Ride Dirty

June 28th, 2018
Ride Dirty
Over three glorious days you could take in all the natural beauty Adelaide Hills has to offer while getting your fitness levels up.

Bicycle SA and Forestry SA have teamed up to create the Dirty Days Mountain Bike Series.

The inaugural series will be held across three locations: Mount Crawford on Sunday, July 1, Kuitpo Forest on Sunday, August 12 and Cudlee Creek Forest on Sunday, September 16.

“This is the first event working with Forestry SA – it's going to be great using the forests and we're going to have some wonderful cycling,” Bicycle SA's marketing coordinator James Nankivell said.

This event is available to the experienced as well as those new to cycling.

“This is not just for the experienced mountain bikers but of course they are more than welcome to use it for training but we are also catering to those who are fairly new to it.

“People will have the ability to stay on tracks that are fairly introductory which will be a great way to introduce them into mountain biking.

“There's intermediate riding as well so more experienced riders can get a kick out of it and get some training in as well,” James said.

Each series will have different ride lengths and difficulty options.

“We have entry level trials for children which is a 6km ride or there are longer rides at 30km for cyclists who are keen to dive in,” James said.

According to James the series is spread out in order for people to get a taste of the trials and train before the next ride if they want.

Judith Virgo is a Brighton local but spends most of her Sundays mountain biking in the Hills as a member of Bicycle SA's free rides program and will be partaking in the Dirty Days series.

“I mountain bike all around the Hills which is just wonderful.

“It's off road so there is no traffic and if there ever is it's usually one or two cars on the back roads and they are very safe around us,” Judith said.

Judith has been riding since she was a child but has took up mountain biking seriously in 2005 and loves the tranquillity the Hills has to offer.

“Since there's no traffic it is quiet and the scenery is absolutely beautiful – I've seen emus, kangaroos and peacocks on my rides and once I reach the top of mountains it is so lovely to see the whole valley below.”

Judith is also a maintenance volunteer at Bicycle SA and encourages everyone to have a go at cycling.

“Some people might think mountain bike riding is all rock hopping but there are gentle wide trails which gives you an idea of what you can do.

“There are gravel and dirt trails and as long as you have the right bike for what you're doing you will have a lot of fun,” Judith said.

Simon Nankivell is a Hills local, born in Bridgewater and now a Blackwood resident and loves the convenience and tranquillity of cycling through the Hills.

“I don't mean to be cliche but the best part about cycling in the Hills is the sense of freedom and alone time – adrenaline on the fast tracks, stress management – its a bit of everything,” Simon said.

Simon has found through work and other commitments he has been less able to cycle as much as he wants so he will participate in the three day series to get back into the sport.

“I've been a passionate cyclist for a long time but find it difficult to fit it in so participating in events like Dirty Days make it easy to get back into it – to get dirt to tyre.”

Simon encourages everyone to try out mountain biking.

“Absolutely try out the series – it doesn't matter about experience, it's about getting out there and giving it a crack.”

To register for all three locations as an adult Bicycle SA member is $90 or $120 for a non member.

Registration includes ride information, Nippy's fruit juices and water, experienced marshals and support crew, first aid and snacks.

Also provided is a sausage sizzle with vegetarian and gluten free options to be marked on your registration.

If you have any mechanical issues you will be provided with service for free but fees apply for parts replacement.

If you want to participate in this event but don't own a mountain bike you can hire one on the day.

Scott Aspect mountain bikes are available for $30 for Dirty Days participants.

You can collect your bike from the Bicycle SA office at 53 Carrington Street and return it the following afternoon.

To find register for the event and for more information contact Bicycle SA on 8168 9999.

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