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

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

Postby Marx » Fri 03 Jun 2016, 1:16 pm

Somebody once told me that riding a bike is the most efficient means of human movement possible, so if you ever need to get off & walk the bike you're efficiently doing it the hard way.
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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby NightFallTech » Fri 03 Jun 2016, 2:12 pm

Marx wrote:Somebody once told me that riding a bike is the most efficient means of human movement possible, so if you ever need to get off & walk the bike you're efficiently doing it the hard way.


Cadence... at a cadence of say 10-20, you can walk, but you probably couldn't ride...


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

Postby Snuffy » Thu 01 Sep 2016, 9:51 am



If only someone had a new gravel bike that they could ride :D
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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby hamishm » Thu 01 Sep 2016, 12:28 pm

Snuffy wrote:If only someone had a new gravel bike that they could ride :D

I know right? Sadly not arriving till November...

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

Postby faster » Mon 12 Sep 2016, 12:39 pm

Are these rides open to everyone?
The next ride from the Basin looks appealing.
Also, would I get through it well enough on a full rigid old rimmed brake mtn bike ?

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

Postby Snuffy » Mon 12 Sep 2016, 1:18 pm

faster wrote:Are these rides open to everyone?
The next ride from the Basin looks appealing.
Also, would I get through it well enough on a full rigid old rimmed brake mtn bike ?


Yup, just show up and pick up a cue card.

Retro is fine.
A solid beard helps too.

If this follows a similar route to last year, the only caution I give is that the amount of climbing can be pretty brutal.
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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby faster » Mon 12 Sep 2016, 3:22 pm

Thanks snuffy. What's a cue card and is it a group ride ?

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

Postby Snuffy » Mon 12 Sep 2016, 3:57 pm

The cue card/sheet tells you where to go!

Rather than a map, as sometimes trails aren't marked or a GPX file, the cue card just has simple directions like "Turn left at 600m" or "Turn right at ##### road" and can give you a few clues about landmarks to help navigation (eg gates, bridges, speed signs etc). Having a way to easily reference it helps (example).

It's a much more equitable method since mapping GPS units can be a bit pricey and this requires you to pay attention to what's going on around you.

It's not officially a group ride, but little groups will form up. If you're keen, I might be looking for a riding buddy, since most of my usual crew doesn't seem to be available for this one.
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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby faster » Mon 12 Sep 2016, 5:22 pm

Sounds good. I'll confirm with you later this week.

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

Postby faster » Mon 19 Sep 2016, 10:27 am

Snuffy,

I'm still uncommitted due to school holidays.
My decision will most likely be a spontaneous one.
I'm just gonna wait to see what my tribe want to do over the weekend.
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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby Stephen » Sun 25 Sep 2016, 5:18 pm

I turned up and started the ride. It went up the Old Coach road to Sassafras then down Woodland, up Nobles, Mizmaze, onto Kallista-Emerald. I got left behind somewhere around Garuntalla rd. So I cheated and took the easy option along Garuntalla Rd, then it was up and down Ridge road across to Nobelius and onto Stewart and Paton and into Avonsleigh general store for the first rest break. I was arriving just as the everyone else was leaving. The rest of the route went north around Sylvan resevoir so I decided to pull the pin and go back along the main roads via Monbulk and Olinda. Of course that meant climbing the wall up to Olinda so there was no easy way out. By the time I got back to The Basin most of the main group had finished - and they did 13klm more than me on gravel and dirt.

But it was a great day's ride. It got me to places and down tracks that I had never been before which was the purpose of the exercise as far as I was concerned.

So thanks to Mike for organising.

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

Postby the lone rider » Sun 25 Sep 2016, 10:04 pm

Gave it a go as well, first timer. Was a pinchy ride, never done that Old Coach rd (done the Montrose one) was a tough start and didnt get a lot easier. That single track alongside Grantulla was a bit wet and then the goat track we went down at the end of Ridge Rd was ridiculous. I had no idea where we were for most of the ride but there was some nice views out the back of Emerald on the way home, luckily I found a group to follow who knew where they were going. My garmin stopped working for a bit over 10k's near the start so only ended up with 1700m gained but I'm certain it was more like 2000m.

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

Postby Snuffy » Mon 26 Sep 2016, 8:32 am

Sounds like a good day out.

Daddy duties and still feeling a bit sore from a stack earlier in the week meant that I had to sit this one out :(
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Re: Melbourne Gravel Grinders #16 A (Hurst) Bridge to Far. Sunday 29 May 2016

Postby jvb » Mon 26 Sep 2016, 10:15 am

I would have like to have done this one. In particular since I practically live at the top of the Basin-Olinda Rd. But not sure if I'm fit enough for this kind of effort.
If someone can post a map, otherwise I'll work it out from the route description in the posts above. Then I'll do it at my own pace (may need to do it in two days :D )


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