When - March 22nd 2015
Where - Douglas Mountain Bike Reserve
Rider briefing 7.15amRace Start 7.30am
Gravity Enduro - untimed up, timed down.
Self Seeding - race your mates down!
Course to be released closer to the date
Closes: 9pm Fri 20th March$20 Additional fee for Day Licence if rider does not have MTBA insuranceAll riders must hold MTBA insurance or Day Licence required
Townsville Rockwheelers will be holding the First DH social ride for 2015. So pull those bikes out of the shed, give them a good dust off and head out to Mt Stuart for a ride with your mates. The guys have been working hard to get some new and improved lines completed for everyone to enjoy.
It will be online registration to confirm rider numbers.
We will be providing the shuttle bus and club trailer for your bikes as well as a BBQ lunch provided with cold drinks available on the day
Date: 28th March (Saturday)
Where: Mt Stuart (Bottom Carpark 300m up from gun club turn off)
Time: 9am - 3pm
Cost: $20 per rider for MTBA members or Day Licence will be required for non members.
What to Bring: Full Working Bike, Full Face Helmet, Knee/Shin Guards, Closed in Shoes
Highly recommended: Neck Brace, Elbow guards.
So tell your Mum, Dad, Brothers, Sisters and mates to come along and check it out.
Register now so you don't miss out. Rego's Close Friday 27th March
When - March 15th 2015
Where - Douglas Mountain Bike Reserve - Windarra Ave Top Watertank
ParkingVery limited parking along windarra ave, Please if possible park at main douglas carpark and ride in via easy st trail or via road, If parking on windarra ave please park nose in on left hand side to fit in as many cars as possiblenoise – please be respectful of neighbouring residents on an early Sunday morning.
TimesRego opens 6.30amRider briefing 7.15amU15/Recreational Race Start 7.30amMain Race Start 8amPresentaions 9.45am
Racing format – XCO cross country Olympic Challenge and U15’s 2 laps easy course All other categories 90minutes on blue/green rated course You must complete all laps within allotted time
Closes: 9pm Fri 13th MarchU19 and below - $5All other categories: $25Rockwheelers discount: 20%$20 Additional fee for Day Licence if rider does not have MTBA insuranceAll riders must hold MTBA insurance or Day Licence required
Main course:5.0km 120VM - Start finish top Windarra ave, clockwise, long way, hammerhead, fireroad, longway, ring bark frog, whiptail.
Read more: 2015 XC Race Series: XC1 Rising Sun Marine Ringtail Frog Race
Our Coordinators and Commitee Members have been working hard to lock in dates and get started planning another awesome year of Series Events.
These are the dates to look forward to, and start preparing for. We'll have more information our closer to each event, if you want to make sure you are in the loop "Like" us on Facebook, subscribe to our mailing list and look out for the events on our Facebook.
Don't forget our events rely on volunteers to run smoothly - have a think about how you can help in 2015, jump in the timing tent, marshall from the best seat in the house, or anything else. Are you an XC Racer? Why not help out at a Gravity event then?
We also couldn't do this without the generous support of our sponsors - support the businesses that support MTB in Townsville!!!
See you racing on the trails in 2015
Gravity Enduro Race 1 22 March DouglasRace 2 2 May Mt StuartRace 3 2 August Douglas
XC (Cross Country) Race 1 15 March DouglasRace 2 19 April Ross DamRace 3 28 June Targa TownsvilleRace 4 30 August PallarendaRace 5 20 September tba – twilight race
Downhill Race 1 3 May Mt StuartRace 2 14 June AthertonRace 3 9 August CairnsRace 4 13 September Mt StuartClub DH Championship 3/4 October Mt Stuart
Hotrock 23/24 May
Paluma Push 19 July
Damn Dark TBA (November sometime)
Townsville Rockwheelers in conjunction with the Cairns and Atherton Mountain Bike Clubs are re-establishing the North Queensland Downhill Series. The 2015 series will comprise 4 rounds with a race at each of the hosting clubs tracks and a final round at Townsville. Points from each round will be used to crown the overall series champion.
Round 1 is at Townsville's Mt Stuart Course, a high speed, rough rocky trail that was the site of the 2010 QLD state championships.
Round 2 will be at Atherton on the Ricochet, a fitting name for this track as you bounce between a series of huge berms just like a bullet fired into a steel barrel. The track is super fun and flowy.
Round 3 will be at the Cairns Smithfield track that needs no introductions. It has been the site of National and World Cup events. The trails are technical and open up into speed sections, every rider will be put to the test.
Round 4 returns to Townsville on a different section of the Mt Stuart Complex.
Downhill is the fastest and most spectacular form of mountain bike racing. This series promises to reinvigorate Downhill racing with more riders bringing more action and better racing. For those unfamiliar with Downhill racing, it is a category of mountain bike races where riders race down steep hills at high speed over impossible obstacles in the shortest possible time.
Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downhill_mountain_biking
In downhill racing, every second counts and you can guarantee there will be no holding back when
the best of the best from North Queensland face off in this series.
Round 1 Townsville 3 May http://www.rockwheelers.com.au/
Round 2 Atherton 14 June http://tablelandcyclesports.com/
Round 3 Cairns 9 August http://cairnsmtb.com/
Round 4 Townsville 13 September http://www.rockwheelers.com.au/
Competitors from all levels are encouraged to take part. Check your local club for details.
Details of each individual event to follow.
For the last two years we have run a Trail Repair and Building Workshop early in the season to engage more folks in our "Adopt A Trail" program and also to get more folks involved with the holistic approach to Mountain Biking.
This year the Workshop is at James Cook University - ATSIP Building #145 (Ground Floor) - on Saturday the 21st of Feb at 2pm. The theoretical session is about 2 hours and then weather permitting we will go out onto some close by trails to put some of the info into practice.
Rockwheelers subscribes to the IMBA trail building formula and we have numerous resources for folks to tap into. Our trail network at Douglas alone, is conservatively valued at a replacement cost of nearly $1mill. That's right we have assetts worth a $1mill and they need to be looked after. We receive almost no support from TCC and a little bit of money from government grants.
Volunteers are essential to maintain our growing network of trails.....................Please do your bit and turn up at the Workshop.
RSVP by TXT (Name Only) to 0410 684891.
Please Wear some walking shoes and bring a hat and water.Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1530140567273328/?ref=22
Read more: Douglas Wet Trail Closures
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Some sections off limits with bunting - please keep off.
We'll try keep this updated as often as we can but some days we might not be able to inspect the trails. Use common sense about wet trails - read the Wet Trail Closures article for more details.
Reminder about rule of thumb: 10mm of rain normally needs 6-8 hours of sunlight and drying time. Check rainfall data for Black Weir (Douglas, Ross River Dam Pallarenda on BOM website.)