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FTF Burn the Fat - 3 & 6hr enduro

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Come one, come all to the 4th round of the Victorian Enduro Series, hosted by the Fat Tyre Flyers at the GWS Anderson Scout Camp on Sunday 10th of August and proudly sponsored by Push Bike Shop in Pakenham.

This not-to-be-missed round has double series points up for grabs! Don’t let all your hard work go to waste by missing out and letting someone else grab your spot on the leaders board.

This year, the Fat Tyre Flyers have continued to improve the awesome riding experience at Officer by rebuilding/ re-aligning some sections as well as changing the course layout to give the riders more fun. Included once again is access to the Beaconsfield Nature Reserve along the top of the dam. The 6hr Event starts at 10am and the 3hr event at 1pm. The whole course is in great shape and will be thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Entries are available at Entryzone


Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 11:14

FTF XCO Race & Hill Climb Eliminator - Report

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The Fat Tyre Flyers' XCO Race and Hill Climb Eliminator has been run and won! 39 Riders in 5 categories set out at short intervals to race on the trails around the GWS Anderson Scout Camp and the adjoining Beaconsfield Nature Reserve. The course started out a little slippery from some overnight rain, but improved quickly as the race progressed.

In A Grade, Duncan Murray finished just 7 seconds ahead of Bret Murray, with Ben Walkerden coming third. B Grade saw an exciting sprint finish between Corey Davies and Max Fish, with Corey taking the honours and veteran rider Mark Mex showing age is no barrier to finish third. Corey overcame a broken chain on the last lap which makes his effort even more special! It's also worth mentioning that Amity McSwan finished 10th in B grade, a stellar effort against the guys. C Grade had Jack Booth winning by a large margin over Adam Merange and Oliver Beaumont. Jack might have trouble trying to enter C grade again (wink wink). Caroline Jackson rode three very consistent laps to win the Womens' grade, with an ever smiling Luisa Orta finishing second. In the Single Speed Category, John Wright took the win ahead of Mark Geary and Shaun Henchley. Aaron Mattison was leading the SS cat, until a loose EBB slowed him.

After the race presentations, we held the inaugural FTF Hill Climb Eliminator event. Duncan and Connor Rose selected an awesome uphill track with some overtaking opportunities and 8 riders ripped their lungs out and tore their legs off striving to get through to the final. Duncan Murray took the win ahead of Jack Booth and Mark Geary, in an event which is sure to become a favourite (for the spectators at least!). Cow bells will be mandatory next time.

Thanks must go out to GWS Anderson Scout Camp leaders Rob Armstrong and Graham Rose and the scouts, Geoff Lockwood from Cardinia Environment Coalition for use of the Beaconsfield Nature Reserve again, Ray Hart from Dirt Riders for saving my butt and helping to set up timing and all the volunteers for their dedicated efforts at short notice. Also a huge thanks to all the riders who supported our event. We hope to see you all again next year!


Photo (courtesy of Ray Coleman): Duncan Murray powering his way to victory.




Steve Brindle

Fat Tyre Flyers & YRMTB Social XC Ride

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Always wondered where the good XC stuff is at Silvan? Come along for an introductory ride on some sweet singletrack. Bring sufficient water and food for an (up to) 3 hour ride. Friendly pace. Lots of breaks. No-one left behind. All welcome. Bring your good legs!

Meet at the Silvan Reservoir overflow carpark at 9am, Stonyford Road, Silvan.


Hope to see you there!


FTF XCO Race & Hill Climb Eliminator

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Burn the Fat

XCO Race and

Hill Climb


The Fat Tyre Flyers Race day is on Sunday 27/10/13

Location: GWS Anderson Scout Camp, Dickie Road, Officer

It’s time to come out of hibernation for the Fatties "Burn the fat" XCO Race and Hill Climb Eliminator on Sunday October 27th.

The terrific GWS Anderson Scout Camp course at Officer is being put to good use again, and this year we again have special permission to extend the race course into the Beaconsfield Nature Conservation Reserve. So you get to race on great trails that are rarely used. In the XCO race, A grade does 5 laps (~6.3km), B grade does 4 laps, C grade does 3 laps and Women do 3 laps. This year we are running a single speed category which will do 4 laps also, for those “special types” (no “beer shortcut”!). After the last XCO riders finish, there will be a brief break before the Hill Climb Eliminator event! Presentations for the main race and the eliminator will be held at the end of the day’s proceedings. The Scouts will be catering on the day, providing a BBQ, pies, muffins, drinks etc and there will be a coffee machine on site!

XCO Race 10am – Entry $20 ($30 on the day plus $20 MTBA day licence if req’d)

Categories – A, B & C Grade Men, Junior (under 18), Women, Single Speed Men/Women

Hill Climb Eliminator 1pm – Entry $5

Categories – Men/Women


Online Entries Close on Wednesday 23rd October at 5pm or register on the day between 8 and 9 am (late entry fee $10)

Enter at Entryzone > http://www.entryzone.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=101&products_id=651

Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 03:57

September Newsletter

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Hi everyone!

Fat Tyre Flyers have been in contact with Jason Wood, the Liberal Party member for the seat of La Trobe, with regards to offering to financially support the mountain bike trail network we are planning in conjunction with the Cardinia Environment Coalition (CEC), land managers of Beaconsfield Nature Reserve (BNR). If elected, Jason has pledged $150,000 towards the project, which is aimed at developing an environmentally sensitive trail network for cyclists and walkers to IMBA standards in the beautiful BNR, which incorporates the Beaconsfield Reservoir. The CEC allowed the FTF club restricted access to the reserve for last year’s 6hr Enduro, which worked most successfully. Having been taken on a tour through the BNR, we can assure you that the area is most appropriate for mountain bikes and will provide a stunning, intimate and natural setting.

The Fat Tyre Flyers mountain bike club is initiating this proposal because of our long association with the scout camp and relationship with CEC but the big picture vision is for Yarra Ranges Mountain bikers, Full Gas Peddlers, Dirt Riders Mountain bike club, Red Hill Riders and any other unaffiliated but interested riders to work together on this exciting proposal.

As has been proven countless times around the world, a beneficial outcome of a project such as this is the drastic reduction of “antisocial behaviour and associated levels of crime”, which the community local to the BNR would be most grateful for.

Jason Wood (http://jasonwood.com.au/about-jason/) served as the federal member for La Trobe from 2004 to 2010 and needs every vote possible return to office and make this happen, and we want this for the area very much indeed. If you live in the seat of Latrobe and are as yet undecided for whom you will vote, give a thought to the mountain biking community and the huge potential for growth in trails in the area.

Happy Trails!

Steve Brindle

Fat Tyre Flyers – Vice President XC

(Below is the press release from Jason Wood)

September 2, 2013


Beaconsfield Nature Conservation Reserve (BNCR) will be one of the first sites nationally to benefit under the Coalition’s Green Army program.

Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage, the Hon Greg Hunt MP today announced that a Coalition government will establish a trail network within the BNCR suitable for mountain bike riders and walkers.

The site is adjacent to the Officer scout camp and Lysterfield Park which is a well-known mountain bike destination.

If elected, a Coalition Government will work with Cardinia Environmental Coalition, local scout management and the wider community on a Green Army project to build an internationally approved staggered loop design mountain bike track system.

Jason Wood has been working with the local community on identify the best projects that will improve the environment and provide real benefits to the communities of La Trobe.

“This project is a great example of practical environmentalism, it combines the construction of sustainable trails, weed control and the preservation of heritage,” Jason Wood said.

“It will also provide an invaluable training opportunity for our local young people who will become part the first intake of the Green Army.

“Every participant in the Green Army will receive a training allowance, as well as gain valuable work skills and potential qualification in different areas of environmental remediation.

Jason Wood said he would work closely with community and environmental groups to ensure the precise scope of the project respected local environmental considerations.

“This is another example of my commitment to the environment in La Trobe,” Jason Wood said.

“Since the election was announced I have secured significant investments in the environment across the La Trobe electorate, including weed eradication, bushfire reduction and several Green Army projects.”

At the same time as improving the local environment, the Green Army will foster volunteerism, teamwork, local ownership and community spirit in the young people who participate.

The Coalition’s policy to build a 15,000 strong Green Army is part of our Real Solutions Plan to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.






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