Fox Creek Bike Park has two resident volunteer groups and we would like to thank them for their enthusiasm and support! We are grateful that the “Human Projectiles” and “Foxy Creakers Women’s MTB Group” will continue to help shape the future of Fox Creek Bike Park! Here are their stories.
The Human Projectiles first started at Fox Creek (Cudlee Creek Forest) around 1993, most members had previously played darts for many years, but it was decided that it might be a bit more fun to go Mountain Biking instead. Originally the Human Projectiles met weekly (as a minimum) at Fox Creek and primarily rode the Fire Roads and also made use of the Cross Country (XC) and Downhill (DH) trails. We are not an MTB club in the traditional sense (i.e. we don’t do events, racing or guided rides) but more of an entity that exists mainly to develop Fox Creek Park as a great MTB destination through collaboration with all stake holders.
In the early days (2002/2003) we assisted BikeSA with the first volunteer drive with the formalisation of the trail network to IMBA standards, this was extremely important for the foundation of the park. The Human Projectiles often cleared fallen trees and branches from the trail network and worked closely with ForestrySA maintaining the Thomas Hill house and other forest infrastructure for the benefit of all users. Over a number of years the Human Projectiles had travelled overseas and throughout the eastern states experiencing a number of MTB Parks which had a variety of trail styles and classifications.
The Human Projectiles became an Incorporated Association in 2014 and began working with ForestrySA, BikeSA, Adelaide Hills Council, the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing, other Commercial Operators (primarily Destination Trails), MTB and Cycling Clubs and Local Businesses to develop trail development strategies and apply for Grants to improve the park’s trail network in-line with the Park’s MTB Master Plan. Our aim was to encourage a greater variety of MTB riders of any age and skill level to use the park’s trail network and facilities. As part of the park’s development the Human Projectile’s in conjunction with ForestrySA have performed hundreds of hours of voluntary work during the planning and construction phases of trails and also for the care and maintenance of trails and forest facilities. We have applied for a number of Grants with varying degrees of success and have also Crowd Funded to achieve the outcomes listed below.
Find out more about our achievements:
Human Projectile Infrastructure Project
Human Projectile Trail Projects
Foxy Creakers Women’s MTB Group
The Foxy Creaker’s women’s mountain bike group call Fox Creek MTB Park their home but will happily ride (and then drink wine) in most other places as well. Their aim is to have fun and their motto; “We’re good at other things”. The Foxy’s love camping, glamping and epic road trips to interstate mountain-biking destinations but Fox Creek is firmly in the centre of their hearts. They are not afraid to pick up a shovel and are a support to the Human Projectiles with trail maintenance and sign installation at Fox Creek.
The Foxys started out a number of years ago as a small group of friends who wanted to try something new, get fit and have fun. Over time they have encouraged more women to join and have steadily grown in numbers. They are not a formal club, just a bunch of women who love to ride and socialise. These days they now have a loyal following of blokes (significant others) who tag along – otherwise known as their support crew.
In a traditionally male dominated scene, this group do stand out – but that’s mostly due to their bright clothes and even brighter personalities. This group of women are a very welcoming community for all riders. The Foxy’s are testament to the fact that you’re never too old to jump on a bike with many of them having taken up mountain-biking later in life, after having not ridden for many years.
The Foxy Creaker clubhouse is based at the Anderson Hill Cellar Door Restaurant so if you are passing by check out their club signage next to Anderson’s outdoor fire. In fact, if you look closely enough you may even spot a Foxy Creaker (or two) resting there after a hard days ride.