edition of the series, Taree will again host the opening event and after the rave reviews about the Kiwarrak State Forest t...