Trail workshop – by Trailscapes
Hi all, there will be a Trail Maintenance Day this Sunday the 26th, at Charles Darwin National Park
Have you always wondered what it takes to:
· Maintain trails
· Make them more sustainable
· The skill needed
· What a good trail design looks like
· Why it’s important.
Well wonder no more, Trailscapes will be providing as part of their Contract for the Trail network upgrade and rationalisation of Charles Darwin NP and Casuarina Coastal Reserve (Lee Point) a one day Trail Workshop, this will be focused on the trails at CDNP and will be hands on.
Please meet at the front gate at 9:00 for a 9:30 start, DORC will have water and drinks on hand and will have limited tools available, so it might pay to bring your own Shovel, Rake, Pick axe etc. This is a fantastic opportunity and it would be good to see a few of you down there, any questions call Keogh on 0428821360
Hi All Darwin Mountain Bikers.
Trail upgrades to the Charles Darwin (CDNP) and Lee Point (CCR) trails networks.
This is a significant investment by PWCNT and the NTG to our formalised trail network and we thank them for it.
This will include new trails, upgrades and all weathering of existing trails, re-routing, trail rationalisation and signage.
There will be minor trail closures as part of this, mainly of unsustainable trails, or part of the trail network rationalisation.
DORC has been significantly involved in the development of the scope of works for the contract with Trailscapes (SA) which has commenced yesterday, Monday the 23rd July and the duration of the contract is 14 weeks.
During this period a majority of trails in both areas will have some work on them including the Pumphouse trails.
Trailscapes’ programme will be finalised over the next week and more detail will be advised as it becomes available.
The plan is as follows:
- They will have three crews working between Charles Darwin and Lee Point.
- Each crew will work on a “Trail” and during this time that trail will be closed. The intention is to complete all work including signage, then open the “trail” before moving onto the next trail, this will minimise the amount of the network that is closed at any one time.
- DORC will be providing update when they become available.
We all need your help (Trailscape, DORC and PWCNT) during the coming 14 weeks:
- Never cross any trail closure signage, no matter your curiosity. This is for your and the work crews safety. (This was a significant problem during the construction of the Lee Point trails, Spitfire and Wirraway)
- Please be patience whilst the closure are in place, as the aim is to make the trails more sustainable and durable for most weather conditions into the future. (Except for the grass and growth encroaching on the trails, that is the responsibility of all riders and will be coordinated by DORC)
- Please don’t approach TrailScapes (The Contractor). This is a project that is being Managed by The Department of Infrastructure and Planning on behalf of Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT). PWCNT have a Technical expert which will be signing off on all works, with support from DORC as required.
Thanks to all for your support and I’m like you very excited to get out and ride our trails once they are finished.
- Be a DORC, Support your club that is supporting your trails.
Thanks to all who were involved in this event. Timers, first aiders, marshals and photographers. Thanks to Tracy Village sports club for having us after day 1. Thanks to One Mile brewery and Eggy 500 for having us for presentations.
For Berrimah results click HERE
For Series results click HERE
Trevor Page was out with his camera yesterday. Check out his Flickr album HERE
MTBA Level 0 Skills Instructor Course
Mountain Bike Australia are pleased to announce that we have a course on offer in Darwin on Sunday 12th August 2018.
The Mountain Bike Australia Level 0 MTB Skills Coach course is the entry point to the MTBA coaching pathway and is aimed at parents, clubs and teachers who want to learn the basics of group management, risk assessment and skills teaching techniques. Participants successfully completing the course will be equipped to lead beginner group rides and assist Level 1 coaches in delivering basic skills instruction sessions. There are no post course requirements and successful participants will gain their accreditation at the end of the course.
To participate in this course you must be a current financial member of MTBA, and register using the link below. Free trial, community members and day licences are not accepted. Further information on MTBA memberships can be found: https://www.mtba.asn.au/membership/
The cost of the course is $240 per person.
Register for the course here https://online.mtba.asn.au/ERegister.aspx?E=5716
Once you have registered for the course, copies of the following documents will be required in order to finalise a coach accreditation and for you to meet MTBA’s insurance requirements.
• Current First Aid Certification (Senior First Aid or HLTAID003 – Provide First Aid)
• Valid Working With Children Check for the State/Territory in which you are coaching
Upon successful completion of the course Darwin Off Road Cyclist Club will reimburse the cost of this course once you have received your qualification. Conditions apply.
For more information please contact Geoff Fox. 0427611702, firstname.lastname@example.org
First off thanks for the volunteers who were out on course assisting with timing, marshalling, first aid and photography.
Special mention to Shane Walden. At the start of Stage 3, quite a long one with a decent climb in it, I offered a 5 second time bonus for anyone who beat the E Bikes time. He managed to do it by 0.01 of a second!! Well done.
Now, for the second last stage we missed a few riders stage times. We have awarded you a time that reflects your previous stages position. So if you were 15th fastest on stage 4 we’ve given you a time that puts you in 15th for stage 5. Apologies for the mishap there was a poor signal over the radios.
Results can be viewed HERE
We look forward to seeing you all return to Berrimah hill this Saturday for the final round. Remember we’ll be there riding Tuesday and Thursday this week. Meet up behind the fire station 545pm.
The Presentations will be held at One Mile brewery in Winnellie and Eggy 500 will be there serving up delicious treats. Bring the family and friends along. From 7-10pm.
Half Day MTB Skills Course
Sunday 24th Jun 2018
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Old Pine Forest
Do you want to ride smoother, faster, with more flow, control and confidence?
The Darwin Off Road Cyclists will be conducting a half day course aimed at improving your riding, making you safer, smoother and faster on the trails, increasing the fun!
The course will be run by qualified MTBA and PMBIA instructors. During this session you will learn about:
a. body position,
b. controlled braking,
c. trail scanning, and
d. cornering techniques.
You will learn how to:
Riders of all levels are invited to attend this course
Riders wishing to attend this course must be over 18 years of age and be members of DORC and MTBA.
The session will cost $50 per person with all proceeds going to DORC.
Places are limited to 8 riders.
For more information contact Geoff Fox 0427611702 or email@example.com CLICK HERE TO ENTER
Junior Social Ride
Who: All junior riders up to 17 years of age. Riders 10 yrs and under must be accompanied by an adult.
What: This is a fun, laid back, no drop, social ride for the juniors that will go for approx 1.5 hrs.
Riders will need: a bike in good working order, helmet, gloves, enclosed shoes, eye protection and plenty of water.
You do not need to be a DORC member to participate in this ride. Non members participate at their own risk.
When: Starts at 4:00pm, Sunday 17th June 2018
Where: The Old Pine Forest, Howard Springs Rd, Howard Springs.
Meeting Point will be opposite the intersection of Howard Springs Rd and Stow Rd.
Why: To have fun, get the junior riders out on the trails and build their confidence, with the aim of improving their riding ability.
If you have any questions relating to this ride please call Jo or Geoff Fox0427611702.
Who: Everyone is welcome on DORC social rides; however, if you are not a DORC member, you do ride at your own risk #beadorc, #imadorc
(If you are a MTBA member you are covered by insurance for injury)
All levels of riders are encouraged to attend.
What: No drop social ride, plenty of breaks to regroup etc.
Distance will be approx 18k and 1.5hr duration.
You will need a MTB in good working order, helmet, gloves, covered shoes and plenty of water.
When: Saturday 9th June 2018, 4:45pm for a 5:00pmstart.
Where: Meeting point is the entry to the Old Pine Forest, Howard Springs.
Travel down Howard Springs Rd to the Stow Rd intersection continue for approx 200m and the entry is on the left.
Why: Because road riding is fun …… on the dirt …….. on a mountain bike.
So we can have a casual, friendly, easy ride.
Enduro in its most basic definition is a type of race where the downhills are timed (the fun stuff) and the uphills are not. Riders are timed in stages that are primarily downhill, with neutral “transfer” stages in between. The lowest overall time after all race stages wins.
This event will be held over two days, with the lowest overall combined time taking the win.
Lee Point trails. 7 race stages in total. Meet at 330pm, Racing starts 4 PM Sharp, across the road from the Caravan park on Lee Point road. Tracy Village after for a meal and drinks.
Berrimah Hill. 6 race stages in total. Meet at 330pm behind the fire station on Berrimah road, racing starts at 4 PM sharp. Presentations will be held at the One Mile Brewery in Winnellie. They generally have a food vendor parked there on Saturday evenings.
If you want an idea of what the race stages will be, come along to the social rides leading up to the race.
Lee Point dates are 5th, 7th, 12th and 14th of June. Rides start all dates at 545 pm across from the caravan park.
Berrimah dates will be 19th, 21st, 26th and 28th of June. Rides start all dates at 545 pm from behind the fire station on Berrimah road.
Positions are strictly limited for this race 20 positions per category. Open men’s (Expert) and Sports men’s. Open Women’s (come on ladies) and Juniors (12-18). Juniors can race up a category please contact organiser if you’d like to do this.
Any questions feel free to contact Kevin Wells on 0410249593
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