Hi there everyone.
There’s been a lot of talk about this proposed MTB hub to be set up in Warburton and a lot of questions asked and suggestions made.
We all know you can go here: Warby MTB Hub
to have a say about the study, and how great it’s going to be, but what other ways can you actually make a difference to your local trails and Mountain Biking in general around the Yarra Valley??
Well, the best way to get your voice heard is to join the Yarra Ranges Mountain Bike advocacy group. This group is not a club, they are a cycling loving group that liaise between the public and local government agencies to give YOU a voice.
It costs just $20 a year to be a member and the membership fee pays for club members to attend trail building seminars, produce documents to present to local agencies, helps support trail maintenance and finance the costings associated with getting YOUR voice heard when it comes to YOUR local trails.
So if you want to have your input over the Warby MTB Hub and many other MTB issues in the Valley, I strongly urge you to become a member.
The more members we have, the stronger the voice.
To become a member, click the following link to download the membership form. YRMTB
Or, come on into Cog, fill in a membership form and pay here. You’ll also receive a free YRMTB sticker to slap on your car/bike/head!!
Another local trail showcasing the quality of trails out here…
Hi everyone. As you may, or may not know, there is a proposal for a world class quality Mountain Bike Hub to be built in the Warburton area. This proposal has been in the works for several years, and just last week the Yarra Ranges Council unanimously passed the motion that it be put out for public comment.
This proposal needs YOUR comment.
Here’s the crux of it:
There will be XC, AM, DH and linking trails built, to suit all levels or riders and abilities.
This proposal has the support of the Yarra Ranges City Council, Parks Victoria, the Department of Primary Industries, Yarra Ranges Mountain Bikers, Warburton CEDA and Warburton Advancement League. The combined support of which has never been seen in Warburton!
Construction cost up to $4.2 million dollars.
Economic benefit for surrounding areas $23.63 million dollars per year.
Could attract up to 130,000 visitors a year.
Create 175 jobs.
and here’s the best bit
Up to 97km of new trails would be created in four separate zones linked by the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail and O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail.
Please follow the link button below and send your comments to the email at the bottom of it.
Comment Link Here
The whole feasibility study (325 pages) is also on the link page.
The number of comments and variety of comment locations we get, will show the council that mountain bikers love to travel, but also that if a world class hub was built just 90mins from Melbourne CBD, that people would use it.
Public comment is only open for 8 weeks (closes Thurs 10th July), so I urge everyone to share, copy, paste, email, mail, fax, like, letter drop, and tell as many people as you can, or this extremely exciting project might not get the backing it requires.
Your comment does not need to be long, it just needs to show YOUR support. We all love to ride new trails!
Well May is going to start with a bang this year.
Below are some of the exciting events to come to Warby:
Sunday 4th May
The Donna Buang Time Trial will be held this Sunday. Starting at 9am, riders will race the clock up the 17kms to the top of Donna Buang.
Cog Bike Cafe will be open from 8am this Sunday for all your Coffee needs!
Friday 9th – Sunday 11th May
Alpine Gravity has it’s final round of the Elevation Series up in Myrtleford.
This isn’t really anything to do with Warby, but The Doctor will be away representing Cog and the local Warby area.
The workshop will be closed this weekend, but hire bikes will still be available.
Friday 16th – 19th May
Warburton’s Harmony Festival.
Warburton Harmony Festival is a unique celebration of belonging, hosted by a creative community in a beautiful environment.
Join us for four exciting days: enjoy, learn, wonder, reflect, delight and interact with visiting and local spiritual leaders, musicians, dancers and artists sharing cultural and inter-faith harmony. The dynamic program of meditations, workshops, forums, films and concerts will stimulate, inspire and transform.
News Just In!!!
The results from the Australia/NZ Cyclist Mag Coffee Shop of the Year are in.
And the winner is……….(drum roll)
However, the exciting news is that we came second!!!! YAY!!!!!
Yep, 2nd place isn’t too bad!!
Huge thank you to everyone that voted for Cog (you know who you are) and we are humbled that this lil bike shop/cafe can mix it with the big guns.
Without you all supporting us, and the Warburton area, there wouldn’t be a Cog.
Also, congrats to BarCycle Sydney, for taking out the top gong.
Doug & Michelle