First Night Ride for 2014. Tuesday 8th April 2014

Time to dust off those lights and recharge the batteries. DORC night rides are back on a brand new night. Next Tuesday will be our first ride for the year. Meet at the Palmerston Water Tower @ 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

The ride will take in the Spokes Track (intermediate level) and sections of the Howard Springs tracks (easy). Total ride distance will be around 25-30km, which should take us around 2 hours.

As always the ride will finish at the Palmy Tavern for a coldie and something to eat. Please ensure that you have MTB specific lights for your bike and helmet.

IMBA Newsletter and City of Darwin Grant

Keep track of all things mountain biking with seasonal newsletters from the IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association). There is a small report on there recent visit to Charles Darwin National Park. A trail audit was performed in order to make recommendations on how to make it safe, sustainable and fun for all levels of riders.

On the topic of track maintenance and building Paul has secured a small grant from the Darwin City Council and has used the funds to purchase a selection of shiny new tools for people to use on our up coming trail building and maintenance days. So if you have always wanted to attend the maintenance days but never had tools we’ve got you covered!

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DORC Night Rides are back on a new night.

Night Riders,

2014 brings a new year of night rides on a brand new night. This year rides will be run on Tuesday night to co-incide with Charles Darwin training rides. Night rides will run weekly, but not always at Charles Darwin, locations will vary. We might even run a night time trial for those who are keen.

In 2013 we had plenty of laughs, stacks and random night in pubs around Darwin and Palmy. In 2014 the laughs will continue (hopefully not as many stacks, Jessie would love to have you along). Normal rules will apply:

  • Must have a helmet (and be wearing it)
  • Must have at least one good quality mtb specific light. Pen lights taped to handle bars, dolphin torches and torches stolen from your kids as an afterthought just before you leave your house just won’t cut it people.
  • Seriously, if you need advice on appropriate lighting, post your questions here or ask at your local bike shop.
  • Must be prepared to have a laugh at yourself and most importantly others.

Here’s to a new year of lights, dirt, beers and laughs. See you on the trails people.


*UPDATED* Howard Springs Social Ride 16/3

Aaron will be leading a tour of the Howard Springs pine forests. Ride is suitable for all levels including beginners. Meeting point will be on Howard Springs road approximately 100m on the LEFT past the Stow road turn off at 4PM (OLD PINE FOREST). Ride time of approximately 1.5 hours. Helmet is a must and bring enough water with you for the ride.