2017 Christmas Party/Poker Run! Sunday 3rd Dec

posted 1 Dec 2017, 13:01 by Peter and Barbs

Last Sunday the track sizzled. This Sunday (3rd Dec 2017) the snags adjacent to it are. Yes that’s right, NEMTB are winding back the veil of competition and bringing back the real deal. We’re going oleskool on Sunday with a family event more festive than a Hanson reunion concert with a backing gig featuring the dulcet tones of Mr Barry Gibb and his Bee Gee’s.
We’re kicking off proceedings with a Poker Run around the Sport UNE track. Afterwards, we’ll have a BBQ with dessert and drinks (you bring meat and food, NEMTB will provide drinks and dessert) Bring the kids and let them loose on the track, bring a basketball for the courts, cricket stumps if that’s your thing.

* You’ll need to be there by 1pm (BBQ facilities above the tennis courts)
* If you’ve got a team mate, or mates, or colleagues (cause to call them a mate is a bit of a stretch) then all the better. If you’re a lone wolf then that’s tops – it worked out OK for Jason Bourne, so you’ll be fine…
* Don’t know the rules of Poker? Don’t stress – neither do we, but we’ll work it out beforehand (we smashed one last year - remember?)
* Kids will be more than able to participate in the Poker Run – we’ve got them covered (perhaps mum and dad can accompany the little ones)
* It’s not a race, the pressure is off and the only thing at steak is on the barbie.

All NEMTB members are welcome along with their families

2017 UNE 3 Hours Team Challenge Wrap-up!

posted 15 Oct 2017, 00:33 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 15 Oct 2017, 00:39 ]

Well that’s the UNE 3 Hour Team Challenge run and won for another year – well actually fun, fun, fun and more fun for another year. 110 riders braved the cool, and sometimes wet weather, dressed up to the nines and  out for a few hours of riding with friends. The Kermit Loop was the  trail for everyone. A big thanks needs to go to Barb for doing lots of behind the scenes organisation/shopping/rego, Michael, Megan and Harry Wooster for the timing, Peter Harris for his words of wit on the advertising front, Steve Rumble for track marking, Paul Whitford for mowing the trails the week before, Nicole Hill for registration and speed Queen mid-event shopper, Kerrie Smith, Andrew Whitehill (The Big Hotdog), Caroline Feltham and  Emily Wooster for manning  the BBQ, Chris Feltham and James Harris for set up and pack up and everyone else who just kept ride and having fun.

At the end of the day there were some very cool costumes, wacky transitions and lots of smiles. A couple of the classic transitions  were the Scientists keeping everything the same and swappingeverything just short of their knicks, Joakim and Michael with their tennis change overs and a couple of the TAS boys having to share a front skewer (wheel axle) when one was lost mid lap.. The runner up for the VC cup was Where’s Wally (Tara Schalk and Debbie Blake) and the winners were Giggles (Ben Ferguson and Sam Harris) who put a lot of effort into their Clown costumes and kept the big wheels turning for the entire time.

If you enjoyed getting out on the mountain bike today and want to improve some of your skills don’t forget the Get Active Armidale – Come and Try Mountain Biking is on this Tuesday at 5pm at the SportUNE hockey carpark. For more infor see the web page and register with the Armidale Sports Council.  This is free for non-NEMTB members as well.

Peter Hosking

2017 NEMTB Skills Sessions 31 Oct to 12 Dec

posted 14 Oct 2017, 15:22 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 15 Nov 2017, 15:14 ]

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 or if you have already been a member in the past 3 years and illegible for the 8 week trial you can get a social three month membership for $50 seniors and $20 junior - follow this link to obtain a membership.

Register here, its free:

Contact: Peter 0409 292 310


Tuesday 31 October to Tuesday 12 December between 5pm – 6pm

Meet in the SportUNE Hockey fields car park (at the back of the complex) and register using the above link.

2017 Newcastle Permanent Get Active Armidale - Come & Try Mountain Biking

posted 14 Oct 2017, 15:22 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 22 Oct 2017, 14:25 ]

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

Register here, its free: Click here

Contact: Peter 0409 292 310


Tuesday, 17 October 5pm – 6pm
Tuesday, 24 October 5pm – 6pm

Meet in the SportUNE Hockey fields car park (at the back of the complex) and register using the above link.

2017 SportUNE 3 Hour Teams Challenge - Sunday 15 October 2017 at the SportUNE Mountain Bike Trails starting at 12noon

posted 8 Oct 2017, 19:48 by Peter and Barbs

Register here

The format is a two person team social event with riders taking turns to complete laps. The winning formula is not about lap times and more about just having fun and participation. The winners of the UNE Vice Chancellors Cup will be judged on perseverance (keep riding), best costumes and most zany/entertaining transitions! 

So drag out your kids, dad, mum, uncle, aunt and friends and get a team together. If you can’t find a team just rock up and NEMTB will team you up. The trail will be ride-able for most people with short cuts if required.  This will be a great opportunity to ride with your child.

Registrations start at 10:30am for a 12noon race start. Last lap needs to be commenced before 2:40pm. Registration includes a BBQ and soft drink following the event.

Entry fees are $10 for Adults and $5 for Juniors (13-18yrs). Dirtmasters U13 are free but need to be accompanied by an adult at all times. Online registrations close 8pm Saturday, 14 October. Please help by registering online to save all the manual paperwork on the day.  Non MTBA members need to have a Recreation Day Permit for $10 Seniors or $7 Juniors.

Additional sausage sandwiches ($3) and drinks ($2) can be purchased on the day.

SportUNE Café will be open for business.

TRAILSTAR ENDURO - Fat Tyre Farm and Robbers Run - Sunday 8 October 2017

posted 4 Oct 2017, 13:28 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 6 Oct 2017, 18:43 ]

Register here

5 cool tracks at Fat Tyre Farm (FTF) and Robbers Run (RR). These tracks are accessed from the New England Highway about half way between Armidale and Guyra.   

- at the Fat Tyre Farm carpark.  For directions on how to get there please refer to website, Where to Ride section where there is a page on Fat Tyre Farm and Robber Run.

Trails will be marked from 10am. Practice in your own time and at your own risk.

Shuttles can be completed to Robber Run trail head via the directions here. No shuttles can occur within Fat Tyre Farm with each rider having to ride up the center road access. All cars to be parked at the Car Park at the base of the park, don't drive over the cattle grid or you have gone too far.

9am - Registration and plate pick up
10am - Race Start
1pm - BBQ Sausage Sizzle Start - Sausage Foldover and cool drink for $5

Time sections - See maps attached below for FTF trails and Robbers Run follow the below link
(1) FTF - Salmon Run
(2) FTF - Yakity Yak (backwards)
(3) FTF - Soft Serve
(4) FTF - Full Bottle
(5) Robbers Run - Goto the following link for directions to Robbers Run.

Total Race Time
Fastest time for each tid section will be totaled for overall race time. You can repeat sections as many times as you want.

Entry Fees
$20 Seniors
$10 Juniors
Non MTBA members will need to buy a Race Day Licence for $30 for seniors or $18 for juniors. 

Race Categories

Elite Female / Male
Expert Female / Male
30+ Female / Male
40+ Female / Male
50+ Female / Male
U19 Female / Male
U17 Female / Male
U15 Female / Male
The age for each category is based on the age you turn in 2017.

Online registration is the preferred option for race entry

The Capital better be ready for the Whippet and C.Rap!

posted 18 May 2017, 03:30 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 18 May 2017, 03:35 ]

This weekend Jack “The Whippet” Feltham, supported by Chris “C.Rap” Feltham, are heading down in the Grey Nurse (The 2 Wheel van) to Canberra for the 2nd Round of the Gravity Enduro (GE) National Series.

Jack will be competing against 29 other Elite riders. There are five timed Stages with practice on Saturday and competition on Sunday. GE is typically a little peddlier then the standard Downhill and the bikes not quite long legged, as the competitors need to grind each ascent to the next stage.

Jack all the best from NEMTB for a great weekend of racing!

Its a weekend of World Cup XCO Racing - Nove Mesto Czech Republic - 19 to 21 May 2017

posted 17 May 2017, 04:03 by Peter and Barbs

Who’s getting excited that the first World Cup is on this weekend???? WE ARE!

At 6pm Saturday we will have Tasman Nankervis, our U23 National Champion, Reece Tucknott,  Michael Potter and Luke Brame slugging it out. A Czech TV station is being kind enough to once again televise and stream this live online …. but it is regionally blocked so you need to set up a VPN account – just read below for details. If you miss that coverage they are rebroadcasting at 10:45am Sunday.

9:00pm Saturday we will have Bec Henderson, our Elite National Champion, and Sarah Riley will be competing in the Elite Women which will be shown live on RedBull TV at 9:00pm - .

On Sunday at 6pm we have our very own Holly Harris competing in the U23 and Holly heck, she is in  form!!! (2nd at the National Champs in the Elite Women). Once again you must take the VPN route to watch this live. HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY …… OI OI OI!!!!! There is a reply at 9:35am Monday.

At 10:00pm Sunday we have D-Mac (Dan McConnell), our Elite National Champion, Sebastian Jayne and Russ Nankervis! Once again it will be streamed in RedBull TV, use the link above.

Bring it on!!!!




How to get live online coverage of the U23 at the Czech World Cup – 20 & 21 May 2017

The following process will allow you to watch the Czech TV station’s live CT Sports channel which is covering the following World Champ events. Obviously, you will need a high speed internet to steam the HD footage and their commentary will be in Czech so you will need to watch live results on

The web address you will watch online is

If you do this without having a VPN provider it will come up with a message in the middle of the streaming window saying that you can’t watch as this is only for local region or something like that in Czech.

So you need to subscribe to a VPN which will make CT Sport streaming server think you are located in the Czech Republic.

I have just subscribed to for US$9.95 for a month.

You need to find the deal that states that you can unsubscribe after a month. If you go for the cheaper options, you are signing up for a year’s subscription. Please read all of the fine print but as far as I can see you can cancel after a month – it’s at your risk.

Order the one-month option, follow the registration and payment approach.

If you pay with PayPal  you can cancel the re-occurring payment in PayPal or just email VPN4ALL directly and ask then to cancel the subscription once the weekend is over.

Once registered you will end up getting an email with a shortcut to download the program on your computer and a product key to active the program once running.

When the program is running on your computer you enter the product key and then select any of the Czech servers on the list and connect. Once the program states it has connected go back to your browser and you should now be able to watch the live streaming of CT Sport -

We used this service last year to watch the U19 and U23 World Cup races in Czech in 2016 and just cancelled the subscription after the event.

Anyway, hope this helps.

SportUNE Trails - Please keep to the constructed trails

posted 16 Nov 2016, 20:03 by Peter and Barbs

We hope everyone is enjoying the new trails at SportUNE!

If bike riders want to do repeats of the new flow section (Full Cognition) please use the new trail on the north side of the storm water drain (Kermit) as the return trail. A red arrow shows the route on the map.

Please stay on the existing trails and do not cut across any parts of the grassland whether walking or riding. Thank you for your consideration.

If you have any feedback, please message us. Happy riding


Social Ride - Poker Run

posted 11 Jul 2016, 05:15 by James Harris   [ updated 14 Jul 2016, 21:29 by Peter and Barbs ]

Social Ride - Sunday 17th July
Poker Run @ 'the PIney'. Go for a social ride to the 5 checkpoints around the Piney, collect a card at each checkpoint. The best Poker Hand at the end is the winner. 
1pm sign on for a 1.30pm start, meet at the Gate just past the Bridge.
It's about having a fun social ride in the Piney. Everyone invited, you don't need to know how to play poker, you don't need to know your way around the Piney. Just come have some fun on your bike.

Free social members who are new to the club, ie you have never attended a club event. Other can pay a $10 social day licence if not a club member.

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