Social Rides

Social Rides 

Social rides are a great way of meeting other riders from the area, and also to be guided through trails you've never ridden by experienced riders. Social rides will cater for all grade of rider and everyone is welcome from beginners to experienced mountain bikers, and will take place over a wide variety of great riding venues in the Hastings Valley and surrounds. The rides aim to be enjoyable and social.

All Social Rides are listed on the Event Calender for convenience.

What to bring:

  • A mountain bike in good working order
  • A cycling helmet approved by Australian Standards
  • Sufficient water for up to 2 hours of exercise
  • A pump and spare bike tube
  • Money for participation licence or HVMBR membership card

You may see rides classified as Easy, Medium or even Hard. What this means is:

Easy = 1.5hrs with few hills.

Medium = 2hrs with some biggish hills.

Hard = 3hrs with lots of steep hills.

Women's development & Social Rides

We at Hastings Valley Mountain Bike Club have decided that it is time to get women out on their mountain bikes. So if you are sick of watching your partner or kids, have not been sure how to get started, or want to improve your skills then come along to our social rides. If you are a more advanced rider then please come along too, maybe lead us on a trail you know or share some of your experiences. Ultimately this will be a ride to be social and meet other riders, learn a few skills and have fun. We are also fairly new to Mountain biking in this area so would love to try some new trails and add them to our ride calendar. So we would love to hear from anyone who would be keen to take us for a social ride in other areas – we would be there so would just need your guide skills to get us around.


Check the Event Calendar for future rides

What to expect at the rides:

  • some rides there will be a Basic Skills session for first 45 mins at beginning of each social ride
  • Approximately 1.5 hour ride – with options to finish earlier
  • Ride at your pace with lots of stops for chatting and catching breath
  • A mix of fire road and single track – nothing too technical
  • Stopping and practicing sections along the way as people want

So come along for the skills sessions, or come later and just join us for the ride – your choice!

NOTE: Social rides are free for MTBA members. Non-members must fill in a participation day membership and pay $5 to cover insurance and liability.  If the weather is looking dodgy, contact Belinda on 0401 032 668 or Ali on 0434 734 775 on the day of the ride.

What to bring

  • Mountain Bike in good working order
  • A cycling helmet approved by Australian Standards
  • Sufficient water for up to 2 hours of riding
  • A snack
  • Pump and spare bike tube
  • Sense of fun!

More info

For further information regarding any of the above, contact Belinda on 6583 1977 after 7pm. Please feel free to leave a message. It would be preferred if you leave a local no contact for after hours as we will not be calling people during work hours and due to costs would prefer not to have to call mobiles.

Levels of ability on social rides

We have found that some women avoid social rides as they tend to think they will not be skilled/ fast enough or they underestimate their ability. We will aim to have social rides at all levels down the track but will be starting our rides to cater for the beginners to intermediate. Here is a guide to how we would class the different levels of riders.

Beginner - anyone who:

  • has not been on single track (dirt) ride before
  • has ridden on the dirt but has limited endurance; has limited technical skills or confidence
  • rides occasionally and/ or is happy to remain at an entry level.

Intermediate - anyone who:

  • has endurance to ride for 1.5 hours at about 10-15km/h
  • has reasonable technical skills, attempts most obstacles on green runs (but may lack confidence in attempting some)
  • has raced or is considering racing

Advanced - anyone who:

  • has the endurance to ride for over 2 hours at pace (over 15km/h)
  • does not need to stop whilst climbing
  • has competent technical skills, attempts 60% of obstacles on blue runs (may still lack confidence sometimes) or
  • feels confident racing XC or enduro

Contact us if you are unsure about your ability. Feel free to join a ride below your ability level or to volunteer to lead a ride.

Policy Notes for Social Ride Leaders 

The draft policy for ride leaders of social rides undertaken through MTBA is available now.

Social Riding Policy Document

No charge will be made for club members to participate in any of the social rides listed here. 

If you do not belong to the Hastings Valley MTB Club a $10 per person fee will be collected to cover administration and insurance.