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Chicks In the Sticks Race Summary

Chicks In the Sticks Race Summary

What a colourful event! There were feathers, tutus, even some strange looking he/shes! Many ladies got into the spirit of the event, including the GoGIRLs (the pink ladies) and dressed up for the occasion. Once we had cheered on the Little chicks in the Sticks, the chicken nuggets and the Chick-a-dees, we assembles for the mass start!

After the race briefing of important points such as “track right’ means stay to the left whilst the person overtakes you on the right (not go right),“stopping” well we can work that one out but remember not to block anyone’s path. A down arrow means a steep descent and more arrows means it’s even steeper with a dismount area! That had some of the roadies worried, who were thinking I thought this was just a ride for fun. Other women were thinking, it’s slower to walk may as well ride! Good on you Helen, that’s the spirit!

Fun it was, but far from a walk in the park.

The GoGIRLs, with laps of Ferny forest, Parklands and some longer rides under their belts thought they were well prepared. The race started and it was go go go! The Karingal track was purposefully built for enduro events like this one. It’s ridden anticlockwise with 80% single track with just enough fire road to over take, before the more challenging technical parts such as, Bathtub, Gorilla and Phantom. Added to that, the creek crossings of Borneo and Badger, makes for a very interesting loop.

It was soon apparent that all levels of ability were catered for. The “Have a Crackers” were happy to ride around and see how many laps they could do, the “Double Yolkers” were having a crack in teams of two, the “Chicken Runners’ were looking for a podium finish and the “Queens of the Coop” showed that the old chooks could still run a respectable race. But whatever their group it was great to see good camaraderie, patience and wholesome fun.

A big thank you to the organisers and volunteers of the Rats Cycle Club and everyone who helped for all your hard work in creating an awesome fun event, “Chicks in the Sticks”. A huge congrats go to all GoGIRLS particularly Sonja Wilson with her incredible 7 laps in the Free Range section, (your outfit had all the roosters a bit excited), Deb Kelly with her podium finish, she’s definitely a Queen of the Coop, Helen Findley who is relatively new to MTBing with her smashing effort of 5 laps. Clare Burns and Tania Marks unfortunately had mechanicals but handled the frustrations with class. Clare still finishing an admirable 4th in the Queen of the Coop with me in 6th (last time I looked but that’s another story). Apparently, there is no time for a quick wee stop and a bite to eat in a 3 hr race he he! We will all be back more determined next year (with Goo), hopefully with a whole lot more GoGIRLs.



Yandina/Cooloolabin Ride Summary

Yandina/Cooloolabin Ride Summary

It was a glorious day to ride to Point Glorious. A ride featuring Jez from Venture Cycles, Mal from the Sunshine Coast Cycling Club, and Lester from the Noosa Trailblazers and a few other new faces as well – thanks for coming guys I hope you enjoyed yourself. Hello to past member Jason Daw who stopped for a quick chat as well.


Terry about to show us his breakdancing moves

All up there were 21 of us at the Cooloolabin Dam Trail Head (with 11 starting from Yandina to tackle the Bottle and Glass Road climb). To get a few more kms Gavin rode in from Buderim and Brad rode in from Mapleton.

Yandina was 5°C and that tends to make hopping out of the warm car and stripping down to a thin layer of lycra not very fun, but #cyclinglife and #yolo and all that. “Why were people wearing their lycra on the outside today?” I hear you ask.  Today was the day that Ben, Gavin, Lester and Murray were going to “groadie” (gravel roadie) it up to the Pt Glorious lookout to show us all what a gravel/CX bike can do! Although they had to tentatively negotiate the descents they made up for it with speed on the flats and hills.


Welcome to Venture Cycles!

Welcome to Venture Cycles!
Big welcome to Venture Cycles
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Click here for website

Hey there everyone,

This Sunday’s Yandina/Cooloolabin ride will be the first “Support your local bike shop” ride (it really needs a better name).

Venture Cycles will be riding with us and we aren’t sure what cool bike they will be bringing along so come along to find out and have a chat to the guys from Noosaville.

This ride will be both a MTB ride and also a “gravel grinder” ride for people wanting to bring their CX or Gravel bikes.  I’m keen to see how these modified road bikes perform around Cooloolabin Dam.

Remember there is two start points this ride. Yandina at 7.15am (grade 4 – 40km) or Cooloolabin dam at 8am (grade 3 – 20km).

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Bushranger’s are in the Multisport Mecca Magazine

Bushranger’s are in the Multisport Mecca Magazine
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Hey everyone,

The Sunshine Coast Daily invited us to add some MTB-specific information for their Multisport Mecca Magazine. It’s a good read and has information about all things sport on the coast. Check out the Bushranger’s write up on page 10. If you can think of anything we can put in the next edition let us know at [email protected]



Australian Mountain Bike Market Profile Survey 2016

Australian Mountain Bike Market Profile Survey 2016

The Australian Mountain Bike Market Profile Survey is back. The survey produces useful information that benefits everyone including us as we’re using the data in our grant applications. The report of the last survey undertaken in 2014 can be found >here<.

The survey’s purpose as as follows:

The purpose of the survey is to establish demographic and market profile data of the Australian mountain bike industry. Survey results will be made public, and will be available for use at no cost or obligation- this survey has been designed to assist all facets of industry research including; retail and production, tourism, events, land management, and trail design and development. The aim of the survey is ultimately to provide key industry figures, land managers and agencies with current and relevant data to enable the development of mountain bike products, services, experiences and facilities that better cater for Australian riders.

If you have a bit of spare time please complete the survey by going to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MTBmarketprofile2016