Old Mans Valley Bike Festival, Sydney

On 13 December 2014 Sydney North Off Road Cyclists (SNORC) will present the Old Man’s Valley Bike Festival. The festival will bring a full day of racing for all levels to the popular Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail in Northern Sydney.

In the morning the Hornado cyclocross race will traverse fire roads, meadows, singletrack and possibly the steepest on foot run-up in Australian history! In the middle of the day cross country riders will test themselves on a course which includes some of Old Man’s Valley’s best singletrack, with categories for beginners through elites. The day will close with the uniting of the full face helmet brigade and the knights in white lycra in the Bomber/Whippet Relay, a one lap time trial in which the first rider descends from the top of the valley and tags off at the bottom to a teammate who climbs back up. The festival will also include bike demos and a fundraising barbecue.

Proceeds from the festival will be divided between SNORC’s trail building activities and the Hornsby Kuring-gai Women’s Shelter.

Registration is now open online at eventbrite.com.au (search for Old Mans Valley) (link: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/old-mans-valley-bike-festival-tickets-13671739541?aff=eorg ). Sign up early as places are limited to avoid overcrowding on the track. For more information please visit snorc.org.au.


Never ridden OMV before? Get a taste of the trails in these two vids!



SNORC began life as the Hornsby Shire Mountain Bike Alliance (HSMBA) which campaigned for the construction of more mountain bike trails in northern Sydney. After several years, these efforts resulted in the opening of the Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail by Hornsby Shire Council in 2013, six kilometres of singletrack just a couple of hundred metres from Hornsby railway station on the land around the former Hornsby Quarry in Old Man Valley. The trail, which features tracks suitable for riders of all levels, has proved extremely popular, with an average of 900 laps ridden per week in 2013-14. Now an MTBA registered club, SNORC continues to lobby for improved trail access while also running events and the monthly trail maintenance days which keep OMV flowing so nicely. The Old Man Valley Bike Festival is the first of what the club hopes will be many events in Hornsby.


Contact: Campbell King, SNORC president —campbell.king@snorc.org.au

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