Welcome to the Home of the
Lysterfield District Trail Riders
The Lysterfield Mountain Bike trail network is one of the most popular riding destinations in Victoria. LDTR was formed to provide a place for local riders to get together to Build, Ride and Advocate for the MTB trails at Lysterfield. Our goal is to raise the standard of trails to international level and give riders the best trail experience in the Melbourne Area. We need riders who want to be part of a community and an organisation committed to continuous improvement of the MTB trails at the park and its surrounds. We are proud of what we have achieved so far for our home trails and we’d love to share the experience with new members. Read more about who we are, the latest news about Lysterfield Park and the club below. We’d be stoked if you joined us. Go on, life’s too short to miss out.
EPIC’s are BACK for 2013!!
That’s RIGHT! It’s time for the hardmen and tough gals to saddle up for some big days in the saddle! The May Monster is kicking off on the 19th with an 80 km Epic along the Yarra Trails. All the details are on the LDTR Forum [HERE]. Please note IMBA/MTBA social/race insurance is required OR a day licence can be purchased on the day. The Epic rides were a highlight of the 2012 riding season! Please let us know if you are a new rider or new to the club and would like to come along.
Wow, it’s that time of year again already! We’ve had a big summer with some of the driest and fastest trail conditions we’ve seen in a LONG time at Lysterfield. It seems like a long time since we’ve seen mud and many trails are getting pretty dusty in the corners now! The February trail build did more work on the top section of the Granite Link trail and cleaned up some of the overgrown sections on the Commonwealth Games track. The Aneurysm trail is nearing completion with a few new features added and we are now working to get the trail signposted and officially opened as soon as possible.
We also ran the 2013 Summer Swap Meet and sold a hep of sausages, some memberships and some T-shirts. The turnout for stalls and buyers was a lot less than expected. Hopefully we can get more turnout for our next one to be run late in the year.
Basic Trail Maps and Membership information is also now available at Trailmix for those that want more info about the trails and the LDTR club.
We have an increasing number of club members heading out to events this season so keep an eye out for the LTDR Tent and say G’day! We always love to hear from fellow riders.
New Build Dates are now up on the LDTR Trail Day section of the website. Keep your eye on those dates and reminders and Events will be posted to Facebook to keep you in the loop. Be Rad, come to a Trail Build this year!
EPIC: Our series of Epic rides has taken off with a large crew of riders turning out for some big rides in some great new locations. This series of rides will introduce riders to new trails and new challenges and are likely to need your climbing legs! These social events are also a great way to meet new riders and watch them crash in hilarious new ways (not really!). These are aimed at regular fit riders who want to push themselves a bit harder but don’t require ultra fitness or super technical skills. You will need to be able to ride for 4-6 hours, climb up to 1,000m in a single ride and take enough food and water to get through it all. If you are not sure of your skills, turn up to some Tuesday night rides or ask on the forum.
TUESDAY NIGHTS: The LDTR crew are also still riding regularly on Tuesday nights. Now Daylight Savings is back it’s time to rock the trails after work! Enjoy a blast in the Park with the LDTR crew. The club is also trialling the option of night rides for new riders. If you are new to mountain biking but want to see what night riding is all about, tell us you are interested (on the Forum) and we are working on options for less intimidating first rides with a cool crew. We’ve had lots of new faces recently so that’s fantastic!
Check the Forum for details on all social rides.
Important Note: These are NOT official LDTR Club Organised Ride and are not “instructional” rides. These rides are just a group of like minded people out for a ride to enjoy the park. We are not charging any fees or do we cover any incidents with club insurance or accept any liabilities. We are not claiming to be qualified instructors or take responsibility for peoples abilities on this ride. Mountain biking can be dangerous and you are undertaking these rides entirely AT YOUR OWN RISK! We recommend all riders have current Ambulance cover and consider some level of insurance in case of injury.
Trail Building and Maintenance.
LDTR has been very successful in recent months with good turn outs to our monthly Trail Build days. We have completed some new trails, done much needed maintenance on existing trails, added new trail features and signage and worked hard on putting the ‘flow’ back into the Lysterfield network. All labour is generously donated by our club members and volunteers. The club would like to send a big ‘Thanks’ to all who have been lending a hand on Build Days. We would love to maintain this great momentum and also see some new faces at the build days. We want to get all regular Lysterfield riders involved in shaping the trails they ride and build a strong MTB community. Earn yourself some good Karma and turn up to a Trail Build Day! Keep up to date with what is being done and when on the Forum and our Facebook Page.
ALL Trails are OPEN: Parks Vic have approved the MTB Trails to be re-opened just in time for the Christmas and New Years break. Enjoy!!
NEW 2013 Trail Map is Live on the website. Check out some of the new trails including the recently completed Aneurysm descent! Click the MAP tab above for more details.
The club ran our second Bicycle Swap Meet on the 23rd of Feb!
Click the image above to download the Flyer.
New LDTR Trail Build T-shirts are available now!
We have brand new club T-shirts available just in time for summer! Stand out in the crowd and help support the club with a bold new fashion statement. Click on the new Merch tab above for order details. We are also taking orders for the new batch of LDTR riding jerseys with XC and DH styles available for pre-order. Please note that these are produced in limited numbers so pre-order is essential.
Trails are OPEN!! Well some are anyway.
As of the October many trails have been opened. Currently the trails south of Lamberts and Wallaby Track are open. Trails including the Comm Games Track, and most trails around the lake are open. The closed trails are in the north of the park towards Wellington Rd. Keep you eye on the Trail Conditions tab above for more trail openings and trail condition reports. Please respect any current Trail Closures to protect them from further damage from riding while they are still wet and soggy. Parks Victoria have released a map to make current trail closures clearer. <Click Here> for the Map with all the details.
With regular rain and water literally running through the park creating very wet trail conditions Parks Victoria closed the trails to preserve those that are in good condition and stop those that are in rough shape from getting worse. Fire trails were still open and it was GREAT to see quite a large number of riders hitting up these options while trails were closed. THANK YOU!
Club Annual General Meeting – 2012.
The LDTR Club AGM has voted for a new committee for 2012/13 and it’s a great to so so many club members turned up on the night. We would love to thank all the outgoing committee members who put in the hard work over the last couple of years. A massive thanks to John from Parks Victoria and Nick from IMBA-Australia for giving us words of encouragement and inspiration.
Since late 2011 World Trail and IMBA Australia have also completed a significant number of major trail repairs, re-routes and upgrades to the Lysterfield trail system. Many of these have fixed significant issues with erosion and water damage. With large numbers of riders so close to Melbourne and a very wet season in 2010-2011 the trails certainly needed some TLC. These changes to the trails will significantly improve the long term durability of the network. The LDTR club are continuing to work on all trails to ensure maximum trail life and rider enjoyment.
LDTR Strava Club
If you ride at Lysterfield and have a bike GPS device or Smartphone check out the LDTR Strava club. Strava is a great way for riders to keep a log of their rides, see how they improve over time and compare ride stats with other riders. The Strava ‘segments’ feature also lets riders rank themselves on selected loops, climbs and descents for extra incentive to dig a little deeper! It’s free to sign up and a bit of fun for any rider to stay motivated and stoked to ride. Hundreds of local riders are already on there with lots of segments in Lysterfield and beyond.
Who we are
LDTR is the foundation club for IMBA Australia. LDTR was setup first and foremost as an advocacy group, with its primary goal being to provide a better MTB experience for all levels of rider.
Become a member
The advantages of becoming a member of LDTR are:
- Joining a club that’s focused on creating new and better trails at Lysterfield
- Social rides and being part of a MTB biking community
- Insurance for trail riding, and trail building (through IMBA-AU)
- Having a say on the “trails you ride”
- MTBA racing licence (through upgraded membership option)
Please join us on our forums and have your say on the trails. You can also get involved in improving Lysterfield’s trail network through participation in regular trail building days.
NB: If you have registered for the forum but not been approved within 24 hours, please email secretary @ lysterfieldmtb.com and advise your chosen username and email address. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the ‘real’ people from the spam and we might have overlooked you in error.
IMPORTANT: There will be times when it’s not suitable to ride in the park due to heavy rain, soil saturation and strong winds. Keep an eye out for signs and please obey them. Watch the Forum and our Facebook page for regular updates and please pass the word on to others. Help keep our park in a state worth riding.