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)

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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.

Schedule:

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 darwinoffroadcyclists@gmail.com or contact Kevin 0410249593

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

 

 

 

Forum problem

We currently have a problem with the DORC forums.  Like you can’t access them once you’ve become a member.   Which is kind of counterproductive.

I’m having a look into it and will let you know when it’s working properly.

Cheers
Ian