Night Ride with Boris Wed 29/6/16

Boris has kindly offered to host this weeks night ride. Meet @ 6.15pm, 10 Marchant Court Malak for a 6.30pm start. From Boris’s place we’ll cut some laps on the Sanderson jump track, watch Kev jump the Lenyer Skate park wall (no pressure Kev), you can even have a go if you want, although DORC does not endorse such activities. Time permitting we can then take a spin around Holmes Jungle, before returning to Boris’s for a cool drink (BYO).

Please ensure that you have adequate lights for off road night riding, rear light set to solid, water, spares and a helmet. Ride distance will be around 20km.

Spokes NT-Charles Darwin Challenge 10/7/2016


Options Galore! Tackle the 13km course solo in your distance of choice. 2,4 or 6 lap options (26/52/78 km) . Or make a day of it with mates and make a team up up of 2 or 3 people to tackle the distance of your choice.

78 Km racers will start at 7 Am (solo and teams) With remaining categories starting at 8 AM. Number plate collection open from 6 AM.

Race HQ will be at the top grassed picnic area. Click the link below to view the course map. Spokes Course


BBQ provide FREE by the team at Spokes.


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Monthly Ladies Ride 19/6/2016


DORC’s lady’s ride is on at 4.00pm this Sunday, 19 June. Meet at the Rapid Creek Foot Bridge (Casuarina Dr) to ride the trails around Lee Point. These rides are at an easy pace with plenty of stops to practice new skills and catch your breath – perfect to build confidence and find riding buddies. Contact Debbie on 0435 694 199 for more information and to register
Helmets, gloves and water required. Some cash for a post-ride sundowner optional and if you are riding home, bring your lights.

Suprise Night Ride. Thursday 16th June.

This week we have a surprise night ride departing 74 Freshwater Road, Jingili at 6.30pm. From here we will ride out to the Lee Point trails for a couple of laps of the Rollercoaster, Playground and Blair Witch. The ride will conclude at our starting address with a cooling ale. Feel free to BYO.

Please ensure that you have front and rear lights, helmet, water and spares.

Charles Darwin Night Ride 9/6/16

Firstly, there are some changes to this week ride. Please note the ride is on Thursday night, not Wednesday. Kev, I know your keen for a Buff Club Chicken Burger, but good things come to those who wait my friend.

This week ride starts at the new spirtual home of Darwin Mtb, the Winnellie Tavern at 6.30pm. Our journey will take us to CDNP where we will ride Wirraway, Spitfire, Run to the Chopper, The Three Sisters (backwards) and the Mole Hill, just to name a few.

This is an intermediate ride, not suitable for beginners. Please ensure you have spares, water, helmet and lights (preferably helmet and handlebars). Carbo rehydration beverages will be available at the Tavern after the ride.

Construction Work: Casuarina Coastal Reserve

On behalf of the NT Parks and Wildlife Service, DirtArt will be constructing new mountain bike trails in the Casuarina Coastal Reserve. With the construction work starting today (6/6/2016) the work is scheduled to be completed over the next six weeks.

The new trails are being designed to stay clear of the existing trail network, however at certain locations they will cross some of the existing tracks. Due to this parts of the existing trail network may be temporarily closed during the construction phase. If you are riding in the area please obey any trail closure notifications for both the existing and any new trails.

DORC will advise when the new trails have been completed and are officially opened.

DirtArt building new trails in Casuarina Coastal Reserve

DirtArt building new trails in Casuarina Coastal Reserve

The following map shows both the existing tracks (black) and the proposed tracks to be built by DirtArt. During this phase of the construction only the trails marked 1-4 (to the north) are being constructed. Note the map is only a concept, and the exact location may change based on site inspection this week.

The new and existing tracks at Lee Point

The new and existing tracks at Lee Point

It also appears that NT Parks and Wildlife will being upgrading the walking track which links Dripstone Cliff, the Hospital and Lee Point (the Super Highway). Please ride carefully in this area and again obey any track closure notifications.

Blast Coffee Katherine 4 hour

The  blast coffee Katherine 4 hour is fast approaching!! This is a highly reccomended event and a perfect oppurtunity for a weekend away of riding. The race will be held on the Saturday afternoon. You can go it solo or team up. Lights will be needed for those hoping to complete the full event. Sunday morning will be a recovery trail ride starting from  an exiting new cafe at the hot springs!!

Register your name  HERE so we can let the organisers know of the numbers attending from Darwin. No MTBA membership needed you will sign and pay on the day.

Race starts and finishes at the Katherine Museum. Rego from 2:30pm. Racing starts 3:30pm. $20 will get you race entry, BBQ and a cool drink.

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Results, Social Rides, Events and Skills course

Cyclezone 3 Hour- Thanks to Cyclezone for providing prizes and putting on the BBQ for the hungry riders that tackled the race. The BBQ team did a fantastic job as always!!  Thanks to all who put in so much time and effort to get the course ready and marked. We had St Johns on standby for this event and we are happy to report that the only incident they needed to attend to was providing an ice pack! Good on you DORCs for keeping it rubber side down!! One of the stressful jobs with events of this attendance is the timing. Currently we are using an app on an iPad to time events with a secondary person to collect numbers manually. Big thanks to the timing staff. There job is about to become easier as the club have secured a grant to purchase a dedicated timing system!!  Results can be viewed here

Social Rides- DORC hosts a regular women’s only late afternoon ride on the third Sunday of each month. These rides are at an easy pace with plenty of stops to practice new skills and catch our breath – perfect to build confidence and find riding buddies. Like our Facebook page to make sure you receive details about each ride. First one will be on the 19/06/2016 Details for the rides can be viewed HERE

Lee Point Downhill Day- Course will be open from 3:00 pm to get some practice in. Then we will do a timed race run. BBQ and drinks available for purchase after the event. Entry is free but you must be an MTBA/DORC member or purchase a day licence. Enter online here or show your membership card at the event. Meet opposite the caravan park on lee point road. “B” lines open on track. Check HERE for entry and map click the  ”buy tickets” icon to enter

Geoff Fox’s Fun D Mentals skills course- Skills course is made up of 6 sessions ran on a Saturday morning. You need to be able to attend every session to benefit from this. The course is based around a progression of skills and when a week is missed it heavily impacts on the participants ability to successfully complete the subsequent weeks. Geoff can accomodate a maximum of 8 people and must be an MTBA/DORC member.   Register here for the course

Blast Coffee Katherine 4 Hour Race-Highly reccomended as a great weekend of bike riding away.

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Cyclezone 3 Hour 28/5/2016

Time to dust off your bike, and get ready for Darwin’s biggest and best MTB event

The Cycle Zone three hour is DORC’s most popular event, a day/night race in the new Howard Springs Pine Forest. PARKING AND COURSE MAP HERE

The track is easy, and the riding is fun.  If you haven’t done a DORC race before, this is the time to start, ride for 1, 2 or 3 hours. Ride as many, or as few laps as you like, or form a team of 2 to share the load.


When:  Saturday 28th May 2016
Register:        pre-registering online only

Race Start:  4:15
Where:  Howard Springs Pine Forest, New. PARKING AND COURSE MAP
Difficulty: As fast as you want to go

Course distance of 11 Km. Very achievable for all levels of riders and a great fun flowing course.

Entry Fees

DORC / MTBA members: $5 online pre-registration via MTBA site

NON-DORCMembers: $30  (Covers race entry + day license/MTBA insurance)

Instead of shelling out $25 for each race you enter, consider DORC/MTBA membership before the race!  Check out the details and benefits.

Regulations and Rules:

Riders should carry puncture repair kits, water, mobile phone(with first aid numbers) and food with them whilst riding. Helmet must be worn at all times whilst riding. It is also advisable to have gloves and eye protection as well.

Front white light are required to be carried after 18:00, it must be of an intensity that enables the rider to safely ride at night. A rear red light is to be carried, preferable non – flashing.

At any time a competitors comes across a fellow rider needing assistance you shall render any assistance that is required.

Cut Off:

Riders will not be permitted to go out on the course after 18:00 without front and rear lights. Riders will be permitted to go out on a final lap at any time before 19:15.

The ride is a 3-hr, but you may finish the prior to the two-hour mark. If you decide to finish prior to the two hours, please tell the timing people that you have finished, sign off and return your race number.


Saturday, 16th May 2015

15:00 Sign on and plate collection opens
16:10 Rider briefing
16:15 Race start all riders
18:00 Lights must be on the bike
19:15 Course closed
19:45 Presentations

BBQ will be running while the race is running and drinks will be available as well.

Car parking:

Event hub will be in the pine forest this year. Follow Howard Springs road until it turns into Old Gunn Point road, then turn RIGHT into the forest.  There will be sign to mark it.

Beginners Welcome!

If you’re considering entering your first MTB race event, and would like some more information, check out our Race Ettiquette (or why should I race?) page.

Volunteers Welcome

Helping hands are always welcome at our events, assistance at race control with registration and timekeeping, or help with the bbq.  It’s volunteer help that makes the event possible, and turns it from an average to great event. Volunteers will be given free entry to any DORC event of there choice. Register your interest to volunteer or contact Kevin 0410249593

Lee Point Night Ride Wednesday 18th May

This weeks nocturnal adventure will start accross the road from the Beachfront Tavern @ 6.30pm. The ride will take us out to Lee Point for a run down The Rollercoaster and Playground, a downhill run or 2 then finishing with The Blair Witch.

This is an intermediate level ride and not suited to beginners. Please ensure that you have good quality lights, a rear red light, helmet, water and spares. A $ or 2 will be helpful for a carbo recovery beverage following the ride at the Beachfront Tavern.

See you Wednesday.