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    I'm not sure if there is any gorge left, as I just emptied a trucked load of it out of my drivetrain.

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    I wanted to find it this afternoon since I had been at the inlaws all weekend on this side of town, but I couldn't find it. I had forgotten the name of the street where the track started! And I was looking around the wrong PG park (was looking around the Mernda one... not much there except housing estates! erk). Bitterly disapointed I've come home to the west, re-read this thread and with the help of google earth found where it all starts... Next time for sure now. Looks like a really good bunch of traks out there, so very gutted I didn't get to ride them.

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    More photos from the north. Bit drier today! Spur track. New rollover, watch out for it!
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    That looks fresh!

    I was only over there last night (Wednesday) with a couple of lads. It's good fun in the dark, but finding the new bits up to the water tank in the dark didn't go so well - we got there in the end though =)

    It was decidedly slippery, but we had a great ride. Over an hour and a half, and I think we covered nearly 14 km. Impressive speed, huh?

    I took a few out tonight on the south side as well. That'll teach 'em for riding hardtails and rigids! Seriously, though, I often forget just how technical some of those trails are, and merrily lead riders through there in pitch darkness. No harm done, fortunately.

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    Trail fairies out again?

    Quick run on both sides this afternoon, and I spy the makings of a gully crossing...
    You're mad, Cowpat - mad, but brilliant!

    Hoping to ride over there again tomorrow morning with another local, who hasn't been on his bike much lately. Not decided on time yet.

    Cheers,
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    Gully crossing ey? Tell me more..... No really, please tell me more, as I'm on call for the WHOLE weekend, therefore can't join you tomorrow.

    Stupid job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog View Post
    Gully crossing ey? Tell me more..... No really, please tell me more, as I'm on call for the WHOLE weekend, therefore can't join you tomorrow.

    Stupid job.
    I can't really say just yet - except to suggest that it looks like a promising development.

    Sorry to hear work has you off the bike the whole weekend, as tomorrow looks like it should be lovely. I will be escorting a nephew to the miniature railway in Eltham after lunch, so my riding will have to be over and done with by midday.

    More news as it comes to hand =)

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    Decided on a late start to work this morning to get a ride in!

    Anyone planning to cross the river in the next couple of days may have to wait or get wet!
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    Haha! Crazy. Has the bridge been built in the gully just on the other side of this crossing? I remember seeing the boards there a month ago.

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    I rode north and south this arvo - the river level is back to normal.

    Minions are a definite advantage atm, it means it's only my legs that prevent me from riding up the spurline. Kudos to whoever manages it all the way from the bottom - a runup is now possible.

    Take care on the way down, there's no transition and the ground is not level.

    Feel free to add a few rocks to the pile for later use.

    Edit: Oh yeah - it *is* wide, but it's a little ways up. OHS and all that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpat View Post
    I rode north and south this arvo - the river level is back to normal.

    Minions are a definite advantage atm, it means it's only my legs that prevent me from riding up the spurline. Kudos to whoever manages it all the way from the bottom - a runup is now possible.

    Take care on the way down, there's no transition and the ground is not level.

    Feel free to add a few rocks to the pile for later use.

    Edit: Oh yeah - it *is* wide, but it's a little ways up. OHS and all that.

    Nice work, mate! I'll check it out sometime during the weekend!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jossa View Post
    Nice work, mate! I'll check it out sometime during the weekend!

    Sounds like it's about time to head across the river again. It's been a few weeks since I last went over there at all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by emerthis View Post
    Sounds like it's about time to head across the river again. It's been a few weeks since I last went over there at all...
    2 o'clock today!

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    Rode there on Sunday, well done lads the new little bridge is awesome makes it a lot easier to get up now without having to put a foot down! It does need a few rocks to make the transition onto the bridge a little safer, when heading back down

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    I'll agree with Cowpat's statement of Minions being an advantage at the moment. I took beardi around the south loop today. Mega grease fest, but still fun, Ardent and Crossmark is not the combo for the current conditions.

    Sadly though, lots of moto roost marks around the loop..... bastards!!!

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    yep, minions would have been a real help out there yesterday! Some great trails there though so a big thanks for being the tour guide (again) and an even bigger thanks to the trail fairies out that way; it was a lot of fun, look forward to riding it again soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpat View Post
    I rode north and south this arvo - the river level is back to normal.

    Minions are a definite advantage atm, it means it's only my legs that prevent me from riding up the spurline. Kudos to whoever manages it all the way from the bottom - a runup is now possible.

    Take care on the way down, there's no transition and the ground is not level.

    Feel free to add a few rocks to the pile for later use.

    Edit: Oh yeah - it *is* wide, but it's a little ways up. OHS and all that.
    A run-up may well be possible, but it sure isn't easy!

    Excellent job on the crossing, cowpat =)

    I have only been over once since you completed it, and if I get the chance I will certainly pop over and help gather some stone for the transition - although my time is a bit precious of late, with backyard renovations taking up every decent weather weekend, and organising the social rides...

    The runners turned a fair few sections into bogs, but they also tamped down the cliff track across to Blue Lake really nicely! Certainly some detouring around the more mucky crossings would b a good idea - but finding the time and labour necessary, especially in what is very much a 'grey' area, is proving a challenge this time of year. Hopefully summer and DST will free up some time!

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    Nah I can't ride up from the bottom either, and may never be able to. Might be worth having a go in summer once there's enough grip for a lighter bike...but it was never meant to be easy...

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    Strava that climb......





    ........ just kidding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog View Post
    ........ just kidding.
    We believe you

    Will have to get out there and check out this new crossing. Haven't seen the north side (other than that brief reconnaissance a while ago) for ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered View Post
    We believe you

    Will have to get out there and check out this new crossing. Haven't seen the north side (other than that brief reconnaissance a while ago) for ages.
    I reckon all this rain might make that a little difficult again for a while - but the river levels indicated here might suggest otherwise...

    I ain't going out there again until it's dried up a bit. And I intend to use those drying days to get some more backyard work done in the few I anticipate we will have before summer!

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    Might be a bit deep for river crossing tomorrow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog View Post
    Strava that climb......





    ........ just kidding.
    You may be - but someone already has...

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    Tracks are great at the moment, have dried out and are riding quick. Maybe two or three puddles in the bottom of a gully or similar but on my 20km ride i didn't notice any of it.

    Great day for it too. Happy fathers day to you dads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sedifus View Post
    Tracks are great at the moment, have dried out and are riding quick. Maybe two or three puddles in the bottom of a gully or similar but on my 20km ride i didn't notice any of it.

    Great day for it too. Happy fathers day to you dads.
    This is good news.

    Hope to get out later in the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog View Post
    Hope to get out later in the week.
    Depending on how much rain is expected, maybe Wednesday or Thursday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpat View Post
    Depending on how much rain is expected, maybe Wednesday or Thursday?
    Is that you saying you'll join me?

    Thursday is more realistic for me I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog View Post
    Is that you saying you'll join me?

    Thursday is more realistic for me I think.
    Maybe, text me if you're heading out, if you'd like some company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpat View Post
    Maybe, text me if you're heading out, if you'd like some company.
    Will do.

    Cheers.

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    Did someone lose a drink bottle?
    I found one today on the north side. It is white, pm me what brand/team it is and we can sort out when i can get it to you.

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    Yup, it's dry now. Amazing what a difference a few spring days has made.

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    Sweet! Hoping to get out and clean up some of the fresh growth, south side is quite tight at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sedifus View Post
    Sweet! Hoping to get out and clean up some of the fresh growth, south side is quite tight at the moment.
    That would be very kindly of you, sir. I spent some time today rebuilding the rocky/concrete crossing up near Janefield today, so it should last a few more months. I reckon it might be a good idea to abandon that line though, and go up across the big pipe which is about 20m up the gully from there. Thoughts?

    Then I wandered over the north side, to see how much of the trails I could cover in one go. Without going across the big bog (where the runners trashed the gully bottom) that gets you over on the lesser-used western trails, I covered over 16km. The new extensions to Jess's Track are pretty neat-o, I reckon. Someone's been busy! Today I rode at least 4km of trails I hadn't seen (or linked together) before. Happy times =)

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    I used to ride over the pipe across the pinebark. But I thought it was too easy. But then I haven't been rebuilding the crossing either (though it did look fine to me last Thursday)...

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    Is the rocky crossing you're referring to the one upstream of the collapsed road corner? If so, I really like that crossing. It's got all the hallmarks of a classic bit of MTB singletrack. It's the sort of crossing you see in magazine photos. Maybe I'm alone in that thought, but from the first time I rode it I considered it to be an excellent addition.

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    Is the rocky crossing you're referring to the one upstream of the collapsed road corner? If so, I really like that crossing. It's got all the hallmarks of a classic bit of MTB singletrack. It's the sort of crossing you see in magazine photos. Maybe I'm alone in that thought, but from the first time I rode it I considered it to be an excellent addition.
    One and the same. I agree that its very MTB and a great part of the tracks. We can't dumb them down too much. Maybe if someone accidently spilt some quick-rete on it, over the smaller loose rocks, this rebuilding problem would stop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog View Post
    Sadly though, lots of moto roost marks around the loop..... bastards!!!
    Had a little problem with a few on Sunday arvo. A couple passed me on some single track. Not dangerous, just inconsiderate. Saw them later with their ute that they had driven right into the Park. I made a suggestion (politelty!) but it didn't go down too well! I left it at that!

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    A few of them ride past my place on their way in. Nearly hit one in the head with a orange...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jossa View Post
    Had a little problem with a few on Sunday arvo. A couple passed me on some single track. Not dangerous, just inconsiderate. Saw them later with their ute that they had driven right into the Park. I made a suggestion (politelty!) but it didn't go down too well! I left it at that!
    So now they're driving in...not just young kids of stupid parents who buy them a bike but won't take them anywhere to ride it...how old are they? Where do they come in? What tracks were they on? PM me if you prefer.

    Yeah there was someone doing circle work on the grass in their Jeep the other day. I took out my phone to take some pics of their rego - they drove straight off as soon as they saw that...and before I could get a clear shot.

    YKY, you need to work on your aim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sedifus View Post
    One and the same. I agree that its very MTB and a great part of the tracks. We can't dumb them down too much. Maybe if someone accidently spilt some quick-rete on it, over the smaller loose rocks, this rebuilding problem would stop?
    I also love the crossing - it's a challenge to line it up properly when the way in is slippery, but getting it right sets you up for the next little climb - which was my preferred route over CP's straight line up the hill (that I couldn't climb).
    My concern is more over the fact that, when the bigger chunks of concrete were last washed away, there was a distinct possibility of getting the front wheel grabbed on the way through, and the broken roadbed and bits of guttering in the gully below just looked to be waiting for someone to fall in there. Don't get me wrong - it still does look pretty bad for falling in to, but at least this should be less likely now the way through is a bit smoother.

    And thanks to the person who trimmed that horrible yellow flowered weedy stuff - my skin is very appreciative after this arvo's quick blast

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpat View Post
    So now they're driving in...not just young kids of stupid parents who buy them a bike but won't take them anywhere to ride it...how old are they? Where do they come in? What tracks were they on? PM me if you prefer.

    Yeah there was someone doing circle work on the grass in their Jeep the other day. I took out my phone to take some pics of their rego - they drove straight off as soon as they saw that...and before I could get a clear shot.

    YKY, you need to work on your aim.
    Wholly crap I was close though. I launched it from my balcony, taking into account his approaching speed and possible line, bounced once and flew about 10-20cms in front of his face. Made him flinch back and nearly fall off, so he fairly sh!t himself. Haven't seen that guy since.

    I'm actually going to put a call into the Hoon Hotline to get the Special Solo Vic Police Branch (Cops on dirtbikes), to head out. They do a lot patrols around Melbourne areas for similar situations. But people need to put in the complaints so they know about it. The more complaints, the quicker and more thorough the action from the police will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yippee_Ki_YayMF View Post
    I'm actually going to put a call into the Hoon Hotline to get the Special Solo Vic Police Branch (Cops on dirtbikes), to head out. They do a lot patrols around Melbourne areas for similar situations. But people need to put in the complaints so they know about it. The more complaints, the quicker and more thorough the action from the police will be.
    I would actually consider joining the police force if my job were just riding around on a moto catching hoons. Only I'd suggest the cops ride electric motos so you can sneak up on them.

    (provided they taught me how to ride a motorbike, of course)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpat View Post
    So now they're driving in...not just young kids of stupid parents who buy them a bike but won't take them anywhere to ride it...how old are they? Where do they come in? What tracks were they on? PM me if you prefer.
    I think they came in through University Hill and then parked just off the pipeline easement near the sandy, circular trail that they have ripped up!!!

    First group, the ones that passed me, I would say mid 20s to mid 30s. The other group, two younger kids and an adult, mid 20s.

    I'm pretty sure that they covered most of the trails on the southside! The group overtook me on the trail between the area where all the jumps are and the fireroad that has the water rut down the middle that you cross.

    Don't get me wrong, I have no issues with people enjoying themselves on trailbikes. I used to do the same when I had a bike in my teens! Most of my riding was done on the 200 acres of bush on my cousins' property in Lal Lal (30kms from Ballarat). Lots of fun!! Spent a lot of time up there on my Malvern Star Tarago bike too!! I wish they still had that place!! Got up to a lot of things during my stays up there!!

    Anyway, enough of the reminiscing! There are more suitable places to ride and these guys need to show a bit more respect to the trails (and the people that built them), especially in the way they use their throttle!

    PM sent Casper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jossa View Post
    I think they came in through University Hill and then parked just off the pipeline easement near the sandy, circular trail that they have ripped up!!!

    <snip>

    There are more suitable places to ride and these guys need to show a bit more respect to the trails (and the people that built them), especially in the way they use their throttle!
    I thought you couldn't come in through Uni Hill without getting through a gate - has something been busted open? Or left open after the running race, maybe?

    I agree that sharing the trails with moto-riders isn't always bad. Mostly they shred the trails up with too much throttle, but I have encountered the odd few who are out to enjoy the ride and work on their skills at low speed. Sadly they are few and far between, in my experience.

    The South side really should be off limits to motos anyway, IMHO. Pretty sure it is, actually, but I had thought they might respect that if they had a ute to go further afield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emerthis View Post
    I thought you couldn't come in through Uni Hill without getting through a gate - has something been busted open?
    With all the property development happening on the edge of the park I guess it's easy to find a way in right now, and not much can be done about it I suppose. I guess once the houses are built there'll be a fence all the way around.

    They are lazy. It's 30 minutes up the road to get to Mt Disappointment or Kinglake. Legal places to ride with real tracks and proper hills. On the other hand these guys will be unlicensed and unregistered and incapable of riding actual dirt bike tracks on their little Chinese pitbikes. Fwiw the dirt bike community dislikes these guys just as much as the MTB community. (And yes, when riding with friends we have blasted past such guys hopelessly stuck on hills out of gullies, at least there is that level of payback.)

    At least they won't cross the plank. Part of the problem with the other crossing was that motos could get through. I've a mind to make the other crossing permanently uncrossable, at least to motos, even when the water level drops.

    I was wondering if a few MTB-friendly but unskilled-moto-rider-unfriendly obstacles might keep them off the single at least. I don't know how many of them would go down the hill and ride across the sleeper, for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpat View Post
    At least they won't cross the plank. Part of the problem with the other crossing was that motos could get through. I've a mind to make the other crossing permanently uncrossable, at least to motos, even when the water level drops.

    I was wondering if a few MTB-friendly but unskilled-moto-rider-unfriendly obstacles might keep them off the single at least. I don't know how many of them would go down the hill and ride across the sleeper, for example.
    True about the plank! When people have asked me why it's so skinny and flexy, that's the reply I give them.

    'Fixing' the other crossing probably won't do much - if they're that hopeless, I can't see them getting out of the massive rut they've created there!

    More obstacles are probably our best bet - but we really can't 'fence off' the trailheads in the more open areas, because they will just ride around.

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    **FOUND** Set of Fiskars lopper/pruners**

    Was riding Plenty Gorge today for the first time in months and found a set of Fiskars lopper/pruners in one of the gullies on the north side near "Josh's Track". Its the boggy section near some brush that has been laid down, if they're yours you'll know where I mean. I couldn't carry them out so I've left them against a tree, so hopefully you can grab them before someone else does.

    The track conditions are simply fantastic at the moment, I was even able to ride the full length of the cliff track without dabbing, a first for me. Another first, I've been able to link together a pretty good loop taking in both sides with minimal retraces.

    Thanks to the trail fairies that placed the VERY well constructed bridge and the plank across the Plenty. I chose my direction so I came down to the wet crossing, and down to the new bridge. I'm sure some of you clever bastards can ride up those climbs but I'm stuffed if I can!! Next time I go to the the Gorge I'll take some secateurs. Particularly along the cliff, the undergrowth is starting to encroach across the track.

    23C, sunny and simply perfect but very quiet today, only saw 2 other bikes and 2 pairs of walkers. No motos, it's disappointing to know they're in there but inevitable really. FWIW, the Hoon Hotline (which is just the Crimestoppers line) will do little except take down any details, but if they get enough reports then they may target the area. If you can get the rego of any bikes or utes, and pass them onto the hotline, it may help, it's worth a shot. There are plenty of places where they can ride legally and areas like the Gorge are simply inappropriate, and just a little dangerous to us riders. If the bikes and riders are unlicensed and unregistered, then even more so.

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    Probably wasn't lost. Strategically left behind perhaps? I know I sometimes leave tools in the bush for when I go back.

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    Was that a stack at the end of your vid Yippee?

    Nice riding, regardless. Good to see what my bike is capable of, even if the rider is most definitely not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered View Post
    Was that a stack at the end of your vid Yippee?

    Nice riding, regardless. Good to see what my bike is capable of, even if the rider is most definitely not.
    Not really mate. There is a ghetto jump right after the landing that is really soft and not ready to hit, so I actually just tried to avoid. No stack, just looked messy!

    Are you riding a black/gold nomad carbon? I saw one at Cressy yesterday. Congrats on your first race btw. Cressy last year was my first race and it got me hooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yippee_Ki_YayMF View Post
    Are you riding a black/gold nomad carbon? I saw one at Cressy yesterday. Congrats on your first race btw. Cressy last year was my first race and it got me hooked.
    Nah white ALU with red bits (of which there were two - my evil twin on a smaller white ALU who I've also bumped into at Buller before yesterday - he raced 3 riders before me). If I could get my hands on a carbon, it'd be the white one. Though Beardi is a fan of the black/gold model - harking back to the JPS Beamers of Bathurst yesteryear.

    And thanks ... I'm stoked and pumped to do better next year. How did you go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered View Post
    Nah white ALU with red bits (of which there were two - my evil twin on a smaller white ALU who I've also bumped into at Buller before yesterday - he raced 3 riders before me). If I could get my hands on a carbon, it'd be the white one. Though Beardi is a fan of the black/gold model - harking back to the JPS Beamers of Bathurst yesteryear.

    And thanks ... I'm stoked and pumped to do better next year. How did you go?
    They are bloody great bikes. Can't see myself parting with it for a while.

    I had a big slam in a practice run and lost a lot of skin and confidence. Didn't notice the bog of mud right before the big double after the massive boulder near the bottom... Rrrr!! Anyway, pulled a 3rd in C, which I was happy with. I posted my race run on YouTube which you can see through my signature below if you are interested.

    I will have to look out for you on the trails. I plan to head to Buller a few times this summer. We will have to do a couple of runs together. If not Buller, then the Gorge. I'm out there at least once a week.
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    A podium finish with injury - impresive! I think I remember seeing your bike now ... the blue bars ring a bell. Coincidentally I was communicating with clementcycles via rotorburn yesterday and your vid stream seems to indicate you know each other. Both your Cressy vids give me inspiration to pick better lines and (hopefully) go faster there in the future.

    Anyway, yeah I'll keep an eye out too. Cowpat (from here) and I usually head to Buller at least once a summer, and I'd say I'll head up at least 2 more times as well. Will try to organise something for sure.

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    Did someone say Buller? For sure. I'm keen to check out that iRide park too.

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    South side is mint at the moment.

    Especially loved our little cowpat directed tech section at the end.

    Fun spin with N_P.

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    Getting back to the original question posted by Cowpat, is anyone keen to get a regular ride during the week happening? Itís getting pretty busy on the trails judging by the number of tyre tracks!
    Iím thinking Wednesdays evenings, around 6:30. Will need lights at least for two or three weeks.
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    Meeting place?

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    Any chance of Thursday instead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpat View Post
    Any chance of Thursday instead?
    Thursday nights will usually be occupied for me with the CycleHouse shop rides - which will occasionally/often head up to the Gorge, but often head downstream along the Plenty to the Yarra. However they suit me just fine otherwise =)

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    Any chance of Thursday instead?
    No worries!

    Thursdays 6:30. Kariboo Grv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emerthis View Post
    Thursday nights will usually be occupied for me with the CycleHouse shop rides - which will occasionally/often head up to the Gorge, but often head downstream along the Plenty to the Yarra. However they suit me just fine otherwise =)
    Didn't know these were still on...or just on hold for winter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jossa View Post
    No worries!

    Thursdays 6:30. Kariboo Grv.
    See you there!

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    Was out there this afternoon. Great weather and the trails were definitely nice and dry.
    Spring is here for sure, a lot of animals out there at the moment.Today i saw a few snakes too, 3 i think. I saw one up by the broken road near Janefield. Coming down that hill onto the road and almost hit it because i couldn't stop in time. I think it was another 2 getting it on in the tight tea-tree section of Jess' Track (behind the water tank). Bunny hopped them and hauled it out of there as i couldn't stop before them again. I know I'll be looking to ride with a partner from now on. Also will be on Thursday nights from daylight savings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sedifus View Post
    Was out there this afternoon. Great weather and the trails were definitely nice and dry.
    Spring is here for sure, a lot of animals out there at the moment.Today i saw a few snakes too, 3 i think. I saw one up by the broken road near Janefield. Coming down that hill onto the road and almost hit it because i couldn't stop in time. I think it was another 2 getting it on in the tight tea-tree section of Jess' Track (behind the water tank). Bunny hopped them and hauled it out of there as i couldn't stop before them again. I know I'll be looking to ride with a partner from now on. Also will be on Thursday nights from daylight savings.
    Yep, snakes are out and about! Saw one also up near the watertank during yesterdays, unexpected afternoon off ride. A small brown crossing the trail in front of me. In saying that, I'd rather snakes than spiders...is that normal?!?!

    Keeping on the zoological topic, I also saw a pretty decent size fish (at least 30cm, probably larger) swimming just below the surface of the river just before the plank bridge. Facing upstream waiting in the sun for a snack! I didn't think there were fish that large in there. Don't know what type it was but it had a rounded tail-fin.

    It was here, but don't look for it in the photo, it saw me and disappeared from view! The bridge may serve a different purpose for any keen anglers!

    Out again tomorrow evening!
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    I don't like this talk of snakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpat View Post
    See you there!
    I just went to charge my lights and the charger just cooked itself!! May be hard to ride in the dark!

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    At least your bike isn't in pieces! I just had to warrant my frame and ship it back to Santa Cruz. Will be keen to get on the Thursday rides when I get the replacement.

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    I don't like snakes either...from all the reports there seem to more of them about this year than I can ever remember.

    I reckon it's a good move to carry a compression bandage, just in case.

    Quote Originally Posted by jossa View Post
    I just went to charge my lights and the charger just cooked itself!! May be hard to ride in the dark!
    Dang!


    What happened to the Nomad, Yipee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jossa View Post
    I just went to charge my lights and the charger just cooked itself!! May be hard to ride in the dark!
    Found another one that seems to be doing the job. Should be good to go!

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    See you there then, text me if you can't make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpat View Post
    What happened to the Nomad, Yipee?
    Sorry only just saw this mate.

    My Nomad was a very early run, in the first few hundred of the Carbon. It started to get a hairline crack around a pivot point near the VPP link. SC were aware of similar incidents very early on and fixed it for future frames. The warranty claim has been smooth so far. Just a pain waiting for the new frame. At least I can get a new colour. Will feel like a new bike.

    I will jump on the group rides when the bike is re-built. I love slowing people down! Haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jossa View Post
    Didn't know these were still on...or just on hold for winter?
    Shop rides were on hold for winter. They are back on as of this coming Thursday. Starting point is Cycle House in Para Rd, 6.30pm.

    Sometimes we will ride the Gorge, sometimes down to Hans' Loop, sometimes up past that to the old Templestowe Hill Climb and back down along the Yarra, and often down to Banksia Flats via as much singletrack as is rideable.

    Pace is usually pretty quick at the front (I can't keep up the whole ride), but the group stops frequently to re-gather and talk shite

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yippee_Ki_YayMF View Post
    I love slowing people down! Haha!
    Dude that's my role and I'm quite protective of it.

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    Hmmmm....15 degrees, showers, thunderstorms and possible hail for this Thursday. A little different than last Thursday; 31, fine and sunny.

    May not get 9 riders like last week, but if it doesn't rain too much and it clears by evening, I'll still be keen for one or two laps of the southside on Thursday.

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    Probably see you there, text you if I can't.

    If I don't get a replacement spoke for my Anthem by then I'll be taking on the job of slowing things down.

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    This Thursday is go for me! Fantasic forecast too!

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    It does look good. What times/distances have the previous rides been?

    Also ran over another snake today though

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    See you there Simon. Still no spoke so I will be guarding the rear.

    Don't worry Sean, I'm no racer, no need to worry about pace. You can take the lead and clear out all the snakes.

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    Haha not too fussed about pace but I don't have night lights if were staying out that late.

    Also there's free beers at uni. We'll see if I make it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sedifus View Post
    Haha not too fussed about pace but I don't have night lights if were staying out that late.

    Also there's free beers at uni. We'll see if I make it...
    We'll make it back before dark if you don't have lights!

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    Was out at plenty gorge wednesday, park ranger has put signs up at the new river crossing and ditch bridge indicating both structures will be removed. Maybe it's time for a plenty gorge users group/trail alliance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haydn View Post
    Was out at plenty gorge wednesday, park ranger has put signs up at the new river crossing and ditch bridge indicating both structures will be removed. Maybe it's time for a plenty gorge users group/trail alliance!
    Yeah, they went up Wednesday. Someone is working on this. Hopefully an agreement or compromise can come about. In the meantime, be good out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jossa View Post
    Yeah, they went up Wednesday. Someone is working on this. Hopefully an agreement or compromise can come about. In the meantime, be good out there!
    Sweet, need any assistance let me know. Been following the achievements of Smiths Gully and helping out with their working bees, been great to see what a users group and forming a relationship with parks vic and local council can achieve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jossa View Post
    Yeah, they went up Wednesday. Someone is working on this. Hopefully an agreement or compromise can come about. In the meantime, be good out there!
    Yep, we're on it. I will let you all know how we can best present as a united group ASAP.

    Meanwhile, milk it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haydn View Post
    Sweet, need any assistance let me know. Been following the achievements of Smiths Gully and helping out with their working bees, been great to see what a users group and forming a relationship with parks vic and local council can achieve.
    Hey all,

    I have contacted the Ranger in Charge at Plenty Gorge and we are going to start discussions about MTBing in the area.

    I am trying to put together a representative group to include all MTBers who use the Park, and also include some others who have had dealings with Parks Vic previously. The wishlist looks like this:
    1. Cowpat - a person of experience and knowledge in the area,
    2. The person who has built trails around the eastern edge of the Park, near Oatlands Road,
    3. George Couyant (who is currently handling negotiations at Hans Loop in Westerfolds/Candlebark),
    4. Super Cycle Watsonia, Walkers Wheels & Cycle House,
    5. Smiths Gully MBC, Yarra Ranges MBC, Murrindindi MBC, You Yangs MBC, Geelong MBC, Forrest MBC, and any other clubs who have been dealing with Parks Vic,
    6. MTBA & IMBA.

    If you would like to be involved, either at a meeting or simply by staying informed about progress by being included in the email loop, please PM me your name and email address and I will put you on that list.

    Also, if you have contact details for anyone at the organisations, shops or clubs listed above, or any other suggestions for people who should be involved, please let me know.

    Once you're on the list I will send you an email with full details of the discussion, and then keep you informed about how things are progressing.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by emerthis View Post
    Hey all,

    I have contacted the Ranger in Charge at Plenty Gorge and we are going to start discussions about MTBing in the area.

    I am trying to put together a representative group to include all MTBers who use the Park, and also include some others who have had dealings with Parks Vic previously. The wishlist looks like this:
    1. Cowpat - a person of experience and knowledge in the area,
    2. The person who has built trails around the eastern edge of the Park, near Oatlands Road,
    3. George Couyant (who is currently handling negotiations at Hans Loop in Westerfolds/Candlebark),
    4. Super Cycle Watsonia, Walkers Wheels & Cycle House,
    5. Smiths Gully MBC, Yarra Ranges MBC, Murrindindi MBC, You Yangs MBC, Geelong MBC, Forrest MBC, and any other clubs who have been dealing with Parks Vic,
    6. MTBA & IMBA.

    If you would like to be involved, either at a meeting or simply by staying informed about progress by being included in the email loop, please PM me your name and email address and I will put you on that list.

    Also, if you have contact details for anyone at the organisations, shops or clubs listed above, or any other suggestions for people who should be involved, please let me know.

    Once you're on the list I will send you an email with full details of the discussion, and then keep you informed about how things are progressing.

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    You know I'm in!!!!

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    Hey Emerson .
    I'll happily be the representative for Supercycle. You should have my email.
    I also know a number of riders who used to compete in races when they used to be held in the gorge. I'm sure they could provide some insightful knowledge.

    Also now the bridges are going I think it is time to build a giant double over the river.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sedifus View Post
    Hey Emerson .
    I'll happily be the representative for Supercycle. You should have my email.
    I also know a number of riders who used to compete in races when they used to be held in the gorge. I'm sure they could provide some insightful knowledge.

    Also now the bridges are going I think it is time to build a giant double over the river.
    Is that you, Sean?

    And I see that the southern line into said double appears to have been commenced!

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    It sure is

    If someone has already started I better get onto building a landing then haha.

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    Also I am sure I know the builder on the east side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sedifus View Post
    Also I am sure I know the builder on the east side.
    Excellent. He knows me, but I am damned if I can remember his name - nor do I have his contact details. Could you either pass on his contact details (name, email, phone) to me, or alternatively, just bounce any emails I send to you across to him.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emerthis View Post
    Hey all,

    I have contacted the Ranger in Charge at Plenty Gorge and we are going to start discussions about MTBing in the area.

    I am trying to put together a representative group to include all MTBers who use the Park, and also include some others who have had dealings with Parks Vic previously. The wishlist looks like this:
    1. Cowpat - a person of experience and knowledge in the area,
    2. The person who has built trails around the eastern edge of the Park, near Oatlands Road,
    3. George Couyant (who is currently handling negotiations at Hans Loop in Westerfolds/Candlebark),
    4. Super Cycle Watsonia, Walkers Wheels & Cycle House,
    5. Smiths Gully MBC, Yarra Ranges MBC, Murrindindi MBC, You Yangs MBC, Geelong MBC, Forrest MBC, and any other clubs who have been dealing with Parks Vic,
    6. MTBA & IMBA.

    If you would like to be involved, either at a meeting or simply by staying informed about progress by being included in the email loop, please PM me your name and email address and I will put you on that list.

    Also, if you have contact details for anyone at the organisations, shops or clubs listed above, or any other suggestions for people who should be involved, please let me know.

    Once you're on the list I will send you an email with full details of the discussion, and then keep you informed about how things are progressing.

    Cheers,
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    Hey Emerson, Count me in - Shoot me an email and i'll shoot through some more details. Cheers Haydn. haydndeane(at)me(dot)com

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    Quote Originally Posted by emerthis View Post
    If you would like to be involved, either at a meeting or simply by staying informed about progress by being included in the email loop, please PM me your name and email address and I will put you on that list.
    Hi Emerson, great work and well done for putting this together. I'd be very interested in getting involved in this and helping out in any way I can. I can't PM you as I don't have enough posts yet - my email is parkinsonb2 at gmail dot com.

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    Planning to get a few rides in this week. Love annual leave! Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning (both from around 9:30am) and the usual 6:30 Thursday evening.

    Let me know if anyone is keen!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BP-29 View Post
    Hi Emerson, great work and well done for putting this together. I'd be very interested in getting involved in this and helping out in any way I can. I can't PM you as I don't have enough posts yet - my email is parkinsonb2 at gmail dot com.
    Thanks BP & Haydn, you're both on the list. I will send you out a copy of my initial email by Wednesday.

    Cheers,
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    As I crossed the river on this morningís ride, I found that someone has damaged the Parks Vic signs regarding the bridges.
    As the photos show, two of the signs have been ripped off. I doubt it was wind as the notices were still at the base of the star pickets. I will be back out tomorrow with some cable ties!
    This sort of stuff does not help the process of obtaining some compromise or legality of the use of the trails, so if you know who did this, please educate them on the correct way to handle the situation!
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    Oh........and the trails are getting awesomer and awesomer with this weather!

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    Progress

    I have received an invitation from the Ranger at Plenty Gorge to a meeting on Saturday 17/11/12. He has asked that we start with a small group of local riders who have an immediate interest in the Park, to which I agreed.

    Any of you who fit that description, please PM me with your email address so I can circulate the invitation to you accordingly.

    Thanks,
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    The main bridge over the creek has now been removed and will be kept safe during negiotiations! Be careful if you are coming down the spur track from the north. It's a big gap to clear!

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