Monsoon Madness-Results

Thanks to all who were involved with setting this up. Who enjoyed the new section? Special thanks to the team at NTRS for providing a bin for us to get rid of some building rubble that was dumped illegally at the start area!! Thanks to the machine operator for loading the bin. I wont mention who it was as it was a covert mission!!! Much appreciated.

Results can be viewed HERE

Notice of special resolution.

Notice of intention to propose a special resolution at the Annual General Meeting of Darwin Off Road Cyclists (DORC) Inc

If you have read the President’s report you will have noticed how much the Club has achieved over the last year, with 14 committee members sharing the load of organising rides, holding events, running skills courses, building and maintaining trails, and administering the Club. However, if you read the fine print of the DORC constitution you would think that we had a Chairperson rather than a President and that there were only four members of the committee.

To make the constitution better reflect what the Club is doing, it is intended to propose the following special resolution at the Annual General Meeting on 9 December 2017 at 6pm at the Tracey Village Social and Sports Club:

That the Constitution of the Darwin Off Road Cyclists Association Inc. be amended by:

(a)  replacing ‘Chairperson’ with ‘President’ and ‘Vice-Chairperson’ with ‘Vice-President’ wherever they occur; and

(b)  in the Schedule to the Constitution, Part 3 – Additional Details, replace “[List additional office holders.]” with “10 General Committee Members”.

Presidents Report 2017

Darwin Off Road Cycling Presidents report for 2017

Hi Fellow Mountain bikers.

As we are now well and truly into the build-up and approaching silly season we are due to have the DORC’s AGM, which is scheduled for 9 December. This coincides with our Christmas ride, so dust off your Santa suit and get ready for a good afternoon of fun.  The ride will leave at 16:00 opposite the Lee point Caravan Park and will be followed by the AGM at Tracy Village around 18:00 to usher in the new committee members who will drive the club forward in 2018.

This year the club has achieved a lot of great results, but the most exciting of these was the licence to use the land adjacent CDNP with the plans to create and build an additional 25km of trails. This gives the club a real future focus point, and gives the off road cycling community ownership of something tangible and highly visible. The club hopes the activity will attract members to our great club, so we can achieve our goal of creating great new tracks for all to use. To this end the club will continue with our ‘Be a DORC, I’m a DORC’ membership campaign to assist in securing the funding required to build these tracks.

I would like to run through some of the clubs achievements for 2017, so everyone can fully appreciate what has been going on behind the scenes.

This year the club has run:

  • 19 social rides ;
  • 8 ladies only rides;
  • 12 skill courses consisting of ;
    • 3 x 6 week Fun D Mentals
    • 1 x Junior Fun D Mentals
    • 5 x ½ day courses
    • 3 x Women’s specific ½ day course
  • 6 official maintenance days in CDNP with over 250 hours of maintenance work carried out to the tracks and weed spraying; and
  • 7 race events with 145 people (!) as the best turn out;

The club has also had significant funding success, securing Northern Territory Government funds that have allowed us to purchase:

  • BBQ trailer;
  • Timing system;
  • Gamba grass weed spraying of CDNP (on going); and
  • Coaching up grade course for members.

The Committee have continued to be highly active (and I must say very hardworking!) and have:

  • Had 12 meetings;
  • Updated the clubs constitution;
  • Lodged a submission to get MTB into the Aurfura games (we missed out);
  • Employed and paid for the service of Ground Creations to create a Trail concept plan;
  • Liaison with NT Parks (MOU on going), and NT Government for trail advocacy;
  • Secured the licence to use the land adjacent of CDNP;
  • Ongoing strategic planning; and
  • Increase membership to 194 members (this is awesome number by the way)

In terms of the agenda for next year, the club has a lot planned, including:

  • Increasing new memberships;
  • A dry storage facilities for our ever expanding equipment stash;
  • Securing funding for the addition of 20 – 25 km of trails;
  • Continue to collaboration with CARR for the two clubs combined to achieve Peak Sporting Body status, and thus access to significant additional ongoing Government funding;
  • Getting a junior program up and running for the club; and
  • Social rides.

On behalf of the all the DORC members I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every committee member. The time and energy that they have devoted to the club so all club activities could run smoothly and efficiently is outstanding.  Their personal contributions means increased enjoyment of mountain biking around Darwin for all of us. Thank you again.

 

The 2017- committee members:

Emma Winterflood

Bill Murphy

Andrew Goldsworthy

Adrian Curry

Francene Anderson

Keogh Conboy

Camilla Wells

Kevin Wells

Dave Russell

Debbie Hall

Michael Gough

Russell Keith

Geoff Fox

 

I would like to encourage anyone who has a passion for mountain biking and would like to give back to our community to seriously consider become a committee member and help the club move into this exciting future expansion.  In particular the club is in need of a junior development person who can create a program from scratch.

 

Be a DORC, I’m a DORC.

 

Cheers,

 

Chris Hanson

President of Darwin Off Road Cyclists

Monsoon Madness Race-Pairs Edition 19/11/17

The last one for the year! Build up got you fuming? Come and release some of that steam at the Monsoon Madness race at Lee Point.

Monsoon Madness Race-Pairs Edition

Course will be approximately 5km long and the format is each team member will complete 3 laps each in a relay style. Enter as a pair with a partner of your choice or as an individual and we will match you up with a partner. Event HQ will be opposite the caravan park on Lee Point road click HERE FOR MAP

Entry to the race is $5.00 for members and $30.00 for non members (includes day licence). Esky with drinks available for purchase after the event. Entries will be accepted online only and you can enter HERE. Number plate collection from 3:30pm, Race brief at 4:15. Race Starts at 4:30PM SHARP

If you cant race but would like to be involved we will be looking for volunteers to take care of timing and help setting up. Feel free to contact either of the numbers below

Any questions contact Keogh-0428821360 or Kevin-0410249593

DORC AGM and Christmas Ride 9/12/17

santa mtb

Suit up for some Christmas cheer!! If you can bear the heat at the moment that is!! This is the perfect opportunity to nominate as a DORC committee member if you have ever considered helping out. The ride will start at 4 Pm opposite the Lee Point Caravan Park. Please note the ride will be finishing at the Tracy Village Social and Sports club for our AGM and dinner. I recommend parking your car at Tracy Village and riding to the start point.

If you can’t make the ride please feel free to come along to the Tracy Village Club for dinner and Christmas drinks from 6pm in the al fresco area.

Contact Kevin for details of the ride 0410249593

Social Ride Sunday afternoon. 29/10/17

Social Ride. This Sunday afternoon (29/10) 4 PM start.
Geoff Has been busy creating some tracks he’d like to share. This ones going to be fairly technical with some steep pinches to climb and some rocky descents. Approx 25km Ride 2.5-3 hours expected Ride time. Aimed at at the more experienced rider. Meet at 260 Trippe Road Humpty Doo. BYO drinks for after the ride.

LAST ONE FOR 2017!!

LAST ONE FOR 2017

Half Day MTB INTERMEDIATE Skills Course

  Saturday  4th November 2017

8:00 am – 12:00 noon

Charles Darwin National Park

 DORC will be running a half day clinic for intermediate MTB riders who are interested in riding smoother, faster and with more control.

The course will be run by qualified MTBA, PMBIA instructors and will cover negotiating obstacles and trail features.

 

You will learn how to:

  • use your body position to get more from your bike,
  • lift the front/back wheel, bunny hop, and
  • negotiate obstacles (rock gardens, rocks, logs, rollovers and drops) with confidence and finesse.

This clinic is for riders who already have the basics under control and would like to take their riding to the next level.

You will need to be comfortable and confident in negotiating rocky trails, small drops and rollovers. Warning! This course is not for beginners.

Riders wishing to attend this course must be over 18 years of age and be members of DORC and MTBA.

The session will cost $50 per person with all proceeds going to DORC.

Places are limited to 8 riders. ENTER HERE

For more information contact Geoff Fox 0427611702 or gj.fox@bigpond.com

 

Message from the president.

DORC has just secured the lease for land adjacent Charles Darwin National Park to build our own tracks. This does not mean that it is now a free for all to build tracks.  The club is taking a measured approach to make the most of the available land (heritage/cultural) to build the best possible tracks for the entire cycling community.  As many may be aware, the club has engaged the services of Ground Creations to create a master plan for the expansion and development of trails in the licenced land area.  If all the planets align, trail construction could start next dry – ‘funding dependant’.

Throughout the years DORC has operated largely in the background: running events; maintaining, building, advocating for tracks; running skill sessions; and generally supporting the off-road biking scene in the top end. During this time DORC has not really pushed for people to formally join the club – some perceive it as an unnecessary cost with no perceived benefit – why take out a membership to ride on a free track?  As such, formal membership of the club has remained modest.

But as the President of DORC I am now asking (nay begging) that top end MTB’ers reading this message become an advocate for DORC in two ways: become a club member and a vocal supporter of our sport.

The club estimates we need around a “bucket of cash” for the creation of an extra 20 – 25km of trails and a skills park on the newly acquired land.  This sort of money is not beyond the capacity of the club to raise, but it is going to take some time and your support.  Currently only a small section of track could be built at any one time: our hope is we can secure government funding to build it all in one go.

Historically DORC has internally measured our success by the numbers of participants turning up to events/rides/maintenance and riders out on the tracks with smiles on their dials.  As such, we think we are doing a great job!  Sadly however, when it comes to securing Government funding it is a ‘membership numbers game’ and the Government needs to see the club’s member numbers are high to get the sort of funding needed to build the new tracks.

So – the club is asking a big favour, sort of a crowd funding idea, but instead of just giving the club money we are asking you to join the club.  This is primarily because once DORC reaches 400 members it will be automatically eligible for funding from the government each year guaranteed. But also by joining you personally get great benefits of personal insurance, and the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing you are supporting the club, mountain biking in Australia, and fast tracking the new track work.

The club has 175 members currently; we need that extra 225 people to sign on to start receiving this funding. If we get more people sign on great: it is all about power in numbers.  There are several different memberships: non-riding; recreational; junior; Dirtmaster; and race.  Please sign for the full year.

https://www.mtba.asn.au/membership/

So when you’re out on the track and you see others riding: ask them if they are a DORC.

BE A DORC, I’M A DORC.

Chris Hanson

President of DORC