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Port to Port MTB Stage Race - Entry giveaway here!

Win a complimentary ride entry into the 2017 Port to Port MTB race, May 25 - 28, valued at $440!

Port to Port MTB is one of the nation’s premium MTB stage races. A chance to experience some of the incredible tracks and trails we have in our backyard. OK - well, Newcastle's backyard, but it's not that far Eye-wink

The kind folks at Port to Port MTB Stage Race have given us a complimentary entry into this year's event to do with as we please.

While they suggest this could be auctioned off or used personally by an admin fairy I thought a more appropriate use would be to simply offer this entry to the community in a lottery.

If you would like to take part in this lottery simply comment (once or more, but multiple comments will not increase your chance of winning) on this thread before midnight on Sunday 23 April 2017 (AEST). The winner will be chosen at random the following day to give them plenty of time to register. NB: public registrations close May 23 so if you don't win but will still like to enter there's plenty of chance to do so.

NB: This is a multi-day MTB stage race. Please be sure you are able to complete the course and are able to meet other logistical requirements (transport, accommodation, meals and other incidentals are NOT included) before entering.

See the attached Ts&Cs from the event organiser.

... and good luck! Smiling

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February '17 Trail Advocacy Round Up

2017 - Knapsack Trail Day Schedule

Just a heads up on a few trail advocacy happenings mentioned in the forum lately.

First off, our friends over at BMORC have locked in 4 maintenance days this year, starting on Feb 25 with Knapsack Build Day - XC and DH. All the dates are in the calendar. See their announcement for more details and discussion: 2017 - Knapsack Trail Day Schedule.

Then we have a couple of consultations here or coming up in the local area:

  • Eastern Blue Mountains Escarpment Master Plan survey - Thanks to BikePhysio for the heads up, and as he says, "Please take time to invest in their very short survey and propose more cycling infrastructure including the reopening of the old Glenbrook tunnel."
  • OMV public consult coming soon - Your chance to have your say on restoration of public land around the existing OMV site. Naturally, the more voices asking for extended MTB infrastructure the better. Be heard! And thanks to Hawkeye for kindly volunteering to liaise on this matter - it's a pretty dry and thankless task but someone has to do it!
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2016 Xmas Ride - December 11

Did this come with bike?

There's not much 'real' news about these days, as can be seen from the 2015 Xmas ride still floating around on our front page!

So am taking the chance to remind everyone that this is actually a social site for organising MTB rides in the Sydney area. Who'd have thought Eye-wink

To that end, thanks to sikllama for posting up the NoBMoB xmas ride 2016. Come along and have some fun. Bike decorations are optional Eye-wink

And another gentle reminder: post it and they will come (eventually)... create a ride meeting regularly and, yes, eventually, you'll get some company.

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Oaks Single Track Closed

Just a heads up for those thinking of riding in the Blue Mountains: the Oaks single track has been closed by NPWS due to "...potential asbestos contamination". Doesn't appear to affect the rest of the trail though.

Full quote:

Glenbrook Single Mountain bike track will be closed due to potential asbestos contamination. Riders and walkers will not be permitted on the track during the closure. Woodford Oaks fire trail riders can continue down the Oaks fire trail to exit via Glenbrook. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Richmond area office on (02) 4588 2400 or Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Form more details see: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park...

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Old Mans Valley to Stay Open

OMV to Stay Open

In case you missed the good news, OMV to Stay Open.

There had been talk of shutting down an all too rare pocket of legal single track in our area, but long term closure looks to have been averted.

Rehabilitation work in the area around the track is due to start in July, so please keep an eye out for notices around this and respect any re-routing of the trail.

Full details in the link above. Thanks to Tristania for the heads up.

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Happy Holidays from the Mod

The obligatory Long Track photo

Once again it's that time of year where we will all (well, mostly all) have time to get out on the trails and enjoy whatever form of riding it is we love.

Big shout out to all those who showed up to the Xmas ride recently and made it what sounds like a big success. And thanks to the other Rob for organising. Don't forget anyone can post up their social rides in the calendar for more of the same.

More thanks go to Tristan for his insightful post about the morning. Very good points for all those who have forgotten about the true meaning of Xmas... erm... I mean MTB Eye-wink

So, whatever your plans this holiday season, wishing you happy trails. Enjoy & stay safe.

Cheers Smiling

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Let's say that again - Please respect areas our trails pass by!

Don't be an ass - stay off Engravings Track

A while back we posted a gentle reminder to please respect for the environment our trails pass through.

Sadly the message doesn't seem to be getting through. Take a look at this sign snapped by Hawkeye (and his rather more strongly worded post).

Nothing more to say!

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Respect for the environment our trails pass through

Please! Stop riding Bantry Bay Engravings Trail: The selfish few threatening new trails

In case you hadn't seen Please! Stop riding Bantry Bay Engravings Trail: The selfish few threatening new trails... well... a gentle reminder of it's message:

It takes literally years to negotiate authorised access to trails in and around Sydney. When people don't respect the land trails pass by and deviate from them it jeopardises access for all. Both now, and in future projects.

Please respect the areas we have the privilege to be able to ride in and stick to formed, authorised trails only.

Thank you Smiling

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Post 50,000! Thank you!

While taking a break from that giant comical thread on MTB wheel sizes I've just noticed we were about to hit 50,000 threads. So here it is, post 50,000.

This is a small site and the number isn't particularly large compared to many others, but it's as good a milestone as any to thank everyone who contributes in both knowledgeable and often humorous ways. The mods here do their best to keep things clean, tidy and balanced. It's a credit to all that despite a lot of passion not much has to be done in that respect. Even when discussing wheel sizes Eye-wink

So thank you all. Here's to 50k more... Cheers! Smiling

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Happy Holidays - Bantry Bay Gahnia Track is now open!

Below is a preview, click to read the full post

Amazing stonework/ rock armouring on this trail

Just in time for the holiday break another amazing win for local riders. Bantry Bay Gahnia track is now open.

Aimed at experienced riders this trail runs in a one way North to South direction from the Bluff Track entrance. See Gahnia Trail Map.

NPWS explains, "...the first 50 m of this track has been designed to test if your bike handling skill is at the level needed for tracks rated ‘more difficult’. If you find you are not yet competent at all the challenges in this section, then do not proceed any further along the track. It is permitted to go back up the track to the start from this section only. Do not cut through the bush to exit the track.

Thanks to Mario for the pictures (more after the break) - this stuff looks great.

Get out there!

More discussion here: Gahnia - Bantry Bay ready to ride Christmas Eve.

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