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Volunteers Needed - VES Blores Hill 2018
- Created on Sunday, 08 July 2018 19:52
- Written by Malte Adebahr
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As the VES Blores Hill 3/6hr enduro is fast approaching, we are again in need of volunteers to help run this major event. The help we specifically need is people to marshal the track on either morning or afternoon shifts and people to help with the event setup and packdown.
If you are able to help out on the weekend of the 21st-22nd July, please register your name to volunteer by clicking here!
2018 Victorian Endurance Series - Round 4 Blores Hill 3/6 Hour Enduro Saturday, July 21st
- Created on Monday, 18 June 2018 12:36
- Written by DB
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After the success of last years event, you need to do yourself a favor come and enjoy the fantastic trails at Blores Hill where it is perfect weather year round. Don't believe us, ask anyone who came last year!
This year's track is in great condition and has plenty of challenging elements. Rock gardens, log rides, flowing singletrack, buster berms, and The Trig, all through the mighty Gippsland scrub.
Don't know Blores Hill? Click Here to have a look at this footage of the 2014 Blores Hill Enduro from the air.
Don't miss out! This is going to be an awesome ride and a fun event.
6 Hour Race
3 Hour Race
Over $2000 worth ofprizes and giveaways!!
Cash prizes for all
6 hour solo
- Solo Adult entry fee is $65
- Solo Junior entry fee is $35 (16+ as per MTBA Junior Policy)
- Adult Team entry fee is $130 per team for either 2 or 3 riders
- Junior Team entry fee is $65 and all riders must be Over 12 and Under 19
- 12 year old's can enter, but are restricted to 1 hour and must compete with an Over 12 team mate
- If you do not have a current MTBA Competition License you will be required to purchase a day license:
- Senior (19 and over): $33
- Junior (Under 19): $20
- Recreation Upgrade: $15
- Early Bird Entries close on Wednesday July 18th
- Entries after Wednesday July 18th will be accepted until 8pm Friday, however these will incur an additional $20 fee per person
- In person entries will be accepted at registration at Blores Hill Caravan Park from 5pm to 8pm on Friday July 20th
- Refunds are available on request until registration closes, however please note:
- Refunds after Wednesday July 18th we will require to retain $25 per competitor to cover event costs
- Refund requests post registration close will be at Race Directors discretion
- Club Championship Points: There will only be awarded to 6 hour entries
- SORRY, NO ENTRIES ACCEPTED ON RACE DAY!
- Click here to view the current Entry List.
- Click here to view the course map.
- The Blores Hill track is located a short drive north of Heyfield in Victoria. About 2.5 hours east from the Melbourne CBD. Your best bet is to stay on the Princes Highway until you get to Traralgon and then follow the signs to Heyfield. Some GPSs suggests you turn off at Moe, but we'd advise against that.
- Once you are in Heyfield, there will be signs directing you onto Weir Road and then to the race venue (about 5 minutes from town).
- The race start/finish line is on the grounds of the Blores Hill Caravan Park, making it the ideal place to stay. Both camping and cabins are available, call 03 5148 2495 to book.
- The Munjara Outdoor Centre is about two minutes ride away and has several mudbrick cabins available. 03 5148 3009 or 0428 483 009.
- The Wellington Shire website provides more options via it's Accommodation Search (select Location as Heyfield).
- Food will be available all day Saturday
- Coffee will be available at the event!!!
- There will be regular shuttles running from the race village up to the Trig for spectating.
- The Trig is the most technical part of the course and well worth a look.
To try to get people to not rush off at the conclusion of the race we have some activities planned. Here are some reasons to stay on and enjoy the post race atmosphere:
- If you stay the night, feel free to ride the rest of Blores Hill as there is more to Blores Hill than what you've seen in the race.
GRANT FUNDING SUCCESS!
- Created on Saturday, 28 April 2018 20:53
- Written by Malte Adebahr
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Haunted Hills Bike Park
Gippsland MTB Inc (GMTB) has been successful in their application for nearly $1m under the Australian Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Packages for development of the Haunted Hills Bike Park.
The new bike park will be constructed on a greenfield site located at Haunted Hills near Newborough. It will be a significant gateway trail network and skills development facility.
It will provide a gateway to mountain biking with trails progressing from beginner (4kms) to intermediate (4kms) and expert (2kms) plus skills area and pump track. The park will progressively introduce riders to rollers, berms, jumps and rock gardens. It will also have quality infrastructure including shelter, bike wash, picnic tables, toilets and car park.
The park will become a gateway to mountain biking in Gippsland where we now have eight authorised MTB parks and more in the planning.
Working closely with Latrobe City Council, the Haunted Hills Bike Park project will commence development planning within the next few months with the aim of completion in approximately two years.
Gippsland Tracks & Trails - Feasibility Study
GMTB is also a project partner in the South Gippsland Shire Council’s Gippsland Track & Trails – Feasibility Study which was also offered funding under the Australian Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Packages.
This is a visitor economy priority project of the Gippsland Local Government Network, an alliance of six local governments who collectively advocate for investment in the Gippsland region. Together with Destination Gippsland, GMTB has joined and will help fund the project.
From a mountain biking perspective we hope to achieve clear recommendations regarding the future development of MTB trails in Gippsland. This should then assist with funding applications and land manager support for future trail development.
This project will be a significant investment into the future of mountain biking in Gippsland.
Trail Advocacy Report 2017
- Created on Tuesday, 05 December 2017 20:21
- Written by Johno
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In The Spirit of Mountain Biking
Gippsland MTB Inc has been operating for more than 9 years. When we first established there were no authorised mountain bike trails in Gippsland. It has always been one of our clear objectives to develop new trails for all of us to ride. Today, Gippsland has some 8 authorised mountain bike parks and GMTB is working hard to establish more. Here is a bit of an update:-
We Need Your Help!
GMTB has a great partnership with Parks Victoria and we are working together to maintain and develop trails. We have recently acquired a pre-loved 1.5 ton excavator for a very generous price from one of our long time members. Thank you Pylie!
Adrian Schellen and his team of trail builders (Dan, Watty, Rodger, Lenny) together with Connor Wilson from PV have planned and are now making major improvements to the trail network using the excavator and a lot of hard labour. At present we are finishing work commenced by Dirt Art last year on BMT. We will progress to upgrade many trails throughout the Park.
Because of the nature of the soil type at Blores it is imperative that the trail builders control the re-opening of trails after improvement works. If this is not handled correctly all the hard work can be lost very quickly. Sometimes it may take up to 3 months after trail works commence before they can be opened to the public for riding. During this time the trails will be closed using bunting and signage.
It is imperative that all riders respect the trail closures and stay off the new trail work. We seek your help to keep any eye open and ensure that no riders access and ride the trails early. This will only cause longer delays and more hard labour for our member volunteers.
Working with DELWP, GMTB is well progressed in having Pete’s Track recognised as an authorised mountain bike trail. Initially this will require installation of signage and a number of measures to meet IMBA standards of safety.
In the medium term we will endeavour to address a number of drainage and trail sustainability issues by realigning sections of trail and introducing features such as berms, rollers, jumps, etc.
Soon we will be able to run the popular “Pete’s Track Sprint” once again as an annual event.
Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park
Latrobe City Council has approved and endorsed the plans for the Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park.
Nick King and Ian Johnston have been working hard making submissions to various government agencies for funding for the project. We will continue in these endeavours for as long as it takes to get funded.
Gippsland Mountain Biking Strategy
Again, Johno and Kingy have been hard at it making submissions to government agencies for funding for a whole of Gippsland mountain biking strategy.
If we can achieve delivery of an approved Strategy it should open up many opportunities for funding for new mountain bike parks and epic trails. DELWP and Parks Victoria are very supportive of having a strategy in place and are seeking this guidance for approval of new mountain bike trails.
Glengarry / Erica / Walhalla / Baw Baw / Mt Hedrick / Kilcunda / Omeo
All of these locations are places identified for the possible future development of mountain bike parks and epic trails. Collectively, if funded and built, they could really help put Gippsland on the map as a major destination for mtb.
We will continue to submit to government to achieve a Strategy for mountain biking in Gippsland.
If you would like to help out in any way with GMTB activities please contact us. We really appreciate all the help we can get !
HVP Access Pass
- Created on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 19:25
- Written by Malte Adebahr
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If you find yourself riding any trails located in HVP plantations,
HVP now request you fill out an induction form and access a pass to ride on HVP land. This can be simply done by accessing their website here and following the directions to complete the forms. So if you find yourself riding on HVP land, please take the few minutes it takes to fill out the form.