Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

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Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby Snuffy » Wed 27 Apr 2016, 7:40 am

It's been a while......

http://melbournegravelgrinders.blogspot ... l.html?m=1

From the website

Date: Sunday 29 May 2016
'Rego' from: 8:30am
Start: 9am
Start Location: Hurstbridge Station
Finish: Same as Above
Distance: 85kms or 65kms




Description:
We'll explore some of the rougher, steeper roads and tracks around Hurstbridge and Kinglake.

Starting in Hurstbridge we'll wind our way west then up to Pheasant Creek, then either keep heading north to some nice tracks behind Kinglaker or if your doing the shorter ride head east to Kinglake and back down to Hurstbridge.

There is a bit of climbing ~1800m of up and it spots its very steep, but hey walking is ok!

Two good spots to stop, The Flying Tart Bakery and Shop at Pheasant creek at ~35kms and the Kinglake shops at ~60kms. It is a route with some quite rough, steep sections, so a road bike and road cleats are not recommended. A CX will get you though and probably be faster but a MTB might be more fun on the downhills.

If your training it get the:
7:18 from Flinders st station.

Alternately the ride out is lovely if your coming from the city. Follow the main Yarra trail to the bridge over the Yarra to Eltham, then the Diamond creek trail to Mount Pleasant Rd, then keep heading north on some gravel roads from Eltham College to Wattle glen, then main road it from Wattle Glen

As always no GPS file, cue sheets will be handed out at the start. Its not a race, stick together and have fun exploring.
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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby LovinDirt » Wed 27 Apr 2016, 10:35 am

Interesting... I will be keeping an eye on the weather and may go for a sticky beak. (WP)
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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby Canuck » Wed 27 Apr 2016, 2:14 pm

So not fit enough for this ATM :( I have fond memories of pushing a bike up a ridiculous trail on one of their previous grinds.

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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby Heather » Wed 27 Apr 2016, 5:57 pm

*watching this with interest*
I'm not bossy, I just have better ideas!

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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby weg » Wed 27 Apr 2016, 9:44 pm

Canuck wrote:So not fit enough for this ATM :( I have fond memories of pushing a bike up a ridiculous trail on one of their previous grinds.

And being questioned by police about 2am.

A month away though.

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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby Snuffy » Thu 28 Apr 2016, 7:27 am

Canuck wrote:So not fit enough for this ATM :( I have fond memories of pushing a bike up a ridiculous trail on one of their previous grinds.


But you've been running right?

So you should be good for the hike a bike section....
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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby Dalai » Thu 28 Apr 2016, 9:53 am

Snuffy wrote:So you should be good for the hike a bike section....


That fitness comes from pushing the pram. ;)

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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby Canuck » Thu 28 Apr 2016, 12:07 pm

Dalai wrote:
Snuffy wrote:So you should be good for the hike a bike section....


That fitness comes from pushing the pram. ;)

Hmmmm, yes and no, Snuffy. Not super consistent with volume at the moment, and besides....something wrong... Went for a ride instead of a run on the weekend thinking it would not exacerbate it but nooooooo.....Resting and hoping it passes for now until I can address it properly.

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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby Toyopet » Thu 28 Apr 2016, 11:00 pm

Possibly including Bowden Spur(?)
Only a guess.

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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby mtb101 » Fri 29 Apr 2016, 3:05 pm

if it went up bowden spur definitely a ride worth doing - was great at night last time, melbourne sparkled from up there.
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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby Snuffy » Fri 13 May 2016, 10:40 am

So I'm reasonably confident I'll be able to get out for this one.

I've even left the knobblies [1] on my bike from GDT instead of putting the slicks back on! :D

[1] Hoping there are still knobs on the knobblies after all of this commuting
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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby Toyopet » Sun 29 May 2016, 5:41 pm

Pushing the bike through the dirt & gravel up much of Beale Avenue from Strathewen to Pheasant Creek today, I needed something to amuse myself.
:idea: I know!
Play ‘guess the gradient’.
Have a guess, then look at the bike computer.
Saw a lot of high 20’s up that hill :shock:
Nice coming down though (not the same way).

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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby Snuffy » Mon 30 May 2016, 7:28 am

Ahhh.. Mrs Snuff has been sick most of this week, so I didn't end up getting out there :(

Looked like perfect conditions for it
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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby Canuck » Mon 30 May 2016, 3:31 pm

Toyopet wrote:Pushing the bike through the dirt & gravel up much of Beale Avenue from Strathewen to Pheasant Creek today, I needed something to amuse myself.
:idea: I know!
Play ‘guess the gradient’.
Have a guess, then look at the bike computer.
Saw a lot of high 20’s up that hill :shock:
Nice coming down though (not the same way).

How's that avg speed look on those climbs? hehehe

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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby Toyopet » Mon 30 May 2016, 5:26 pm

Sorry you asked :lol:

Beale Avenue:
Averaged less than 9 kmh over the whole length
Averaged around 6 kmh on the climb section
Rode wherever possible and walked when not possible
(Walking at less than walking pace!)

But it was still fun nonetheless.
And very scenic :)


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