Katherine 4 Hour and Berry Springs Market Ride

Some upcoming events to mark in your calendar.


Spend the weekend away at Katherine. Saddle up Saturday for Katherine Multi Sports Club/Blast Coffee Roasters 4 hour day/night challenge then back it up Sunday morning with a two lap handicap race on the same course in reverse. Race starts and finishes at the museum grounds. Registration at the Museum grounds from 2pm. Entry costs: $25 for the 4 hour and  handicap race. Or $20.00 for just the 4 hour. Cost includes BBQ and a soft drink,Bargain!! Contact Mick Armstrong for further details 0427348915.

This is a fantastic event and highly recommended.


We will be trying to find as much dirt as possible, along the escarpment track, round the back of Bellamack, 4×4 track to Jenkins Rd, down the railway line to Finn Rd and on to the Markets. Bacon and egg sandwich, coffee and browse and then back to Palmerston.

It should take about 2 hrs each way.

Ride Leader: Cameron McDougal
Proposed Ride Date: 28 June 2015
Start time: 0700
Meeting/Departure Location: Palmerston Caltex Cnr Temple and Chung Wah Terrace.
Challenge Level: Intermediate

Cycle Zone 3 Hour results

First off GREAT TURNOUT!!! Record numbers were achieved for this event. With 100 competitors signing on to tackle the course and 6 kids tearing up “the alien section”, fun was had by young and young at heart ;) Also special thanks to those that made the journey for the event, we had visitors from Canberra, Western Australia and Katherine.

Results can be viewed here-CLICK HERE

However, one competitor had an unfortunate accident and will be off the bike for a while. Hope you recover well and fast.

Story of a lighter note, a competitors lights died in pitch black darkness. If anyone has been in the forest and turned all your lights off you might know how daunting this could be. A search party was sent out to look for him. He managed to stumble into someones property, the owners got him and his bike back to race HQ to his wife and children!

Volunteers=LEGENDS! Without volunteers help none of this happens. To show appreciation for this (its only small) we are offering you free entry to the next DORC event for you or if you don’t choose to race you can gift it to a friend or partner. Drop us an email darwinoffroadcyclists@gmail.com or message on Facebook.

Photos-If anyone would like to share any of there pics taken at the event we have a Picassa web album account where we can upload to. Contact us via email darwinoffroadcyclists@gmail.com

Upcoming events:

The Katherine 4 hour is on again. Have a weekend away in K-Town. 20/6/15 check the calendar for details or contact Mick Armstrong 0427348915.

Those of you that enjoyed the Berrimah Hill Enduro the next will be on 27/6/15 venue to be announced.

Last but not least thanks to Cycle Zone for the support on the day. Prizes were much appreciated by all. Anyone looking for a bargain on the demo lights that were available at the race hurry into the store to secure a bargain. Offer ends at close of business on Wednesday 20/6/15. Cheaper than online to I’m told!!!!

Limited amount of demo lights available

Have you been considering doing the 3 hour this weekend but have no lights to complete the full race? Thanks to BikeBox they have made a demo kit availabvle of the fantastic Exposure Lights for you to try out at the Cycle Zone Darwin 3 Hour. Register your interest by emailing sales@cyclezonedarwin.com.au.

Click the link below to get your entries in. Seperate trail to ride for the kids to.


Cyclezone 3 Hour 16/5/2015 *maps added*

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 or 3  to share the load.


When:  Saturday 16th May 2015
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: $25  (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 follower 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

15:30 Registration 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

Presentations:Presentation will be held 19:45 the prizes will be give out at random to some lucky participants of the race. So if you finish early please hang around, as you may be a winner. The winners will have bragging rights!

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 darwinoffroadcyclists@gmail.com or contact Kevin 0410249593

Palmy Night Ride 29/4/15

This week meet at the Palmerston Water Tower at 6.30pm for a 6.45pm get away. The plan is to ride the full spokes track, 17 mile WWII track, Mitchell Creek and back to the Palmy Tavern via the escarpment track.

Helmets, water, spares and good quality lights are required.


Trail open and other weekend events

Thanks to those who have patiently waited for this, the new trail is OPEN to ride.
The trail is new and yet to settle. The some areas of trail tread, berms and jumps are soft so please go gently.
Please ride at a pace to ensure that you don’t need to lock your brakes in these early stages whilst the ride line is settling in.
Parks and Wildlife Commission NT has approved a soft open for the trail, there are still trail markers and Trail head shelters at each end to be constructed. Once these are complete the Wirraway Trail will be officially opened.
Enjoy, keep you posted with further updates.
A few events on this week end
-Jeremy will be leading a ride to celebrate becoming a DORC! Starting at Finlays joint 715 meet for 730am start. Will ride the spokes track and the new pine forest. Then finish at Jenny’s Orchid garden to meet with the ladies for a scone.
-For those that need to release some tension, what better way than shooting heaps of evil gamba grass off the massive quick spray unit at Charles Darwin National Park. If you are free between 730am and 930am or anywhere between 1 to 7pm on Sunday please contact Rowena Eastick on 0428 240330

Berrimah Hill ENDURO-Results and Pictures

First off big thanks to all the riders that participated. 38 registered to tackle the stages. This is a record for this style of event! Big thank you to all that were involved in trail clearing\building\maintenance and stage planning, without your hours dedicated to the trails none of this would happen. Big shout out to Disco for giving up racing to volunteer. Last but not least thank you to the team that worked the BBQ. The sandwiches and cold drinks were much appreciated!

Click here for the results

Check out all the action HERE. Loads of photos!   Thanks to Simon.

If you have any feedback or suggestions to help improve this style of event please Email us darwinoffroadcyclists@gmail.com

Charles Darwin Trail Development

Wouldn’t it be great to have some trails like this in Darwin? 

Well stop dreaming, it’s a reality, these photos are an update of the trails currently under construction at Charles Darwin National Park (CDNP) byDirt Art, professional MTB trails builders from Tasmania.
Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission and members of the DORC committee (and others) have been working very hard to make what you see happen.
Huge thanks must go out to Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission for funding the fantastic additions to the CDNP existing trail network and investing in the future of Mountain Biking in the Top End.
There have been many people involved in the process from Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission and the Club. Won’t mention them by name, but you know who you are.
Thank you from the Mountain Biking Committee.
Keep posted to the DORC web site for further updates.
Please respect that the “new” trail is a construction site with works as yet to be completed, and refrain from the temptation to ride them. There will be official notifications and a planned launch.
So keep looking here as you will be the first to know when you can ride the trail!

Ladies Ride 26/4/2015

Roll up ladies! The next ladies ride will be held on Sunday 26th April at Howard Springs. We will meet at 7.15am for a 7.30am start for an hour or two. Camilla will lead an easy paced ride on the lovely (flat) flowing trails at the Old Pine Forest, meeting point is approximately 3km on the LEFT hand side down Howard Springs road from the Stuart Highway turnoff. Then Jenny from Jenny’s Orchid Garden will have some delicious fresh scones and tea and coffee for us from 9am.
This ride is for ladies only but partners and friends are welcome to join us for refreshments at Jenny’s Orchid Garden afterwards.
Contact Camilla Michie 0439872465

Trail Building and Maintenance Session 18/4/2015

Trail Building and Maintenance Session with Dirt Art.
Saturday 18th April at 2pm
Dirt Art has provide one training session for DORC, Parks and Wildlife NT and the MTB Community as part of the construction contract for the “New Trail” within CDNP (which has commenced this week).
The session will include a theory component to be held at the CPA Australia offices Level 3, 62 Cavanaugh St Darwin to commence at2pm Sharp (please be there 15min early). Doors will be locked, so wait or call me if you need to be let in.
Theory session should be about 3 hours, where we will go out to CDNP (Own transport required) to talk through examples of the theory.
The session should only be about 4 hours in total.
All welcome, notification of attendance is required
Andrew Goldsworthy
0417 087 602 (Text name)
Or email