Humpty Doo Night Ride, Thursday 1st Oct.

This weeks night time adventure is out at Humpty Doo. Meet at 260 Trippe Road 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. The ride will follow Geoff Fox’s Lost Boy and Etcha Sketch Trails. This ride is NOT a beginner ride, as blood is often spilt. Please ensure that you have lights adequate for riding off road (at night). Minimum 1000 lumens. Also ensure that you have spares, snacks, water and beers for after ride refreshment.

Howard Springs Pine Forest Ride – Saturday 3rd October


The ride is aimed at the beginner level and there will be plenty of stops to regroup.  The Pine Forest  has lots of nice flowy trails and minimal obstacles to get over/around so its perfect for those new to MTB or those wanting to gain some confidence on the bike, meet some fellow MTBers and most importantly have some fun.
The ride will start at 4pm, meeting at the Stow Rd entry to the Pine Forest trails and will take approx 1-1.5 hours.
Click HERE for meeting point
Mountain bike, helmet and water essential.  Please also carry spares (i.e tube, pump or canisters and tyre levers).
Contact Emma on 0409 906 343 if you need any further information.

Tuesday Charles Darwin Ride. 29th September.

Don’t forget the weekly DORC Tuesday beginners ride at Charles Darwin this week. Ride will start at 5.45pm from the Charles Darwin NP trail head, just inside the main gate on the left. The ride will follow the Wirraway and Spitfire trails. If your planning to attend please ensure that you have water, spares and a helmet (and a mountainbike).

During the ride there will be plenty of time to stop and re-group. I’m happy to assist with any questions about bike set up and practice particular skills.


NT Mountain Bike Master Plan

DORC are excited to advise that Tourism NT have engaged TRC Tourism to develop a Mountain Bike Master Plan for the NT.
As a local stakeholder DORC will be working with TRC Tourism to ensure the Darwin MTB community has input into this process. To start with TRC Tourism will be focusing on the below questions.

1.       What are the current mountain bike opportunities in the NT and are there new opportunities that should be further developed?

2.       Do the needs of the local community vary from those of visitors in terms of mountain biking?

3.       What is required to position the Northern Territory as a recognised destination for mountain bike riding?

4.       Beyond this, how can it become world class?

5.       What are the challenges to achieving this?

If you would like to have input into the above or have suggestions of your own please email by Sat 3 Oct 15 and DORC will raise these at the meeting with TRC Tourism on the 5 Oct.
Please ensure you include your contact details in the email just incase we need to contact you to clarify anything.
The success of this project will depend greatly on the quality of input we raise so please share your thoughts and ideas to ensure the Master Plan becomes a useful foundation for putting the NT well and truly on the MTB map.
Paul Edwards


Lee Point Night Ride Wed 16th September

This weeks ride will take in Darwin’s iconic Lee Point trails. Ride will start accross the road from the Beachfront Tavern at 6.30pm. From here we head out along Dripstone Cliffs to Lee Point and see where the mountainbike gods take us.

As always please ensure that you have adequate lighting, helmet, water and snacks. Ride will finish at the Beachfron Tavern with ales and tales.

Womens skills session

Ladies skills session! DORC is holding a special ladies only skills session run by our qualified coach Paul Edwards. It will be held on Saturdayy 19th September at 4:30pm at Charles Darwin National Park (meet at the grass picnic area). Paul will run through mtb handling skills and then lead a ride on the new Wirraway trail and others to test your new skills.
This session is free and is being opened to DORC members and non members (women only). Refreshments will be available. You must have a mountain bike, helmet and water.
Can contact Camilla for more information 0439872465

Tuesday and Thursday Charles Darwin Rides.

Lets get these happening again. See you all there 8/9/2015

Where: Start at the new trail head sign just inside the main gates.
When: Most Tuesdays & Thursdays. (Ride Starts at 5:45PM Sharp).
How Hard: Training – easy or as hard as you like.
What You Need To Know:  ”Most Tuesdays and Thursdays” means that someone is usually riding. Usually not as many people riding from around mid December to February due to the wet weather.

Tuesday rides are especially for beginners, avoiding the trickier trails and provide plenty of stops for catching up. Thursdays for intermediate riders and may go to some of the more technical sections of track.

Charles Darwin National is situated next to a mangrove tidal wetland. There’s usually biting insects at dusk.

Whilst the rides don’t go into the night, you may want to bring lights for the ride home.