Howard Springs 2 Hour-Race season kick off-26th March

Racing returns to the original pine forest trails to kick the 2017 season off. Come on down and join in the fun for the first DORC race of the year, do as many or as few laps as you like in 2 hours, we ain’t racing for sheep stations, just bragging rights amongst your friends!! W’eve got a few categories for this event, Open Men-for the faster guys typically finishing in the first half of the field, Sports Men-for those in the remaining half, Open Womens-only one category currently for the womens as attendance is typically lower (come on ladies! Get some friends involved, lets grow this segment) and we’ve got a pairs category for the juniors under 18. For those juniors who wish to tackle the event solo just enter the respective category ie Open Mens or Womens, Sports Mens.

BBQ and Refreshments available throughout the race and after the race as well.  Spot prizes provided by our local bike shops. Race registration is online only click HERE FOR ENTRY. Race entry closes 25th March at midnight. No entries will be accepted on the day. Competitors must have a helmet, water and food to get you through the race.


When: Sunday 26th March 2017
Register:    REGISTER ONLINE HERE, registration closes on the 25th March.           No entries will be accepted on the day.
Schedule:  3:00 – Number Plate Collection Opens
3:50 – Race Briefing
4:00 – Race Start
6:00 – Course Closed
6:30 – Presentations
Where:  Old Howard Springs Pine Forest, COURSE MAP ( anti clockwise direction)
Difficulty: As fast as you want to go

This will be a good test event for those heading to Lassetters Easter in the Alice, and for those not going, WHY NOT? Australias cheapest stage race!! Check it out at the link provided above.

The Old Pine Forest is located on Howard Springs Road. Turn off the Stuart Highway and head straight down until you see the event centre on your left.


Geoff Fox’s Fun D Mentals skills sessions return for 2017

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. This course is for DORC/MTBA members only.

You can join DORC/MTBA by clicking HERE. Please note the 2 month free trial will not cover the time period this will be held in. We can, with prior arrangement offer 6 individual day licences to cover each session. You will need to contact Kevin on 0410249593 (during day light hours) to organize this before registering. We do strongly suggest joining the club though as there are many benefits to joining. Click HERE for benefits

Any queries or questions email Geoff at-


 MTB Fun ‘D’ Mentals

Six WeekTraining Programme

Week 1. 2 Apr ,  Basic Bike Maintenance, Bike set up, Body position, Easy ride through                                                 the old pine forrest.



Week 2. 9 Apr, Revise week 1, Braking and cornering, easy ride through old pine forrest.



The 16th April is Easter Sun. The 23rd April is a DORC pairs race day.


Week 3. 30 Apr, Revise week 2, Wheel lifts,  Negotiating obstacles, easy ride through                                           the new pine forrest.


Week 4. 7 May, Revise week 3. Pressure control, Climbing and switchbacks. Easy ride Charles                                       Darwin.



Week 5. 14 May, Revise week 4. Drops, Jumps, Stairs and urban obstacles. Urban ride Darwin City.



Week 6. 21 May, Culmination of all skills incorporated in a ride at the Hanging rock and etch-a-                                         sketch loops at Humpty Doo.



All sessions will start at 8:00am 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 a 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.


Charles Darwin Trail Clearing Day 11/3/17

Hey everyone, it’s that time of year again when we need your help clearing the trails in Charles Darwin National Park, those of you who have ridden in there in the last few months will know that the wet season has been kind and allowed the grass to flourish in the park, The working bee will be held on the 11/3/17 Saturday morning from 8:00 till 11:00, meeting spot will be at the WW2 Display bunker.
DORC will have tools and water, sunscreen and bug spray on site however feel free to bring down your own brush cutter/whipper snipper and or rake, and I would recommend wearing long sleeve pants and shirts, please feel free to contact Keogh on 0428821360 if you have any other questions

Short Course XC Training Sanderson Bike Skills Park-Thursdays 16/2/17-9/3/17


Thursday Short Course XC MTB Training at Sanderson Bike Skills Park
Starts at 6 PM
(Wet Season Dirt Crit Series – For the next 4 weeks ) 
The format is 2  x  6 lap dash which takes about 15 minutes. There is a 5 minute half time break.
Here is a 30 second preview of some of the course
Here is a full lap of the course to preview

Lassetters Easter in the Alice 2017

You may not already know that Alice Springs is one of Australia’s best kept mountain biking secrets.  There is an incredible 200 km or so of tracks around the town, all within a few minutes ride of wherever you might be staying.  We are truly spoilt.

Easter is a 3-day stage race which we’ve designed to be as accessible to as many riders as possible, incorporating Round 3 of the National XCM series on Saturday 15 April.   Stages are 75/58 km (depending on class), 24 km and 37 km and have a wide variety of tracks (mostly single).  Starts are 7 am/8 am in the cool of the morning so we’ll get people back and relaxing well before lunch time each day.  That leaves the rest of the day for sight-seeing or just hanging around the pool with your mates.  And yes, it will be perfect swimming weather at Easter.

So head on over to the web page for more info and how to enter.

Short Course Cross Country Training returns to Sanderson NAC Bike Park 2/2/17

Sanderson middle school Corner of Patterson and Matthews road Malak. For those who have done Tim’s Friday night velodrome sessions in the past you will understand how fun these are!! The course is approximately 550 metres long consisting of natural terrain and man made features to navigate. Starting at 6pm all welcome.  See you there. Contact Kevin Wells 0410249593 or Tim Ellison 0437602346 for further details.


DORC Jersey order

Hi all. We’ve decided its about time we run an order of club jerseys!! Its been a long time since the last lot.

This time around we will be making options available rather than just the lycra roadie style. We will be offering the MTB short sleeve, MTB 3/4 sleeve and the lycra style. Designs are provided below. Please note the yellow jersey is not available for purchase.



Please refer to the size chart provided. You’ll notice there is a mens and womens specific chart, make sure you are reading the right chart. Once you have determined your size and style please email through your order. Once we get the required amount of people to make an order we’ll notify you on how to pay. Each style will cost $90.00.

mens chartwomens chart

So email us your name, size and style you would like to with the subject title as “Club Jersey” or contact Kevin on 0410249593





Night Ride Wedneday 1st Feb

This Wednesday’s nocturnal adventure will be to the Howard Springs Pine Forest. Meet at the Palmerston Water tower at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. Our route will take in the Spokes Track then a reverse lap of the old Pine Forest track, before heading back to the Palmy Tavern along the escarpment track for a cooling beverage.

Ride distance will be around 25km, with some difficult sections encountered on the Spokes Track. Please ensure you have lights, spares, helmet and water.

See you on Wednesday.

Night Ride, Wednesday 4th Jan 2017

To kick off 2017, and keeping the weather in mind, this week we’ll take spin around the city. This ride includes plenty of stair rides, a fresh piece of track near the Deck Chair Cinema stairs, and a loop around East Point.

Meet at the Ski Club carpark at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm get away. Please ensure that you have lights, water, spares and a dollar or two for a drink at the Ski Club following the ride.

Please note, if the weather is crap the ride will start from an alternate location with more shelter. Keep a eye on facebook for updates.

New Years Eve Social Ride 31/12/16

This Saturday afternoon, DORC will be holding a New Years Eve social ride at the Howard Springs Pine Forest. Meet at the corner of Stow Road and Howard Springs Road for a 4pm start. From here we will do a loop of the newer tracks on the Stow Road side. Distance is around 25km.

The ride is a social ride with plenty of stops and a laugh or 2. Please ensure that you have a properly maintained moutainbike, helmet, spares and water. Following the ride we will meet at the Howard Springs tavern for a refreshing beverage or 2 to kick off New Years celebrations.