East Point Night Ride, Wednesday 3/2/16

G’day night riders, this week we meet at the Ski Club @ 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. This evening we will head out around East Point, then back through the Botanic Gardens and around Culllen Bay. The ride will be a combination of trails and urban features.

As always, we finish up with a refreshing beverage and a meal at the Ski Club. Please ensure that you have a helmet, spares, lights and water. As you might have noticed there is a monsoon trough hanging around this week………ignore it, we ride regardless!!


Beginners 6 Week Training Program

Fellow MTBers, DORC are happy to offer an introductory training program targeting those who are new to the sport of Mountain Biking. This program will run over 6 weeks and is open to a maximum of 6 riders aged 18 yrs and over. Geoff Fox, one of our qualified Level 1 MTBA Coaches has volunteered his time to run this event.

This event is being run at nil cost to club members, however we anticipate that future courses will incur a fee.

To find out more details on the course and to register your interest please follow the link below:


Once register DORC will notify the 6 successful MTBers Friday afternoon/evening 15 Jan.

You are registering for a Beginners 6 week training program that will be held each Saturday Morning (exact time TBA) at different locations around Darwin, beginning 16 Jan and finishing on the 20 Jan. At present this course is free of charge as the club and our coaches develop our skills and experience delivering these courses. Once the club is happy with the product we are providing it is anticipated that a fee will be applied to these programs.

This Program is open to club members 18yrs of age and over and will cover the following topics/skills.

Week 1, 16 Jan. Basic Maintenance, Bike set up, Moving on your bike, Easy ride through the old pine forrest. 

Week 2, 23 Jan. Revise week 1, Pedalling, shifting, braking and cornering, easy ride through the new pine forrest. 

Week 3, 30 Jan. Revise week 2, Wheelies, Hopping and negotiating obstacles, easy ride through Charles Darwin National Park.

Week 4, 6 Feb. Revise week 3. Pumping, Climbing and Switchbacks. Easy ride through Charles Darwin National Park. 

Week 5, 13 Feb. Revise week 4. Drops, Jumps, Stairs and urban obstacles. Urban ride through Darwin City. 

Week 6, 20 Feb. Culmination of all skills incorporated in a ride at the Hanging rock and etch-a-sketch loops at Humpty Doo. 

All participants must be a DORC/MTBA member to participate. 

Basic requirements will be as follows:

a. Mountain Bike in a safe working condition, 

b. safety gear including Helmet, gloves, shoes and eye protection, 

c. each rider will need to carry a spare tube, puncture repair kit, multi/bike tool, pump, and; 

d. minimum of 2 litres of drinking water.

Should you have any questions please email darwinoffroadcyclists@gmail.com

Palmerston Night Ride 6th Jan 2016

On Wednesday night Andrew G will be leading a night ride, starting from the Palmerston Water Tower at 6.30pm. The ride will follow the Spokes Track then onto the Howard Springs trails. Total ride distance is 25-30km. Please ensure that you have good quality lights, a helmet and water. Also bring some coins for a cooling ale at the Palmerston Tavern following the ride.

Geoffs Top End Christmas Social ride 20/12/15

For those of us hanging about the top end for Christmas Geoff will be hosting a social trail ride around his loop at Noonamah this Sunday 20/12. Approximate distance of 20km the terrain can be quite rocky in parts so ensure you bring adequare spares, tube, pump, patch kit tools etc. Helmets a must (remember kids safety plus fun equals more fun!!!!) Bring along an esky with your beverage of choice for some post ride refreshments. Meeting at 260 Trippe road Humpty Doo 3:45pm for 4pm start.

Howard Springs Night Ride 16/12/15

Time for a pre-Chrisy spin around the Pine Forest. While it’s not the Himalaya’s, I’ll just have to suck it up and get over it. Meet at the Palmy water tower for a 6.30pm departure. Usual route along whats left of the Spokes track and then out to Howard Springs. Ride distance 25-30km. Please ensure that you have water, helmet and good lights.

See you there.


2015 DORC Wrap up

Fellow MTBers, here is a quick wrap up of the clubs achievements for 2015, in no particular order:


  • Good Guys Berrimah Hill 2 hr – 82 entrants
  • Cycle Zone Pine Forrest 3 Hour – 100 entrants
  • Spokes NT CDNP Challenge – 56 entrants
  • Blue Cycles  CDNP 3 Hour – 53 entrants
  • CDNP Enduro – no details
  • Lee Point Enduro – 29 entrants
  • Berrimah Hill Enduro – 38 entrants
  • Monsoon Madness Lee Point. – 77 entrants
  • Total participation across all race events 435.

Social Events

  • 12 Night rides (awesome effort Dave)
  • 10 Social Rides (thanks to all those who hosted a social ride)
  • 3 Trail Maintenance Sessions
  • 3 Womens Skills sessions

General Achievements

  • 11 Committee Meetings
  • Worked with NTPWC to have Dirt Art construct Wirraway, Spitfire and the Pump track in CDNP.
  • Increased Womens participation numbers in MTBing.
  • Developed a draft MOU with NTPWC and DORC for the management of the Trails in CDNP.
  • Had four Level 1 Coaches signed off by MTBA.
  • Had input to the NTPW Casuarina Costal Reserve improvements, Litchfield Sub user Group (Pine Forest Trails), Bicentennial Park improvements, Litchfield NP Draft Management Plan, Dept Sport Rec and Racing Active Recreation Plan, Hidden Valley Motor Sports Master Plan and most importantly the NT MTB Master Plan.
  • We had MTBA CEO Shane Coppin visit Darwin to look at our facilities and discuss with a range of people and organisations how to take MTB forward in Darwin and the NT.
  • The Club Trailer had a touch up thanks to Tony Marker from Arafura Fabrication.
  • Helped kick off Pedals NT.
  • Held discussions with Territory Wildlife Park re the construction of MTB trails in the Park.
  • Organised for dedicated ST Johns First Aiders to be present at DORC run events.
  • Purchased CB Radios to assist in the smooth running of Enduro and other events.
  • Darwin Subaru supplied First Aid Kits as giveaways at the Lee Point Enduro.
  • Released our first Newsletter.
  • Submitted Grant applications to purchase a New Timing System and pay for MTBA to run a Level 0 Coaching clinic. Outcome is still pending.

There will be other achievements that I will have missed but to all the members on the committee that made the above happen, our volunteers at events and trail maintenance days (special shout out to Rowena Eastric and her team of Gamba Grass eradicators), our supporters ranging from the NT Government, NTPWC, our club Sponsors Andrew Barcroft Good Guys, Cycle Zone, Blue Cycles, Spokes NT, Subaru and Eye Wise (apologies if I have missed any) to one and all thank you very much for your support and assistance through out 2015 and here is hoping that you will all be back for an even bigger and better 2016.

Egg out.



DORC AGM and Christmas ride 12/12/2015

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 at the bunker 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 Tracey Village Club for dinner and Christmas drinks from 6pm in the al fresco area.

Contact Kevin for details of the ride 0410249593

Monsoon Madness results and Photos

First off, how HOT was it!!!! Didn’t stop the riders from taking it on though. 78 keen mountain bikers took on the 5km course. There was a storm threating to burst right on top of us but it never eventuated. i’m sure it would’ve been much appreciated by all who were on course.

Big thanks go out to all who volunteered there time to make this happen. Without volunteers NONE of this happens (have you considered volunteering?)

Thanks to Frenchy and Disco for taking on the task of timing so many riders on such a short course. I’m sure it was quite hectic at times. You can view results HERE

Special thanks to Sonia Waller for braving the heat and the threat of storm to be out on course and taking lots of great photos. You can view them in our PICASA WEB ALBUM

Our next event is on the 12/12. Its our AGM and santa ride. See or post for details HERE