Gippsland MTB Girls Dirty Weekend May 3-4
- Created on Saturday, 10 May 2014 11:53
- Written by Liz Mitchell
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In spite of the weather forecast including the possibility of Biblical amounts of rain, around 14 of us enjoyed near perfect riding weather for the Girls weekend at the beginning of May. I’m not sure what the other women thought they were letting themselves in for, but I was bracing for a weekend of bruises, gravel rash, dry mouthed fear descending and near heart failure ascending.
Instead I found myself swinging around the berms, bouncing over logs ( ok maybe too much bounce) and merrily rolling over the rocks at the entirely fun and manageable Blores Hill MTB park. I’m planning on going back, soon, with husband. And checking out some of the closer MTB parks to me that I haven’t felt courageous enough to tackle: although I regard myself as an experienced back road tourer, I hadn’t previously had a lot of exposure to more ‘technical’ riding.
The sheer bliss of an extended technical downhill run on Petes Track on Sunday morning was a real highlight for me. After a fairly apprehensive first run, the second and third runs were a joy as my confidence in what both I and my bike were capable of took a great leap forward. Tackling the rock face descent remains on my to do list but then its good to have something to aim for....
So much of the credit for such a fun rewarding weekend goes to Jacinta and Kirstin (and the other behind the scenes folk) who generously gave up their weekend, and with patience and good humour led us through the technical skills we needed to go and have a blast. Everyone was considerately catered for regardless of their previous experience so that no one felt ‘left behind’. And of course without Mick the shuttle driver we would have spent a great deal of time slogging uphill on Sunday.
A few of the things I learnt when riding with other women:
- You can tell there is something of interest on the trail ahead by the squeals and shrieks coming through the scrub.
- Discussions about what makes for a comfortable womens bike seat are open, honest and explicit.
- If the chick in front of me managed to ride through/ over/ around something, I know I will be able to do so too. Whereas if it was my husband I was following....well, it could just be him being crazy.
Thanks again to Gippsland MTB club for putting on such a great weekend. I plan to be back.
2014 Trail Pass Stickers Now Available!
- Created on Saturday, 05 April 2014 11:13
- Written by Graeme
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Forget Footy cards and tazos....Get the latest in collectables the Gippsland MTB trail pass sticker of 2014!
Have you been out on the Gippsland trails lately and thought 'how can I help out?' or 'wish I had the time to help out' or 'I'd like to help but can't afford a membership'?
Well do we have news for you!
Now available 'GIPPSLAND MTB TRAIL PASS' stickers only $15 can allow you to help out with our trails....Labour free! (But hey...still buy one and come help out) and also show your support for Gippsland MTB loud and proud on your bike or helmet!
Q: What does this funky sticker do?
A: These funky stickers are to raise money for trail maintenance and trail advocacy in our region.
Q: How much of my $15 goes towards trails?
A: 100% of the money from these stickers goes towards trails!
Q: Where do I get one?
A: My fellow trail fairies, can get them from the following
- GMTB online store (Here)
- GMTB events
- More locations TBA!
GMTB and Our Work With Agencies
- Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 13:45
- Written by Adam Downes
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For those of you who may not know, Gippsland Mountain Bike Club has worked tirelessly over many years to build some of the best tracks and Mountain Bike Parks in Victoria. Months and even years are spent formalizing agreements, gathering grants, working with land owners and other parties to bring members and the general public safe areas to ride. As a club, we oversee more Mountain Bike parks than any other in Australia over a greater area. These include; Blores Hill, Mt Taylor, Foster, Erica, Colquhoun, Mt Baw Baw, Nowa Nowa and currently looking at Bass Coast near Wonthaggi. This achievement can only take place with dedicated locals (also GMTB members), a strong and prosperous working relationship with government authorities, recognition from IMBA, various community groups and the heart and soul of our trail advocacy group. All the hard work, recognition and goodwill is easily undone when illegal and unsafe trails are built in the very parks we have worked so hard to create.
Recently it became known to the committee, through Parks Victoria, that there had been an incident/accident on part of the Blores Trails that was illegally built. In consultation with Parks and the formal agreement we have, the GMTB committee chose to shut down this small part of illegal trail, which included a poorly built jump and resulted in an injury to a rider. It was not the sole decision of any GMTB member/s but an informed decision by the committee and the very agency which has provided the land for us to ride on safely and securely. It is disappointing that these members were singled out, when they were in fact looking at the greater good of Mountain Biking in Gippsland. Mountain Bike Parks have been shut down completely in the past due to selfish actions of a few and the building of illegal trails which are unsafe, damage the environment and are built on areas we do not have the authority to build on. The legalities and ramifications if that rider was more seriously injured on an illegal trail within a set Mountain Bike Park led to the decision. GMTB has been entrusted by local and state government agencies to uphold a safe level of riding in these parks.