MTB &Trail News
Posted on 15-07-2014 19:41, by Tristan White
Position (Overall): 9
Position (Category): 7
Ever since I discovered that there was an Under 23 category for 24 hour racing, I had contemplated having a go at one. Although the most I'd done in previous races was 100km events, I have done 12 and 24h rogaines (on-foot navigation competitions), so I had hoped that I'd be able to merge my cycling ability with my long-term endurance. To put things mildly though, a 24h (solo) on the bike is a a big step up from a marathon, so before I did one of them, I needed an intermediate type of event that would get me a feel for what this type of riding would be like.
Hence the JB12H.
Being in the middle of uni break, it was at an optimal time so that I could do it not in a massive rush and I'd have time to do some ex...
Posted on 19-06-2014 06:52, by SNORC
Following the cancellation of the original opening of the mtb trails, a number of riders ripped down the barrier and trashed the soft clay sections. These had just been repaired and hardened. Unfortunately the sections had not firmed up and so the damage was pretty bad. Council/SNORC hasn't been able to repair the damage as yet and so Council have postponed the official opening indefinately. Stage 2 will be open to riders once it dries out. We will keep you posted re a new date for the official opening event in the future.
Next maintenance day - 2PM 5th July
Remember 2PM for the next maintenance day. We have received a lot of comments back from you guys about stage 2. We agree and believe that stage 2 needs fine tuning. The flow could be better in parts, jumps in better locations and better drainage. We don't have the funding to pay someone to improve it but we hope to work on it bit by bit. We might tackle some of the stage 2 weak point...
Posted on 09-06-2014 14:15, by Grant B
Shimano recently released its first electric mtb group set in the form of Di2 XTR, but does it address everyone’s needs? It has plenty of options including the ability to run 1x, 2x or 3x chain rings across an 11-40 11 speed cassette. Programmable sequential shifting and the ability to run suspension and possibly an adjustable seat post off the same battery are all pretty cool if you want that too.
Let’s have a look at what the new XTR offers over a traditional cable set up.
If you’re running a 1x chaining set up you’ve probably come to terms with the reduced gear range compared to a 3x set up so nothing will really change with the Di2 XTR set up. Shifter feel might be a bit different having to push buttons instead of levers but it shouldn’t take long to get used to. Compared to the 42 tooth cog on the SRAM 1x group sets a...
Posted on 31-05-2014 20:45, by Grant B
Trail building & Maintenance – The Approval Process?
This instalment covers my experiences only. There are going to be differences in how other people interact with whichever body they are working with and if I’ve missed something or someone has gone about their approval process in a different way I’d love for your experiences to be shared.
The approval process for mountain bike trails is a tricky one and will be a little different depending on who owns the land. The first step is to find out who owns the piece of land you want to build on or have existing informal trails approved. I prefer to say informal instead of illegal as this is the same term that walkers and hikers use when discussing trails.
I think the best starting point for discovering who owns land is the SIX Maps website (http://maps.six.nsw.gov.au/) . From here you can use the tools to view boundari...
Posted on 18-05-2014 12:49, by Grant B
Trail Building & Maintenance – Some Do’s and Don’ts?
If only trail building and maintenance was as simple as digging a hole. It’s not an overly difficult thing to do, but it’s surprising how much common sense doesn’t get used when looking at how things should be done.
First off, get permission to do the work. Unless you are building on your own land you have to get permission to save yourself some trouble later on if you are building a new trail. If you plan on working on an existing trail network, get permission from the people involved. This might be the local club, council or small group of builders. Don’t go in and build a trail anywhere you want, or change someone else’s trail. It’s just not cool!
Planning is a must. Do some proper planning. Look at options when designing trails. Work out how you are going to get things done. How many people need to be involved? Wh...
Posted on 13-05-2014 18:29, by Warringah Council, Steve Smith
Manly Dam upgrade work has commenced, Work is currently underway adjacent to the Warringah Street/ Manning Street section of track a.k.a. Track section 1 (see below). The entire track remains open and will remain so unless otherwise advised. From time to time diversions around the works may be in place. These will be well signed. Riders are requested to follow advisory signs and the relevant directions.
• Track Section 1 Park Main Entry to Manning Street - the area of track east of Manning Street
• Track Section 3 Kirkwood Street to Wakehurst Parkway Gate - the Sniggle alongside the Wakehurst Parkway
• Track Section 7 Allambie Heights junction to bottom of 19th Hole - the track leading into and including the 19th Hole
WHEN: May-June (weather permitting)
WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU: Improved track drainage to reduce erosion and track widening and to enable the track to recover quicker after rain...
Posted on 11-05-2014 14:28, by Grant B
Trail building & Maintenance – Where to start?
So you’ve decided to do a bit of trail maintenance or building! Great stuff. But, where do you start?
I think the best place to start is volunteering with your local club. Mtb clubs need volunteers because it is usually a small group of people doing a lot of work. Being a club member and attending organised build days can provide you with some degree of insurance if there is an unfortunate accident. I originally joined a mtb club after 10 years out of a club just so I could do sanctioned trail work.
Another benefit of attending a club build day is that hopefully there is someone there who has some idea of how to do things and can show those new to trail work what to do. This isn’t always the case though. I remember attending a track work ses...
Posted on 04-05-2014 16:17, by Grant B
Trail building & Maintenance - What’s in it for you?
How good does it feel when you beat your mate through a section of trail? Usually, pretty awesome. Unless they’ve stacked it big time. Then you ask if they’re okay and if they are you laugh at them and still feel better about beating them!
Getting up or down a techy nemesis seems impossible?
Setting a faster time on Strava…
All of these achievements can be made easier by doing a little trail building or maintenance.
Generally, your time spent building will be done on foot. You get the opportunity to check out the track in a way you normally wouldn’t. Going along slowly you will pick out small things that could completely change how you attack a line. That rock you’ve always avoided at normal riding speed might actually have the perfectly shaped edge to help pop over the tree root next to it; the main trail line g...
Posted on 30-04-2014 16:51, by SNORC
Rock N Roll Build Day this Saturday
Sorry, you'll have to leave the air guitar, platforms and hair spray at home this time because Council has hauled in a pile of rock and so its time to make like an Egyptian slave and lend a hand carrying a few stones. The king of rock armouring Alan Miller is rumoured to be there and our plan is to carry enough rock to keep him as busy as a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. So we will really need some dudes / dudettes to help - so please come along!
Bring gloves, strong boots and an ancient stone mason if you know one. Bring a wheel barrow if you have one and can carry it. But seriously, don't wear thongs (neck to knee swimsuits only thanks).
We meet at the trail head on Quarry Road at 2PM. If you are late, then just take a bit of a walk around and you should find the trail work signs. We will be working on the South Side and also near the Deep End (below the pool).<...
Posted on 25-04-2014 13:41, by Grant B
Here is the first in a series of my thoughts on some aspects of trail building and maintenance in the Sydney area…
Why don’t more people get involved?
Everyone likes to go mountain biking, but why doesn’t everyone like to help out and maintain the infrastructure we need to ride our bikes?
At any given time there are always things to be done on almost every trail we ride. It might just be moving a few sticks off a line to prevent derailleurs or spokes being damaged or using the good old foot shovel to scrape a drainage nick free of leaves and sediment. But why can’t everyone do even these small jobs?
These can all be dragged off the track by one person
In discussions with various stakeholders, the common theme that appears to b...