Geoff Fox’s Fun-D-Mentals skills course. Starts 24/6/17

DORC MTB Fun ‘D’ Mentals Six Week Training Programme

Week 1. 24th Jun,  Basic Bike Maintenance, Bike set up, Body position, Easy ride through   the old pine forrest.

Week 2. 1st Jul, Revise week 1, Braking and cornering, easy ride through old pine forrest.

Week 3. 8th Jul, Revise week 2, Wheel lifts,  Negotiating obstacles, easy ride through the new pine forrest.

Week 4. 15th Jul, Revise week 3. Pressure control, Climbing and switchbacks. Easy ride Charles Darwin.

Week 5. 22nd Jul, Revise week 4. Drops, Jumps, Stairs and urban obstacles. Urban ride Darwin City.
Week 6. 29th Jul, 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 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:

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,

d.          minimum of 2 litres of drinking water, and;

e.         Proof of current MTBA membership.

As always, these courses fill up fast!! Don’t delay enter today!!


You must be a MTBA/DORC member to do these course day licences will not be accepted.



Cyclezone 3 hour-Results

Apologies for the delay in results. Here they are.


Thank you to all who were involved in making this happen.

If you’re looking for more mountain bike action this weekend come along and check out the Berrimah Downhill Race on Saturday. Details can be found here Want to check the track out prior come along Thursday evening. 530pm behind the fire station.

Urban Night Ride Wed 7th June

Rumour has it that Lola’s Pergola has recently recieved a delivery of 900 litres of Stone and Wood beer. It is our responsibility to track the origins of the rumour and confirm it’s validity. To that end we will meet @ 6.15pm in the Cullen Bay carpark (first on the left) for a 6.30pm departure. We’ll head out past the Casino, through the Botanic Gardens, then back through the city for some fun and games.

Lights and helmet are essential. Ride distance will be around 20km. Obviously we will finish at Lola’s Pergola to confirm if the rumour is true.

Warning-Pine Forest creek crossing-New Side


We have received a report of a crocodile sighting at the creek crossing bridge (busters crossing, i believe its called) in the New Pine Forest. Please be very cautious around any creeks or streams in the area, alternatively avoid for the time being. I will report the sighting to Parks and Wildlife. Stay tuned for updates.

Berrimah Downhill Day-10/6/17

Berrrimah Downhill Fun Day

As you may be aware there is a sweet new downhill run at Darwins BIGGEST hill!!!
The trail is shuttle accessible! A first for Darwin and somewhat decadent. So, all you have to worry about is keeping your bike rubber side down on the run and we’ll sort you out getting back to the top of the MOUNTAIN!!

Course will be open for practice from 3 PM. Following practice we’ll have some timed runs. Categories available for mens and womens and for those up for the challenge you may also enter the hardtail category on top of that!!

I suggest you get down there and check it out during the week. I will host a few rides there leading up to the event during the week so you can make a decision on having a go at it on the day. These rides will be posted on our social media sites and others so stay tuned to them. First will be Thursday 1/6/17 at 530pm. Meet behind the fire station. If you’re not up for the event, please come down and cheer on as it creates a great atmosphere and there will also be a BBQ and refreshments available on the day. 

The hill is located behind the Fire Station on Berrimah Road, turn left just before the station. Click HERE for location

You must be a MTBA/DORC member for this event. Alternatively, you can purchase a day pass but you must register online beforehand.



We will accept “on the day entries” only if you have a current membership card with you.

There are some jumps, drops and technical features that you should be aware of. All can be ridden around. These will be shown to you if you attend the rides during the week. Check out a video HERE for an idea of the course

For further info contact Kevin on 0410249593.
We will be needing volunteers for the day so if you can help out contact the above number.

Half Day Skills Course-4/6/2017

Here is the latest offering in skills development from Geoff Fox. Course is limited to 8 participants only. These sell out FAST so do not miss out!!!

Entry is online only. CLICK HERE TO ENTER


 Half Day MTB Skills Course

 Sunday 4th Jun 2017

8:00 am – 12:00 noon

Charles Darwin National Park

 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 negotiating obstacles and trail features.

 You will learn how to:

  • use your body position to get more from your bike

  • negotiate obstacles with confidence and finesse.

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


Lee Point Night Ride. Wednesday 24th May

This weeks ride starts at 1/3 Hope Court (Kev’s House). Meet at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. The plan will be to ride out to Lee Point and tackle the Blair Witch and any other trail that gets in our way. This will be an intermediate ride and not suitable for beginners.

Please ensure that you have adequate lights, helmet, spares and water. Following the ride we’ll head back to Kev’s house for a recovery beverage. Please note this ride is BYO drinks.

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.


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 or contact Kevin 0410249593