MTBA Trail Standards Survey

MTBA is asking for feedback and submissions about trail building standards, accreditation and representation. Submissions close this coming Sunday, 27/11/16. Please see excerpt from the MTBA newsletter pasted in below:

As reported in previous editions of this newsletter, MTBA in collaboration with stakeholders from across the MTB industry have been working on projects to help guide the future of MTB trail building in Australia.

The working group has completed preliminary investigations into a range of options to deliver:

• National MTB trail standards/guidelines

• A professional certification/ accreditation framework and curriculum program

• A not for profit peak body to represent the Australian MTB trail building industry.

A survey has been developed to help gather feedback from the MTB community, land management agencies and trail builders.

To participate in this survey and provide feedback you must have read the option paper ( for each of the above projects. Click here ( to access the survey.

State and territory land management agencies and trail builders will receive an email inviting them to participate in the survey and provide additional feedback through targeted consultation.


Trail Tees

We’ve just received delivery of our casual/smart/riding/trail/baggy tee jerseys!

A lightweight active shirt breathable enough for a strenuous ride in the gorge but still smart enough for headed to the pub afterwards and comfortable enough for a day around the house. Limited stock of sizes available from small to 2X-Large get in quick to secure yours.  $35ea

Simply fill out the form at the link below and email it to us (scanned or soft copy).

Order form:

Demolition Works

Just a reminder to anyone who may not have heard.

Parks will have contractors removing the building at 103 Goldsworthy Lane between the 17th of October and the 4th of November. We ask that all riders avoid the area while works are underway. Thanks!


2016 AGM Minutes

The minutes from the AGM have been uploaded and are available for browsing at the link at the bottom.

The minutes cover the following topics:

  • Committee Nominations. Welcome to Nathan and Adrian, thanks and farewell to Brendan and Simon
  • Financial Report
  • Parks Victoria submission discussion and next steps.
  • Interim Trail Maps
  • Club Excursions to other trail networks.
  • Working Bees
  • Merchandise. New Jerseys and T Shirts

Continue reading

Notice of AGM

All members are invited to attend, nominate for committee positions or just have your say on the future direction of the club and riding in the gorge.

We have included a proxy nomination form via email, so if you are unable to attend and you wish to, you may nominate another member to cast a vote on your behalf. This may be for both committee positions and general resolutions if any are raised.

The Business of the AGM will include:
– Confirmation of the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting;
– To receive reports as to the general activities of the Club;
– To receive the Report and Financial Statements for the year ended June 30, 2016;
– Election of the Committee;
General Business

Please let us know by 19/8/16 if you have any other agenda items you believe need to be raised.
If you know a club member who has not received an email please let us know so we can adjust our records.

The Bar will also be open for refreshments.

Happy Riding
Guy Stephens
PGMTB club Secretary

See here for the Facebook event:

Trail Closure

Effective July 1st Parks Vic will be closing a trail running through a sensitive ecological area bounded by River Avenue in the north and “Pipeline Track” on it’s south edge. On Strava it is known as “Strawberry Fields”.

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The fenced area is a section of remnant Yellow Gum bush land that contains significant flora species and has been identified as having a high diversity of orchids. The installation of gates and completion of the exclusion fence will protect this area from grazing animals, and from disturbance via walkers and cyclists.

The trail has signs at it’s ends to make riders aware and signs have also been posted informing riders of possible detour routes to avoid the sensitive section.

A full statement from Parks can be found here:

A map showing detour routes is available here:

Thank you

A very big thank you to the 17 volunteers who attended this morning’s working bee. The number of volunteers definitely made the transport of the gravel quite easy to do and it should be a great improvement over last winter’s boggy mess.

Also some thanks go to the Parks Vic team, not only behind the scenes organising the rock for us but also to Ross who took some time out of his Sunday morning to provide the rest of the materials we needed and the paperwork to make it happen.