- Labor Day Weekend Hard Gravel camping ride (with intermediate sealed short cut oCastlemaine Station, Castlemaine, VI
Swimming at Newstead Swimming pool.
Swimming at Vaughan Springs, (picture above).
You will need to bring camping equipment with you packed in paniers.
Carrying camping equipment in a back pack is not suitable for this ride.
You will need a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, camp pillow.
Starting Castlemaine, grouping at Togs café for those who arrive early.
Departing Castlemaine Station 10 am.
Trains depart Southern Cross 7.01 and 7.40, arriving 8.30 and 9.26.
Rail Trail to Maldon.
Lunch at Maldon, there are cafes and IGA to purchase lunch.
Gravel road to Newstead.
For those who take the sealed short cut:
Camp at Newstead Race Course, $10 each, dinner at Newstead Pub or purchase dinner at Maldon IGA if you’ve brought a camp stove.
Newstead Racecourse for camping has only toilets, grass, shelters, tables but no showers.
Brekky can be purchased at Dig
Sunday, gravel explorer of old mine site in Muckleford State Forest or straight through on the sealed road to a swim at Vaughan via General Store at Guildford. Camp at Vaughan Springs.
Dinner at Guildford pub for those prepared to cycle 6 km for dinner.
If you don’t want to cycle 6 km to dinner Sunday night (12.5 km round trip), you will need to bring a camp stove and camp dinner.
There are picnic tables at Vaughan at our camp site for cooking and eating meals.
Bringing camp brekky to Vaughan is essential because there are no shops, cafes at Vaughan.
There are mineral Springs for drinking at Vaughan, the website says there is tap water but doesn’t specify if this is drinking quality.
Otherwise BYO camping stove and dinner
Monday, sealed and gravel via Cobblers Gully and Leanganook trail or straight up Cambells Creek sealed road to Castlemaine.
Really important information:
The ride leader will be doing the hard gravel route. If you want to take the sealed short cut you need to download the route so that you can make your own way, there is no guarantee there will be a ride leader or experienced club rider with you.
If you are doing the hard gravel option it is also handy to download the route so that you can cycle ahead of the group.
RIDE REGISTRATION FORM
This will be available within a day of the ride being announced. Preferably it is to be completed when you RSVP, but no later than the day before the ride. It can be found at
Functioning headlight & tail light
Spare tube and a puncture kit
MYKI card, ATM card/cash, basic tools, rain gear, food/snacks, etc
It's your responsibility to check the temperature and distance for the day and carry an appropriate amount of water. When riding outside suburbia remember that carrying too much water is better than not enough as the distances between water availability may vary greatly from the planned route due to road closures or other unforeseen circumstances.
This ride is for MBTC club members, or those who have not yet done 3 days riding with us. To join our club check out https://www.mbtc.org.au/membership
When I RSVP for this event/activity I acknowledge that the activity of bicycle riding can be dangerous and that I may suffer loss or injury or death and I agree that in consideration of my participation in any event conducted by the MBTC that I will absolve from liability the MBTC, its officers, and any event organiser from all claims, demands, or suits whether for personal injury or property loss suffered whether by negligence or breach of contract or otherwise, save for any right I may have pursuant to the Australian Consumer law. I acknowledge that photos may be taken of me during MBTC rides and social events, and that it is club practice that these photos will be published on Meetup, Facebook, and the club website. I will notify the ride leader and other riders if I wish to not be photographed. MBTC cannot guarantee that my photo will not be published and will promptly honour requests to be removed from MBTC controlled sites.