Volunteers Needed! - VDHS Mt Baw Baw 2020
- Created on Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:44
- Written by Graeme
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Once again the VDHS is on at Mt Baw Baw on the 15th and 16th of February 2020, and we are again in need of help. This event cannot function without the support of it's volunteers, so if you are able to help out that weekend, please register as a volunteer now!
Anyone able to volunteer will be provided with lunch and snacks for the day and if you can volunteer for the whole weekend, accommodation will be provided!
Please register as a volunteer by clicking here!
Mid Week Social Rides 2020
- Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2019 20:01
- Written by Graeme
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Given that Summer is upon us once again, we are kicking off the ever popular Mid Week Social Rides each Wednesday night start at 5pm until dusk or riders have had enough.
The first of these will be on Wednesday Jan 8th, with the week point being at the dam in the centre. This can be found here: https://www.trailforks.com/poi/32704/
The normal way these rides are run is that riders join the group of around their skill level with groups normally being easy/social, medium and fast.
These rides are open to everyone and club membership is not required but would be preferred for both a club support and also insurance points of view. If you are not a member, you have the option of completing a Day Permit ($10 adult & $7 junior) for insurance - alternatively, if you have not been a member of an MTBA club for 3 years then you can get a free 8 week trial membership will full insurance here: https://www.mtba.org.au/join
A Leisurely Arvo Ride At Maryvale: 24-Nov-2019
- Created on Tuesday, 17 December 2019 19:14
- Written by Richard Northover
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You know when you’re at a relaxed MTB race – a half hour start time delay is announced, we’re all puzzled - snakes?, fire?, permit?...No...a couple of Melbourne punters have gone to Erica for the race – they’ve rung in an said “there’s no one up here”. Ummm, that was a month ago boys …….”Oh Shit , were on our way”. Any wonder, driving a Volvo station wagon!
We all got underway at 10.30. About 50 punters and one pro…. Brenton Jones. Back from Europe for their winter. For those who don't remember, he raced with us 12 years ago on his way up - ever patient mum getting him to races. Done good for lad from Warragul. He won easily, pounding away at record laps. The following Wednesday I was sent his Strava daily ride - training - 200 kms - 2145 m climbing and av speed 31.0 km/h. Geesus. No wonder he disappeared in the dust.
Haunted Hills Bike Park Update: December 2019
- Created on Saturday, 14 December 2019 14:45
- Written by Kingy
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Get Wheelie Excited! HHBP Planning Permit Approved!
By Nicholas King
Haunted Hills Bike Park Superintendent
Since our last update, the Haunted Hills Bike Park Steering Committee with our contractor Trailscapes Pty Ltd, have been working together to gain all planning approvals. In short, we now have approval from Latrobe City Council to construct the 39ha bike park. There are some final planning and engineering works that local firm Beveridge Williams are completing, and a registered builder will be appointed shortly to complete all infrastructure to compliment the bike park. This task has been quite the journey from our original vision in 2012 to create “...a clear pathway towards developing Haunted Hills Bike Park into a significant ‘gateway’ trail network… …attracting strong interest from both local and visiting riders… …providing opportunities for genuine regional economic benefit.” As a result of this work, we can expect construction to commence very soon, as all statutory planning approval conditions are met.
It has been exciting to watch the development of this innovative project from concept designs through to actual plans, all of which would not have been possible without the support of the Australian Government Regional Jobs and Investment Packages funding.
It is an absolute pleasure to finally share theses plans with the community and to see feasibilities commence for the opportunities of a Central Gippsland Hub and Baw Baw to Latrobe Valley Epic Trail.
Image 1: Birsdeye Studios designed this amazing concept of the old Latrobe City depot site at Haunted Hills.
Image 2: Developing concept design through to creating an Australian Standard for Bike Park innovation
Image 3: Utilising topographic and GIS mapping, together with community input, we have settled on this network.
But wait! There’s more…
Here’s the wheelie cool bit! We’re expanding! Gippsland MTB, partnering with Latrobe City Council and our neighbour Energy Australia Yallourn Mine, we have secured a lease to increase the size of the HHBP which will add to fun factor! This will form Stage 2 of the entire trail network. We acknowledge the support of Mine Manager Ron Mether and the role that he played assisting this project to become reality. We also thank Lance Wallace who has stepped into Ron’s role and has carried on this work to create sustainable trails that our community can enjoy into the future.
More recently, we have been consulting with John Calabro and his design team at ‘The View From Here’ to help us appropriately design and brand the HHBP, with consideration to expanding the designs to a possible future Central Gippsland Hub to bring uniformity to the bike parks. We are working closely with Destination Gippsland to align with their recently released Destination Management Plan for the visitor economy and Inspired Adventure activities. We are on track to design ‘Hero’ products and experiences, combined with ‘Signature Trails’ in Gippsland. This will increase the market offering to support the expanding tourism activities here in Gippsland.
Image 4: Some initial branding ideas and concepts that The View From Here team are starting to work with.
As all of this work rolls along, it’s important to look back at how far we have come! The direction looks bright, shiny and positive in all directions from here as we move to progress the opportunity to further develop the Central Gippsland Hub which comprises Haunted Hills Bike Park as the centerpiece and potentially Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort, Erica Bike Park, Maryvale Pines Bike Park, Somewhere Good (Glengarry), Blores Hill Bike Park and the Avon/Mt Hedrick area. We are also excited to see progress of the Baw Baw to Latrobe Valley Epic Trail opportunity.
Image 5: All paths lead to paradise! Our planning permit has been approved by Latrobe City Council.
Enjoy the upcoming holidays with family and friends, and we’ll be sure to see you out on Gippsland’s awesome trails soon! Make sure you pop a big wheelie for me!
UPDATE – GIPPSLAND TRACKS & TRAILS FEASIBILITY STUDY
- Created on Sunday, 06 October 2019 16:39
- Written by Johno
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The Gippsland Tracks & Trails Feasibility Study project is now nearing completion and the final documentation prepared. The Study is an initiative of the Gippsland Local Government Network with project partners Destination Gippsland and Gippsland MTB.
The Gippsland trail framework for the future is built around three classifications: Signature Trails, Regional Trails and Local Trails. Opportunities were identified in the categories of Signature Walks, Signature Mountain Biking Hubs and Trails and Signature Multi Use Trails.
The Signature Mountain Biking Opportunities identified are:
- Develop the Central Gippsland Mountain Biking Hub with Haunted Hills as a centrepiece
(A collective MTB offering which includes Haunted Hills, Erica, Blores Hill, Glengarry North, Avon Mt Hedrick, Maryvale Pines)
- Omeo MTB Hub development
(A world class facility with flow, cross country and other trails all leading from and into the town)
- Feasibility for an Epic Trail in Central Gippsland
(Explore the opportunities for an Epic Trail from Mt Baw Baw to Latrobe Valley)
- The Timber Trail
(The potential for a timber trail ride through the west Gippsland forests with dedicated overnight accommodation for rides, while providing access to the villages would provide a strong commercial product like the successful models in operation in NZ)
With the Omeo project already under way, GMTB will now advocate strongly to progress the other signature trail opportunities as quickly as possible. The next highest-ranking priorities have been identified as being the Central Gippsland Hub and the Epic Trail.
While the process may appear slow, we are getting really excited for what the future holds for Gippsland mountain biking!