Message from the president.

DORC has just secured the lease for land adjacent Charles Darwin National Park to build our own tracks. This does not mean that it is now a free for all to build tracks.  The club is taking a measured approach to make the most of the available land (heritage/cultural) to build the best possible tracks for the entire cycling community.  As many may be aware, the club has engaged the services of Ground Creations to create a master plan for the expansion and development of trails in the licenced land area.  If all the planets align, trail construction could start next dry – ‘funding dependant’.

Throughout the years DORC has operated largely in the background: running events; maintaining, building, advocating for tracks; running skill sessions; and generally supporting the off-road biking scene in the top end. During this time DORC has not really pushed for people to formally join the club – some perceive it as an unnecessary cost with no perceived benefit – why take out a membership to ride on a free track?  As such, formal membership of the club has remained modest.

But as the President of DORC I am now asking (nay begging) that top end MTB’ers reading this message become an advocate for DORC in two ways: become a club member and a vocal supporter of our sport.

The club estimates we need around a “bucket of cash” for the creation of an extra 20 – 25km of trails and a skills park on the newly acquired land.  This sort of money is not beyond the capacity of the club to raise, but it is going to take some time and your support.  Currently only a small section of track could be built at any one time: our hope is we can secure government funding to build it all in one go.

Historically DORC has internally measured our success by the numbers of participants turning up to events/rides/maintenance and riders out on the tracks with smiles on their dials.  As such, we think we are doing a great job!  Sadly however, when it comes to securing Government funding it is a ‘membership numbers game’ and the Government needs to see the club’s member numbers are high to get the sort of funding needed to build the new tracks.

So – the club is asking a big favour, sort of a crowd funding idea, but instead of just giving the club money we are asking you to join the club.  This is primarily because once DORC reaches 400 members it will be automatically eligible for funding from the government each year guaranteed. But also by joining you personally get great benefits of personal insurance, and the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing you are supporting the club, mountain biking in Australia, and fast tracking the new track work.

The club has 175 members currently; we need that extra 225 people to sign on to start receiving this funding. If we get more people sign on great: it is all about power in numbers.  There are several different memberships: non-riding; recreational; junior; Dirtmaster; and race.  Please sign for the full year.

https://www.mtba.asn.au/membership/

So when you’re out on the track and you see others riding: ask them if they are a DORC.

BE A DORC, I’M A DORC.

Chris Hanson

President of DORC

 

 

 

The Pine Forest Mystery Pairs Race-22/10/17

It’s a mystery as you will be paired up with someone you potentially have never met before. It’s a mystery because you’ll be riding on a new section in the Pine Forest.

Here’s the format, ENTER (ONLINE ONLY). Your name will be assigned a number, it will then be ran through our mysterious partner generator. You’ll then meet and greet your partner for the day and work out your strategy!! Who will do first lap? Who will trash talk opposing teams? Who’s shout is it for post race beers (or soft drink) and BBQ? All those sorts of important things. The course is approximately 4.6 Km long and each rider will complete 3 laps each. This event is aimed at maximum fun on an achievable course for all levels of riders.

Meeting point will be the corner of Howard springs road and Stow road. Sign on and plate collection at 3:30 PM racing starts at 4:30 PM

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Not a member of DORC? No worries. Day licenses are available in the entry link. We would love to see you join our club though. Click HERE to view membership types and click HERE to see membership benefits.

More info contact Kevin Wells 0410249593 or Andrew Goldsworthy 0417087602

Last one for the year! Womens half day skills course. 21/10/17

LAST ONE FOR 2017

Womens Half Day MTB Skills Course

Saturday 21st October 2017

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Old Pine Forest

Howard Springs

DORC will be running a half day clinic for female MTB riders who are interested in riding smoother, faster and with more control.

The course will be run by qualified MTBA, PMBIA instructors and will cover:

a. body position

b. controlled braking

c. trail scanning

d. cornering techniques

You will learn how to:

* use your body position to get more from your bike

* use your brakes more effectively and efficiently

* scan the trail ahead and be prepared for what is coming up

* change direction/corner with more confidence, traction and speed

This clinic is for riders who already have the basics under control and would like to take their riding to the next level.

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 gj.fox@bigpond.com

ENTER HERE

 

Beginners/Novice Ride 1/10/2017

Hey all, Keogh will be leading a Beginners/Novice ride this Sunday the 1st of October
This will be a easy paced ride with plenty of stops aimed at those riders new to riding off road, it will take in the bush tracks around the Leanyer Swamps and a few trails in Holmes Jungle with stops to go over any questions about riding off road you may have, ride distance will be around the 10-15k mark,.
Helmets are a must to participate on this ride, please also ensure you bring enough water to last around 1.5hrs riding and whatever spares you feel you may need.
Meeting spot will be outside the entrance of Leanyer Water Park meet at 4:45pm for a 5:00pm start
any questions feel free to ring Keogh on 0428821360.

MAP OF MEETING POINT

Half Day Skills Course.

Half Day MTB Skills Course

Saturday 16th Sep 2017

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Old Pine Forest

Howard Springs

DORC will be running a half day clinic for MTB riders who are interested in riding smoother, faster and with more control.

The course will be run by a qualified MTBA, PMBIA instructors and will cover:

a. body position

b. controlled braking

c. trail scanning

d. cornering techniques

 

You will learn how to:

* use your body position to get more from your bike

* use your brakes more effectively and efficiently

* scan the trail ahead and be prepared for what is coming up

* change direction, corner with more confidence, traction and speed

This clinic is for riders who already have the basics under control and would like to take their riding to the next level.

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 gj.fox@bigpond.com

ENTRY IS ONLINE ONLY CLICK HERE TO ENTER.

Entries must be made by midnight on 13/9/17 

 

Blue Cycles SATURDAY Session-2/9/17

Blue Cycles SATURDAY Session. 3 Categories available. Open Mens and Womens and Sport Mens. Course is approximately 7 Km in total. Race will be 4 laps of the course.

This year is a brand new course with some great flow and technical sections to challenge riders of all abilities. Keep an eye on our pages as we will have a familiarization social ride of the course at some point.

Race HQ will be at the grassed picnic area.  Entry is online only CLICK HERE to enter Racing starts at 4 PM sharp. Number plate collection from 3 PM Entry is $5 for MTBA/DORC members. Non members are $30 which includes day licence. Entries close at midnight 1/9/2017 don’t delay enter today!!! Early entries make organizing and catering for these events so much easier

Contact Keogh 0428821360 for further inquiries.

Womens Skills Clinics-Half Day. By Geoff Fox

Womens Half Day MTB Skills Courses

Saturday 19th  August (cornering) & Sunday 27th August (obstacles)

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Old Pine Forest

Howard Springs

            DORC will be running 2  half day clinic for Female MTB riders who are interested in riding smoother, faster and with more control. Both courses are limited to 8 participants each. The courses will be run by a qualified MTBA, PMBIA instructors and will cover:

a. body position

b. controlled braking

c. trail scanning

d. cornering techniques

You will learn how to:                                                                                                        *

*use your body position to get more from your bike

* use your brakes more effectively and efficiently

* scan the trail ahead and be prepared for what is coming up

* change direction/corner with more confidence, traction and speed

*negotiate obstacles with confidence and finesse.

These clinics is for riders who already have the basics under control and would like to take their riding to the next level.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE CORNERING CLINIC 19/8/2017

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE OBSTACLES CLINIC 27/8/2017

 Riders wishing to attend these courses must be over 18 years of age and be members of DORC and MTBA.

The sessions will cost $50 per person with all proceeds going to DORC.  Places are limited to 8 riders per session

 

For more information contact Geoff Fox 0427611702 or gj.fox@bigpond.com

 

 

Fun-D-Mentals. Skills course by Geoff Fox. Starting on the 3rd September

Darwin Off Road Cyclists

Fun D Mentals

Mtb Skills Course.

 

This course is for anyone who wants to have fun riding their MTB and improve their mountain bike riding skills.

Whether you are a seasoned rider or just starting out, there is always something we can learn and improve on.

Regardless of your skill level, you will improve your riding by attending one of these courses.

This course is free to DORC (Darwin Off Road Cyclists)/MTBA (Mountain Biking Australia) members and is run by a qualified MTBA level 1 coach who is also a  PMBIA (Professional Mountain Biking Instructor Association)  level 1instructor.

We start with the basics and build on those skills every week, utilising different venues around the Darwin area.

 

DORC

 MTB Fun ‘D’ Mentals

Six Week Training Programme

3rd Sep – 8th Oct 201 Week 1. 3th Sep,  Basic Bike Maintenance, Bike set up, Body position, Easy ride through  the old pine forrest.

 

Week 2. 10th  Sep, Revise week 1, Braking and cornering, easy ride through old pine forrest.

Week 3. 17th Sep, Revise week 2, Wheel lifts,  Negotiating obstacles, easy ride through                                               the new pine forrest.

Week 4. 24th Sep, Revise week 3. Pressure control, Climbing and switchbacks. Easy ride Charles                              Darwin.

Week 5. 1st  Oct, Revise week 4. Drops, Jumps, Stairs and urban obstacles. Urban ride Darwin City.

Week 6. 8th Oct, 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 Sunday 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,

minimum of 2 litres of drinking water, and;

e.         Proof of current MTBA membership.

CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY Maximum of 8 participants dont miss out!!

Upcoming events-Spokes NT Charles Darwin Challenge and Junior Fun-D-Mentals skills courses

SPOKES NT CHARLES DARWIN CHALLENGE

This Sunday (9/7) coming up is the Spokes NT Charles Darwin Challenge. Event details  and how to enter can be found HERE. With plenty of options to choose from in terms of distance there is something to cater for the novice through to the expert. Just Coffee will be set up there in the morning pouring brews to give you that kick start you need to rip out  some hot laps!!! Help us out in catering for this event by getting your registrations done before Friday!!

JUNIOR FUN-D-MENTALS SKILLS COURSE

Starting on 16/7 Geoff Fox will be running a brand new skills course aimed at the juniors. There is still a few positions available so don’t miss out on the opportunity. Details of the course and how to enter can be seen HERE