Ladies Preview Ride

Hi ladies, Jo Fox will be hosting a preview ride of the Cycle Zone 3 Hour race circuit on Saturday 20th May at 4pm.

She will be meeting riders on the corner of Howard Springs Road across from the Nature Park entrance at 4pm for a 4.15pm start.

The track is approximately a 6km loop and Jo will also show you how to access the race parking. The ride should take about 1 & 1/2 hours.

This ride is for ladies only who are planning on attending the race. It will be a no drop ride and suitable for all levels.

Please ensure you have spares, helmet and water.

If you have any questions please contact Camilla on 0439872465

Cyclezone 3 Hour-27/5/2017

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 27th May 2017
Register:        pre-registering online only

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 6.5 Km. Very achievable for all levels of riders and a great fun flowing course.

Entry Fees

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

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.

Schedule:

Saturday, 27th May 2017

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

Social Ride-Saturday 13/5/2017

This Saturday the 13th of May at 5:00, Keogh will be leading a social ride around the course for the Cycle Zone Darwin 3 hour race to be held on the 27th of May (Registration will be opening shortly)
This will be a social ride so there will be plenty of chances to stop and catch your breath and have a drink ,Ride starts at the corner of Howard Springs and Gunn Point rd at the New Pine Forest (The Old Shed)
Helmets a must, and enough water to last you around 2 hours, pump and spares recommended.
Ride distance will be around the 15-20km mark this will entail 2 laps around the race course and a bit of riding around some of the other trails, any questions please feel free to ring Keogh on 0428821360

Friday Night Under Lights Ride. Friday 12th May

Something different this week. A Friday nite ride. Meet at the Palmerston Tavern water tower, Goyder Square at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm departure. We’ll head out along the Palmerston Escarpment track then on to the Pine Forest for a lap of the DORC 3 hour race course.  Ride distance around 30km.

Please ensure that you have good quality lights, water and spares. Following the ride join us for refreshments at the Palmerston Tavern.

Half Day Skills Course-20/5/2017

Half Day MTB Skills Course
Saturday 20th May 2017
8:00 am – 12:00 noon
New 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 instructor and will cover:

a. body position
b. front wheel lifts,
c. rear wheel lifts
d. Lifting both wheels of the ground.

You will learn how to:
* use your body position to get more from your bike
* Manual, wheelie and pre-load front wheel lifts
* Lift your rear wheel over gutters, logs, rocks etc,
* Lifting both wheels together (Bunny Hops) and combine all of the above

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

Charles Darwin Trail Maintenance Day-7/5/2017

A Call to Muster
Next Sunday the 7th of may DORC will be running a trail maintenance day at Charles Darwin National Park, as those of you who have attempted to ride in their will know, it needs a lot of attention so we are hoping for a lot of help with beating back the bush from our trails.
We also will be spraying the Gamba grass infestations around the park
Meeting spot will be at the main gate at 3:30 and we will wrap thing ups around 6:00, feel free to come down for an hour or more all help is appreciated, DORC will have a variety of tools on hand and will also supply water, sunscreen and bug spray.
For more information please call Keogh on 0428821360
If you are planning to come along could you please register your name at the link provided.
Click HERE to register
Its not essential to register, however it does help us in knowing approximately how many people will be attending so we can plan tasks. Thanks.

Howard Springs Social Ride 30/4/2017

Old Pine Forest, Howard Springs
Riders need to be ready to ride at 4:00Pm so get there 10-15 minute earlier.
Ride starts at the original pine forest trails on Howard Springs road, then short-cut via an
old 4WD track from first road crossing down to Howard Springs reserve
entrance then onto a loop of new pine forest.
Retrun via same 4WD track then finish last half of old pine forest
track back to start/finish area.
Good opportunity for people to checkout parts of the 3 hour race course happening in May. Approximate ride time of 2 to 2.5 hours with plenty of rest stops along the way. Helmet a must, spare tube and pump recommended and enough drinking water for up to 2.5 hours.

Lead rider is Bill 0412277274 for any enquiries

 

Half day skills course 22/4/2017

Half Day MTB Skills Course

Saturday 22nd April 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 instructor 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 and 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. Entries are online only. Enter HERE

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

 

Ladies Ride 16/4/2017- Howard Springs Pine Forest

Our regular monthly ladies rides are starting up for the year now that this beautiful weather has arrived!

To start, we will be hosting a beginner friendly, no drop ride at Howard Springs Pine Forest.

This ride is suitable for riders of any level and ability. It will be as technical and speedy as you like. There will be plenty of stopping to catch up, support for those riders that want to try new skills, advice on bike set up for those who want it, and a fun ride with like minded female riders on the long weekend. Who wouldn’t want to come??

When: Easter Sunday 16th April

Time: meet at 4.15pm for a 4.30pm start

Where: Corner Stow and Howard Springs Road

Who: Ladies only

What to bring: Mountain bike in good working order. Helmet and water. Spares if you have them.

Do I need to be a DORC member? No. All ladies are welcome at social rides, but you attend at your own risk. If you are a DORC member you are not only supporting your local club but enjoy other benefits listed here.

For more information or questions contact Camilla on 0439872465