Travis Williams (Trav) received the Premiers Volunteer Champions award which is a great formal recognition of the 15+ years he has put into building and maintaining the You Yangs Mountain Bike Trails.
The Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards are the states most prestigious annual awards that formally recognise, thank and celebrate volunteers for the vital role they play in building and supporting stronger, healthier and more connected communities in Victoria.
Well done Trav and we are sure most will agree this park would not be what it is today without your dedication to the art of trail building.
2015 CRESSY DESCENT - RUN AND WON September 12th and 13th
2015 ALL-MOUNTAIN GRAVITY ENDURO June 13th & 14th - RACE HAS BEEN RUN AND WON - RESULTS BELOW
Cressy Descent 2014 – Results are UP
Trail fund donation winners drawn
What a weekend! Awesome conditions some tight racing and huge crowds heckling the riders. Thankfully the weekend ran smoothly without any of the carnage we saw last year.
These races are not possible without the dedication of the crew from the club and support from volunteers. Huge thanks to the drivers, traffic control, rego, timing, track marshals, and the people who helped pack up and pick up rubbish, your help is truly appreciated by the club and everyone who rides the trails.
We must also thank @De Grandi Cycle & Sport for all the ongoing support they provide the club. If you need anything bike related be sure to stop by and visit them in Geelong.
TRAIL FUND DONATIONS
Almost $3200 was donated online in the past 5 months. This money will be spent directly on building and maintaining the trail network.
Thanks to everyone who donated.
AND THE WINNERS ARE: Giant Bicycles Australia Trance 27.5
Renee Camenzuli is the lucky winner. Renee please contact the club and confirm the amount donated and your suburb so we can verify you are the correct winner. Your new bike is available to be collected from De Grandi cycle and sport in Geelong
De Grandi also donated 2 additional prizes - Oregon ATC Chameleon HD Dual action video cameras valued at $259 each
Luck winners are Carly Reid and Shelley Wright. Please contact the club and confirm the amount you donated and your suburb and we can organise to get the prizes to you
Lastly Luke from @LA Designs a $250 voucher towards custom helmet painting, this was won by Marnie Williams
Sunday was father’s day but it seems females had a clean sweep of the prizes from the trail fund.
6 Hour All Mountain Gravity Enduro RACE RESULTS From August 2nd & 3rd 2014
What a weekend! Who could have imagined how perfect the weather would be after the Armageddon conditions we experienced on Thursday and Friday.
A combined 320 entries across the weekend made it the busiest weekend for the club since the last Cressy Descent. A huge thanks the all the volunteers who came forward to help as track marshals, rider safety is critical and without you the day would not have been possible. A huge thanks to the crew from the club, drivers, traffic control & rego, you made everything run as smooth as silk.
We also need to thank Aaron from Event Timing for donating his time to support the club.
Thanks to Andrew from Quickeats for keeping everyone fuelled for racing and satisfying all the caffeine addictions. Another thanks to the guys and girls from Acute Health for patching up everyone's bumps and grazes.
Photos, the photographers are compiling all the images and as soon as the club receives links we will share online.
The clubs next big events are "Cressy Descent" on 6th & 7th September followed by "Challenge Ride 4 Kids, Specialized Mountain Bike Festival" All about raising money to support kids with cancer.
The final thanks must go to you the riders for turning up and having fun.
On Sunday 22nd September You Yangs MTB Inc were running of our clubs annual event on everyone’s favourite track 13 “Cressy Descent” in the You Yangs Regional Park. 2013 and track 13 must have been a bad omen.
The event was running perfectly, sun was out, music was pumping, shuttles were turning around fast and everyone had a smile on their face. 250 competitors had completed practice and at 12.30 racing began with seeding for “A Grade” followed by race runs for our junior “Under 15” category, all getting down the hill safely. At 13.13 ( that is 1.13pm) the “Over 35’s” began their race runs and no one could have imagined what was to unfold 13 minutes later. In the space of 5 minutes we were
dealing with 4 separate incidents...
This was the first time the club has run this format of event so we would love your feedback and suggestions on what was good or bad so we can tweak the format for next time.
Plenty of people were asking for more events and shuttle days. This is not possible without volunteers. The club AGM is coming up soon in early August so we would like to see as many club members at this meeting as possible. Details will be emailed on the coming days.
What’s next for YYMTB? Mark September 21 & 22 on your calendars and you will not be disappointed!
See you all on the trails again soon
YYMTB Inc Crew
The 3rd Cressy Descent has been run and won. September 2012
Almost 250 RACERS and HEAPS of spectators enjoyed perfect conditions at the You Yangs regional park for the 3rd Annual Cressy Decent. Huge thanks to all the volunteers, drivers, marshals and catering hands, without you these events would not even be possible.
Make sure you support these businesses so they can continue to support the club to run more events like this. -
Mark this in your diary for September next year as we will be back bigger and better for the4th annual Cressy Descent!
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Above: Everyones favourite trail at the You Yangs, its fast, flowy and fun on any type of mountain bike from downhill to hardtails.
Trav and Dave from the trail crew take a well deserved run down the trail.
New tracks and record visitors to You Yangs Regional Park From Parks Victoria
Parks Victoria staff are preparing for a busy summer with mountain bike trail counters at You Yangs Regional Park reporting a 150 percent increase in visitor numbers since the site reopened in August. Realignment works on Track 4 ‘Rockwell Run’ are complete and the trail is open for use.
Chief Ranger Siobhan Rogan said the newly opened 1.8km trail is the result of a Healthy Parks Healthy People community grant received by You Yangs MTB Inc to realign the trail using sustainable trail building techniques and aligning it to International MTB Association standards.
Ms Rogan said apart from Track 11, all mountain bike trails have been reworked and are now open. She thanked a team of volunteers, including You Yangs Mountain Bike Inc and Geelong Mountain Bike Club, for their support and hard work.
“It’s a credit to our staff and volunteers that less than a year ago the You Yangs was completely closed. Since then we have repaired more than 30 kilometres of mountain bike tracks and put the You Yangs back on the list of must-do trails for riders.”
Richard Grant, President of the Geelong Mountain Bike Club said, “The new realignment of Track 4 - Rockwell Run provides a perfect climbing option for cross country riders looking to get up to the Stockyards Management Track. The club has the new track pencilled in for round three of the Gazebo MTB series event in March.”
Principal trail builder and founding member of You Yangs MTB Inc Travis Williams said, “The new alignment provides a good stepping stone for beginner and intermediate riders to move from the flatter Kurrajong MTB area into the more technical trails found in the Stockyards.”
Track 4 - Rockwell Run is a 1.8km trail located at the You Yang’s Stockyard area. The difficulty of the run is graded as ‘blue square’: an intermediate trail designed as a climb that requires an above average level of fitness.
For more information about mountain biking and the trail network in Victoria’s Parks please visit www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963.
Code Red - Catastrophic days
A recent State Government Decision has meant that all parks, reserves and forest areas in victoria will be closed on Code Red - Catastrophic days. Where gates are located, signs will be erected and gates locked. This is to minimise the number of people in the parks on those few days a year when the fire weather is considered dangerous and unpredicatable.