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Mt Taylor -Narly Business MTB Social Ride - Saturday 23 November @ 2PM
- Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 13:59
- Written by Adam Downes
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How about something different to finish off our 2013 season - Check this out!
Rather than stage a race, as was planned for this weekend, there will be a social ride at the same location.
The plan is to meet about 1.30PM for a ride off at about 2PM.
The meeting area is located at Boys Camp Mt Taylor, just off the Bullamwaal Road, about 15km north of Bairnsdale (same location as the Mt Taylor Down Hill track).
Intention is to ride the race course, which is a large single lap of approximately 30 km, this should take about 2 to 3 hours to complete.
Taking in the area to the north and west of Mt Taylor, you will be riding on a variety of terrain including - well formed gravel roads, a creek bed rock scramble, an old mine adventure playground, an area of no track (which can be ridden!) and a creek crossing. There are few steep hills, including one to really challenge your climbing legs, during the ride expect to get off your bike a few times!
Riding the course now will give you some insight into what is proposed when the race is held in early 2014 (likely mid Feb).
You will need to be self sufficient for this ride, so ensure you have nutrition, water, spares and a jacket for potential damp weather.
Don't feel obliged to head straight home afterwards, there is the opportunity to stay in the area for the weekend and get into some other mountain biking experiences!
Mt Taylor / Boys Camp is the site of one of Victoria's best down hill courses - steep and fast with lots of air time possibilities, there is also a 5km XC course on site, both are well signposted, there are basic camping facilities available here.
Other opportunities include the world famous Colquhoun MTB Park (at Bruces Rd about 25km east of Bairnsdale towards Lakes Entrance) have a go at the Lollipop!
For further specific information, please contact either Brad Fisher on 0429103584 or Gary Jackson on 0416219267.
See you there!
Presentation Night – Friday 29th November 2013
- Created on Sunday, 10 November 2013 22:10
- Written by Kirstin Curtis
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That time of year is nearing again to crown the 2013 Gippsland MTB Club Champions. This year’s presentation evening will be held on Friday 29th November at Café 3858, Heyfield, starting at 7pm. Presentations will commence at 8.30pm. Delicious finger food will be available provided courtesy of the Gippsland MTB Club and beverages will be available for purchase at bar prices. A mini bus will be leaving Traralgon at 6pm. Please contact Melissa Cosson on 0427935553 to book a place on the bus. We hope that all of our club members are able to attend the last social event of the year to help us celebrate this successful season.
Forrest Ramble 2013: 15-17 Nov 2013
- Created on Friday, 14 June 2013 15:28
- Written by Travis McInnes
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The sleepy little town of Forrest will come alive on the weekend of the 15-17 November 2013 when GMTB rolls in. The dedicated MTB park just out of Forrest has the famous Mariner’s Run, with loads of mapped trails ranging from smooth easy flowing stuff to rutted and rooty advanced climbs and descents. On the other side of town is the Red Carpet trail, which winds past the local water reservoir before heading up into the hills for a long steady climb. But don’t despair… What goes up must come down, and Red Carpet is about as good as it gets for smooth and fast descents. The distances covered will be determined on the day, so we can cater for the super athletes or the cruisey cruisers. If the weather is hot we will almost definitely take a dip in the local swimming hole, a spectacular abandoned quarry.
Blores in the Eyes of XCO champ Peta Mullens
- Created on Thursday, 08 August 2013 10:08
- Written by Peta Mullens
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BLORES HILL 6HR
Far, far away, in the humble happenings of Gippsland, there is a pleasant escape from the rocky terrain and arduous tracks that can be found in the MTB crazed town of Bendigo. This place is an oasis, where the single-track is magic and the trees and trails speak to one another, and they all combine in sunshine every year to bring us the Blores Hill 6hr.
Run by the Gippsland MTB club it acts as the fourth round of the Victorian Enduro Series. The race consists of a 12km lap, with times varying from 35min-1hr+ (depending on ability) whereby either individuals or teams combine to complete as many laps as they can in 6hrs. It has a friendly start time of 10am, and for those who really love a sleep in, they offer a 3hr race starting at 1pm. These fun-loving, dirt-hugging groups of guys really know how to put on a show, with a record turnout of 240 riders despite only being in it’s third year.
Want some more insight? The track is in mint condition due to a combination of hard work by the locals and a naturally amazing environment. The majority of the course is single-track consisting of hard compacted dirt-no dust-and the track naturally ebbs and flows as you weave through the trees and sail through the berms. A short bit of fire-trail in the middle leads into the only technical section called ‘The Trig’. This part is quite rocky and finishes up a sharp climb before a swish A-line shoots you off down the descent. Although rocky at first it eventually cascades down the hill with berms and whoops to satisfy the downhiller in all of us! Minimal climbing and maximum satisfaction-this race has my name all over it!
The amazing trails aside, the race is held in a quaint caravan park with cabins and camping available, making it the perfect location for a weekend escape with the family. For the purpose of the race the clubhouse puts on a full menu of pasta and burgers with the addition of my favourite $2 toasties! With the open fire roaring, looking over the green sparkled bush, I nearly didn’t want to return to transition except Target Trek teamies Chris and Ruby were calling on me. We finished second in the mixed teams for what was Ruby’s first MTB race.
As if the day hadn’t run smooth enough, the majority of people stay for presentations because that’s just the kind of country folk they are. As day turns to night the winners are presented with hand-made trophies from resurrected old bike parts and we stand around chatting and comparing our favourites on dusk. As the cars depart down the dirt roads headed for home, wherever that may be, the sun hides itself behind the rolling hills in preparation for next year, where it will no doubt shine once again to create the beauty that is Blores Hill.