Summer of 2016/17

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Summer of 2016/17

Postby GreenAlias » Sun 18 Sep 2016, 4:03 pm

Tomorrow (Monday 19th) will be the September Equinox and Daylight Savings starts on the weekend of 1st & 2nd October. Time to start planning some longer rides.

Anybody got any suggestions? What are you planning to do?

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Re: Summer of 2016/17

Postby HughieP » Sun 18 Sep 2016, 6:22 pm

Hey Green Alias.

There has been very little riding lately and if my physio asks, I am sticking to just doing the boring commute in Melbourne a couple of days a week. The knee is slowly coming good and Summer is awesome down in Tassie so you really have to maximise the opportunities.

Two longer rides planned. The first Weekend in December is the ASH Dash, I contend the premier ride on the Tas Audax calendar with spectacular scenery, quiet roads, a little bit of climbing and a fraction of the cost of the Alpine Classic with a similar distance and profile without having to battle 1,000s of other cyclists. Map of the new route which removes much of the highway riding and my report from 2014 version of the ride below.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16566139
http://hughiescycling.blogspot.com.au/2014_12_01_archive.html

The other ride I have tentatively penciled in is an overnight bikepacking expedition out to Lake Pedder which I have never seen. I have been planning this one for ages and now have a route out there with no cars, it is now a matter of picking a couple of days and heading out.

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Re: Summer of 2016/17

Postby hamishm » Mon 19 Sep 2016, 2:24 pm

GreenAlias wrote:Anybody got any suggestions? What are you planning to do?

Audax Great Southern Randonnee 1200km in November. Places still available but time to ride the 600km qualifier is running out.
http://gsr.audax.org.au/

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Re: Summer of 2016/17

Postby The Duckmeister » Wed 05 Oct 2016, 6:53 pm

Pretty much all of my non-commute riding will be geared to building up for the Forrest 12-Hour MTB race in May next year, which I will do solo. So far on the calendar I have the You Yangs Yowie 99km race this weekend, a team slot in the Bright 24-hour in mid-November, very high probability of the Buxton Bootcamp 6-hour (solo) the week before, and the Forrest Festival two-day stage race in early December. That's competitive outings, the interim weeks will just be lots of time on the bike. :-)
Just ride the bloody thing and enjoy yourself!

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Re: Summer of 2016/17

Postby mb27 » Wed 05 Oct 2016, 8:38 pm

i plan to do some training rides up lake mtn and Donna Buang this summer, once it warms up a bit.

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Re: Summer of 2016/17

Postby cyclotaur » Wed 05 Oct 2016, 9:59 pm

mb27 wrote:i plan to do some training rides up lake mtn and Donna Buang this summer, once it warms up a bit.

Ditto.
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Re: Summer of 2016/17

Postby rodneycc » Thu 06 Oct 2016, 2:20 pm

Apart from ATB this weekend. I'm closely looking at doing The Slog in Nov... Might leave it until the last moment to check the weather before entering.

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Re: Summer of 2016/17

Postby Marx » Thu 06 Oct 2016, 2:58 pm

Might be a mad summer for snakes this year I fear, might have to stick to skinny tyred bike unless I'm out with like-minded.
Is that Cadel 'People's ride' in Jan worth doing? Or is it just like the old Amy ride re-booted?
Gravel rides are booming, might be some interesting remote backroads ride in the hills where you can suffer in solitude?
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Re: Summer of 2016/17

Postby faster » Thu 06 Oct 2016, 7:00 pm

I've been staying close to beach rd while the magpies are angry.
I've also been doing plenty of kms on the dandy creek trail too kind of preparing for the slog.
I'll be entering the alpine classic 200km at least as I've already booked accommodation in Bright.
After that I've entered the Otway Odyssey gogg 100km event as I won't be spending big $ on a new mtb so the 20yo rigid will be good for the gravel grind.
When the magpies piss off I'll be venturing out and away from beach rd I guess.
I've even thought of shaving my legs for the first time. Ha ha
Bring it on!

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Re: Summer of 2016/17

Postby Helen » Tue 11 Oct 2016, 9:42 am

Gravel rides are booming, might be some interesting remote backroads ride in the hills where you can suffer in solitude?


Have you tried the Grand Ridge Road?
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Re: Summer of 2016/17

Postby weg » Tue 11 Oct 2016, 12:12 pm

Helen wrote:
Gravel rides are booming, might be some interesting remote backroads ride in the hills where you can suffer in solitude?


Have you tried the Grand Ridge Road?

Or any rail trail except Warby; most are deserted. East Gippsland is the emptiest I've ridden and easy by train. Or NE of Warburton.

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Re: Summer of 2016/17

Postby Claude Cat » Wed 19 Oct 2016, 2:20 pm

faster wrote:I've been staying close to beach rd while the magpies are angry.
I've also been doing plenty of kms on the dandy creek trail too kind of preparing for the slog.
I'll be entering the alpine classic 200km at least as I've already booked accommodation in Bright.
After that I've entered the Otway Odyssey gogg 100km event as I won't be spending big $ on a new mtb so the 20yo rigid will be good for the gravel grind.
When the magpies piss off I'll be venturing out and away from beach rd I guess.
I've even thought of shaving my legs for the first time. Ha ha
Bring it on!


Yep. I love riding the NE, but generally don't venture there September & October due to the feral magpies
Things improve next month, so back to it then.

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Re: Summer of 2016/17

Postby faster » Wed 19 Oct 2016, 8:56 pm

claude,
where abouts in the ne ?

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Re: Summer of 2016/17

Postby Claude Cat » Thu 20 Oct 2016, 7:50 pm

faster wrote:claude,
where abouts in the ne ?


Anywhere from Eltham, Hurstbridge, Yarra-Glen, Kinglake, Yea generally.
But could be out to Seymour, Lake Eildon etc for extended rides.

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Re: Summer of 2016/17

Postby hamishm » Fri 21 Oct 2016, 9:19 am

Claude Cat wrote:Yep. I love riding the NE, but generally don't venture there September & October due to the feral magpies
Things improve next month, so back to it then.

I've been going out that way lots more since moving to Kew last year. I've been out around Hurstbridge, St Andrews, Kinglake lots in the last couple of months. There's been on feral magpie on the road from Kangaroo Ground to St Andrews (closer to KG), but as of yesterday it seems to be better behaved now. Otherwise I haven't found them too bad at all. It's a beautiful area and I'm discovering new roads all the time.

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