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Club Racing Wrap October 12, 2014

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Sunday 12th October saw just under 70 riders take to Hennessey Hill for the first in a series of summer club races. With the format designed to allow new riders get into Downhill, it was certainly a success with a good mix of riders new and old (age and experience). During the 2 hour practice session, some riders punched out 10 runs and the course was actually starting to blow out in a few places come race runs (in particular one corner which was the topic of much discussion in the shuttle queue).
Anyhow, the first racers left the hill at 10am and not long later, the A-Graders were away and the race run and won.
Big thanks to our course marshalls Josh and Loic and Nat for getting everyone in order up the top. For Trevor, Alan and Darren for driving the shuttles and to Brad, Gerald and Kym for timing everyone.

Final Results 2014-10-12

Our next race is on Nov 9 and will kick off an hour earlier than today to allow riders to head to DFH Open Day at Kenilworth. That means rego from 6:30, Practice at 7 and Racing at 9.

AGM Wrap Up September 25, 2014

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Members have today been sent out the minutes from the 2013/14 AGM. To members on the Committee who have vacated their office, a big Thanks to your contribution to the club in 2013/14 and previous years. To our returning members, thanks for your continued efforts and to our new members, welcome and we all look forward to your new ideas, energy and enthusiasm to making DRCC a great club.

President – Hayden Lester
Vice President – Scott Finlay
Treasurer – Gerald Schmidt
Secretary – Hugh Gormley

DH Rep – Hayden Lester
XC Rep -
Trail Care Rep – Nathan Campbell
Social Ride Rep – Paul Leary
Communications Officer -

Club DH Racing – Oct 12 and Nov 9 September 22, 2014

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DRCC will be kicking off the Summer with a few Club DH Races at Beerburrum. The format is designed to give all riders an opportunity to get into DH without costing an arm and a leg to have some fun and also to keep the regular racers in form heading into the National Series.

Racing format is A,B,C,D with Sweepstakes cash prizes and some goodies to give away. 4 Categories to choose from. For guidance on category to enter, see below. The format is a low-fuss affair, with a single race run for every rider and a ‘claim-your-place’ presentation (ie. Come to Rego to collect prizes as there is no podium presentation).

Updated Schedule – Nov 9
6:30am Rego Opens
6:50am Shuttles Start (riders must use transport provided)
7:00am Practice Starts
9:00am Racing (Order D,C,B,A)

Entry is $30 plus an MTBA day permit if required.
Please note that the new MTBA Trial Membership will apply for both events. You can now get an 8 week Trial Membership with MTBA for FREE!!! This is a great opportunity to come out and try DH racing if you havent had a MTBA Licence before.

Online Pre-Entry closes at midnight Friday before racing, but you can still enter on the day, however an additional $10 Admin Fee is applied.
The Day Entry form will be available for download the week before the race. Important note for riders Under 18 years of age – you need to get your Parent/Guardian to sign the waiver before coming to the race if they you are coming with friends.

ENTER NOW – November 9 Race

Full Face Helmet Required.

Suggested Category to enter based on Sunshine Series racing.
A Grade – Elite, Top 50% of Expert, Veteran, U19
B Grade – Bottom 50% of Expert, Veteran, U19 and Top 50% of U17, Masters
C Grade – Bottom 50% of U17, Masters, Top 50% of U15 and Hardtail
D Grade – Bottom 50% of U15, Hardtail, and any Beginners

Club social day & annual general meeting – Saturday 6th of September, 2014 August 24, 2014

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Hopefully all members have recently received the official notice of the club’s upcoming AGM, and noticed that the schedule includes a social ride and BBQ, and the location will be at the Samford Scout Camp. Something a bit different from the AGMs that have run in the past.

We’re hoping that all members, interested in club administration or not, will be able to come along with their family, meet old and new members alike, and reconnect with the club for what will be a huge year in 2015!

Schedule

2:30pm for 2:45pm Social ride start

3:45pm – Return to Scouts

4:00pm – AGM

4:30pm – BBQ and light refreshments

 

In the event of heavy rain, a film will be shown in place of the social ride. The club will supply BBQ meat and some drinks, and prospective members are welcome to come along.

 

AGM Details:

Date: Saturday 6 September 2014

Time: 4pm

Place:  Snow Centre, Baden Powell Park, 56 Cash Ave, Samford

The agenda for the AGM will be:

(1) Report from President

(2) receiving the association’s financial statement, and audit report, for the last reportable financial year;

(3) presenting the financial statement and audit report to the meeting for adoption;

(4) electing members of the management committee;

(5) Appointment of an auditor 

Call for nominations to Management Committee:

If any member would like to nominate for a position on the Management Committee, please complete and lodge a copy of the nomination form with the club secretary by 12pm on Saturday 30 August 2014. (secretary@mtbdrcc.com.au)

Download the Nomination Form

All positions on the Management Committee are up for re-election at the AGM.

 

XC Sunshine Series – Course Prep and Event Volunteers‏ July 23, 2014

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Hot on the heels of our DH event, it’s time for our XC event this Sunday at Samford. There are two areas where we require people to help out to make this go smoothly.

 1. Saturday Course Prep.
Some general grooming (raking, clearing) of the course followed by a bunting and marking crew. We’re kicking this off at 1pm Saturday. Meet at the bridge just at the carpark where you drive into the Scouts.
We will have some cold beverages on hand once the job is done and it is also a chance to check out the course ahead of Sunday’s racing.
2. Sunday – Course Marshalls and BBQ
We need a few people to do course marshalling and help out on the BBQ. The course marshalling requires a relaxing location and ensuring that riders follow the appropriate course and reporting back any infringements, course abandomenments or first aid incidents.
BBQ’ing is pretty self explanatory. The club is cooking up a few snags and selling some drinks. All equipment provided, just need some hands to help out. This is a great option if you’re racing earlier in the day, you can help out for an hour or so afterwards.
Drop us an email back if you can help with either of the above so we have an idea of how we’re travelling filling the roles.

Club commitee meeting – Thursday 10 July, 2014 July 9, 2014

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Its that time again, democracy in action at the monthly club committee meeting

We meet at 7:30 at the Bardon Bowls Club – 69 Bowman Parade, Bardon QLD 4065

All club members are welcome to attend and join discussion (although only committee members may vote)

See you there

Call for volunteers at Yakima Sunshine Series DH Round in Beerburrum June 26, 2014

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We’re putting a call out for about 11 volunteers for the Beerburrum DH round of the Yakima Sunshine Series coming up July 6th. If you can help out as a Marshall, Driver or in Timing, please email Gerald at treasurer@mtbdrcc.com so he can organise where you’ll need to be and hook you up with some goodies for being so kind.
Hope to see you on the weekend.

Report from the club’s supported junior racer – Loic Fery June 25, 2014

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MTB DRCC has committed to giving some financial and in-kind support to young, up and coming riders, along with a massive hand from the club’s sponsor, Ashgrove Cycles. Under this program, it was recently agreed to help Loic Fery attend the QLD Junior MTBA Development Camp. Loic has been tearing it up in every discipline he participates in, with a particularly bright future becoming obvious in DH.

 

We were very impressed to receive this report from Loic on the development camp and thought we’d post it on the website for everyone to enjoy…

 

From Loic:  QLD Junior MTBA development camp

 

2 weeks ago I was privileged enough to attend the QLD Junior MTBA development camp thanks to the help of DRCC. The camp was held at the Queensland Conference Centre in Brookfield, right next to the Mt Cootha trails! The purpose of the camp was to help develop and improve junior mountain bikers in order to go on to perform at higher state, national and international levels. The 4-day experience attracted riders from many states including QLD (of course), NSW, NT and VIC and included ages from 12-16 year olds.

 

This is a brief summary of the daily schedule we had during our stay at the camp:

 

FRIDAY – Day 1 – Settling in

We arrived at 4:00pm and spend a few moments getting to know everyone as well as the 7 coaches on hand for the camp. After a 5min bike fit session from the coaches, we watched a small presentation of what to expect from the camp.

 

SATURDAY – Day 2 – Intense Day of Time-trials

After a bright and early start at 6:00am we left the venue in direction for the trails. Our first TT was actually an uphill 1000m stretch of road at an average 15% gradient. Without a proper warm-up, brutal lung-busting steep pinches along the way and leg-muscles cramping and fatiguing seriously, this ended up being the hardest session of the camp.

The next session on hand was downhill timed runs on the popular death adder and pipeline trails in the Mt Cootha trail centre. This was definitely the session I was most looking forward to all weekend. After a sighting run of the course and a practice run, it was time for the two timed runs we had to perform and execute our best downhill skills. The course proved to be a very fun and loose course with lots of jumps and sandy, gravelly corners.

The day was finished with a painful recovery stretching and loosening of muscles session as well as a bike maintenance session.

 

SUNDAY – Day 3 – Skills + XC TT

Our first session of the day was a 2hr skills session broken up into 3 segments for different bike skills. The first skill that we were taught was flat cornering by performing figure 8’s while applying different skills to it. The second skill was jumping/hopping which included different sized logs and obstacles that we needed to get over. The last skill was track standing and pivoting sideways on the front and back wheel.

After lunch we headed out to the trails for the final time trial of the camp. It was a 7min brutal XC loop which included a steep fire road climb followed by a mildly-technical descent back to the bottom. This time trial was aimed at combining both the climbing fitness levels and descending skills into one.

 

Overall the camp was an excellent experience and has helped me a lot in improving my knowledge and fitness for racing. Thank you to DRCC for helping me out a lot to get to the camp and for their support.

 

Loic Fery

 

Thanks Loic, we look forward to reading about more of your successes in the future!

 

Hugh

DRCC Club Jersey/Kit Proof April 1, 2014

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Club Kit Proof.
We will be releasing pre-order details for this in the coming few days, but here is a sneak peek at it.
There will be options for Short Sleeve XC, Long Sleeve XC (Pre-Order Only), Downhill/BMX, Bib and Non-Bib Knicks.
We will be getting in a limited number of stock items, so pre-ordering is the best way to secure your kit.

MTB Marathon Champs – Entry closes Midnight Sunday March 28, 2014

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MTB Marathon Champs – Entry closes Midnight Sunday

Entry for the MTB Marathon champs at Mt Joyce next weekend closes this Sunday at midnight. If you’re planning to race and haven’t yet got your entry in make sure you do and if you’re not racing, come along and give the club a hand to deliver this event.

We still need a few people to help with course marshalling in Sunday so if you can help out the club has a heap of goodies to say thanks. Kick off is 7am Sunday.

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