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    Correction its 264e3!!
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    Awesome ride today, with ten riders fronting up. 7 4inch duallies and 3 steel hardtails. MTBR members were Hud, Hud's Brother Cowleyd, Nuclear_Powered, Waldog and Sicwombat. Headed off around 9am I think, for 4hrs and 35km. Warm to hot later in the morning. Some of the little used trails got cleaned up a bit by 20 tyres which is good. One puncture, in the middle of the 5km downhill of course!
    No offs though one of NP's mates had a habit of falling sideways clipped in...

    LOL at the thought of ten men heading into the Sugarloaf Dam toilets together to refill the bladders...

    Looking forward to seeing NP's and Sicwombat's pics.

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    Bloody awesome morning. Toilets were the highlight for sure!!!

    Thanks again.

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    I'm going to have to ride these trails some time. Sounds like great fun :-).
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    St Andrews

    Hey guys, had a great ride this morning. Probably the most physically challenging ride I've ever had. Some of those climbs were nasty. Did clear most of them, although that last climb just before we got back to the store beat me. Had to walk some of that one. Great descents also, a bit sketchy in some parts, but that living on the edge thing really feels good.

    Had to rush off afterwards, had the wife on the phone hasselling me about getting my 5 yr old daughter to a birthday party by 2pm. Got her there half an hour late, she'll get over it.

    Hope nobody get struck down with some bug from the 'do not drink' tap in the toilets.

    Anyway here is a couple of photos, nothing to exciting, no action.

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    Another tough ride at St Andrews. Hadn't ridden for 8 weeks which didn't help. It's always tough there, lots of up as well as down. I've been there quite a few times with Hud, every time it's different and every time I ride something new. Hud is good at getting a good loop in a given area. He spends a lot of time looking at the Melways and his topo maps and even driving around by car to see what is there. Thanks, Huddy. The owner of the St Andrews store has done a lot of trail work in the area too.

    Wished I had a duallie though. Some of the trails are rough 'n' rocky.

    There was a mention of what we are going to do "next time." Looking forward to it. Watch this space.

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    So I hear the call for lurkers, Iím in...Now I just need to know how to get there or find out where St Andrews is? . I also have a mate or 2 who definitely be keen.

    Cheers,

    btw being a lurker and all I guess I should introduce myself; I'm Lucas, I normally ride lysty and mt dandenong on a blue raceline frame, so if u happen to spot me feel free to say hi.

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    Doin it backwards..

    Thanks for clearing the trails yesterday Hud and co . Had perfect riding temps today which was lucky as it turned into a mini-epic. Rode from Preston to Yarra trails at Heidelberg, out to Westorfolds, then on a mix of road and firetrails out through Eltham, Diamond Ck to Hurstbridge, up, up, up Flat Rock Rd single track, then more road climbing to Boomers reserve. Basically did Hud's ride backwards from there, making sure I did Broadacres and Ridge Rds the fun way. Ride up Rob Roy and One Tree Hill isn't too bad, not as fun obviouslyr. Back up over Smith's Gully and Panton hill, then retraced my steps home. 5.5 hours door-to-door. Time to sleep now.

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    Man, I class that as a medium epic at least!! How many kays?

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    *Waits for Nuclear_Powered to post up his pics...*


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    Yeah, what he said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    *Waits for Nuclear_Powered to post up his pics...
    Careful skinny-boy .... nuclear_powered doesn't like getting pushed

    Sorry for the delay though ... been a busy few arvos. The pics aren't great. I will link them to the full-size ones sometime in the next few days. For those of you I don't know, please PM me with your MTBR username along with the number in the photo below, and I'll add your username to the photo.

    Edit: I'm pretty sure I got everyone (other than my own fat arse), though I apologise If I missed anyone. Also, I can send the vids I took of that gully crossing to anyone who wants them ... maybe it was the angle, but it kinda looks like we're cheering people who managed to ride through a pretty average gully - makes us look kinda lame....

    Fallen tree causes train to stop



    Rest at top of first (decent) climb



    Hud going fast


    MTBR1 going fast (otherwise known as 'man with large holes in ears')


    Hud's Brother going fast


    Simmo going fast (one of my non-MTBR friends)


    sicwombat and Jas going fast (Jas - another non-MTBR friend)


    Bunch of sweaty guys find a toilet and all go in at the same time ...


    Hud, Jas and MTBR1 at top of (infamous) Ridge Rd single track


    Jas gets a little air


    Hud gets a little air


    MTBR1 got air, but I was too slow...


    Same with Hud's brother


    Kristian opted out of air (non-MTBR friend)


    sicwombat got some decent air


    Simmo got the most air ... he was on his way down here


    Hud descends into creek gully before Boomers


    MTBR3


    Simmo


    Kristian


    sicwombat


    MTBR4


    On the way back to base
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    Thanks for the pics Nuke.

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    Hud and I are heading out for a reverse loop 0930 tomorrow (Saturday 14th). Start time could be moved to 1000 potentially, but at this stage we're aiming for 0930. Forecast temp 30 deg C so it hopefully won't be too bad considering a cool change is coming through tonight.

    PM me or Hud for any deets - otherwise seeya at the Smiths Gully Gen Store.

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    Anyone keen for a spin out here Sat morning? Hud - you back yet? sicwombat? Anyone?

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    Busy weekend

    Sorry guys, working this saturday and busy Sunday. No ride for me.

    Cheers

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    9 oclock at the general store folks.

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    Nuclear, you know where we pointed out the track they we intended developing, Mitchell has spent 11 hours out there to date!
    He is nuts, but in a good way, he says the track is 90% done but there is potential for much more.

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    You're kidding!!! What a machine. Does he not have a social life or job or something?? Though I know the latter isn't the case otherwise he wouldn't be able to afford all the XTR bling...

    So I guess we're going to have to check that out this weekend then. I'll have to get the hardtail sorted. Sunday work for you?

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    He's had a couple of days off, what a great way to spend them!
    It's a bit disjointed at the moment from what he was saying and a few bits need to be pushed. Also at one point the obvious route is not the right way and the right way is hard to find, if that makes sense. Have a look if you want, I'm doing a 6hr this sat.
    I'd like to see you on a hardtail

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    Hey lads, shoot me a pm or post up here next time you're heading out to St.A's. Keen to see some of Mitch's new trails. Need to get out there again, my fitness has died in the ass.

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    Hi, if you don't mind a stranger in your midst I'll second that. Rode some more of that singletrack out there today and it is excellent.

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    Spoke to Mitch yesty, he's been out there again and says the track is now 'sweet'. Hoping to head out this sat. Will be checking out some trails closer to the Yarra Valley ridge, so there may be some backtracking if things don't pan out as expected.

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    I'll be in for that. I'm pretty sure I've got the whole day free. Would we drive between the two locations - given the ridge (if I'm correct in assuming it's where the E-YG road goes down into YG) is pretty far away and mostly tarmac to ride?

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    No, we'd do the start of the 'classic' ride to the high point of Rifle Range and then venture east from there. We'd return to normality near the bottom of Rob Roy. I'm going to try to suss the area out one arvo this week, just to make sure it's doable. There will be a couple of road bits, including a very ugly, dusty, steep and corrugated gravel road climb.

    Edit: Yeah Cowpat, keep an eye on this thread re. start time etc. Others welcome.
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    ... and if we just ... WooHoo YEEEHAAAA!

    Went out scope out the area in question. Rode to the end of the firetrail where I was hoping to find a link track across to the Yarra Valley ridge. I could see the ridge about 1km away but there was a deep impassable gully between. Almost threw in the towel, but instead I drove way around to the other ridge and started back tracking.Found a brilliant new trail, part of which appears to have been made by MTBers long, long ago with log rollovers and such. Most of the trail is still very clear except for where echidnas have been mucking around. This is a prime back country trail. See teaser pics. I rode and pushed all the way up this track where it came discreetly out onto a firetrail which I believe is one further north than the one I was on originally, if that makes sense. This trail is about 4-5km long and alternates between ST and one-line firetrail. This is the vital link to the ridge that I've been looking for and now there are two other new fun descents that can be incorporated. *Dances a jig*

    On the way back I hit a roo. Actually I swerved and he ran into the side of the car. He went down hard but got up again, just for a moment looking like Waldog after he hit the stump. He was a big feller but the only damage was some noggin fluff ingrained into the bump strip on the door. Lucky. If I hadn't swerved I'd have collected him frontally.
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    Looks like it's gonna be a long one on Saturday...

    (silently wishes he already had the 3L hydration pack he's buying from OS)

    What time you thinking of starting Hud? Mitchell coming along?

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    Geez Hud, those tracks look amazing! Cheers for the mention mate......i think.

    Nuke, keen for Wednesday?

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    Mitchell is going to the beach for the weekend with his good lady.
    Think I should sms him this trail news to ruin his weekend?
    Time (and ride, should be fine tho) will have to be confirmed, the usual 9:00-9:30?

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    Hee hee, I have a leave pass for Sat. V. keen for new trails, big props to Hud for being so dilligent in his trail quest. Nice work. What time you guys departing from the store if indeed that's where you're heading off from?

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    Looks like a great track. I'm impressed with how good the trails are around there.
    Thanks for the invite Hud, I'll be there. Is that the general store in Smiths Gully on the corner with the parking area where the ORCA SGS ride starts?

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    Is that a Pug 505 STI/GTI there Hud??

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    Time: Call it 9am if people are a bit late, so be it. Still shouldn't confirm ride is on til thurs/fri.

    Start point is the store on the Clintons road corner.

    Puddleduck: Your pretty sharp, it's a 505 alloy wheel on a 504. Might be more pics earlier in this thread. You a Pug fan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    Time: Call it 9am if people are a bit late, so be it. Still shouldn't confirm ride is on til thurs/fri.

    Start point is the store on the Clintons road corner.

    Puddleduck: Your pretty sharp, it's a 505 alloy wheel on a 504. Might be more pics earlier in this thread. You a Pug fan?
    You said it mate, I am pretty sharp I'm rolling with a 504 that really needs some lovin'. Have had another 504 and 404's. Amazing cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    You said it mate, I am pretty sharp I'm rolling with a 504 that really needs some lovin'. Have had another 504 and 404's. Amazing cars.

    OT sorry.
    Saw a white 504 at the Beechworth 6hr was that you? You coming out on saturday? I'd like to check out your 5-oh. You an Aussiefrogs member?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    Mitchell is going to the beach for the weekend with his good lady.
    Think I should sms him this trail news to ruin his weekend?
    Time (and ride, should be fine tho) will have to be confirmed, the usual 9:00-9:30?
    Totally. It'll eat him up knowing we're all out there enjoying it. Better still we should take pics with our phones and send them to him. Will we be able to incorporate his new trails?

    Just got a call from the LBS - bike ready this arvo, woohooo!!!!! Got a fork service while at it so hopefully should be a nice plush ride for the weekend (and hopefully devoid of frame fractures). Got the whole day free (Sat) so looking forward to it - though as I've been discussing with waldog, there's a cold doing the rounds at the office that I'm desperately trying to fight off. Will let you know before Sat if it's written me off.

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    Yeah we'll rejoin the usual route at the E-YG rd end of One tree hill road., ride up there a bit and slot into One Tree hill to do the Rob Roy climb/descent, then Mitch's track.
    For the new people, it is a very tough ride, the new loop includes a little more gravel road riding than is ideal too. so bring plenty of food/water.
    Nuke, get some echinacea with garlic tablets from the chemist and down some vitamin C tablets. Even if you think your okay they'l boost your immunity. If you've got a tickle in your throat, don't delay. I find they push off a cold 80% of the time if you get stuck into them early.

    Like your avatar too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    OT sorry.
    Saw a white 504 at the Beechworth 6hr was that you? You coming out on saturday? I'd like to check out your 5-oh. You an Aussiefrogs member?
    Aren't an Aussiefrogs member, will check it out. Wasn't me at Beechworth, the old battleship will need a new motor before I venture out that far!! She's pretty tired, but still looks good

    Know anybody that has a 50x motor in good nick?

    Unfortunately wont make it this Sat - need to conserve myself for the BMC 50, but I'm up for the following weekend for sure. I've only ridden at St A once, years ago, really enjoyed it. That Rob Roy climb is fresh in my mind though...8 years later Hopefully I'm fitter now!

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    PuddleDuck, I'm also up for the BMC 50 on Sunday but can't resist the temptation of riding new tracks!

    Give me a hoy if you see a black Intense 6.6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpat
    PuddleDuck, I'm also up for the BMC 50 on Sunday but can't resist the temptation of riding new tracks!

    Give me a hoy if you see a black Intense 6.6.
    Whoa there....you can't just thow out "6.6", and not post photos....Now, as it happens there is a thread for this too....courtesy of ILMP.

    Show us your bike porn

    I'm on a blue Turner Sultan (with a green i9 rear wheel). I'll be the unfit one who goes slowly up hills I'll be looking out for ya.

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    See you all at 9.. I think this is going to hurt a bit.

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    Just confirming its on. Should be around a cruisy 50km I think.

    Edit: Just found this article:

    http://www.theage.com.au/news/victor...339986742.html

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    "...plus views over the hills" ??? What views???

    Not looking good for me tomorrow Hud. I was way ahead of you on the herbs & C thing - been pumping myself full of them since Tuesday. But I think this cold has taken hold. At the moment I'm struggling to walk to the post office, so the prospect of bombing out 2 hours from the car isn't appealing. Trust me when I say I am extremely pissed off to miss out on what sounds like an awesome ride. And I had a whole day pass too!! D'OH!!!!!!

    If by miracle I wake up tomorrow feeling great and fully pumped, I'll SMS you. Otherwise, I'm out

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    "...plus views over the hills" ??? What views???

    Not looking good for me tomorrow Hud. I was way ahead of you on the herbs & C thing - been pumping myself full of them since Tuesday. But I think this cold has taken hold. At the moment I'm struggling to walk to the post office, so the prospect of bombing out 2 hours from the car isn't appealing. Trust me when I say I am extremely pissed off to miss out on what sounds like an awesome ride. And I had a whole day pass too!! D'OH!!!!!!

    If by miracle I wake up tomorrow feeling great and fully pumped, I'll SMS you. Otherwise, I'm out

    Too bad. Looks like BloodPuddle and no doubt Mitchell will be coming along the following weekend anyway. With no undergrowth, this new area is perfect for scratching in new trails, in a weeks time there may be a few more km of trails.
    I should start charging for these guided tours.

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    BloodPuddle...have you been talking to ILMP?? I'll have you know that I haven't fallen off a bicycle in five (5) days - count 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    "...plus views over the hills" ??? What views???

    Not looking good for me tomorrow Hud. I was way ahead of you on the herbs & C thing - been pumping myself full of them since Tuesday. But I think this cold has taken hold. At the moment I'm struggling to walk to the post office, so the prospect of bombing out 2 hours from the car isn't appealing. Trust me when I say I am extremely pissed off to miss out on what sounds like an awesome ride. And I had a whole day pass too!! D'OH!!!!!!

    If by miracle I wake up tomorrow feeling great and fully pumped, I'll SMS you. Otherwise, I'm out
    NP, i'm not sure what's happened here, but i think i've caught your bug from you via SMS some how. I'm feeling like absolute crapola today, and i'm blaming you......well not really, but that works for me at the moment.

    Hope you get better mate, i'm feeling your pain!

    Wal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog
    NP, i'm not sure what's happened here, but i think i've caught your bug from you via SMS some how.
    Sorry dude, I was fiddling with my phone around that time doing some bluetooth stuff. Must've hit the cellular viral transmit button by mistake.

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    I'm still in, be there at 9.

    PuddleDuck, had a look at that thread. I'm impressed but at the same time it makes me feel sadly inadequate. You'll be passing me up the hills though. I'll be wrecked from doing 50 k's the day before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    BloodPuddle...have you been talking to ILMP?? I'll have you know that I haven't fallen off a bicycle in five (5) days - count 'em.
    Whoops, have I been mixing up my puddles? The waters are getting muddied now, I hope Ducktape doesn't wade into this thread.


    Ah that is too funny.


    Nuclear, aren't you racing sunday as well?

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    Backtracked all the way my way through. J_774 an cowpat , you'll be interested to know that the trail runs off the one we looked at as we had our food break. Down there about a km or so. I dragged a rake in with me and put in about 500m of singletrack. It'll be a loop that starts and finishes in the same place on the existing trail. That one section of trail alone is 5km + what I'm putting in should stretch it to 6-7 km.
    Can't wait til saturday...

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