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.

MTBA Level 0 Skills Coaching Course

For those that are interested in becoming a qualified MTBA Level 0 Skills Coach please see the attached.

I know the letter is mainly aimed at Juniors and the schools but DORC is hoping to fill all positions with a diverse range of participants. The information contained is still relevant with the main points highlighted below.

DORC L0 Skills course

DORC will cover the MTBA course cost of $220 per participant with a maximum of 8 participants and it will be run on Saturday 4 Jun 16 from 8.30am to 5.30pm with the venue TBA, but I am hoping to secure Pedal HQ at the Parap Road Safety Centre behind the pool. That way you can grab a Laksa or a Smoothy from the markets before hand.

In addition to increasing our number of Junior Coaches within the schools, DORC are also keen to develop and foster some female coaches to enable the Club to run Womens Only clinics to help build the number of women participating in the sport. So Ladies if you are interested or have any questions please get in touch.

For the Juniors or Parents out there who want to see Mountain Biking offered within your school, I’ll need your help to pass on the attached letter to your school. Hopefully if we can get enough schools on board we will be able to run a Junior MTB Schools Carnival.

Finally, thanks must go to Pedals NT for funding this initiative.


Paul Edwards

Ladies Ride 15/5/2015-Pine Forrest

Sunday 15th May – Meet up at  7.30am for a 7.45am start.
Meet at Stow Rd entrance to new Pine Forest.
The ride will be at an easy pace with plenty of stops and regrouping along the way.
The ride will take approx 1.5hours.
Coffee and scones afterwards at Jenny’s Orchard Garden in Howard Springs. (approx 9.30am).  The trails being ridden are the same as what will be used in the upcoming Cyclezone 3 hour race so a perfect opportunity to get a feel for what’s in store.

The course is flat, flowing and FUN and very achievable thanks to the team that create and maintain the trails there.

As usual, helmet, spares, a bike in good working order, and water should be carried on all rides.

If you are planning to attend this ride contact Emma on 0409 906 343 as we need to let Jenny’s Orchid Garden know how many scones need to be made!!

Night ride 5/5/2016 THURSDAY

Night ride this THURSDAY departing Dolly’s bar in Leanyer. Meet up at 6:15 pm, ride will start at 6:30 pm. We’ll head to Sanderson High School first to have a few runs on the Downhill trail before the suns completely gone followed up by a bit of a bush bash in the Holmes Jungle and Leanyer Swamp areas. A high power front light is recommended, rear light set to solid and helmet is a must.

A great oppurtunity to get the lights set up for the upcoming 3 Hour day/night race on the 28th of May.

Lee Point Pairs Race-results

How much fun was that one boys and girls?

Here are the preliminary results. Click HERE to view.

Many thanks go out to all that were involved in making this happen and all the mountainbikers out there that continue to attend these events. We had 36 teams of 2 attend. Plus 2 teams of 4 junior riders that took on the course!!

Special thanks to all the sponsors who chipped in to provide some fantastic prizes. Spokes NT, Blue Cycles, K9 cycles, Cyclezone Darwin and Bikes to Fit.

Charlie D Night Ride Wednesday 20/4/16

Calling all night riders. Meet in the Winnellie Hotel carpark at 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start. Our ride will take in some of Charlie D’s best tracks including, the newly re-opened Spitfire, Run to the Chopper, Wirraway and the Three Sisters. This is an intermediate level ride and not recomended for the beginner. Please ensure you have lights, water, helmet and spares. Most importantly, a dollar or two for a clensing carbohydrate recovery beverage after at the Winnellie Hotel.


Pairs Race course preview 16/4/16

For those who are considering racing the Lee Point Pairs race on the 24th. The team from SpokesNT will be hosting a social ride this Saturday. The ride will be departing the Beachfront Hotel, Rapid Creek. You can view all the ride details by clicking HERE. Pace will be easy. Make sure you have a helmet, water to drink, spares and money for post ride refreshments.

DORC are also happy to announce the following shops will be kindly donating gift vouchers to be drawn at random on the day of the race. SpokesNT, K9 Cycles, Bikes to Fit and Cyclezone Darwin. Don’t forget entry for the race is online only. Click HERE TO ENTER.

Charles Darwin Maintenance Days

Continuing on with the Charles Darwin Maintenance Days DORC will be hosting two more working bees at Charles Darwin National Park. The working bees will concentrate on clearing the overgrown grass from the tracks. Tools will be provided, however if you have your own brushcutter or whipper snipper feel free to bring it along.

Both working bees will meet inside the front gate to Charles Darwin, the dates/time are:

  • Sunday, 17th April, 4pm.
  • Sunday, 1st May, 4pm.

As always please be suitably attired, long pants, long sleeve shirts and gloves are recommended and good sturdy shoes as well as sunscreen and a hat. Water will be provided by the club but camelbak’s are recommended whilst working.

DORC members who volunteer at this weekend’s working bee will be receive free entry to next weekend’s Two Up Race. Additionally SpokesNT has kindly donated prizes for the working bee which will be given out at random to volunteers.

Any further questions about the working bees please contact Keogh Conboy on 0428821360.