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Bushranger Bikes - making cycling 'real' again in 2014  - what's it about?

  - The 'Beat the Boring' Ride Program - Click here

Gearing Up For Adventure - Coastal Bike Path Adventures

  -  Selected Ride Profiles:

Come 'n' Try Mountain Biking : Samford Valley

Coolum to Noosa River (Tewantin)

Mexican Wander - Fingal/Pottsville

Sunshine Coast Hinterland - Kin Kin MTB Day Ride  

  -  Community Rides 

  - City Orienteering Challenges

There's heaps of organised cycling on offer - competitive events, rides to suit the masses - and more & more this usually means lots of bitumen. You might think that you are spoiled for choice - but are you?

When you look at what is being offered it is quite often the same old rides at the same time every year, same people - nothing really new (maybe a different section on the black stuff) and not really that exciting.  In the past few years cycling has been hijacked!

A recent trip to New Zealand has reminded me that cycling used to be, and should always be, fun!  The kind of experience that leaves you at the end of the day with a tired body and a smile on your face as you drift off to sleep, recalling the days ride, the achievements and scenery, maybe a little residual adrenaline and anticipating what tomorrow or the next ride will bring. 

Bushranger Bikes has always offered small group, high quality, a little indulgent and adventurous stuff - cycling 'journeys' to interesting places and exploration! I invite you to check out the pictures of previous rides and tours on this page, and across the whole Bushranger Bikes web site, and it will give you an insight into what I mean and what Bushranger Bikes offers.  I'm sure this will bring back lots of great memories for many people!

So for 2014 I'm ramping it up - the Bushranger Bikes aim for 2014 - to bring everyday cycling back from the boring.

What's 'Beat the Boring' all about?

Bushranger Bikes strives to offer something a little different – not just your everyday events or rides - nothing competitive, nothing big, nothing humdrum, no crowds and no queues – just high quality, well managed and safe small group adventures to different, interesting and amazing places. Trail rides - big on adventure and fun - minimal on the black, 'boring', busy and increasingly risky stuff - public roads.

So for those who like their cycling a little more adventurous and are ready for (or want to continue down) the road of exploration, discovery and cycling fun - there's my program of ‘Beat the Boring’ rides. Some are half day & day activities, others will be over nighters, there will be bike path rides, coastal rides, food & wine rides, back roads, dirt roads, rail trails & mountain biking, ‘Skilling Up to Step Up’ activities, themed rides, and rides with friends - and there may even be the occasional 'Short Break' creeping in to the ‘Beat the Boring’ program – hopefully something different and unique.

With already busy weekends there will be a number of weekday rides as well – Monday Meanders, Tantalising Tuesdays, Wednesday Wanders, Thrilling Thursdays & Frisky Fridays!  Perfect way to miss the crowds and increase the cycling fun.

For 2014 the Grinders rides will be merged into my 'Beat the Boring' ride program as exploring new food and coffee establishments is never boring!

Check out the Bushranger Bikes rides below - for an overview of Grinders Rides click here.

And then there's my tours.......

2014/15 - Bring it on!  Ride details below....................

Daisy Hill Trails

2014 - Beat the Boring - Bring on the Fun!!!!

Gearing Up For Adventure....including off-road fun.

What's Next: The plan is to organise some fun adventure rides around the Southeast in 2014 and below is a list of current planned rides. Watch out for newsletter updates:

  • Fingal to Pottsville return - Thursday 26 June 2014 **  See below.

·        A morning Mountain Bike ride – Samford Forest/Ironbark Gully – Ferny Grove – Friday 4 July 2014 ** See below

·        A Brisbane Valley Rail Trail adventure – Yarraman to Moore – yes downhill – yippee – 13 July 2014 **

·        North Coast Cycling Magic + Whales – Caloundra to Point Cartwright return – Monday 21 July 2014 **

** All these rides have been completed and were fantastic day adventure rides.  A new program is currently in development - just need to find some available dates.

E-mail for more info or to book. 

Other rides planned:

  • Ewen Maddock Dam (Landsborough) through to Mooloolah (Kenny's cafe) return.  Forest, dam, old train line plus a tunnel - great fun!

  • South Burnett Rail Trail Explorer Weekend.

  • Xmas in August Wine Trail Weekend.

  • Mountain Biking - Ironbark Gully, Daisy Hill and more! Designed as recreational rides - Come 'n' Try and beginners MTB rides.   See below.

  • Samford Valley Trail Explorer Mountain Biking - Come 'n' Try and beginners MTB rides. 

- Grinders rides. Or check the Grinders pages.

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Coastal Bike Path Riding at its best.....

What's Next:  Bushranger Bikes runs 4 Coastal Adventure bike ride options and they are all fantastic rides:

- Fingal to Pottsville - Thursday 26 June 2014 - See below.

- Caloundra to Point Cartwright

- Alexander Headland to Point Arkwright/Coolum

- Coolum to Tewantin - check activity profile

E-mail for updates. These are fantastic rides and heaps of fun assured.

Bushranger tours have always been a big part of my beat the boring philosophy - just amazingly awesome!  End of story!  Click Here for more tour info!

2014 Bushranger Bikes Local Ride Calendar:


Mountain Biking - Ironbark Gully.  Designed as recreational rides - Come 'n' Try and beginners MTB rides. Beginners Mountain Biking – Ironbark Gully Ferny Grove.  Mountain bike essential. Next date to be set.

Allow 2 hours + - $25pp - MTB hire available ($25) - e-mail for more info or to book. 

Sunshine Coast Trail

Coolum to Noosa River (Tewantin) Return - Cruise the Coast - next ride date to be set.

This really is a great ride (if its dry) – predominantly on bike paths with some back roads and bike lanes, and lots of fantastic views over the coast.  Distance is around 50kms return and the gradient is mainly undulating while following the coast and flatter when we reach the Noosaville/Tewantin area.  There are some open sections that will be hot on a fine day but expect sea breezes to assist with cooling.

As we are riding a reasonable distance the plan is to keep moving along (with occasional stops to catch a breather, have a drink, plus discuss track directions and options) at a reasonable/more leisurely pace if it is hot to ensure that we don’t burn out and have the energy to get back to Coolum.  I have a couple of lunch/coffee alternatives if we decide to cut a little distance out of the ride.

Details: You will need to allow the full day including travel time up and back to Brisbane.  Meet/Start time at Coolum is 9:00AM and expect to be back in Brisbane around 4:40PM.  We will ride the coastal pathways through Peregian Beach, Marcus Beach, Castaways Beach and on to Sunrise and Sunshine Beaches.  From here we pick up the bikeway that will take us out around the wetlands and on to Noosaville/Tewantin and the River front where we will have lunch at one of the great cafes.

The return will be via the Noosaville River bikeway and out around Weyba Creek and Kayser Channel, then retrace the same route back to Coolum with a coffee stop at one of my favourite cafes at Peregian Beach before we get back – mid afternoon.

Requirements: Bring some $ for coffee and lunch.  As it is a reasonable distance you will need to be prepared to expend a little energy and be comfortable riding your bike over this distance and timeframe.  Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and an energy snack as conditions are likely to be warm.  Bushranger will provide an EMs Power Bite to keep you charging...

Category is bike path/road.  The tour is a Grade 2 easy to intermediate.

Bookings essential.  Cost: $40, or $50 including a Transport Option: There are limited seats are available in the Bushranger Bus – first in basis. Ph 3139 1402 or e-mail - jon@bushrangerbikes.com.au.

Further details will be provided upon booking.  This trip is dependant upon minimum participant numbers and fine weather.

Tranquil Pottsville

'The Mexican Wander' (across the border) - Fingal to Pottsville - Return - Thursday 26 June 2014

This ride is great and has it all - fantastic scenery, relaxed cycling mainly on bike paths, flat, cooling sea breezes, great food & coffee.

We start at Fingal and ride through to Pottsville stopping for lunch here or at Salt on the way back. Along the way we pass through Kingscliff (gelato stop), Casuarina and Cabarita Beaches, Hastings Point including riding through the Salt complex of resorts and all the amazing homes – plenty to WOW about here.

Ride Details:  This is a great ride – predominantly on bike paths with some quiet back road sections.  Fantastic coastal views with nice easy riding and some great gourmet options.  Distance will be around 55kms return and the gradient is mainly flat.  Expect sea breezes.

Start time from Fingal is 9:30AM and there are some seats available in the Bushranger Bus for those that want to relax on the way down and back.  For those who are travelling down independently I will provide all the meeting details after booking - it takes me just under 2 hours to drive to Fingal from Ferny Grove so this will give you a timing guide.  The impact of any peak hour traffic would need to be factored in.   The aim is to be back at Fingal around 2:30PM which should have everyone back in Brisbane around 5:00PM.

Requirements: It is a reasonable riding distance (50kms) so you will need to be comfortable riding your bike over this distance and timeframe.  Bring plenty of water and an energy snack as conditions could be warm, and also pack wet/warm gear in case of rain.  BB will also provide an EM’s Power Bite to keep those legs spinning!

Category is bike path/road.  The tour is a Grade 2 easy to intermediate.

Cost: $40 - Meals etc. are at own expense, or $50 including a Transport Option: There are limited seats are available in the Bushranger Bus - first in basis.  Bike & equipment hire if required is $25.

Bookings essential so contact me mow…. Ph 3139 1402 or e-mail - jon@bushrangerbikes.com.au.

Come 'n' Try Mountain Biking - Samford Valley Pony Trails

When: On demand Social ‘recreational’ mountain bike ride in the Samford Valley.

NEXT RIDE - to be advised.

Ride Details: Samford Valley Pony Trails Come ‘n’ Try Mountain Biking.  This ride will start and finish in Samford Village and be a mix of off-road trails and quiet bitumen back roads.  The distance will be approximately 20kms and the difficulty level and gradients etc. will be easy and paced to suit the group.

This is a great activity to try off-road cycling/mountain biking, but bear in mind that this rated as easy mountain biking – which is not necessarily the same as easy cycling.  I'm sure there will be some challenges in there for everyone however the ride will be paced to suit those along on the day and the plan is to keep the anxiety levels down – and the FUN level up!

So - if you haven’t ridden your bike off-road yet or are newish to mountain biking and want build your confidence and practice the different skills required to ride a bike safely on unformed trails (gravel, dirt or grass) then this is the ride for you!

Meet time will be 8:45 AM for a 9:00AM start and expect to finish around 12:00PM.  There will be a coffee break so bring some $.

Cost: $35 per person and bike & equipment hire if required is $25.

Requirements:  You will need reasonable bike fitness, and be competent/confident on your bike.  A mountain bike in good mechanical condition is essential.

Bookings essential.  To book e-mail - jon@bushrangerbikes.com.au and I will e-mail back the meeting arrangements etc.

Kin Kin/Sunshine Coast back country cycling adventure.

When: On demand – full day activity with an early departure from Brisbane, returning in the evening.  Weather and conditions permitting, we ride a Noosa Trail loop from either Pomona, Kin Kin or Cooran through to Lake MacDonald for lunch, and then return.  While these trails are not overly technical there are some decent climbs and they are exposed to the sun and weather in places.  These rides are between 30 and 50km distance and require a mountain bike and some confidence/skill in riding a bike off-road.

Cost: From $65 per person.  Includes: Pre ride morning tea/coffee at Pomona, a pack lunch at Lake MacDonald, and transport in the Bushranger Bus for those that are quick to book.

Booking: Mountain bikes are available for hire at $25 each - contact Jon to book your place and organise a bike if required - Ph 3139 1402 or e-mail jon@bushrangerbikes.com.au  

Community Bike Rides:

At Bushranger I have a strong commitment to running community program bike rides like Active Parks, GOLD and Older & Bolder, as well as school holiday cycling programs, bicycle safety training in schools and of course our fantastic interstate and overseas Back Country cycling adventures.

I also love the cycling trails and bikeways that are on offer in Southeast Queensland and try to fit in as many local rides and tours as possible.  These are dependant upon the time we have available and the level of interest. 

The Bushranger Bikes touring calendar is in a constant state of development as I'm continually exploring and adding new adventures and tours to my itinerary.  For information on our Tours, local Southeast Queensland mountain bike rides, Beat the Boring and 'Short Break' cycling tours check out my Calendar and more information is provided below for some of the local rides coming up.

Phone (07) 3139 1402 or e-mail info@bushrangerbikes.com.au for more information.

City CBD non-competitive Cycle Orienteering Challenge

When: On demand – download the PDF flyer with all the details on this fun activity suitable for all riders.  Lots of fun is assured and this is a great activity for work groups, corporate teams, social groups and clubs, family groups etc. so one activity not to miss.

Download Information.  This activity is being offered at a discounted rate of $20 per person.

Booking: Contact Jon at Bushranger Bikes - Ph 3139 1402 or e-mail jon@bushrangerbikes.com.au for more information or to book your place or your team.

Bikes, helmet and gloves are available for hire at $15 per person - contact Bushranger to arrange a bike.


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