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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby Dalai » Tue 09 Dec 2014, 1:52 pm

Congratulations DM! :D

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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby Snuffy » Tue 09 Dec 2014, 2:19 pm

Sweeeeeeeeeeeet :D

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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby Snuffy » Wed 10 Dec 2014, 9:27 am

Oh right... I suppose I'm meant to put up a ride report of the new Mt Buller Epic Trail.

So I've had this one in the calendar for quite a while and with the warm weather we were having through late November, I thought we were in for a cracker of a day. Unfortunately, the weather turned and the forecast was for 10 degrees and storms at the top of the mountain. As the forecast temperature dropped, so did the number of riders.

In the end, it was just Nikolai and I.

*shrugs*

It was raining on and off throughout the drive up there, with lightning flashes in the distance. I have to admit, I consisdered bailing a few times. In fact, as we got ready in the carpark, the rain really came down.

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Heading up the mountain


Not to be deterred the event pushed on... with free champagne, OJ, hot chocs and canapes in the Village Square! Not too bad a way to start a ride! we picked up our wrist bands for the free shuttle and I received a lottttttttt of comments about the fat bike, mostly from people who have probably never ridden one and have no idea what they're capable of.

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First fat bike on the Epic trail?


Being the launch of a new trail, there were some formalities with speeches from a local MP, the Mt Buller board and an IMBA rep (who was geared up to ride and didn't seem interested in speeching). Nikolai and I planned to hang back for the "official" start and roll out a few minutes after the crowds, but with the crummy weather and absolutely nothing on the line, it appears that everyone else had the same idea.

soooooo, somehow, we found ourselves in the front end of riders.

The Epic Trail takes in a bunch of the existing trail network, so there's not a bunch to report on the Gang Gangs/Picnic/Corn Hill sections. The fatty was going great, aside from the fact that I was running hardpack tyres in the mud, which made for a few interesting sideways moments. On the bomb down Silk Lane, I noticed that my headset was a little bit loose (which might have to do with the fact that Silk Lane is NOT Silky !)

A quick tune up at Howqua Gap Hut, then it was onwards and upwards on the Stonefly climb. This is a BIG singletrack climb and as painful as it can be, it's actually an incredibly well designed and rewarding climb to do. As I was learning, technical climbing is where the fatty really excels. LOADS of traction means that you can basically ride up the steepest, slippery pinches and over pretty much anything.... except for annoying rocks in the middle of the trail after a switchback. I managed an almost zero speed stack and gashed open my knee. Was quite a big cut - too big for my first aid kit, but thankfully another rider offered me a much larger wound dressing.

Was on my way soon enough winding my way up the climb to the sound of doof doof music drifting down the hill. Nikolai dropped off the pace and I continued my slow but steady grind up the hill, regularly passing folks on their skinny tyres. At one point, I even passed a guy on a CX bike... hardcore!

An hour or so after we started climbing, we popped back out on to the fire trail to find a DJ set up cranking out the tunes that we'd been hearing. This was the first of many surprises.... A decent break, some food, more headset fiddling and we were off, bombing down a huuuuuuge firetrail descent. wheeeeeeeee! With no suspension aside from my tyres, I was quickly left behind by pretty much everyone, but it was wide open and loads of fun after such a massive climb. This brought us to Telephone Box Junction, where Bike Related Industries have set up for the summer as The Epicentre

We paused for a quick refuel, some photos before rolling off again down the hill....

.... which was unfortunately short lived, because it kicked us straight back into a climb. Nikolai was started to hurt, so got walking, but I was feeling great and settled in for the climb. This was all new trail, so no one had any idea what to expect. Up and up and up and up we went. Became a bit of a death march for some people, but loads of traction and 250km of commuting a week meant that I didn't dab once during this section. All of this hard work was rewarded with another surprise.... the pedal-smoothie van!

Out in the middle of nowhere, dishing out free smoothies.... that you had to put on the pedal blender. Somehow everyone found the energy to push the pedals a few more times for their freebie :)

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Nikolai working for his freebie


Boosted by a sugar hit, we pushed on, down a bit, up a bit and repeat...

Then we started the main descent.

Wooooooooooohooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Oh my goodness.

what a trail.

Total of 10km descending, of which 7km is some of the most amazing, smooth, flowing singletrack. Huge berms. Big rollers. About 900m of vertical descent.

Everything's so rideable that speed is a matter of bravery. MASSIVE grins from everyone at the bottom of the descent.

And not only that.... FREE ICECREAM! As part of the trail launch, the good folks at Bike Buller had organised a Mr Whippy van at the bottom of the descent! w00t! Which we all discovered, sat really badly in the stomach for the final 2km ride to the shuttle bus pickup.

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Icecream!


Anyway, it's a HUGE ride, but definitely worth it for that descent. Sure, the smoothie man and Mr Whippy van aren't always going to be there, but heck... make sure you're well stocked up, bring lunch and it makes for a GREAT days MTBing.

Big thumbs up :D

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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby weg » Tue 24 Feb 2015, 12:11 pm

Waves.

Nice little piece in the local mag on the Epic: http://issuu.com/theweeklyreview.com.au ... 1eb01ffaa4 Dreadful platform but it's p22.

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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby gfinkelde » Thu 19 Mar 2015, 4:53 pm

Giant Odyssey at Forrest on Sunday. There was a time when it seemed like a sensible thing to do :shock: :D
At least the forecast looks schmicko

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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby Marx » Thu 19 Mar 2015, 6:51 pm

gfinkelde wrote:Giant Odyssey at Forrest on Sunday. There was a time when it seemed like a sensible thing to do :shock: :D
At least the forecast looks schmicko



Apparently a low turn out for this year, which can be a good thing going on reports of conga lines from previous years.

I have never done the Otway Odyssey, there had always been a planet alignment issue...
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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby Stealth » Sun 22 Mar 2015, 11:56 am

Marx wrote:
gfinkelde wrote:Giant Odyssey at Forrest on Sunday. There was a time when it seemed like a sensible thing to do :shock: :D
At least the forecast looks schmicko



Apparently a low turn out for this year, which can be a good thing going on reports of conga lines from previous years.

I have never done the Otway Odyssey, there had always been a planet alignment issue...


Yep I did the Oddity yesterday. Numbers didn't seem to be down from what I saw
Only got slowed in one section by the "conga line"
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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby gfinkelde » Mon 23 Mar 2015, 4:14 pm

We were a long way from the pointy end. A long way. So little sign of congestion. Bloody hard ride, the last 10 kms I think took a week. I may still be out there turning left, and right and left and right. Hasnt anybody heard in Forrest heard of a straight line

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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby Marx » Mon 23 Mar 2015, 6:15 pm

In MTBing, there are no straight lines... :twisted:
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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby The Duckmeister » Tue 24 Mar 2015, 1:30 pm

Marx wrote:In MTBing, there are no straight lines... :twisted:

Unless you ride a 29er.....
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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby The Duckmeister » Wed 01 Apr 2015, 11:12 am

The Duckmeister wrote:
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After years of hard work by the Red Hill Riders MTB Club, we've finally got Parks Victoria approval to formalise the trail network that has been developing for quite some time. This snip is essentially the final hurdle - the public consultation phase. If the greater proportion of public submissions are in favour of the proposal to formalise the trails, there will soon officially be some "new" MTB ground to discover!

Please jump on board & give us all a boost! :D

An Update:

Following from the public submissions, the trail proposal has been approved at Parks Vic level, and is currently going through the final bureaucratic formalities before rubber-stamping! Not long to go now!! :D

Additionally, Mornington Peninsula Shire have officially implemented the shared roadside trail network, opening up over 100km of MTB/equestrian trails, and plans for quite a deal more.

The Arthurs Seat/Red Hill trail network is very nearly a reality!! :D

Another update:

The rubber-stamping is done. To all intents & purposes the Arthurs Seat State Park trails are now officially in existence!!!!! :D :D :D :D The Red Hill Riders trail crew are busily tidying bits up, and trail signage will be installed in the coming weeks. Nothing is set in yet, but there are plans in the works for some kind of grand opening early in the new year. :)

Signs have been going in. :-)

The first of many.....:

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About 70 of these babies are being scattered around the place, marking 13 trails covering Green (beginner), Blue (intermediate) & Single Black (advanced) ratings.

There will be a detailed trailhead sign going in at some point, with full listing & map, but I don't know when that's happening. Trails in number order are:
1: Pink Line (Green, two-way)
2: Rock Salt (Blue, upper section one-way, lower two-way with an exit link)
3: Slippery Gypsy (Green, two-way)
4: Wombat (Blue, one-way)
5: East Link (Green, two-way)
6: Pine Climb (Blue, one-way)
7: High Roller (Blue, two-way)
8: Pins & Needles (Black, one-way)
9: Fall Line (Black, one-way)
10: Deadwood (black, one-way)
11: Crit (Black, one-way)
12: Loop Trail (Green, two-way)
13: Charlotte's Pass (Black, one-way)

:-D
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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby Snuffy » Wed 01 Apr 2015, 11:19 am

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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby wagger » Sun 05 Apr 2015, 8:27 am

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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby wagger » Mon 06 Apr 2015, 3:33 pm

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Re: MTB - Mountain Biking Discussion

Postby michael_w » Tue 07 Apr 2015, 12:20 pm

After living within coo-ee of Lysterfield park for 12 years, I finally made it out there last weekend - and then backed it up again on Easter Sunday! I took my 13 y.o. with me on both occasions as he's showing some interest on getting into cycling (likely to be MTB'ing).

Well I've gotta say we both had a ball and with it being so close to home, we'll be getting down there with some regularity.

We were fortunate enough on Sunday to organise to ride with somebody else who has more experience than us and it was good to have another set of eyes (and another voice) instructing and encouraging my son.

Great father/son time :D
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