Latest Event News
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!
2014 Club Calendar Available
- Created on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 08:37
- Written by Graeme
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After much delay, we now have the 2014 GMTB Calendar on a page for everyone to print out and stick on their fridge.
While the events have been listed on the web site - there have been a number of requests for the printable calendar to make a return.
You can now view the calendar here, or by going to "Riding" and then "Club Calendar 2014" in the menu.
Women’s Dirty Weekend: 3rd & 4th May 2014
- Created on Sunday, 30 March 2014 21:00
- Written by Kirstin
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Have you ever wanted to have a go at riding single track in the bush but have nobody to go with? Or ride that roll over, rocky section or drop but never had the guts? Or, for the guys, have you ever wanted to get your wife, girlfriend, mother, daughter, sister or female friend into mountain biking but weren’t sure how to start? Here’s your chance.
Gippsland MTB are hosting a women’s social ride weekend on the fun and cruisy trails at Blores Hill and surrounds on 3rd and 4th of May. Female riders of all abilities are encouraged to come along and have a go at mountain biking, meet new riding buddies, develop riding skills (including all those obstacles you never thought possible), learn some mechanic skills, eat good food and most of all, HAVE FUN!!!
The weekend will start at 9.30am Saturday at Blores Hill Caravan Park with some basic skills, before hitting the trails in ability groups and having some fun for the afternoon. In the evening we will travel to Heyfield to indulge in a lovely meal from Café 3858 and share stories of the day’s adventures. (Price of meal included in cost and drinks can be brought at bar prices).
To add to your experiences, on Sunday we will load our bikes onto the GMTB trailer and travel (via mini bus) to Bulldog Junction to ride the awesome Pete’s Track. Bulldog Junction is located out the back of Glenmaggie. It’s a great opportunity to have a go at riding an easy ‘Gravity Enduro’ styled course. You start at a higher elevation and finish at a lower elevation, then get shuttled to the start to do it again. The track is approximately 5km in length, showcasing fast, flowing trails, optional rock gardens and log rides. It’s definitely suitable for all abilities and a great opportunity to ride a fantastic trail.
All fitness and skill levels are welcome. You don’t need to be a club member to participate. The emphasis is on fun and having a go.
All you need to bring is a mountain bike in good condition (have it serviced prior if not sure), helmet, spare tubes, riding clothes, small backpack, water bottle, sleeping gear, personal items, LUNCH for the FIRST day and any specific food items you prefer while riding. The club has some bikes available to loan for the weekend if you don’t have a mountain bike.
The cost is $100 per person for club members which includes a fantastic weekend of organised riding, meals (except lunch first day), accommodation, and hire of mini bus. Non- MTBA members pay an additional $5 for a social license. For catering and accommodation purposes, all participants need to pre-register online by Tuesday 22nd April. Once you have registered an email will be forwarded to you with further information regarding dinner Saturday night. Please inform us if you have any dietary requirements.
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.