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Womens Come and Try Ride - Sun 5 May

Castlemaine Rocky Riders MTB Club and Mt Alexander Shire Council proudly bring you a Come and Try Women's MTB Foundation Skills and Social Ride at the Walmer State Forest from 9am - 11am on Sunday 5 May.

Become confident on your bike - on and off-road - and enjoy the outdoors.

A limited number of hire bikes and helmets are available. Or we can arrange a rental with The Bike Vault in Castlemaine.

Foundation skills to be covered include
> Body Position and Balance
> Operations controls - brakes and gears
> Terrain Awareness

Then we'll head out for an easy spin in the Walmer State Forest to test out our new skills.

Bring water and snacks.

Registration is required via the MTBA website.

This event is being supported by Mount Alexander Shire Council as part of the This Girl Can program.

May Social Ride - Muckleford

The May social ride will be held on Sunday 12 May and will feature another visit to the magical Muckleford Forest to see what the local trail fairies have been up to. A loose collection of singletrack has existed in this part of the forest for many years, but is less frequently visited. Generally 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 (but no coffee van).

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 info@rockyriders.com to make sure there is space.

Rider Profile - Tully J Godfrey

Name – Tully J. Godfrey

Profession - Mountain Biker (also primary school student on my days off)

Uphill or Downhill? Downhill. Definitely downhill :)

Most epic day on a bike? Lake Crackenback to Thredbo on the Thredbo Valley Trail.

I'm currently riding … Trek MT220

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - Harcourt

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... Skateboarding, but I do that a lot anyway

One day I'll ride ... a motorbike

When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... my asthma puffer (don't judge me), clothes, water bottle, helmet, gloves, glasses, bike

My race highlight? 2nd overall in the 17/18 Dirt Crits season.

What is in your backpack? Just school stuff. :)

Social Ride - Sunday 14 April

The April Social Ride will celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of the trails at La Larr Ba Gauwa Park, Harcourt. By some estimates there have been around 30,000 wheels across the trails there in the past twelve months, with most riders providing very favourable feedback on the trail layout. Some moisture on the trails would be handy to settle the surface down again so let's hope there is one rain event on the horizon.

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).

Rider Profile - Bronwyn Dawson

Name – Bronwyn Dawson
Profession - Finance coordinator, amongst other things.
Uphill or Downhill? Downhill. Unless you want to hear me whine about the uphill.
Most epic day on a bike? It wasn't a big riding day, but the first of the 2018 Winter Warmer series held in Castlemaine was epic for the mud. Never ridden in anything like it. But I still loved it.
I'm currently riding … Liv Pique Advanced.
Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - Haven't found it yet. I'm enjoying everything I'm riding.
If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be ... Snow skiing.
One day I'll ride ... How long have you got to hear my list? It's endless...
When I head out for a ride I never leave without ... water and my phone.
My race highlight? Any time I beat my kids is a highlight.
What is in your backpack? Multi tool, pump, first aid, snack, sunscreen and water.
Bronwyn on song in the Pineys

March Social Ride - Wombat Forest

On Sunday 17 March we will team up with the Wombat MTB Club to tackle the Wombat Forest trails outside Woodend. Even though it is only 50 kms down the highway, the terrain, the forest and the trails are very different to our normal Castlemaine fare.

These hand built trails provide a great range of singletrack with quite a few technical features thrown in for good measure.

We will split into two groups - one for a faster paced ride, one for a more social pace and maybe a slightly shorter distance.

We will carpool from the Theatre Royal at 9am or you can meet us at the corner of Fingerpost Road and Boldiston Road at 9:45am.

Rolling Ride Sunday 3 March

The club’s next rolling (easy) ride for 2019 is on Sunday 3 March. We will be leaving the Castlemaine Theatre Royal at 9am. We will head out along Forest Creek, turn towards Golden Point and return via the fringe of the Pine Plantation.

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 and are suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.

Junior Skills Clinic

Our Dirt Crits season is about to recommence so what better time to offer some skills sessions for our junior riders. Rocky Riders will be staging a skills clinic for riders 12 years and under on Saturday 2 February from 8:30am to 10am. This session will be held at the Dirt Crits course in White Hills Reserve.

The session will be led by two of our PMBIA qualified coaches, Carrie Edney and Al Farley. Participants will be limited to fourteen in total so you need to book your sport quickly.

The cost is $25 for members and $40 for non-members.

Bookings are being processed via the MTBA website; just follow this link.

Rolling Ride Sunday 20 January

The club’s first rolling (easy) ride for 2019 is on Sunday 20 January. 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.

World MTB Ride Day

Sunday 9 Dec 2018 has been designated inaugural World MTB Ride Day! This idea has been floated by Mic and Michelle Longhurst, hosts of the popular We Ride Mountain Bikes page on Facebook. This group connects MTBers in 100 countries around the world. They are encouraging riders to celebrate and spread the love of mountain biking by posting photos to the page of you and your old and new ride buddies riding on that day, with the hashtag #WorldMTBRideDay.

To join in the celebrations we will host a special World MTB Ride Day at the Baco trails in the Walmer State Forest. The Baco trails offer a great variety of singletrack with plenty of typical Rocky Riders terrain. This will be a social ride for all levels to cater for maximum participation.

Meet at the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens (opposite The Mill complex in Walker Street) at 9am for a social-paced ride of 15-20 kms.