<<Click here for the results after Rd 2>>Rockwheelers Rider Chris Browning in Action
A huge turnout of over 60 riders in conditions best described as “Changeable” [OK, I'm being polite, wet, slimy, slippery crap would be better perhaps] lead to a great days racing.Congratulations to Adrian Dawson for taking out the Elite class and over all victory by over 26 seconds!!! As with all such events, they are run by volunteers, without these people they simply would not happen, so to name just a few: Toni for sitting in the cold wind and rain up the top for timing, Reilly and Jess for doing the same down the bottom. Ross and Lee for driving the two main shuttle trailers all day, Joe and Bronwyn for keeping us feed and Adam for coming with the idea. As well as the marshalls who must have wondered where their promised relief was all day [sorry guys, time got away] We at TCS, the Rockwheelers and CMTBC all hope you enjoyed the first ever DH at Atherton. Make sure you leave us some feed back on the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park facebook page and we hope to have the event [or one similar] return for a dry run soon https://www.facebook.com/AthertonForestMountainBikePark?fref=ts
And make sure you support Round 3 of the series to be hosted at Cairns Mountain Bike Club coming up soon!!!Text borrowed from http://tablelandcyclesports.com/dh2-results-atherton/
<<RESULTS ARE IN>>Results By CategoryLap Results
Registrations are now open for the XC3 race which is set to be a 3hour cross country enduro format race where riders attempt to complete as many laps as they can in a 3-hour period. This is perfect training conditions for those competitors entered in the Paluma Push so 1st-time riders racers are welcome to join. Also please help at the working bee if you can make it.
Note: those in the know will be aware that XC3 was pencilled to be the iconic Targa Townsville (100km or 60km Ride N Drive race between Pallarenda, Douglas and Lake Ross) but the Targa has had to be moved to a later date due to public road closures. When: Sunday 28 June 2015
Where: Lake Ross, Kelso
The start/finish line is located at the ranger’s hut/quarry which is about 2km along the fire road on the South-Eastern side of the Ross Dam spillway. This area is not generally open to the public and vehicle access is restricted.
All competitors are requested to park at the main Lake Ross carpark and allow at least 15mins to ride into the quarry.
Those wishing to drive in can do so between 6:45-7:15am but cars must be hosed down and weed free prior to arriving at the dam. Where possible car pooling is required. Gates will be locked after7:15am and remain locked until completion of the race.
Race plate collection: 7:00-7:45am
Rider briefing: 7:45am
U15/Recreational Race Start: 8am (same as main race)
Main Race Start 8am
Racing format – XCO cross country 3 hour enduro. You must complete all laps within allotted time (likely the average rider will only be able to complete 3 laps within the 3hour period. Riders can retire after 1 lap and still be deemed to have competed).
Read more: 2015 XC Race Series: XC3 Apex Financial Solutions 3 for 3
We've been provided with updated maps of all the trails at Douglas Mountain Bike Reserve.
Since our "Where to ride" page needs a bit of an overhaul I'll put them up here.
Links to the full size images are below the preview.
Douglas JPEG (2mb)Douglas PDF (3mb)Palleranda 2012 (1mb) (Missing Smedleys)Ross Dam JPEG 2011 (1mb)Ross Dam PDF (2mb)
2015 Cycle de Vie / Rockwheelers Mountain Bike Club
Junior Social Ride Series
Proudly supported by:
Cycle de Vie, Trek, Blackwoods, Mackey and Wales, Uvex, GNM Drainage, Red Rooster the Lakes
In 2015 we will be holding at least 10 junior rides throughout the year. The first Ride will be held on Saturday 14th March @ 4pm at Douglas Mountain Bike Reserve.
Win a Trek Mountain Bike from Cycle de Vie
2 x Trek Bikes valued at $450 to be given away at the end of year Christmas ride. Each time you participate in a ride your name will go into the draw. At the end of the year there will be 1 boys and 1 girls name drawn to win a Trek Bike donated by Cycle de Vie.
Members can purchase a juniors series cycling jersey at a special discounted cost of $25.00 (to be ordered after the 1st ride on March 14)
At every ride there will be heaps of random prizes and give aways.
The series will also include Trail working bees and other fun events like building obstacles and fundraising throughout the year.
Don't forget to Like us on Facebook - Rockwheelers Cycle de Vie Junior Mountain Bike rides.
For more information contact:
Rockwheelers Mountain Bike Club
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.
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)
MTBA have launched an amazing offer - free trial membership for 2 months.
This offer is valid for anyone who has never been a member, or who has an expired membership of 3 years or more.
It is a full membership with all the perks, including:
24/7 Personal Accident Insurance when ridingLicence for racing at Rockwheeler Events and Social Rides Unfortunately this membership does not include access to trails at Ross Dam - this agreement is between Rockwheelers and Sunwater/TCC, not MTBA. For access to the Dam you must upgrade to a paid membership and select Rockwheelers as your club.
To take advantange of this offer hit the link below. Optimised for mobile devices, why not sign up instead of purchasing a day licence for the next race or social ride?Share this around and get your friends hooked on MTB!
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Moon light social ride
Gravity Enduro Series Race 3
Downhill series Race 3
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Club Committee Meeting
Adventure Social Ride
XC series Race 4 - Targa Townsville
DH Social Ride Mt Stuart
Downhill series Race 4
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.)