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.
Cancelled: Gnarly Business Big Lap Race
- Created on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 13:26
- Written by Adam Downes
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It is with great regret that we have had to cancel the Gnarly Business Big Lap to be held at Mt Taylor on the 23rd February. A number of significant people in charge of the event organisation have been tied up with the fires raging in East Gippsland. This would unfortunately make the race too difficult for others to run, thus falling below the high standard of event management the club prides itself on. Many thanks to Brad Fisher, Gary Jackson and Andrew Sharpe for the work they had already put in for this race before the fires hit.
This means our next race will be at Foster on the 23rd of March. The full GMTB calendar is on the website, but will be emailed to you all shortly.
Thank-you for your understanding.
Enjoy the trails!!
Giant Demo Day - Blores Hill: 9 Feb 2014
- Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 16:37
- Written by GT
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Wednesday Evening Blores Social Rides
- Created on Thursday, 02 January 2014 12:29
- Written by Adam Downes
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That's right!! It is that time of year again when GMTB host the mid-week social rides at Blores Hill. They leave the trail head on Maffra-Tinamba at 7pm every Wednesday night and cater for ALL riders. Generally we will split into 2-3 groups consisting of the faster riders, riders that will ride at a more 'breathable' pace and a more relaxed group. Beginners and first timers are strongly encouraged to attend to hone their mountain bike skills. Groups will have a leader and tail person, not leaving until the tail has caught up; you will never be by yourself!
The social rides normally finish around 8:30-9pm and there is no need for lights during January and February. There have been some murmurings about keeping the ride going for a little longer into March and beyond which we think is a brilliant idea! Stay tuned.
For holders of an MTBA or IMBA license, these rides are free to come and enjoy. If you don't hold a current license, you'll have to purchase a $5 day license for insurance purposes.
SEE YOU THERE!!!
Mt Baw Baw Social Ride Weekends
- Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 19:16
- Written by Kingy
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|What:||Mt Baw Baw Social Ride Weekends|
|Where:||Mt Baw Baw
|Format:||Downhill and XC Social Riding|
|Requirements:||Fullface or XC Helmet, DH or XC Bikes in good working order – Gloves and Goggles advised to be worn, body armour advisable for DH|
#1 Saturday and Sunday 11th
DH open both days for shuttles from 10:00 – 16:00
|Cost:||DH1 Trail access, shuttle & 3hr bike hire (Voltage) $95|
|Accommodation:||Bike Baw Baw Package:
Enjoy Saturday night accommodation, 2 day DH1 trail access & shuttle, pot & parma for dinner & breakfast pack for just $130!
|Information:||03 5165 1136
The single track course provides a good introduction into cross country mountain biking with challenging climbs and exciting descents. Raised decking has been installed over wet areas to ensure the trail remains in good condition throughout the season. The ride is picturesque with rest areas and picnic tables scattered along the trail.
Visit the Resort’s iconic landmarks and enjoy stunning sights including fields of wildflowers, forests of Snow Gums and Mountain Ash and the impressive view from the summit. Anthill lookout provides spectacular views over Baragwanath Flat to Mt Phillack and Mt Whitelaw, whilst numerous species of mammals can be spotted in the snow gum woodland including wombats and deer.
All levels are catered for, meaning beginners right through to hardened experts can explore the area using pedal power!
Access to the Cross Country trails is FREE, bring your own bike or hire one from the Adventure Hub on mountain!
Mt Baw Baw’s downhill mountain bike track has developed a reputation within the industry as one of the most challenging and exciting runs in the country.
The starting platform is located along side Currawong drive in the Baw Baw village and riders are faced with a choice of jumps before disappearing down the old chairlift run. Riders meander in and out of the bush and tackle log drops, berms, boulder sections, rollovers, jumps and challenging downhill ramps. Australia’s best riders have conquered the 300 vertical metres plummet in just 2:40 minutes. The main trail will challenge the most competent rider however those not so experienced have the opportunity to bypass the more difficult features via alternate routes.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
- Created on Monday, 23 December 2013 21:26
- Written by Kirstin
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Gippsland MTB wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Stay tuned for the 2014 Gippsland Calendar which will be available online very shortly. We are very excited about a fun, social and a little bit competitive 2014! Stay safe out there and see you on the trails!!
S&J Cycles Erica 3 hour Enduro
- Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 11:25
- Written by Malte Adebahr
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On Sunday the 27th October, mountain bikers from around Victoria travelled to Erica for round nine of the Gippsland mountain bike club Championships, the S&J Cycles Erica 3 hour enduro. In the lead up to this event, the local trail crew put in many hours, cutting the new Silver Top Spur trail, as well as brush cutting and raking the trails in preparation for the race. The circuit which was about 11km in length consisted of the trails Crazy Snake, Bones and the newly cut Silver Top Spur trail featuring many climbs and fast flowy descents and would provide one of the most interesting races Erica has seen.
As the 36 riders lined up for race start, the rain started, providing a muddy and even more interesting circuit, especially on the first decent which was filled with ruts on the steep and slippery surface. As the riders tackled the descent, they were greeted with the sound of cow bells and cheering from the energetic spectators.
With a bit of drizzle and overnight rain, the sun finally came out and greeted the riders, drying up the track and providing a faster track lap after lap. After completing five laps in a time of 3 hours and 43min, Brad Fisher took out the solo male and outright class, followed by Justin Prior in 2nd and Matthew Franke in 3rd in the solo male category. In the team’s category, first place was taken out by Team Puffalot in 1st followed by the Psycho Wombats and M&T in 3rd. Juniors was taken out by myself, completing 4 laps in a total time of 3 hours and 40 minutes in the Solo Junior category. 2nd place was taken by Brent Freeman, followed by Tristan Mooney and local rider, Norman King.
Mountain biking isn’t all about the males however as there is also a strong field of women in the sport. In the women’s Solo category Britta Weller took out first place with 4 laps in 4 hours. Kirstin Curtis took 2nd place followed by Karli Magnuson in 3rd.
The race that started off rainy and muddy, turned into a warm pleasant day, everyone had smiles on their faces and had a great time, ending the day with a BBQ and presentations to reward riders. For full event results and other information on local mountain bike racing, visit www.gippslandmtb.com.au and to keep up to date with Erica MTB Park, make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.