Thursday, December 31, 2009
New Years tonight and it will again be at work, I don't think a commute to work tomorrow is a good idea as it is a sure way to get skittled on the bike with people drink driving. The roads have been quiet with heaps of people clearly away for summer, actually it has been really nice on the road bike of late.
Looks like I might have to get the drop off at Smiths Gully on Saturday and ride home after the ride to get some extra kms in. Things have been so slow I have not even attempted to go to gym, but come next week, new year and go time as it will be some 7 weeks to go.
So have a happy new years and enjoy.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas to all. Had a pleasant roll this morning with the Carlton Christmas Crew. 8 of us had a nice roll along the beach to Black Rock and then back to Carlton to eat some pizza/ sticky pastry and drink some coffee. Awesome day, eaten way to much! Get out there and enjoy yourself.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Stolen from Neil @ HTFU
Yesterday was a ride and BBQ for the Fatties crew who usually join forces on a Wednesday night for a rip along the Yarra Trails. Ben R had made his place available for beer and BBQ action (he has a pump track in the backyard, well more of a downhill course)but first there was some riding to be done. We did a lap of Han's loop and then headed out to the Templestowe Hill Climb and then back thorough Han's.
We followed up the ride with friendly banter and shooting the shit between stuffing down some sausages. A great day out.
Big thank you to Ben and Mel for organising it and allowing us to invade their house.
This morning I hit the local trails with a long time mate Huzza for a burn around the Mullum Valley. Had a fun morning despite smashing a massive gear, no doubt the legs will let me know later. Now I am going to stuff my face with some good fresh java and scrambled eggs.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Gav was leading and pulled up quick. I pulled up next to him and said whats up. He pointed and said snake.... all good I thought. We watched the snake (1.5 meters long and thick) cruising across the trail, I was amazed at the colour of the yellow stripes, and how black and shiny his head was. I have seen snakes a lot but always when you are flying down the trail, so you don't really get the close up look (hey we were 5 metres away, still too close in my books). The Tiger stopped when his head reached the longer grass. Gav and I thought, make some noise, stamp the feet all will be good and the snake will leave. Not such a good idea, as we stamped our feet the Tiger Snake reared up a 1/4 of its body length to check out what the movement and vibration was. It then faced us and made a quick movement towards us still with its raised head. It was at this stage I elected to get the fuck out of dodge as the bike was pointing the wrong way and the snake was going to win hands down. I think Gav was surprised at the speed I bailed, but seriously I ain't going to try and make friends.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Get on down for some christmas cheer and some beer time whilst cheering on some local and international talent in the Austral Wheelrace. Hope to see familar faces in the infeild bar! I had a blast last year and Gav and I are attending again this year so get a ticket.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Some sweet bikes were rolling around including Neils repainted Baum with some nice bling gold bits to highlight it. I was glad that there were other mad SS riders on the ride but I was in the red line from the word go and never really got my shit together. I should have ridden a bigger gear cause I kept spinning the gear out on the flats and slight inclines.
We made it back on dark and I was glad that I had a light for the last 5km as she got pretty dark. Ross (It think that is the owners name of Smiths Gully General Store) put on the grill for us and I know I consumed 2 burgers and a beer or two, Neil was 2.5 burgers and what ever else he could get his hands on.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
To follow up the ride we headed to the Holgate Brew House for a spot of food and some local brews. It was a perfect way to end the day..... until a Mrs Doubtfire look a like entered the pub for a Friday arvo Chardonnay. A little disturbing, for us cause this dude in a dress pulled out the form guide for the horses and was dressed to the nines.... I swear it looked like Robin Williams. Anyway gave me and Gav something to chuckle about.
Sat was a low key day with a session at the gym and a bit of work around the house. I had planned to ride with Cam Wells and crew on the Sunday but word came through that it was going to be a trip to the You Yangs...... not for me as I have never had a lot of fun down there. So I called Gav and we came up with a plan for Sunday. It was simple meet at 8am at my place for a ride of at least 4 hours. This meant a little tinkering in the shed to swap to a appropriate gear.
Sunday came and I filled up on some serious amounts of breakfast delights and a few stiff coffees to get the body going. Gav turned up and we came up with a plan. We were going to use the local trails to get us to Warrandyte and then use Tee Pee trail to head us out towards Watsons Creek and then into the Smiths Gully trail system where we could make it longer or shorter. Perfect weather greeted us with clear sunny skies, perfect temps for cruising the trails.
We linked up the trails as we went and decided to climb Ridge Rd rather than descend it which was not to bad (last time for me it was a death march) and then linked in the the trails over at Rob Roy. We rode a new section of trail which is actually horse trail but it gets you off the narrow dirt roads on your way back out of Smiths Gully, always good as you don't want to end up a hood ornament on a red neck's 4wd. We had to bail off this piece of trail as we came to the back of about 20 horse riders, so rather than piss off 20 riders and get kicked in the head we jumped back onto the road.
We finished to loop and made it back to Warrandyte for a feed at the Bakery...mmmmm sausage rolls and tarts. It was a busy Sunday down there as Gav can attest as he was caught in a queue for some food. Once we made it home I was toasted. The Garmin however told us that after 4.5 hrs we had covered 65kms and climbed 1500 metres, not to shabby on rigid single speeds. We agreed that it was a worthy training loop for the upcoming Otway. I did spend the rest of the arvo napping and trying to recover cause I was in a bit of a box.
Tonight (I hope) is the Christmas ride up at Smiths, but I gather with the rain today Mario might pull stumps on it.... I hope not!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Me on the down hill on the new single track @ the crit
Photo Cam Wells
Still smashing away in the gym and enjoying it. It will make the difference for many different activities I enjoy. The true pay off I hop will be in winter when I am on the ski's. I am having a bit of the white stuff withdrawal as it is usually this time of year I am planning a northern hemisphere ski trip.... not this year. What has made it nice though is I am not working my ring off to get money together to pay for it. Instead I am trying to enjoy the ability to get out on the bike, which I have to do so I am ready for the Otway.
The riding has been booked in for the next couple of days and will see me all over the place over the next week all so for some excellent bits of singles track between Melburn, Woodend and Smiths Gully. Looking forward to it all.
I was disappointed in the result of Cycling Australia to cut the budget for the High Performance Program of MTB in Australia. I don't think they remember that is where the current World Champion got his start.... dickheads!
As you can see I have joined twitter for a laugh, it is a interesting little application to play with.... more to come!
Happy trails and get out there and ride it like you stole it!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
A very quiet week with only 3 trips to the gym and a single road ride on Tuesday. It appears that I have come down with the mother of all head colds as I am truly drowning in my snot. If only I had a tap in my head to turn off the constant flow of goop.
To add to the confusion I had to also get vaccinated for the H1N1 flu or Swine as it is known at work this week. The H1N1 has reappeared in Melburn this week and after looking after people in trouble with it I don't want to join them.... nasty stuff. The vaccination has probably added to the joys of the head cold.
I arranged for the gym to swap around my program with a instructor and after 1 session with a few squats and lunges added in I am feeling it big time today.
In a moment of confusion this week (most likely from my head cold) I entered myself in the Otway Odyssey. Mad I hear you say, well I might agree with you, but it gives me something to aim for. The boss cleared me to do it as long as the baby doesn't turn up early..... fingers crossed although I might want it to come early cause it will be a day of pain!
The picture up top is one of the current set up with the rigid front end. Looks sweet I think..... will be dropping my forks off to get the bushes done so I have something to ride in Feb at the Otway.
Not much else to report bar off to Simon's wedding tonight which should be a blast....
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I was joined by Gav and Marty for the adventure of driving to the North East for the Gravity 12 hr. Weather was spot on compared to last year and we were all looking forward to the weekend. We drove up Friday to get a prime spot on the course to set up our base camp. Lots of nice classic hot rods on the way up as it was the Bright Rod Run. Sweet cars all along the highway, some made you just stare and wish you owned them especially the F100 truck I saw and drooled over. The new tent was a great investment and was handy over the weekend, although Marty slept in is car, felt safer I think as apparently there was some snoring in our tent. It made a impressive race HQ for Rocky J's Mutton Chop Review.
We woke early on race day and found that the sun by 8am was eating at your skin..... she was going to be a hot one. My previous outings on the first hot day of summer are usually not great as I discovered last year at the Surfcoast. We had a loose plan to race lap for lap and volunteered Marty for the leman style start. He did us proud and got us underway. Gav smashed out his lap leaving me to do mine, I was happy coming home in 40 mins.
The course was sweet but I soon realised I was riding a gear that was not enabling me to get over the sharp pinches of trail. Running in the sun was not fun on sandy loose trail, I should have stuck to my usual gear ratio but chose to run big. There was limited shade on course and the temp was rising fast and as the day continued it would hit 35+ degrees in the shade and near on 40 degrees in the sun. The dry dusty course was soon rutted out and the descent called Mojo was testing on the rigid forks. I had one flat, which seemed to take ages to get it fixed cause of the heat.
Marty headed out and struggled in the heat and cooked himself. He sat out a lap and Gav and I tried to run lap for lap for a while and were slowly being affected by the heat. I lost interest in food and was downing some serious fluid as was Gav.
Marty headed out again and got to the top of the first climb and had to pray on all fours to the vomit gods and limped home to pull the pin. Gav and I continued but at the 9 hr mark I had some nasty chamois rash and Gav was cramping so it was beer and BBQ time. I was so happy to stand under the shower and cool off, but the oppressive heat continued into the dark. We cheered on the rest of the riders as we sat in the shade and had dinner and a laugh.
Hats off to this guy with one leg.... awesome!
Next morning the plan was to trip to Bright or Falls for a ride but after inspection of my rear end I pulled any plan of putting more shorts on and getting on a bike. We packed up and headed to the Myrtleford Butter Factory for a sweet serving of eggs and coffee.
Neil trying to recover before getting back out there in the Baum pairs
BBQ time, juicy steaks and Marty's clown kettle!
Whilst not impressed at the end result of the team (39th in the male 3's) it highlighted a few pointers for me.... my fitness still needs much improvement, use chamois cream and choice of shorts is important, go with a proven gear ratio, and heat training is necessary.
So its time to get on the road bike for some road miles and fitness and hit the gym again..... got a appointment to get my program rejigged to shock the body. Need to find a few more races to do before the arrival of the baby at the end of Feb. I was planning on the Alpine Assault in December but feel that I am not ready for the challange of a 100km marathon on a singlespeed. I cant race the 6hr at Officer this weekend as I have Simon Gerrans wedding on sat night so I will have to scan the calender for some events in the next 10 weeks.
Off to get on the road bike!!!!
It was dirty out there!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Got a couple of days to get sorted for the Gravity 12 hr so the first thing tomorrow is a decent ride...
Looking forward to the weekend and hopefully the sun gods will smile on us and I can get up to Falls Creek for a pedal on Sunday!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Great little event was held yesterday down near Anglesea. The Surfcoast has been running for a couple of years and is a event I have now penciled into my plans for years to come. Fun flowing single track and a well thought out rider friendly course greets riders at this event.
Gav and I headed down for what was our 2nd year of riding the 3 hour event. Last year was a little nasty with some shocking heat and flies but yesterday was perfect weather and no flies. We were in the single speed division and thought we would have some competition but only spotted 2 other single speeds at the whole event. Bit of a shame as it is a single speed friendly course, and we had a blast riding it rigid (one fire road descent was a little unfriendly but we got thorough it... unlike some) and single. After the dust had settled a few laps into the race it was a brilliant ride. The dust was thick in places and a few corners were sandy just to test the handling skills. As it would happen we ran 1st and 2nd respectively.... good for us! Always nice to get some prizes.
Me sucking it up running 2nd in Single speed and 29th overall in the 3hr
There were some less than impressive bike handling skills demonstrated in the first lap that caught Gav and me out with some exits off the trail to miss people laid out on the ground. Not to mention the dude who forgot to duck...... hope you are okay but needing the meat wagon with flashing lights is not a great way to end the night.
Few tips should be handed out to those who wanted to criticise the single speed. The word is that if I am riding as fast as you or faster with out a fancy carbon dual suspension geared bike pull ya head in and be nice. Sure I might look like Rich Grant but I bite harder particularly if you want to make out that I am a fat bastard (you know who you are!) you got to expect some words. I loved the heckler from the sidelines in the Top Gear Cycles tent..... seems I never saw you out there.... shame! Why not give it a go, you might find you like it, and you will live the simple single life.
Gav on his way to winning the Single speed class and finishing in a respectable 15th overall in the 3hr
Anyway off to the Gravity 12hr next..... cant wait for the little side trips I have planned.... hope they come together.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday saw me take in the Urban Epic again and with a great turn out of 20 riders were were having a fun Sunday morning. Interrupted by only a hand full of walkers who felt they ruled the trails. Karma did show that you are repaid when being a c@#t, as one walker fell over after chastising us. The guy who decided to stray in front of me on a fire break near Johnson St bridge re thought his idea and realised I was not so small close up and got out the way! Brilliant day for hitting the trails as they were in reasonable condition and pretty dry. Shame I had to call it a day early and head to work.
Me pointing out and heckling Cam's little fanny bag!
As you can see...worth the heckle (images from Cam Wells)
Monday the trip home was a corker as I was smashing a large gear as I had the day before and with perfect blue windless skies I rode the network all the way home. I had psyched myself up to miss any snakes and flew into a corner only to see stripes on the ground.... lucky for me it was a blue tongue lizard and not a famed Yarra Tiger snake.
Yesterday saw Jase (post his R&R in tropical QLD) head down for the Dirt Crit. 30 mins of pain shelled out by Paul VDP, not every day do you get to race talent like this. He showed everyone the dust, Jase helped himself into the embrace of a tree. Me I smashed it until I got lapped (at 3 to go, happy with that) and then turned it off for the weekend.
Saturday ses Gav and me head on down to the Surfcoast Six hour and race the 3hr singlespeed solo category. Looking forward to a weekend away to kick up the feet and chill.
Until next time..... Happy trails
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Been a average week of riding, had a mechanical that ended my ride yesterday 20 mins in, the bb needs new bearings this week, so slightly frustrating week of training. The gym however continues to be enjoyable and I am averaging 3 trips a week.
With the first enduro race of spring for me in a few weeks it is time to step up the volume, so next week will be big, hope the rain holds off. After Tuesdays lashing of rain I have been on the interweb and pick myself up a rain jacket (never been one for a jacket) as I was so wet and cold both on Tuesday and on the Tee Pee Epix.
Not much else to report....
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Amazingly the weather held out and then the heavens opened for the trip home. Wet and cold was the call of the day and Jase was keen to ride trail on the way home as he is off to sunny QLD next week surfing. Me not so keen to run trails as I was freezing and aptly dont like riding in the dark that much. Still good fun as always with Jase keeping me entertained.
I woke yesterday rooted after the last 2 days of riding and gym work.... had the day off instead and did some bike maintence.
first lap..... Newly crowned Vic Marathon Champ on the front
The above photo is from Cam Wells all round nice bloke who is handy with the camera..... check his picasa site for more shots from his experienced hand!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I have converted the 29er to rigid (thats right people, the 29er viagra has been given to stiffen things up!) with a fork built by Ewen and it has opened the eyes a little. The eyes are open cause you have to pick the line and concentrate a little more, there have been a few little incidents getting use to riding it. I am loving it and finding that it is not as bad as I thought it might be. The key is finding the right psi for the tyres. I was going to replace the bars with carbon but I have a fear of carbon and personally feel that it is over used in the bike world.... sure it has its place but not on my steel 29er.
Climbing is a dream with rigid forks and I seem to be only improving in that department off road at the moment. I have cleared a couple of local hills that have me jumping for joy (the lungs not so much).
The week has led me to get out with Jase and Gav on various rides around the local trails. Jase and I hit the Mullum trails and rode some a sweet peice of trail that the trail fairies have been putting together (we dont know who you are but are big fans of your work!) and highly rate.
Gav and I hit the Warrandyte trails yesterday after work and rode a tidy loop including Tee Pee which I was keen to show him cause he missed it last week. Great hit out of 2 plus hours. Gav is back on the bike riding some serious kms this week, including 2 nights of Tour de Burbs. He rode over to my place and would have ended up with a 5hr ride yesterday.
Had a few trips to the gym this week and I am really enjoying the gym work. Will have to mix it up a little in the coming weeks but have found it has helped with the riding. I have also entered the realm of using some more of the Ascend products. After a few conversations with Jase I have decided to give it a try.
I have bought the muscle starter pack and so far it seems to be all good. Easy to get down apart from the capsules which are a bit horse like. It does seem to aid in recovery, but could this be a placebo effect I dont know?
On the beer front I am tipping White Rabbit from Healesville. Fantastic dark ale that I have gulped down this week both at home and at Innocent Bystander on Wednesday for lunch with a spicy pork pizza. If this is the first beer cant wait for more styles out of the brewery!
Get on down this Tuesday for the Dirt Crit and support local racing - these guys put it on for your enjoyment so make the mot of it I say. More the better.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Basically it was planned to hook the trails together to get us from our (Jase, Matt, and Me) front doors to the St Andrews pub to watch the grand final. It was a day full of laughs, wet muddy moments, spills, mechanicals and a day venturing with a great group of blokes. It turned out to be 75 -80% singletrack/ trail with a few runs of blacktop to hook it up, including our famed Tee Pee trail and a run through the infamous BT Bend.
I was hoping that I would get through the day okay as apart from a brief appearance from Gav I was the only one running a solo gear. In the end I missed the last section of trail at Rob Roy as my legs were shot, and being cold and muddy headed to the pub with Jase and Ash.
It was great to see Ash at half way with the car fridge full of Coke and plenty of snacks. The rain and hail shortly after the snack was not so appreciated! Hail is okay as long as it is small as you don't get wet.
Jase was unlucky to break his derailleur and tried to run it single but it didn't work out so he pulled the pin 3/4 of the way round. I did note he was enjoying the car heater in Ash's 4wd.
In the end the video sums up the day, sweet trails, great fun, good guys and a good beer and meal at the end!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Anyway I waited till the BOM radar gave me what I thought was a clear run into Fitzroy. Block/ cross head wind on the way in and pissing down rain on the way home. I discovered my hate for the route along Whitehorse Road as a Chinese pedestrain crosses the road with a bicycle and proceeds to walk straight in front of me. I had to take some evasive action, so I didn't take him out. The driver in Kew on the way home didn't do much better by forcing me into the gutter on the brakes as he tried to front parallel park. He and everyone else knew what I was feeling!
Anyway nice little spin of the legs if you minus the 2 incidents, and I was starting to almost enjoy the rain..... at least I don't have to do it for a job!
Tuesday saw the first of the Dirt crits @ Burke road overpass. I had forgotten how much pain they cause over 30 mins. Jase was on fire flying along and winning by a clear margin, me I was grovelling along and struggled a little. I should have joined Jase and Nat for the pedal out but drove instead. Get on down for these and support Bruce D for putting em on. More info here.
The Big Mak, Epix, Mr T Tee Pee adventure is on for Saturday and should be a interesting day in the saddle with the forecast of wintery weather, but hey no matter what it is on!
Even Hitler agrees 29er's are the way to go!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Every man and their dog was present on Beach Rd obviously getting fit for the Round the Bay ride. Some pretty unskilled punters that I was glad to steer clear of.
Yesterday saw me coax Marty over to my side of town to hit up a loop out at Smiths. I was feeling empty from the day before and decided to leave a big gear on (mainly cause I was feeling lazy and couldnt be stuffed swapping out the 34 for the 32) and could see that it was going to hurt. We headed out and rode the sweet trails. The trail were in perfect nick after the recent rain bar a few puddles. Looks like there has been a few riders out there and it would be the first time I would see around 10 or so other riders on the trails. Obviously the word is out and people are getting out and enjoying the choice trails.
Marty said to me on the phone a few days before that he was told it was hilly out there. I had not really given it much thought and said nah cant be that bad cause I ride it ok. Yesterday I had to agree with him, it is hilly but it rocks! Marty was grinning after smashing some of the trails... I reckon he will be back for more!
New kit from Marty, sweet jersey and armwarmers, with a matching T shirt in the unform color of black and black!... sweet!
Heading out tomorrow night for the first of many Crits being run by Flathill. Just hope the weather backs off a bit from the forecast.
Time for me to pull the kit on and roll over to Romeo's for a coffee!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Done a couple of gym sessions and had a few rides, one with Jase and Nat running part of the trail for the up coming adventure next week. We ran out of light and had to turn around (cause the street lights were on and I promised Mum I would be home by then!) so we covered some descent km's. Jase was grinning from ear to ear cause he was on his Compulsion smashing it down the descents. Me I was smashing a big gear left on from the Urban Epix. but it didn't feel too bad. My legs told me otherwise the next day!
In other news I have had the final results for the Australian Ski Chase which has me 12th overall for the men born after 1960. Happy as Larry with that and it gives me something to improve on for next year as there were some talented current and former world level skiers in front of me. Not to worry plenty of time to get it going for next season, hence the commencement of strengthening the core at the gym.
Saw my rigid 29er forks today at the powdercoaters, thanks to the trusty hands of Ewen I should have them next week fingers crossed. Looking forward to trying out the rigid thing...... will it be a stayer? Time will tell.
Picked up some new MTB shoes from Andy S. A nice pair of Pro Specialized shoes which fit like a glove... will break em in this weekend with Marty up at Smiths Gully.
Keep it rubber side down and Happy Trails
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Photo stolen from Neil
Short note to say this was the best fun I have had on a bike for while. Great turn out of 15 odd riders to start with. Weather was a bit overcast but perfect for a long ride on the singlespeed. The rain held off but the evidence of winter was around with some big bike sucking puddles, so I was covered in mud by the time I got home.
We ran into some familiar faces (Neil and Jimmy) and at one stage there was almost 30 riders riding in a massive congo line along the Yarra trails. As the ride progressed we lost a few riders as they had other things on for the day. We ended up with 8-10 riders keen for the whole loop and sweet trails were there to be ridden. I swung off near home after riding for some 4hrs/ 60 odd kms later.
Great way to spend the morning, good trails and great people.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
The rest of the trails I rode yesterday arvo were in great nick, which surprised me a little given the recent rain and wind storms we have had. I had a 3hr ride and loved every minute of it. The work in the gym is paying off, as my climbing has improved (i think) as I managed to sit down on a lot of climbs I would normally be out of the seat on.
Some of the new trail has bedded in well after the winter rains and constant riding by the local phantoms that build it. It is a shame about the cocks who like to pull and place dead fall over the trails. I cant wait to find the idiot that is doing this!! Revenge will be swift!
Tomorrow sees me join the FlatHill boys and do the single speed urban epic.... the pain from the last one is still etched in my mind (and the bonk I had on it that no amount of food could fix), but I am keen for it.
Anyway got to get sorted for tomorrow so
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Another brilliant ride by Simon again nets him a win in Grand Tour. He now has the triple, the complete set! with a stage win in all 3 Grand Tours.....Brilliant bloody brilliant. He is the first Australian to win a stage in all three...... I think!
Had me dancing around in the PJ's with my toast.... great way to start the day.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
After a week of stormy weather the day of the race came. I awoke to rain at our house in Bright. I packed my gear organised the crew and drove up through the fog and the rain to Windy Corner at Falls Creek. After little debate and silent looks at each other in the car that this was going to be a nasty day on the skis we headed into the day shelter to get organised. Everyone else had the same idea as there was not an inch of available space to get ready.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
After some impressive rain and wind overnight and with the weather forecasts expecting blizzards I decided that the better option was to explore with the 29er. We are staying on the outskirts of bright and I new of some trail the headed out of town following the river. I also am near where the Bright enduro is held so I felt that there would be plenty of trails available.
I hit the trail early and headed out towards Wandiligong via the river and was riding tight rooted and rocky single track. I was in my element and quickly came across little sections of trail that brought a smile to my dial. The occasional bridge was to be found along the trail had the swollen river flowing under it at a fast rate from the recent rains.
I came across a gate that had a sigh asking for it to be shut and for no motorbikes, nothing said no mtb so I opened it and followed the trail through the paddock. It is nice to see local landowners allowing access so that the trail can continue on, as long as you shut the gates!
After around 30 odd minutes of chasing the trails it ended up in the town of Wandiligong so I chose to double back to where I had started. I found some more trail and gave that a nudge and rode it each way to get the feel of it. I popped back out close to where we are staying and then found more trail this time taking me back on the other side of the river and into the local pine forest. Some of this trail was fast, tight and sweet.
In the end a fun cold muddy 2hr ride but enough to keep my interest…. Will have to check it out a bit more before I leave!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Catch yo on the flip side