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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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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpat View Post
    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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