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The First round of the NQ DH Series was run on Sunday 3rd May. It was great to see so many riders turn up to take part on the long 3km track. This track was not only technical but also very long which the length itself was a test to all the competitors.
We had a total of 47 riders compete with a few pulling out due to injuries during the Enduro or in practice before the race. With only one receiving a broken ankle, we had the usual scratches and bruises from a few riders giving it their best to take the win.
Peter Knott taking out the Elite Men with a Time of 4:19.40 over Adrian Dawson (Cairns) and Jordan Payn. We also had two Elite Women tackle the course with first going to Christel Dell'ozzo and second place going to Jacinta Pink (Cairns) This was the first time we had seen a women's category in some time. There was some great racing throughout the categories with some surprising themselves with their times.
We must say a huge THANK YOU to Off The Brakes for getting in and supporting the DH Series, without the support of these guys the prizes on offer wouldn't have been as flash.
Again the day ran very well. Thanks to everyone who came to lend a hand with, Marshalling, Tming, Registrations, Shuttle bus driving and all the little bits and pieces that needed to be done to make the day so successful. We look forward to the next round in Atherton (June 14th-15th).
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)
DATE: Sunday 17th May 2015 SIGN IN: Two sign on points (06:15 Pages rd. 07:15 Hervey Range Tearooms) RIDE STARTS: Up hill riders 06:30 and Hervey Range Tearooms 07:30 LOCATION: Up hill riders meet at Pages road (Dirt road on the right 3 k before the Range road starts the climbs up the range) Socially minded group riders meet across the road to the Hervey Range Heritage Tearooms RIDE DURATION: Approx 4 hours ABOUT THE RIDE: We will be taking on the trail used by the Hervey range quad bike park and it beautiful view over Townsville and riding through the tunnels. We will be dividing into two groups. The first group will be for intermediate to advanced riders who whish to tackle the 5 k mountain before the main social ride starts through the quad park. The second group, which I call the “socially minded group” will meet at the Heritage tearooms. The ride will take on some rolling small hills and a couple of longer down hill sections to the rail line. We will ride through the tunnels and back to the Tearooms for a debrief coffee and scone. WARNING: There will be some gate jumping and you may get wet feet.Skill level: 5/10 Fitness Level: 5/10WHAT TO BRING: You will need to be self-efficient with tubes, water, food, lights (don’t be like me last year) and definitely a camera. NON-MEMBERS: Join the club now (via MTBA) or bring $5.00 for day insurance.
Something a bit different this time we will be using the tracks at Stuart and will also be having having 2 hours of shuttle bus practice before the race for everyone to get a feel for the tracks before the race. It will be compulsory for everyone to do 1 run on each track on this 2 hours of practice. Full face helmets and knee pads are now also compulsory from this round onwards. The 2 hours of practice will start at 11.30am till 1.30pm. Race briefing will be at 1.45pm with racing to start at 2pm. You will have 3 hours to complete 2 runs on each track for a total of 4 runs towards your overall time. Tracks will be released this week so everyone will have lots of time to practice. As always if you don't can't race but would still like to help out on the day please get in touch.
When - Saturday May 2nd 2015
Where - Mount Stuart
Practice w/ shuttles 11:30am - 1:30pmRider briefing 1:45pmRace Start 2:00pmRace Duration: 3 hours
Gravity Enduro - untimed up, timed down.
Self Seeding - race your mates down! Registrations Open: NowCloses: 9pm Fri 20th March $20 Additional fee for Day Licence if rider does not have MTBA insurance All riders must hold MTBA insurance or Day Licence required
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2015 DH NQ SERIES
Round #1 Sponsored by OFF THE BRAKES - www.offthebrakes.com.au
"$1000 IN CASH AND PRIZES"
Townsville Rockwheelers is holding the first round of the NQ Downhill Series for 2015. This series is in conjunction with the Cairns and Atherton Mountain Bike Clubs.
Points from each round will be used to crown the overall series champion.
-OTB ROUND 1-
Date: 2nd-3rd May
Where: Mt Stuart DH - Mt Stuart Road (Track on the right-hand side as you head up the hill)
Parking: Park at the bottom car park 300m up from gun club turn off
Read more: 2015 Downhill Series Race 1: Sponsored by Off The Brakes
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.
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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Moonlight Social Ride
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Club Committee Meeting
Sue Bell memorial ride
Downhill series Race 2
Adventure Social Ride Paluma
XC series Race 3 - Targa
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Moonlight Social Ride
Atherton Road Trip
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.)