2020 Garigal Gorillas Fiver Rides



Following the success of last seasons FIVER rides, the Garigal Gorillas are pumped to announce that we will kicked off our first FIVER of the 2020/21 season on Wednesday 4th November 2020, so get excited! 

COVID SAFE plan in place including:
- 1.5m physical distancing
- Groups less than 20.

FIVER rides are club run events throughout daylight savings, bringing our community of riders together on set Wednesday nights to do what we all love and ride bikes through our amazing trail network. 

This social ride series will see each ride set at a unique location, with a unique signposted route on intermediate to advanced trails. Each route will be selected to ensure everyone can comfortably finish before sunset to ensure we can all enjoy apres kindly put on for us by one of our amazing local business sponsors.

We are all about FUN for everyone, so this year you will see different starting options for the ‘pinners’ who want to ride shoulder to shoulder and smash it out, and for  the ‘social’ riders, just out for a cruisy ride full of banter and laughs. We will also have an option for you to sign up to a guided ride for those who haven't ridden the trail before or feel more comfortable having someone to ride with.   

We have heard your feedback and this year we will post the locations for the whole series before we kick-off to give you heaps of time to sort out work, home and other responsibilities to ensure you can join as many FIVER rides as possible.  

FIVER Rides are about supporting our local trails, bring a $5’er for the trails (buy tickets online prior to ride). Donations go towards protecting our trails through trail advocacy work and official maintenance on formal trails. 


Block out your Wednesday evenings, call all your mates and start getting excited our FIVER ride series kicks off on the 4th November 6.00pm. Then every second Wednesday evening after that though daylight savings. 

Here are our FIVER ride dates and locations:

4 Nov 2020

Location: Mt Narra, Deep Creek Reserve
Sponsor: MyRide Narrabeen
Meet: Deep Creek Dog Park
Start: Southside Deep Creek Footbridge
Apres: Deep Creek Dog Park
Short loop (Blue): Vovo’s > Wait for Long loop riders > Vovo’s Reverse
Long loop (Black/Blue): Vovo’s > Bull Ant > Vovo’s Reverse

18 Nov 2020

Location: Red Hill / Cromer, Truman Reserve
Sponsor: Canopy Care Tree Service & Joe's Mountain Bike Tours
Short loop (Blue with Black Features)
Long loop (Black/Blue)

2 Dec 2020

Location: Mt Narra, Middle Creek Reserve
Sponsor: Property North Agency & H&L Roofing Solutions
Short loop (Blue with Black Features)
Long loop (Black/Blue)

16 Dec 2020 (CANCELLED)

Location: JJ Melbourne / BMX Track, Terrey Hills
Sponsor: DHaRCO
Short loop (Blue with Black Features)
Long loop (Black/Blue)

30 Dec 2020 (CANCELLED)

Location: Mt Narra, Deep Creek Reserve
Sponsor: Bicycles Online
Short loop (Blue with Black Features)
Long loop (Black/Blue)

13 Jan 2021 (CANCELLED)

Location: Belrose, Wyatt Reserve
Sponsor: Sticky Bottle
Short loop (Blue/Black)
Long loop (Black)

27 Jan 2021

Location: West Garigal / St Ives, Acron Oval
Sponsor: Cyclery Northside & DHaRCO
Short loop (Black/Blue)
Long loop (Black)

10 Feb 2021

Location: JJ Melbourne / BMX Track, Terrey Hills
Sponsor: 99 Bikes
Short loop (Blue)
Long loop (Black/Blue)

24 Feb 2021

Location: Belrose Bowl, Oxford Falls Cascades
Sponsor: Gravity Sports HQ & Edgetech Protection & Manly Coffee Guild
Short loop (Blue)
Long loop (Black/Blue)

10 Mar 2021

Location: Manly Dam, Picnic Area 1
Sponsor: Manly Cycles & Chocolate Foot
Short loop (Blue)
Long loop (Blue with Black features).


To keep it interesting and fun, each FIVER Ride takes you on a unique route on Northern Beaches mountain bike trails. Become a member, follow us on Facebook and lookout for event invitations two weeks before the each advertised date for venue and up to date ride details. 


A Garigal Gorillas membership is required to participate in any Garigal Gorilla organised ride and must be completed online before your first ride for insurance purposes. Membership covers you not only for Fiver rides but for ANYTIME you are out on the trail as well as for any other mountain bike events around the country. It  also helps GG with trail access/advocacy on the Northern Beaches. Even more benefits can be found here.

Not yet a MTBA / AusCycling member or a Garigal Gorilla member? Easy, become a member, get insurance and more benefits here.

Already a MTBA / AusCycling membernot yet a Garigal Gorilla member? No problem, get a dual membership for just  $10 / year here.

Already a MTBA /AusCycling member and a Garigal Gorilla member? Great! Follow us on Facebook and lookout for event invitations two weeks before the next FIVER Ride for details about the next ride. We look forward to seeing you there. 


Make sure to pre-register and buy your tickets online (above). For details on each event and to RSVP, go to the Garigal Gorillas MTB Club Page


Double check to make sure your membership is current so you can start the ride on time. Follow the links above to BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE before you arrive. Please take a screenshot of your confirmation email when you purchase your tickets. You will need to show this confirmation email at check-in on the day of the ride, in exchange for a food & drink ticket. NO CASH SALES!

Buy a $5'er ticket online to support your trails to join the ride. Donations go towards improving the experience for everyone through trail access / advocacy on the Northern Beaches.  

Bring water, tube and repair kits just in case…
Make sure your bike is in good working order, if unsure get it checked by your local bike shop.
Helmets are Mandatory: Mountain biking can be hard on the body so please ensure you’re looking after your most important asset and wear a helmet!

Due to the technicality difficulty of our trails, FIVER Rides are for intermediate and advanced riders. We will announce the area we are riding two weeks before each ride. Please assess if the area we are riding each week is at your skill level before signing up. We may be riding trails you haven't ridden before so please take care, ride within your ability or walk sections if you aren’t feeling confident. We want to see everyone make it safe to the Apres. You can always return at a later date to work on these sections now you know where the trail is!!! 


Arrive early! Please don't be late, as we need everyone to show their confirmation email of ticket purchase between 5:30pm-6pm. Please show this on your phone to the GG volunteers to make it quick and efficient. You will then be given a food and drink ticket for apres. Please don't lose them as they are required to confirm numbers to the sponsors to ensure there is enough food & drinks. The ride starts right on 6:00pm. If you want to push yourself and ride hard, make sure you position yourself near the front of the pack as riders will go in groups of 20 for COVID reasons. If you want to go at your own pace you may want to start a bit further back in the pack so you don’t have faster riders politely asking to pass you all the time. 


Stay on the Trail: As Garigal Gorilla members we do our best to take care of the trails we have so they will last a long time. That means that we always stay on the trail. Cutting corners and riding off trail is not acceptable.

Sometimes the route becomes congested with riders off their bikes. Be patient, wait your turn and eventually you will get going again. Passing: If you are riding along with people behind you, ask them if they want pass. If you notice someone behind you all of a sudden, let them pass you when it is safe to do so. Likewise, if you would like to pass the person in front of you, ask them politely if you can pass them. Make sure it is a safe place to pass, stay on the trail and thank them for letting you by.

Walking your bike: If you are walking your bike and another person is riding their bike, step out of the way so they can continue riding. If you are the person riding on the trail and you come across people walking, call out ‘rider up!’ so they have time to move out of the way. Smile and have fun. 


Food & Drinks at the FIVER Rides would not exist without the support of our sponsors. The sponsors are out there helping with the ride and are there preparing the Apres. They are not obligated to provide food and drink for everyone but most choose to do so. Show your appreciation to the sponsors by only having one serving and thanking them. The après food and drink is in exchange for your $5’er donation towards protecting our trails. 

Are you a local business owner or work in a business that would like to help by sponsoring one of the FIVER Rides or any of our events? Email Us, we would love to hear from you.