2018 Oct - Newcastle Permanent Get Active Armidale

posted 5 Oct 2018, 15:47 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

Register here, its free: Click here

Contact: Peter 0409 292 310


Monday, 22 October 5pm – 6pm
Monday, 29 October 5pm – 6pm

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

Come and try the 2018 UNE 12 Hours In The Piney course and BBQ - Sunday 3pm 7th October

posted 5 Oct 2018, 01:24 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 9 Oct 2018, 16:12 by NEMTB Secretary ]

OK – you have heard that the UNE 12 Hours In The Piney is just for the pros! Well it’s not …. It’s about having a hoot with your friends and maybe someone giving you a free Welders Dog Wheat Ale or Pea Blossom Lemonade when you finish racing! This year, a course has been chosen that will allow more people to ride while still allowing the fast gals and guys to show what they are made off. Still not sure? Why not come down to The Piney for a practice lap at 3pm this Sunday where you will have a free guided tour, a free chin wag and a free sanger. You heard it right - for nada! No need to register just rock up at the car park past the Tilbuster Ponds Traffic bridge.

More details on how to get The Piney click here.

Tame the Red Lion Social Ride Sunday 30 September 2018

posted 19 Sep 2018, 19:17 by NEMTB Secretary   [ updated 19 Sep 2018, 19:34 ]

Details are as follows: 

Meet at Visitor Information Centre at 7.15am for a 7.30am departure.

The route:
Along the Armidale Cycle Way out towards UNE and on to Booralong Road. We follow Booralong Road and then turn on to the gravel at Toms Gully Road and follow this all the way to Black Mountain. At Black Mountain, back on the tar, we will turn left into Black Mountain Road towards Guyra. Morning Tea will be at Guyra at the playground/picnic shelter (after approx. 47km).  From there we will ride along Llangothlin Road for approx.10km and after a short stint on the New England Hwy we will turn off to the left onto Ben Lomond Road and follow this for approx. 13km. After riding through the Ben Lomond Village we will veer slightly right and follow the Old Ben Lomond Road (approx. 10km on gravel),  down the beautiful valley and back out to the New England Hwy. After a quick turn left and another 2km we will arrive at the Red Lion Tavern in Glencoe for lunch.  You are more than welcome to buddy up with a friend/family member and ride sections of the track and drive the rest in your car as long as you inform us.

The Red Lion Tavern,
8025 New England Highway, Glencoe approx 1pm

Other Info:
Non-riding family members and friends are more than welcome to meet us at the Red Lion Tavern for lunch.  
It is your responsibility to organise your own car or carpooling back to Armidale.
There will be a support car at the morning tea stop and along the way and you can put any extra drink bottles, spare clothing etc in the car if you wish. 
Water and snacks will be available at the morning tea stop.  The whole ride is approx. 85km with 740m of climbing, so we encourage you to take some form of electrolyte with you.
If you would like to join us on this social outing, we ask that you please register yourself and your supporting/lunching crew online as this will help with catering and planning purposes.



posted 4 Sep 2018, 03:38 by Peter and Barbs

The World Champs start this Wednesday in Lenzerheide Switzerland.

The first event will be the Team Relay. The Australian Team will be made up of our Holly Harris (Elite), Dan Mcconnell (Elite), Zoe Cuthbert (U19), Cam Wright (U19) and Reece Tucknott (U23). This will be on at 1:30am Thursday morning.

XCO racing times will be as follows;

U23 Women - Friday 10:20 pm

U23 Men – Michael Harris and Brent Rees – Saturday 12:20 am

Elite Women – Holly Harris – Saturday 8:10 pm

Elite Men – Saturday 11:10pm

It is possible to watch the Team relay and U23 Male (Michael Harris)/Female on Swiss broadcaster SRF but it is geo blocked so you will need to use a VPN provider, so they think you are in Switzerland. See the bottom of the page for details how to obtain a VPN provider. Elite Women and Men will be covered as normal on Redbull TV.

An exciting week of racing is coming up!


Obtaining a VPN Provider.

Its seems most VPN Providers allow month by month plans so you can sign up and then just cancel.

You need to find the deal that states that you can unsubscribe after a month. If you go for the cheaper options, you are potentially signing up for a year’s subscription. Please read all the fine print to ensure you can cancel after a month. – Choose the basic “1 Month USD9.95 option. No need to add any other options.

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

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 Swiss 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 “SRF Zwei” - -

A few of us have used this service for a couple of years to watch the U19 and U23 World Cup races in Czech in 2016 & 2017 and just cancelled the subscription after the event.

Social Ride and AGM Sunday 12 August 2018

posted 24 Jul 2018, 03:19 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 24 Jul 2018, 04:42 ]

NEMTB will be holding a social ride on Sunday, 12 August 2018.  This will be followed by the AGM and Lunch at the Bowlo.
Meet at the Bowling Club at 10am for a Social Ride.

We will be riding an approx. 20km loop incorporating the following:
Leave the Bowlo and ride out to the Pine Forest - the back way - along the bike path to Cookes Road.  We follow Cookes Road and turn into Hillards Road and enter the Pine Forest from the back corner.  After a playing around in the Pine Forest we will cross over Rockvale Road and ride along the TSRs and eventually end up at Puddledock Road where we will cross the New England Highway and start heading back to town along Blanches Road, Fittler Road, Scholes Street, Crest Road and Kookaburra Crest.  Then it's back to the Bowlo along the bike path for the AGM at around 12noon.

Then we get serious for the AGM.  The AGM is an important opportunity for all members to hear the clubs progress, financial position and most importantly to nominate and vote for the NEMTB Committee positions for the year ahead. 

All Committee Positions will be newly elected and if you would like to nominate for a Committee position, click on the button below.  Please complete the nomination form by Sunday, 5 August 2018 and email it to

The agenda for the AGM can be downloaded here



“Le Tour de Dale” Social Event – Sunday 8 July 2018

posted 26 Jun 2018, 04:47 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 26 Jun 2018, 05:32 ]

Join us for the inaugural “Le Tour de Dale”!!

To coincide with the start of the real “Tour” we are holding a social “Le Tour de Dale” ride.
And just like the real thing we will be riding many stages, but going one better!!

We will be riding all the stages on the ONE DAY!!

We will depart from and return to the Armidale City Bowling Club.
Participants can choose from either the Cruiser or Shredder Categories.
Cruisers will cruise through the day by completing one lap of each of the tracks, where as Shredders will be required to complete two laps of each track.

Details are as follows:

Meet at the Armidale Bowling Club at 8.45am for 9am departure.

Ride to the Pine Forest - along Taylor Street (gentle hill) and then on the bike path along Rockvale Road to the first Piney Gate. Ride along the gravel rolad to the creek crossing. At the gate after the creek crossing, Shredders will ride 2 laps of the black loop plus Where’s Wally, starting with Bullocks run, Cruisers will have the option of 1 lap of the black loop plus Where’s Wally, or a green loop plus Where’s Wally (ride up the fire road – left after the gate – to the Piney Carpark and start the green loop)

Ride to Kookaburra Crest – leave the Pine Forest the way you came in via the Creek Crossing and the gravel road and follow the bike path back up the hill towards town. At the top of the hill turn right into Stoney Ridge Road and follow this until you reach the New England Highway, cross the Highway carefully!!! and follow Link Road until you reach the bike/pedestrian path on your left (Scholes Street). This will take you on the underpass and you will come our at Duval High School. Take a left turn and then a right on the road and follow Crest Road down to the top of Kookaburra Crest. Cruisers complete 1 lap, Shredders 2 laps.

Ride to SportUNE Mountain Bike Trails – ride back up Crest Road and turn left into Erskine Street at the roundabout. Ride along Madgwick Drive to the SportUNE MTB Trail head - and you have probably guessed it…………………………….

Cruisers – 1 lap
Shredders – 2 laps of the Kermit plus the Poplars Loop

Then it’s a cruisy ride back along the town bike path to the Bowlo for lunch approx. between 12 and 1pm ish.

All are welcome but bookings are essential!

PS: For those who need to know the stats:
24km riding between MTB tracks
12 km Black track plus Where’s Wally
1.2km Kookaburra
3.4km SportUNE Kermit plus Poplars Loop
Rough total for Cruisers: 40.6km
Rough total for Shredders: 57.2km

2018 Easter Saturday Social Ride to Walcha Saturday 31 March

posted 28 Mar 2018, 02:07 by Peter and Barbs   [ updated 28 Mar 2018, 02:18 ]

Meet at Visitor Information Centre at 7.15am for a 7.30am departure.

The route:
Along Dangarsleigh Road and then on to the gravel at Elliots Road.  We follow this slightly undulating road until the TSR turnoff where we will descent down to the Salisbury Waters creek crossing - you may possibly get wet shoes and socks here depending on your crossing skills. 
We then climb out of the creek and head to the Gostwyck Chapel, first along the Gostwyck War Services Road and after a right hand turn along the Gostwyck Road. 
Morning Tea will be at the Gostwyck Chapel (approx. 28km). 
We then head along Hillview Road (slightly undulating) for 19km and turn left at Blue Mountain Road. 
There will be another refreshment stop on the corner of Blue Mountain Road and Hazeldean Road (approx. 27km from Gostwyck).  
After another 7km we will be back on the tar road and follow this into Walcha (approx. 16km)

The Royal Café on the Oxley Hwy. 

Other Info:
Non-riding family members and friends are more than welcome to meet us in Walcha for lunch.  
It is your responsibility to organise your own car or carpooling back to Armidale.
There will be a support car at the 2 stops along the way and you can put any extra drink bottles, spare socks etc in the car if you wish. 
Water and snacks will be available at the stops along the way.  The whole ride is approx. 79km with 658m of climbing. 
If you would like to join us on this social outing, we ask that you please register yourself and your supporting/lunching crew online as this will help with catering and planning purposes.
Non MTBA members riding on the day will need a $10 Recreation Licence

Registration: Register by clicking here

Google Maps Directions:

Click Here

Googles Maps route link

2018 National Championships - Volunteers Needed

posted 13 Feb 2018, 01:51 by Peter and Barbs

NEMTB with UNE and Armidale Regional Council are hosting the 2018 National Mountain Bike Championships in Armidale from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th February at UNE.

These events can only run with the assistance of volunteers. We require a significant number of volunteers for course marshal duties, first response course marshals and packdown to cover official practice and racing at the Booloominbah on Friday and SportUNE for all the above days.

NEMTB will be once again be using an online system that allows you to register  and choose the roles and timeslots that suit you. If you are unable to access a computer and you can also help, please ring Carolyn on 0428 539 414 who will be happy to complete the process for you.

To register follow the following link –

Or read below for further details and information.

There are two Event Centres – Sport UNE and the Booloominbah Homestead (Friday only) 

Course marshalls duties are  to radio any issues such as accidents, rider complaints, spectator issues to the Marshall Co-ordinator,  and to supervise spectators at key points.

 One of the Marshal positions is titled Marshalls First Aid Qualified. This person will need to be workplace first aid qualified. These positions will be positioned at the two main technical features on the XCO course and will act as a first responder before the onsite St John Ambulance Paramedics can get to the location to assist or evacuate the patient.

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

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