MTB Mini Night Fondo Wednesday 10th August

In celebration of the upcoming Grand Fondo, DORC will hold their own dirt mini fondo this Wednesday evening. Meet at the Palmerston water tower at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. Our fondo will take us out to the Spokes Track then down to Mitchell Creek to the Elizabeth River then back to the Palmerston Tavern via the escarpment track. 30km distance. The ride is mostly easy, however the Spokes Track is rated as an intermediate level trail, with drops and obstacles.

Please ensure you have adequate lights, helmet, spares and water. Post ride meeting at the Palmerston Tavern for refreshments following the ride.

Two Dams Ride 7/8/2016

Slightly late notice i know!!!

Kevin is leading the 2 Dams ride starting at 730am from Darwin River Tavern (175 Darwin River road) on Sunday 7/8/2016.

Ride up to darwin river dam then ride along the catchment fenceline to Manton dam wall for a smoko break and return the same way.

Total ride of about 60-65km approximately 3-4 hours ride time, with some decent hill climbs which will test the fitness along the way.

Riders would need food and a hydration pack with 3 litres capacity, there are taps to refill at the dam wall.


The ride is mainly 4wd access road but can be quite steep and rocky in some sections, riders must have a good level of fitness and a good level of technical ability. Not reccomended for begginers. Any questions contact Kevin 0410249593

Finishing up at the Darwin River Tavern for lunch and refreshments

Women’s MTB Skills Clinics with Jess Douglas Australian 24 Hour Champion

Confirmed dates for these clinics are August 20&21, Sept 24 & 25 and October 29 & 30. Morning clinics will run from 7.45am-10.45am, afternoon clinics will run from 3.30pm- 6.30pm. Each session is a stand-alone clinic. These clinics are being run in a small group format (maximum number of 5 women per group), with clinics catering for different skill levels depending on demand.



There are a few questions on the registration page that we require you to answer prior to registering, and if you can read so you do a self-assessment of your skills (1-9) prior to registering, to assist us when grouping participants. When registering for the weekend/weekends you would like to attend, can you please indicate preferred session times e.g. Sat am/pm, Sun am/pm. We will make every effort to get you into your preferred day and session time and will send email/text confirmation of this ASAP.  Please provide preferred contact method, email/text message.

Women participating in these skills clinics must be DORC members for insurance purposes. If you are not currently a member when registering for these clinics, this is your opportunity to take advantage of the 8 week free trial membership that DORC is currently offering, or become a DORC member with all its advantages, or you can purchase a day license to cover your insurance.

Cost of registration per clinic is $50.

Friday 19th August: Women’s meet and greet at the CPA office (5.30/6pm). All women attending any of these sessions are invited to attend. Jess Douglas will talk about her mountain biking career and the format for the upcoming sessions. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. For those interested, we will have dinner at the Wharf following (7.30/8pm).

Basic Bike Maintenance workshops – details to be confirmed
      Friday 28 October: Social event for DORC members including presentation of our survey       on women’s mountain biking, findings – details to be confirmed

Entry is now open for the August clinics. Click HERE to register.


Blue Cycles Sunday Session-Results

Thanks to the team from the Blue Cycles stores for supporting this event. Who got to have a ride on one of the demo bikes? I was tempted to pull in and swap the hardtail for a dually after a couple of laps!!! Thanks to all who attended. Numbers were a little low as there it was probably of the last long weekends of the dry to get out camping etc. Timing staff and volunteers were exceptional once again. If you are able to help out at any of the events get in contact with us.

Results can be viewed HERE

Geoff Fox’s FunDmentals Skills Courses

Hi Guys and Girls of DORC. Geoff Fox will be running another 6 week skills course. Class will be capped at 8 participants. For those who have done the previous courses we are hoping to offer it to new participants this time around.

Entries are online only ENTER HERE

Any queries or questions email Geoff at-


 MTB Fun ‘D’ Mentals

Six WeekTraining Programme

Week 1. 7 Aug,  Basic Maintenance, Bike set up, Moving around on your bike, Easy ride through                        the old pine forrest.

Week 2. 14 Aug, Revise week 1, Pedalling, shifting, braking and cornering, easy ride                                             through old pine forrest.

Week 3. 21 Aug, Revise week 2, Wheelies, Hopping and negotiating obstacles, easy ride through                          the new pine forrest.

Week 4. 28 Aug, Revise week 3. Pumping, Climbing and switchbacks. Easy ride Charles Darwin.

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

Week6. 11 Sep, Culmination of all skills incorporated in a ride at the Hanging rock  loop at Humpty Doo.

All sessions will start at 8:00am on a Sunday morning and will be two hours in length, except for week six.

Week six will take between two to three hours to complete.

Participants are required to arrive 15 minutes before the start time to ensure that they are ready to start at 8am.

All participants must be DORC/MTBA members to participate.

Basic requirements will be as Follows:

a.         mtb in safe working condition,

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

c.         spare tube, puncture repair kit, multi/bike tool, pump, and;

d.         minimum of 2 litres of drinking water.

Beginners Night Ride Wednesday 27th July

This week ride is for the beginner night riders out there. Our last ride was an introductory ride around East Point, this weeks ride is a little further afield around the old Howard Springs trails. The ride begins at the corner of Stow Road and Gunn Point road at 6.30pm. The old Pine Forest trail is a 9km loop and perfect for those wishing to progress their night riding skills.

Please ensure that you have adquate lighting, helmet, rear red light, water and spares. Following the ride you are welcome to join us for a cooling beverage at the Palmerston Tavern.



Join us on a ride to Berry Springs Sunday Markets. We will be trying to find as much dirt as possible, along the escarpment track, round the back of Bellamack, 4×4 track to Jensen 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 2.5 hrs each way. Ride Leader: Cameron McDougall Ride Date: Sunday 31 July 2016 Start time: 0700 Meeting/Departure Location: Palmerston PUMA fuel station Cnr Temple and Chung Wah Terrace. Challenge Level: Not technical riding but you will need a good level of fitness as its approximately 60km round trip.

Contact Cameron on 0407161577 for further info

Sunday Social. Geoff’s trails 17/7/2016

Geoff Fox will be leading a tour of his trail network Sunday afternoon. Ride will be approximately 20km long. It is quite rocky out there so you will need good technical skills to navigate some sections. Bring with you enough drinking water for 2 hours, spare tube and tools. Helmets are mandatory. Ride starts at 4 PM from 260 Trippe Road Humpty Doo. BYO post ride refreshments.

Attention Night Riders!!

Please note that the East Point night ride tomorrow night (13th July) is for beginner night riders who would like to try trail riding in the dark. Experienced riders are also welcome to attend. ALL who attend must have their own lights. There will be lights for people to try, however these are to be shared between the group and will not be available for individuals to use for the duration of the ride.

Children under 15 are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied for the duration of the ride by a responsible adult.

See you at the Cool Spot.


Social Rides in July


4pm meeting at the Rapid Creek pedestrian bridge to ride the tracks at Lee Point, to finish by 6pm
‘No drop’ ride for all women keen to get out on their mountain bikes and meet others doing the same
We’ll finish up at the Surf Life Saving club, all welcome to stay on to socialise but remember to bring lights to get home with – sunset at 6.37!
Normal stuff about bikes that work, helmets, shoes and water ….
Contact Debbie 0435694199 for more details and to register




Join us on a ride to Berry Springs Sunday Markets. We will be trying to find as much dirt as possible, along the escarpment track, round the back of Bellamack, 4×4 track to Jensen 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 2.5 hrs each way. Ride Leader: Cameron McDougall Ride Date: Sunday 31 July 2016 Start time: 0730 Meeting/Departure Location: Palmerston Caltex Cnr Temple and Chung Wah Terrace. Challenge Level: Intermediate