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MTB &Trail News

Bikes on a Plane

Posted on 29-08-2014 19:59, by Michael O'Reilly

Some of my happiest moments in the past few years have been arriving in a new town or a new country with a bicycle as part of my luggage.

Especially when I’ve been able to go to the arrivals lounge, find a quiet corner, assemble bike and attach panniers, and head off into the hinterland on my own steam.

None of that messing around with hotel transfers, alien public transport systems or possibly dubious taxi drivers.

Pack carefully, excess weight will be punished financially.

On the flip side, some of my more challenging moments in the past few years have involved getting my bicycle onto a plane.

Cycling greybeards have told me of times when travel was exotic and baggage rules were rubbery, and transporting a bicycle by plane involved little more than letting some air out of the tyres a...


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Official Opening: Old Man Valley - Stage II - 13.12.14

Posted on 24-08-2014 11:50, by Campbell King (SNORC)

Remember the legendary underground HURL events (Hornsby Underground Racing League) and the infamous reporter I.P. Daley who disappeared under a cloud of mystery following a disastrous video incident with the Stig, Rob Warner and a broken lefty fork. Well, like my snoring, he's irrepressible, he's back from the brink .

"Well it's time people.... time to dust off the bike, flick the fluoro lycra back on, slap on the skid lid and get back out there into the world of sculpted dirt, sunken rocks, well placed pedal catchers and insects that can maim or kill you in a matter of minutes.

YES...we've all been waiting for stage 2 OMV to get 'the snip' of the scissors and now it's officially open. I've come out of retirement due to lack of funds mostly and an onset of pure boredom... and I am rip, roaring and...


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Posted on 19-08-2014 19:40, by Western Sydney Parklands Trust

Wylde MTB Trail Community Open Day

Due to the heavy rain we have been experiencing over the past few days, Western Sydney Parklands Trust management has made the unfortunate decision today to postpone the official Wylde MTB Trail Community Open Day scheduled for this Sunday 24 August (12 noon to 3 pm).

As the trail requires time to dry and more rain is expected between now and Sunday, the site would not be safe for the public to use by this Sunday and will remain closed until further notice.

In regards to a new community open day, we are currently looking at an alternative Sunday in late September and you will be advised by email when that new date is set with new RSVP instructions.

I look forward to catching up with you at the Wylde MTB Trail in the near future.

Best Regards,

Senior Program Officer, Events & Programs


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Quarry Trail Closure

Posted on 17-08-2014 11:24, by SNORC

Berowra Valley Quarry Trail suddenly closed?

Many of you have ridden from Stewart Avenue in Hornsby, down into the wonderful Berowra Valley, across the historic bridge and up up up to Quarry Road Dural. It is a legendary ride and thousands have been enjoying it for decades. Now SNORC has been inundated with complaints ad questions about what's going on. So after some research here is what they found out.

There are a couple of locations along this road that have always been within the safety zone and only accessible if rifles aren't being used. So the closure is not actually 'new', it's just never been very well communicated or signposted. SNORC called the pho...


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Public Exhibition - Northbridge Park Pump Track Draft Improvement Plan

Posted on 16-08-2014 18:50, by Willoughby City Council, Chuckie

The Northbridge Park North Landscape Master Plan (2010) provides recommendations for different areas and facilities throughout Northbridge Park.  The recommendation for the pump track at Bonds Corner is:

“The existing bike track is to be improved and modified to become an off-road cycling skills track.”

In response to the recommendation, Council has engaged a specialist bike facility consultant to prepare a Draft Improvement Plan for the track.

Please Have Your Say by commenting in our forum...


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Wylde MTB Trail Community Open Day

Posted on 26-07-2014 17:48, by Western Sydney Parklands Trust


Wylde MTB Trail Community Open Day
Cecil Park, Western Sydney Parklands
Sunday 24 August
12 to 3 pm

Suellen Fitzgerald, Director Western Sydney Parklands Trust invites you, family and friends to join the community to officially open the Wylde MTB Trail at Cecil Park (just off Elizabeth Drive).

The 12 km Wylde MTB Trail has been built to International Mountain Bike Association standards and includes jump runs and a pump track.

Official proceedings

The official opening of Wylde MTB Trail will be at 12.15pm.

Opening Day Activities

On the day we will be running a number of skills clinics by trail designer and builder, Brett Barnes (Dirtz) and Western Sydney MTB Club's R...


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JetBlack 12-Hour: A New Level of Fatigue!

Posted on 15-07-2014 19:41, by Tristan White

Status: Finished
Laps: 19
Time: 12:20:59
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...


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OMV - Stage 2 Trail Opening on 22/6 has been Postponed Until Further Notice.

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...


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Di2 XTR – Is this the pinnacle of mtb transmission design?

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...


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Trail Building & Maintenance – a series of thoughts pt5

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 ( . From here you can use the tools to view boundari...


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The View from Knapsack Trail

Ryan's first time Off-Road!