2018 Piney Closed for Easter Weekend - Closed event - Medieval re-enactment

posted 29 Mar 2018, 01:52 by Peter and Barbs

New England Medieval Arts Society is hosting the biannual medieval re-enactment over the Easter weekend. They are wishing to keep the atmosphere traditional and guess what? there were no MTBs around in that time! Pls don’t ride in The Pine Forest from Thursday PM to Tuesday AM. If you’re keen to have a look go on their Monday Open Day. Details of this can be found on the Armidale Regional Council web page.


NE Medieval Arts Society Open Day

2 Apr 2018

Venue: Pine Forest Road (off Rockvale Road), follow signs

Time: 11.00am-5.00pm

Cost: $15pp, $25 (family)

For more information, follow NEMAS on Facebook or email

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

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!

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