Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the AGM yesterday. And thanks to everyone who has joined the club and/or helped with trail building this year. Your support has been appreciated.
We look forward to 2014 with some races being held, more trail building and hopefully, lots more social riding!
Minutes from the AGM can be found below…
2013 Wollondilly Trailblazers AGM minutes
The Wollondilly Trailblazers MTB Club will hold it’s Annual General Meeting at 7pm, Wednesday the 30th of October at Picton Bowling Club.
If you are interested in learning more about the club, getting involved, or just want to chat with other local mtbers feel free to come along.
Please email email@example.com to confirm your attendance.
Wollondilly Trailblazers MTB Club is now associated with IMBA Au.
If you want to join IMBA Au you can now do so through the online membership.
Go to the last page of the ‘find a club’ link… https://www.registernow.com.au/mtba/Clubs.aspx?R=NSW
Select JOIN next to the Wollondilly Trailblazers MTB Club box and you’ll be able to join online for IMBA Au and MTBA membership!
The Mowbray Park Farm track is now at the stage where it can nearly all be ridden as a continuous loop. Over the next few weeks I’ll be emailing club members to organise social rides of the track. These rides will be restricted to club members only, sorry.
We have been working on the trail at Mowbray Park Farm for a while now and it’s all going really well. We have been getting a good turn out to the build days and forming a core group of people that attend almost every day with others turning up as their time permits. It’s great to see more people getting involved too!
The best way to keep up to date with build days is via our facebook page.
At the moment we are putting up videos of sections of the trail on the fb page, so if you can’t make a build day you can still see what the trail will be like.
If you want to help out feel free to turn up to one of the days and see what’s happening first hand. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t had any trail building experience! We usually ride a loop of the proposed trail after building to get feedback and modify the route if necessary. You can do this without knowing how to build a trail.
If you are able to help out with materials that is excellent too. We are still in need of railway sleepers to complete a bridge or two.
With all of that in mind there are still two other areas we are working on gaining access to, but is a very, very slow process.
Since the last post we have been doing a lot of work at Mowbray Park Farm. Check out the Wollondilly Trailblazers facebook page for pics.
We have reached the half way mark for the first major crossing we’ve been working on from the start. Looking at the videos and pictures will show why it has taken so long. Some big rocks have been moved, a lot of tread benched in and the bearers put in place for the bridge.
While waiting for materials for the bridge we have finished the hard part of the second creek area and cut the trail through a grove of trees. Just today we had a good number of power poles delivered by Steve and Terry that will help with one more crossing and possibly a retaining wall for the first crossing. If anyone is able to provide some old sleepers they would be greatly appreciated.
The staff at Mowbray Park Farm have been extremely helpful through all of this so far. A test ride with one of the property owners was very well received and helped to fine tune some sections of the trail.
Feedback from test riders so far has been positive and used to modify some areas. There is still a bit of work to do but we are almost there!
This morning a few people came out to Mowbray Park Farm to check out the proposed mtb track. We looked at the terrain available, the possible loop, features to be included, the excellent views from different track points and some of the work already done. Discussions were positive and what I’d planned as a 1-1.5 hour tour went by super quick despite ending up being 3 hours long!
Pretty soon I’ll start to put a call out for people to help with some track building. There is one particular point where 10 people might be needed for an hour or two. Keep an eye on our facebook page.
Wollondilly Trailblazers MTB Club will be working with Mowbray Park Farm to develop a mountain bike trail on the farm, to eventually be used for club races!
A fortunate conversation between a Mowbray Park Farm staff member and the guys at Phantom Cycles helped establish a connection between MPF and us. Subsequent discussions and tours of the venue have been very promising and we are starting to plan, map and design a track!
Not quite the positive news I was hoping for on Thursday, but I’m still hopeful for further negotiation. Unfortunately I can’t elaborate too much on what’s happening in a public forum but we are trying to get Tharawal-Appin area formally open for mtbing again.
Since November last year we have been working towards getting the Tharawal-Appin area formailsed for mtbing again. If you’re interested in helping out the two best ways you could do it would be to join the club ($20 without MTBA license http://www.wollondillytrailblazers.asn.au/membership ) or send a letter of support to
The membership is the better option for the club because it formalises the number of people we represent, but an individual letter will also help demonstrate the numbers wanting to ride at Appin again.
Things are looking positive at this stage and the more support the better!