Gippsland MTB Round 4 –S&J Cycles Pete’s Track Sprint – 26th May, 2013
- Created on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 19:08
- Written by Luke Yeates
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What is this new format of racing? Gravity Enduro? Start at a higher elevation and finish at a lower elevation? Then get shuttled to the start to do it all again? Gippsland MTB got onto this idea years ago...
It’s May again – Time for Pete’s Track Sprint. S&J Cycles are back on board to proudly sponsor another great event.
This race always seems to bring out the XC/DH rivalry – The DHer’s have claimed the title of recent years, perhaps this is the year of the XC rider? Can someone finally knock Karl Peel out of position 1?
The course will be approximately 5km in length and it showcases fast, flowing trails, rock gardens and log rides. The locals have put a huge amount of effort into the course to make it one you will remember. While some may see recent weather and falling trees as having made a bit of a mess of the track, Lenny sees ‘opportunities’ and ‘potential’ so look out for some possible new additions to the course that we all currently enjoy.
The race format will be similar to a DH event – practice runs and shuttles will be available for riders once registered until the rider briefing. Riders will get two race runs with only their fastest time counting towards their final standing.
The event is open to both members and non-club members for solo entries in Male, Female and Junior categories. It is suitable for riders of all abilities and a great way to get involved surrounded by a friendly atmosphere.
S & J Cycles have put together some excellent prize packs and Shane (The ‘S’ in S&J Cycles) will be about for tech support.
So, register and get along for a race to be remembered.
|What:||Pete's Track Sprint|
Google Map: Click Here
|Track:||5km of flowing singletrack, mostly downhill|
|Requirements:||Helmet, bike in working order, glasses & gloves highly recommended|
|When:||Sunday, 26th May 2013
Registration Opens: 08:30
Race Starts: 11:00
$35 Adult Entry
Pre-register online: Click Here*
*Note: If you don't know your MTBA password, simply select the option "I am registering another MTBA member" and then enter your MTBA number.
|Classes:||Solo: Male, Female & Junior|
Charcoal Never Lies!
- Created on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 18:54
- Written by Richard
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Roughly 50 punters showed up for the “Eaglehawk Scramble” latin for “a downhill ride with mostly climbing”. A couple of ‘private’ pre race briefings were held … one for Ash Webster ……don’t worry Ash , in your definition of ‘hills” there are none here, it's flat….after his banquet of bulls**t served up when he said of Foster “only one 200m climb”.
And another to Black Caviar ( Brad Fisher ) “do you understand the reason we have guide tape, try not to make up your own route.”, after his pioneering trail blazing effort at the Blores Twilight race last year.....
Fisher Wins S & J Cycles Eaglehawk Scramble
- Created on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 18:42
- Written by Mossey
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The 55 strong field for the inaugural running of the S&J Cycles Eaglehawk Scramble were presented with perfect conditions on race day with mild weather and a dry track. The riders were shuttled to the top of the Eaglehawk Road and then released out on to the physically challenging top half of the course.
In the early stages, junior rider, Tom Deller set about establishing a gap ahead of riders of the calibre of Brad Fisher and Adam Wiggins. Unfortunately for Tom, after establishing a buffer over his rivals, mechanical misfortune intervened in the form of a broken chain, costing him many places and lots of time. The nature of back country point to point races means the riders need a high level of self sufficiency and in a valiant display of determination, Tom repaired his bike and battled on to finish ninth overall.
Gippsland MTB Girls ‘Dirty’ Weekend’
- Created on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 13:29
- Written by Cortney Shin
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I signed up to attend the Gippsland MTB Girls ‘Dirty’ Weekend, and dirty is exactly what I got! The rain came thumping down the night before and just as we were heading out the door it pelted down again, leaving some very muddy trails!! Bex and I turned up to the wrong accommodation to start with, but shortly found the Munjara Camp and were made to feel right at home as we sat down in front of the fire and waited for a few of the other ladies to join us. Great night sleep in the mud brick cabins and by 10am on Saturday 16 keen girls were ready to hit the trails!
IMBA Trail Building Workshop Weekend – 6/7July 2013
- Created on Saturday, 20 April 2013 14:57
- Written by GT
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Have you ever ridden on a good trail and wondered how it was made? Well now you have the perfect opportunity. Gippsland MTB have managed to secure the services of IMBA Australia's Nick Bowman to come and teach the tips and tricks of sustainable trail building.
This weekend is scheduled for July 6 & 7 at Blores Hill with accommodation at Munjara. What’s the cost of all this goodness? Well the workshop is FREE and is open to everyone, not just club members! What could be better?
2013 VDHS - Round 5 - Mt Baw Baw
- Created on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 21:23
- Written by The Bird Collective
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Blores Hill Update - Temporary Signage Goes In
- Created on Monday, 04 March 2013 17:29
- Written by Johno
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During the fire season the progress of the Blores Hill Mountain Bike Management Strategy has stalled somewhat while land managers have focused on controlling the major fires in our region.
In the meantime, GMTB has been active in developing an asset register, maintenance schedule and volunteer safety plan for the Park. We have also sought grant funding for a full signage package.
The trails have all been named and have been renumbered with the main trail head now at the Tinamba-Glenmaggie Road carpark. There is a new trail map which can be found on the GMTB website under Riding & Events -> Where to Ride - Maps, or just click here. Temporary signage is now in place to support the new trailmap.
For those unfamiliar with Blores Hill, the easiest way to get the best ride at Blores is to now just follow the numbers on the new map. This will loop you around the park taking the tracks in the best direction and returning you to the trail head carpark.
Enjoy the trails !
Franklin Takes Foster Mountain Bike Enduro
- Created on Saturday, 02 March 2013 17:23
- Written by David T Moss
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A large turnout of 60 riders were greeted by warm and sunny conditions for Gippsland mountain bike club’s running of the Cross Over Cycles 3 Hour Enduro at Foster on Saturday. The event was well supported by Wonthaggi’s Cross Over cycles with a range of demonstration Giant mountain bikes for riders to trial prior to the race as well mechanical services by their helpful staff. The recently upgraded Cement Hill tracks were presented in pristine condition thanks to many hours of hard work from the South Gippsland crew led by Ash Webster.
The 3 hour race got under way at 1.00 p.m. and appropriately, given the warm weather, the early pace was very hot with many riders going under the 20 minute per lap mark for the 6.2 km course. In a dominant display, Brett Franklin continued to churn out fast laps and won by just over a lap from Gippsland MTB stalwart, Brian Wallace with David Croxford close behind in third place. In the ladies category, Britta Weller also showed her rivals a clean pair of heels to win going away from Kirstin Curtis with Melanie Mitchell not far behind in third place. The team’s event was also one way traffic with Adam and Glen Wiggins winning comfortably and also completing the most number of laps on the day to win from the team of Ash Webster and Shem Hawking and the team of Samuel and Geoff Frankland. The junior’s category was taken out by Troy Taylor who, in a great effort, had only five solo riders ahead of him at the finish. In second place behind Troy was Malte Adebahr with Jack Hyland finishing in third place.
To encourage the mountain bikers of the future, the club also held a kids race of half an hours duration for 6 to 12 year olds on some of the same sections of the track the actual race was being run on and lots of fun was had by all.
Overall, a great day was had by riders and spectators alike on a challenging but fun track.
The March running of Gippsland MTB’s cross country series will be held over due to Gippsland MTB’s running of the Victorian Downhill Series Round at Mt. Baw Baw on March 23rd and 24th. The next XC event to be held is a Point To Point race at Glengarry on 28th of April.
Re-opening of Blores Hill Mountain Bike Park
- Created on Monday, 04 February 2013 10:25
- Written by GT
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Mountain bike riders, horse riders and bushwalkers will be excited to hear that the recreation trails at Blores Hill, within the Glenmaggie Regional Park will re-open at 12.00pm today, Monday 4 February.
Parks Victoria Ranger In Charge, Mike Dower said the risk posed by the recent fire activity in the Heyfield and Glenmaggie area meant the park had to be closed on January 18 to ensure the safety of park users.
“With the threat now eased in the local area we have assessed the conditions and deemed it safe for visitors to return,” he said.
Mt Baw Baw 4 Hour Twilight Enduro Report: 27-Jan-2013
- Created on Sunday, 03 February 2013 11:53
- Written by Matt Franke
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Mt Baw Baw was the location for the opening round of the Gippsland MTB cross country / endurance series. Just the words ‘Mt Baw Baw’ put a shiver down your spine as it is set in rugged high alpine country and the only flat in the area is the bar where you rest your drink.
Mention Mt Baw Baw in mountain bike circles and downhill is the discipline we all think of. However, the crew at Mt Baw Baw are looking to the future with plans to create a new 9km flow track as well as introducing more mountain bike tracks around the resort. Mt Baw Baw is the place to be for mountain biking over the summer for many years to come. Whether it’s downhill, cross country or just getting out for a bit of an adventure, the future is looking good.