SCU Mountain Bikers

SCUMB members circa 2009. L to R: David Duverge (Secretary), Simon Dobner (President), Luke Haber, Michael Lymbery, Bernard Thomas

Southern Cross University Mountain Bikers (SCUMB to friends), was born in 2008 from the needs of a bunch of nerdy computer staff to escape the claustrophobic confines of a cubical IT environment.

We also wanted to release ourselves from the frequent reprioritisation of work and get out and go for a damned good ride - in the country and on some dirt - and seeing as how we work in Lismore, probably with a few choice hills thrown in.

Built upon a core group of chairbound IT dudes with nothing to lose but a bad attitude, stress and a pot belly, SCUMB has grown over its six year existence to a membership of….., well, not very many really, but the members we have, love it with a passion. SCUMB members now include SCU staff, students and associate members from the local area.

In our infancy we started exploring the many different mountain biking opportunities available to be undertaken in a leisurely lunch time ride from Southern Cross University.

We now have a swag of rides from 17-120 km that we undertake from the University, either at lunchtime, early morning and the occasional weekend, like our 124km vehicle supported gravel grind through the Cambridge Plateau and Hogarth Range last year.

SCUMB members are increasingly stepping up to the challenge of the many mountain bike races local to the Northern Rivers, south east Queensland and Coffs Harbour regions. These races are great social events and provide a stimulus for training, which of course means more riding. Most of these events cater for all levels of rider and are great fun to attend.

Club rides are Tuesday and Thursday at 12:05pm from the road outside the front of B Block. These are generally road rides but we have a few bits of dirt that we can get to as well as ensuring that there is a hill. Rides may be anywhere from 15 - 50km but generally 20-30km.

We now also have a number of Friday morning (6am) rides to choose from, which are generally in the school sessions and are a bit longer. All rider levels can be catered for, so if you just want to have a go and are up for a ride, let us know and we will sort it out.


image: SCUMB members circa 2009 L to R, David Duverge (Secretary), Simon Dobner (President), Luke Haber, Michael Lymbery, Bernard Thomas