Cyclezone 3 hour-results

Thanks everybody for coming along and braving the dust and pea gravel!!  I know I’ll be clearing the lungs of dust for the next few days!!

Cheers to Tony and the team for their ongoing hardwork to keep the Pine Forest trails in tip top condition. Remember if you can spare some time Sunday morning he would greatly appreciate some help to clear the section known as the Boulevard. 10 AM meet at the old shed car park site, just before Howard Springs road turns Into Gunn Point road.

Thanks to St Johns ambulance for being on site. No major incidents to report thankfully! Cheers Dave and Col for bringing the portaloo and lighting.

Big round of applause to all volunteers who helped setup, mark and run this race. We were running on a skeleton crew today. Thank you all for your patience.

Results are below. There are a handful of errors that need to be corrected. So, I’ll get to it over the next couple of days.

Stay tuned for some ENDURO racing next….

CLICK HERE to view results

Saturday Social Ride 19/5/18

Saturday Social Ride
Come down and check out the course before next Saturday’s Cycle Zone Darwin 3hr day/night race.
Who: All level of riders, this will be a no drop ride.
What: One or Two laps of the Cycle Zone 3hr race circuit
When: Saturday, 19th May, 4:45pm for a 5:00pm departure
Where: Shed carpark, New Pine Forest, Howard Springs Rd
Why: Because we love riding
Questions: Ring Keogh 0428821360

Junior MTB Fun- D – Mentals Course

Junior MTB Fun- D – Mentals Course

Program and Information

The Junior MTB Fun-D-Mentals Course is aimed at junior riders aged 11-17 years. This course will provide the skills to enable participants to ride safer, faster and smoother. The course is perfect for both beginner riders and those who want to improve or refine their skills.

Age Range – 11 – 17 years

Duration –   3 Weeks

Location –   Old and New Pine Forests, Howard Springs

Day –                    Sunday

Time –         8am – 10.30am

Cost –          Free of Charge (Participants must be members of MTBA, Mountain Biking Australia and DORC, Darwin Off Road Cyclists)

Places –       8 participants

Dates –        Sun 27thMay, Sun 3rd Juneand Sun 10th June

This is a progressive course and skills are built upon each week. Therefore, it is important that participants are able to attend all 3 sessions.

 We will be covering bike setup, body position, balance, braking, cornering, trail awareness, negotiating trail features and other fun stuffs J

 Requirements for the course are:

Mountain bike in good working order

Helmet, full fingered gloves, enclosed shoes and flat pedals (no clips)

Eye Protection

Spare tube/puncture repair kit

Plenty of water.

Any queries please contact

Geoff Fox 0427 611 702 or Jo Fox 0439 889 442



Cyclezone 3 Hour-26/5/2018

Time to dust off your bike, and get ready for Darwin’s biggest MTB event!!

The Cycle Zone three hour is DORC’s most popular event, a day/night race in the new Howard Springs Pine Forest. PARKING AND COURSE MAP HERE

The track is easy, and the riding is fun.  If you haven’t done a DORC race before, this is the time to start, ride for 1, 2 or 3 hours. Ride as many, or as few laps as you like, or form a team of 2 or 3 to share the load and rip some fast laps!!


When:  Saturday 26th May 2018
Register:        CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Race Start:  4:15
Where:  Howard Springs Pine Forest, New. PARKING AND COURSE MAP
Difficulty: As fast as you want to go

Course distance of 8.7 Km. Very achievable for all levels of riders and a great fun flowing course.

Entry Fees

DORC / MTBA members: $5 online pre-registration via

NON-DORCMembers: $30  (Covers race entry + day license/MTBA insurance)


Instead of shelling out $25 for each race you enter, consider DORC/MTBA membership before the race!  Check out the details and benefits.

Regulations and Rules:

Riders should carry puncture repair kits, water, mobile phone(with first aid numbers) and food with them whilst riding. Helmet must be worn at all times whilst riding. It is also advisable to have gloves and eye protection as well.

Front white light are required to be carried after 18:00, it must be of an intensity that enables the rider to safely ride at night. A rear red light is to be carried, preferable non – flashing.

At any time a competitors comes across a fellow rider needing assistance you shall render any assistance that is required.

Cut Off:

Riders will not be permitted to go out on the course after 18:00 without front and rear lights. Riders will be permitted to go out on a final lap at any time before 19:15.

The ride is a 3-hr, but you may finish the prior to the two-hour mark. If you decide to finish prior to the two hours, please tell the timing people that you have finished, sign off and return your race number.


Saturday, 26th May 2018

15:00 Sign on and plate collection opens
16:10 Rider briefing
16:15 Race start all riders
18:00 Lights must be on the bike
19:15 Course closed
19:45 Presentations

BBQ will be running while the race is running and drinks will be available as well.

Car parking:

Event hub will be in the pine forest this year. Follow Howard Springs road until it turns into Old Gunn Point road, then turn RIGHT into the forest.  There will be sign to mark it.

Beginners Welcome!

If you’re considering entering your first MTB race event, and would like some more information, check out our Race Ettiquette (or why should I race?) page.

Volunteers Welcome

Helping hands are always welcome at our events, assistance at race control with registration and timekeeping, or help with the bbq.  It’s volunteer help that makes the event possible, and turns it from an average to great event. Volunteers will be given free entry to any DORC event of there choice. Register your interest to volunteer or contact Kevin 0410249593

Women’s  Introduction to Mountain Biking

Women’s  Introduction to Mountain Biking

Do you have a mountain bike or can you borrow one from a friend?

Do you want to give this crazy sport called mountain biking a go but don’t know where to start? Do you need some basic knowledge, skills and confidence to get you pedalling?

Come and join us for our DORC Women’s Only Introduction to Mountain Biking Course. There are 8 spots available. This course is free for all women who are members of DORC and MTBA and 16 years +. It’s worth paying your membership for insurance and all the cool events, skills courses and social rides you can take part in over the next year #beadorc #imadorc

Date: Sunday 20th May

Time: 8.00 am – 12.00 pm

Location : Old Pine Forest, Howard Springs

You will need a bike in working order, helmet, covered shoes, gloves and water.

This course will provide you with the basics and covers such topics as:

Bike type and set up

Basic bike maintenance on the trail and what you should carry on the trails

Balance and Body Position on the bike (this will save you much heartache and improve your confidence immensely)

Terrain awareness (trail scanning, line choice etc)

Basic Cornering and Braking

We can also discuss anything else MTB related that you are interested in finding out about and answer any questions you might have regarding MTBing in our amazing local area. It will be a fun and informative few hours.

If you have any questions please contact Jo (0439889442) or Geoff (0427611702)


Saturday Social Ride 5/5/2018

  1. Social ride this Saturday 5/5/2018 . Meet at One Mile Brewing Company Darwin NT at 4:15 PM for a 4:30 ride start. We’ll head over to the trails at Charles Darwin National park. Easy Pace, plenty of stops to regroup. Be sure to bring a few dollars for after the ride to enjoy a brew from One Mile and Buff Wings NT will be on hand serving up delicious food. See you there

Geoff Fox’s FunDmentals skills course

Fun “D” Mentals

Mountain Bike Skills Course

12th May – 25th Jun 2018

This free 6 week course is for all riders (beginners to advanced) who want to improve their riding skills (you must be a DORC and MTBA member).

Whether you have been riding for 2 weeks or 10 years you can always improve your skills and finesse your stylle

During this course we can adjust all lessons to suite all riders. This course is based on the leading MTB industry standard from PMBIA (Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association).


Fun “D” Mentals

Course Dates

12th May – 25th Jun 2018

Week 1.  Saturday 12th May: Basic bike maintenance on the trail, bike set up, body position and balance. Easy ride through the old pine forest.


Week 2. Saturday 19th May: Revise week 1, braking/cornering, trail scanning. Easy ride through the old pine forest.




Week 3. Saturday 2nd Jun:  Revise week 2, wheel lifts,  negotiating trail features. Easy ride through                                             the new pine forest.


Week 4. Saturday 9th Jun: Revise week 3. pumping, climbing/descending and switchbacks. Easy                                   ride Charles Darwin.


Week 5. Saturday 16th Jun: Revise week 4. Roll overs, drops, stairs and urban obstacles. Urban ride                                           Darwin City.


Week 6. Saturday 25th Jun: Culmination of all skills incorporated in a ride at the either Lee Point or                                             Charles Darwin National Park.



All sessions will start at 8:00am Saturday 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:

  1. MTB in safe working condition (working brakes and gears)
  2. safety gear including helmet, full fingered gloves, enclosed shoes and eye protection,
  3. spare tube, puncture repair kit, multi/bike tool, pump,

minimum of 2 litres of drinking water, and;

  1. Proof of current MTBA membership.


Any questions please contact Geoff and Jo Fox 0427611702


A weekend full of social rides!!

Social ride One-Saturday 28/4

This Saturday 28th April, New Pine Forest, Howard Springs. Meeting at the Stow Rd entrance 4:45 pm for a 5:00 pm start. You will need a MTB in good working order, helmet, gloves and plenty of water. No drop ride. All welcome.

Social Ride Two-Sunday 29/4

All ages welcome.
Come along and see what DORC is about. Non DORC members ride at their own risk.
Sunday 29th April 4-5:30 pm. Meeting at the Old Pine Forest, Howard Springs.
Parents/Carers are more than welcome to tag along. All riders aged 10 and under will need a supervising adult to ride with them.
You will need:
Mountain bike in good working order
Enclosed footwear
Any questions contact Geoff and Jo Fox 0427611702
See you there 😀
For Junior membership options go to
#beadorc #imadorc




Skills Course-Introduction to drops and Jumps. 29/4/18

  • Introduction to Drops and Jumps Sunday 29th April 2018
    8:00am – 12:00pm
    New Pine Forest, Howard Springs
    DORC will be holding a half day clinic for beginner to intermediate riders who wish to ride smoother, faster and with more control and confidence.
    This course will be run by qualified instructors from MTBA (Mountain Biking Australia) and PMBIA (Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association). During this course you will learn how to:
    Use your body position and balance to get more from your bike. Learn the basic elements to negotiate small drops and jumps smoothly and confidently. This course is for riders who feel that they are confident to have both wheels off the ground and are ready to take on small drops and jumps to improve their riding skills. Riders wishing to attend this course must be over 18 years of age and be members of DORC and MTBA.
    This course will cost $50 per person with all proceeds going to DORC. Places are limited to 8 riders.
    For more information contact Geoff Fox 0427611702