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    Melbourne hypothetical

    So, let's just say:
    1. You are riding in Melbourne for the first time
    2. You are a reasonably experienced trail rider on a 5" dually
    3. Your idea of nirvana is flowing singletrack with lots of technical obstacles
    4. You don't mind a big climb as long as there's a big descent before/afterwards
    5. You have 1 full day, and 1 half-day of riding at your disposal
    6. You have a car in Melbourne but aren't keen to drive more than 1.5 hours to the trailhead
    7. You Yangs is closed


    Where do you ride?

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    Hmmm...

    Rode Wombat last weekend, very wet but still fun.. Short loop, some techy bits.
    http://woodendcycles.com.au/wombattrack.htm

    Buxton is heaps of fun also.. Not sure on trail condition at the minute.. Likely better than Wombat.
    http://sites.google.com/site/murrind...ls-maps--rides

    Dry Diggings/Goldfields Trail will be thr dryest.. Not so flowy but still a great ride. Challenging in places and a great 'wow, I did it' ride IMO..
    http://www.goldfieldstrack.com.au/Pa...ngs_Track.aspx

    Have fun

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    Thanks for the tips

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    Smiths Gully!?
    With some local knowledge you could ride heaps of it without encountering too much mud.......I think!

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    Yes! Was talking to a girl @ Lysty yest who rode it last week - said it's in good nick.. MrH would be happy to play guide on a weekend..

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    I rode Smiths Gully yesterday (Saturday) and it was pretty sweet except for a few sections, where I had to walk through some sloppy parts. I was riding a Trance X3, so the 5" applies and it was a 45 minute drive from Brunswick Melbourne. The Smith Gully General Store owners were really helpful with track routes and they have delicious pies for afterwoulds.

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    Thanks all.

    So is Smiths Gully the same as St Andrews? And is there anywhere I can find a trail map / route description? Google isn't helping much.

    Melbourne needs a trailflix...

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    Hard to say, I've never been to St Andrews, but it could very well be similar in terms of technicality and amount of uphill/downhill riding. Let us know what its like if you ride it.

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    Smiths Gully is St Andrews.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    You may want to check the Garmin site to see if anyone has uploaded their Smiths Gully/St. Andrews ride.

    http://connect.garmin.com/explore#ac...&currentPage=1

    Just type that in
    Last edited by Carver96er; 07-20-2011 at 01:59 AM. Reason: Further info

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    connect.garmin.com/activity/58040785
    connect.garmin.com/activity/7056209

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leitchy View Post
    connect.garmin.com/activity/58040785
    1000m + of elevation gain

    1000m + of descending

    I guess if you do not pay for it, you do not get it...

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    Yer its real crazy around that area, good fun though and the tracks are quite well maintained.

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    OK so just to round out this thread...

    I did get down to Melbourne with my beloved bike in one piece (first time boxing it for air travel - think I depleted Officeworks' supply of bubblewrap for the month!).

    As expected, YY was still closed as was Lysterfield, so we went to Wombat. It hadn't rained for a week or two, and was a nice sunny day, but nonetheless the track was seriously muddy. As in rear-wheel-spinning-on-any-kind-of-incline muddy, and plenty of nice slidey moments in the corners. Fun. It's a fun track, and you pretty much have to concentrate everywhere because it's always twisting and turning - close to 21kms of pure singletrack is very tasty indeed. In an ideal world (for me), it'd be a bit more technical with some bigger climbs and descents, but you can't have everything.

    We underestimated how long it'd take - the mud made things pretty slow - and had to finish the ride in the dark, but it was a great ride.

    Thanks again all for the tips.

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    the You Yangs are open again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RazeR1970 View Post
    the You Yangs are open again.
    Next time...

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