Last weekend saw the opening of a new trail to our Network Smedley's Hill at Palleranda. This track was built by Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing in the Townsville Town Common Regional Park at Palleranda.
It was built after surveying our members and the general public and the response was for a more technical trail, a step up from Under the Radar which was built 2 years ago.
Featuring a steep, rock filled technical climb to the peak, you are rewarded with a long flowing down hill section with berms and rock gardens, as well as serveral more technical a-lines and All-Mountain features. Think of the climbs like Redtail Black on steriods and you have a rough idea.
This trail is rated Blue on the IMBA scale so beginners will struggle, intermediate riders will get a solid work out, and advanced riders will love it! It also follows the IMBA practice of "stacking" trails, where the further from the trail head you are, the more technical the trails become.
You can access the new trail towards the Shelly Beach end of Under the Radar via a new link trail, or by following the fire road from Bald Rock to Shelly Beach.
Many thanks to QLD National Parks, Rockwheelers Members and everyone who contributed to this exciting project!
22-23rd November, 2014
Bob Jane T-Mart Townsville
Apex Club Townsville
Townsville City Council
More details about the event are available via this link.
Update 22nd September, 2014:
Contractors from Ground Creations are back on site from today. New trail will be a construction zone and off limits for the duration of construction and bedding in period.
Also, at times sections of Easy Street will be closed while works on the new trail are conducted above. This is a precaution in case of falling boulders and debris. Those closures will be from 7am to 5pm and on-track signage will be in place to advise closures.
Working Bee Sun 28th September: please watch for details of working bee this weekend to install some rock features on the new trails and do some finishing work such as light raking.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
Read MoreNew Construction - Trail Closures
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!
06/11/2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmNight Social Ride: Dam Dark course preview
07/11/2014 7:00 pm - 10:00 pmFull Moon Social Ride
08/11/2014Trail Working Bee
11/11/2014 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmClub Committee Meeting
16/11/2014 7:00 am - 10:00 amSocial ride: Dam Dark All Courses preview
16/11/2014Trail Working Bee
22/11/2014 - 23/11/2014Dam Dark 12 hour
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.)