Project Gonzo Moves Into Construction

posted 5 Feb 2021, 17:00 by Peter and Barbs

Last Thursday it was pretty exciting to have all the planning, study work, development applications etc completed with Armidale Regional Council issuing the purchase order to the professional trail builders Dirt Art to construct over 5km of additional trail north of the existing SportUNE Mountain Bike Trails.

Photo: The Hon, Adam Marshall formally turns the first sod at the start of the construction
 phase with UNE crew and some of the NEMTB crew. Photo credit Simon Scott.

The new trails will follow along Dumaresq Creek with three stacked loops. The first loop will start from the Kermit loop (Moguls section) at the north of the pine forest section and climb 50 vertical metres before descending back to re-join the Kermit loop. A further two stacked loops will increase in technical nature as they move further north.

Dirt Art were the same company that built the Kermit Project trails with the construction of Revelation, Lone Pine, Hamburger Hill and Ducats Way, while also completing some realignment of some of the existing trails such as the Cognition descent.

It is expected that the trail construction will commence in March and be completed in June with first tracks expected to be ready to ride in July!!!

Project Gonzo will allow people to ride 13km in a single continuous loop compared to the current 8km loop. Not only will this trail be a great everyday ride but it also produces a fantastic loop for the WEMBO World Championships to be held on 6 & 7 Nov (subject to international borders opening!) and our very popular UNE 12 Hours In The Piney.

A massive thanks needs to go to the following: David Schmude at UNELife, who initially invited NEMTB to SportUNE over 10 years ago and continues to be a heavy supporter of MTB in the region. The Hon. Adam Marshall has also been a long-term key supporter of NEMTB and regional MTB by coming to our aid on numerous occasions to ensure that projects and events are held in Armidale. Armidale Regional Council have also been on board since the first National Rounds were held at the Kookaburra Crest 4X course back in 2004. Since then we have enjoyed hosting the UNE 12 Hours In The Piney for 10 years, held a NSW State Championship, a couple of National Series Rounds, National Championships and Asia-Pacific Championships at the amazing SportUNE trails and facilities! We would like to thank another key person who normally shies away from the limelight but is so instrumental to sport development and promotion in Armidale - Steve McMillian. His passion for sport driven through the Armidale Regional Sports Council and 2AD/FM101.3 is remarkable.

Bring on July!

Figure: Project Gonzo trail plan

Christmas Social Ride and Drinks

posted 4 Nov 2020, 22:46 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 4 Dec 2020, 22:28 ]

Sunday, 6 December 2020
Depart carpark at Great Hops Brewery at 12.30pm for a ride a the SportUNE MTB Trails,followed by drinks/snacks at Great Hops at 2pm.
Due to COVID restrictions we are limited to 30 people.
All are welcome but is it First In, Best Dressed!!!
To register please click HERE

It's back on for Term 4 - NEMTB Skills Sessions

posted 10 Oct 2020, 21:47 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 28 Oct 2020, 02:41 ]

Participants will learn new skills and have fun on a bike in small groups of similar skill and age groups.

Ages: All age groups, from beginners to advanced.

What to bring: Water bottle, bike helmet (must have a AS/NZS 2063:2008 sticker attached) and a roadworthy mountain bike.  It is strongly recommended that your bike is checked by your local bike shop mechanic to get the most out of the experience.

What to wear: Suitable exercise clothes and shoes, bike gloves and glasses are recommended.

Cost: Free for NEMTB club members or MTBA members.  If you are a non-member you can obtain a 8 week free MTBA Trial licence by following this link, otherwise you will be charged a recreation permit for $10 for adults ($7 for juniors) per session when registering.

Venue: Meet in the SportUNE Hockey fields carpark (at the back of the SportUNE complex)

Dates: Monday, 19 October to Monday, 14 December 2020

Time: 5-6pm

If a session is cancelled this will be notified via the NEMTB facebook page and the NEMTB webpage by 4pm on the day.

Please be aware that this is event is subject to current NSW Covid-19 restrictions and may be cancelled at short notice.

Due to Covid-19 there will be some changes on how these sessions are run.

Registrations will be ONLINE ONLY, absolutely NO registrations on the day and we will be following our Covid-19 Safety Plan which will include practicing good hygiene, social distancing and recording all attendees including support personnel.  Downloading the COVIDSafe App is strongly recommended.

We are promoting a "Turn up, Participate, Leave" approach.  Hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes will be available.  By entering online, your registration will capture your relevant details required for the Covid Register, support personnel/parent/caregivers are also required to give their details.

If you are unwell or have cold/flu/fever like symptoms, PLEASE STAY AT HOME. DO NOT attend if you have visited Victoria in the previous 14 days or have been to any of the reported case locations listed on the NSW Health website.  This includes supporters, parents and caregivers.

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2020 Winter Series Race 2 - 1:30pm Sunday 23 Aug

posted 22 Aug 2020, 03:10 by Peter and Barbs

At this stage the Winter Series race at 1:30pm tomorrow is still on.

We have modified the course in several locations to dodge the wet sections and will be starting the race from the first carpark along Pine Forest Rd and not The Strip.

Depending on if we have more rain over night, we will make a call if the race is on at 10am. Online registrations must be completed by 11am Sunday.

Fingers crossed!

Trail closures at SportUNE

posted 21 Jul 2020, 02:30 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 21 Jul 2020, 02:31 ]

Note that some sections of the trails have been closed while UNE completes work on the Lake Zot and are expected to be reopened in October. Please ensure that you don't ride on the trails shown in the Closed Area on the following map. Note the following key points:
  • Access to the trails only via the Trail Head located at the basket ball and tennis courts. There is no access via the hockey fields car park or the main playing fields
  • The first section of Kermit trail and the link trail Short Back are now both two way, watch for on coming traffic

COVID-19 Restrictions and Guidance

posted 3 Apr 2020, 15:56 by Peter and Barbs

Note that due to the COVID-19 restrictions all events have been postponed until further notice.

Please also assist Australia controlling the spread of COVID-19 by following this guidance from Mountain Bike Australia relating to your mountain biking. Also please ensure that you keep-up with all other government guidance.

This information is correct as of 2 April 2020.

Club Champs - Sunday 3rd May 2020

posted 5 Mar 2020, 01:11 by Peter and Barbs

Keep the Sunday 3rd May 2020 free as the NEMTB Club Champs will be held on the first Winter Series Race on 3rd May out at The Piney. More information click here

AusCycling - Voting now open for MTBA members - must be completed by 11am (AEST) 21st Nov

posted 18 Nov 2019, 23:25 by Peter and Barbs

As you have probably heard all the nationals cycling bodies (BMX Australia, Mountain Bike Australia and Cycling Australia) have been working on amalgamating to form a single national body to be named AusCycling.

The NEMTB Committee unanimously support this transformation.

Key aspects for forming AusCycling are;
* Stronger, louder and more united voice for all riders
* Better value memberships
* One licence allowing access to all disciplines. (If you want to race ALL disciplines it will cost $250 plus club fees. The so called 'dirt' licence (MTB. BMX, CX and presumably OT) will cost $150 plus club fees but will NOT permit racing in Road or Track without a day permit).
* Stronger advocacy for rider safety and awareness

It is very important to assist the process by voting at the AGM to be held at Gold Coast Cycle Centre on Saturday 30 Nov.

For people that are not able to attend you can send in a proxy vote which the Chair of the Meeting can deliver on your behalf. To complete this proxy printout out the following form and return to MTBA by the means shown on the form by 11am (AEST) Thursday 28 Nov or pass onto one to the NEMTB Committee members to co-ordinate their return.…/2019-MTBA-AGM-Form-of-Appointment…

For further information visit the following MTBA site -

Cheers NEMTB Committee

Ladies Riding Group

posted 12 Oct 2019, 22:09 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 22 Oct 2019, 01:47 ]

For any of you gals that are keen for a social friendly ride, we will be starting a regular group on a Wednesday afternoons, starting at 6pm until around 7pm.

We will start next Wednesday 16th October, 2019 at 6pm, meeting at the main gates of the Piney (just after the Tilbuster Ponds bridge on Rockvale Road).

From time to time, we might choose different locations to ride, such as the tracks at Sport UNE, or a ride on some back roads around Armidale - it's all up to where you'd like to ride!!

All rider levels welcome, it's just a good excuse to get together, have a ride & few laughs! Feel free to spread the word....

Riders ride at their own risk. For any riders not members of Mountain Bike Australia, we'll just get you to sign a waiver form before we set off for each ride.

Contact Cathy Flanagan on 0429233349 for more details.

NEMTB Skills Sessions 21 October to 16 December

posted 17 Sept 2019, 04:35 by Peter and Barbs

Participants will learn some new skills and have fun on a bike in small groups of similar skill and age group.

Ages: All Ages

What to bring: Water bottle, Bike helmet (must have a AS/NZS 2063:2008 sticker attached) and a roadworthy mountain bike. It is strongly recommended that your bikes are checked by your local bike shop mechanic to get the most out of the experience.

What to Wear: Suitable exercise clothes and shoes

Cost: Free for club members or MTBA members. If you are a non-member you can obtain a 8 week free MTBA license by following this link

Contact: Peter 0409 292 310


Monday 21 October to Monday 16 December (except Monday 11 November), 5pm – 6pm

Meet in the SportUNE Hockey fields car park (at the back of the complex)

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