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    It was all bitumen for me this weekend - 1.5 hours on Saturday, 2.5 hours today. The strength is still there (in fact, I think I'm now stronger/faster than when I got injured), but I'm hitting a wall at around 1 hour - the endurance has dropped right off.

    Heart rate was off the charts.
    I think I'll be giving it about 3 weeks before I get back to crits, but good to at least be back on a bike.

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    Saturday was my 'default' ride - an out and back tip along the Yarra to Templestowe/Warrnadyte ~ 35km. It feels great to be back on the bike after 3 month off due to knee/hamstring/flu issues, but the singletrack there is too muddy and chopped up to ride as far as I'm concerned, so I mostly rode on the main trail instead of the singletrack.

    Which trails around Melb are holding up well in these conditions? Castlemaine? You Yangs? Macedon? other???

    I'm steadily getting back in to something that vaguely resembles shape in time for the final Chase The Sun event.

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    I did the Yarra trails on Tuesday. From Westerfolds Park to Heidleburg they wern't to bad but after that as PD said they were unridable - IMO. I did my Wonga Park-Warrandyte loop on saturday which was fairly dry and ventured into 100 acres for the first time. Some nice short sections in there but moss coated clay is very slippery.
    I'm woefully unfit at the moment as I haven't been getting out much, last winter my riding was hardly interupted by wet weather. Still, this is how winter is meant to be I guess.

    PD, in response to your question St Andrews is quite okay a day or two after rain but definately not during.

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    Did the Castlemaine Enduro today, the singletrack out at 'Jubber Land' (private property) were a little greasy for the first lap but then became fairly tacky and was a great day quite cold to start, sunny day with little wind.

    Great event well organised and some gold single track
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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    Which trails around Melb are holding up well in these conditions? Castlemaine? You Yangs? Macedon? other???
    Blue Lake is nearly all mud/chop free except for one doozy - the creek crossing. What was once a 1m wide hardly-moving stream is now 4m wide, hub-deep mud-slush-fest. Needs a good, solid tree-felling to have something to climb over it.

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    100km Noosa Enduro

    Was a great event, much fun and pain

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    1.5 hour spin on nearby singletrack and dirt roads, before work. Rode a regular loop in reverse - it looked and rode totally different and I ended up somewhere I had no intention of going.....

    A bloody motorbike had been along before me and ripped the crap out of the damp trail, dug some puddles even deeper (I stopped and dug channels to drain 'em) and loosened everthing up.
    Less isn't MOAR

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    Saturday Morning road ride out to St Andrews and back
    Saturday Arvo 1st BMX race - I figured the kids have started I'm there so may as well- good fun
    Sunday morning You Yangs- Beautiful morning top conditions it really capped it off for me
    I really should have tried to get on a valedrome Sunday arvo then I could say I had a perfectly balanced cycling weekend

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    Lysterfield this arvo and its still muddy as hell. Sun was shining for the first time in weeks which was awesome- and HUD- I'm in the same boat dude.... unfit as hell due to the rain.

    Still to do St. Andrews

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    I just returned from 3 weeks in the US and Canada. I rode Whistler last wekend !! (well just before the Crank Worx started anyway). My first downhill as I normally do XC on a GT iDrive.
    I did 2 days on the downhill stuff and a day on a XC around lost lake. Whistler is all they say it is and then some !!

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    A mate and I did a fairly big ride today. We rode up Ridge track on Pauls Range in Dixons Creek (Yarra Valley) from Old Healsville road. Lots of steep ups and down in loose rock and some moto'd muddy sections. Had to push a few times. Every time I got off my cleats filled with sticky mud. About halfway up to Toolangi we mistakenly took a side track down into the valley floor betwee Maroondah hwy and Pauls range. It ended up being a good chice though. It was a fun fire road descent with waterbars etc. at the bottom the track angled up to meet up with Ridge track again. A good steady 5km climb. Hit the main road at Toolangi, headed west, then turned down Old Toolangi-Dixons Ck road for a 10km downhill on a narrow gravel road, then looped back to the car. 1st 15km 3.5 hours - 2nd 15km 30mins.
    Good fun to get out into the rough stuff sometimes.

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    Ended up spending about three hours at the You Yangs. Rode pretty much everything around stockyards at least once in each direction, although we didn't venture down to the western plantation. Maybe next time.

    I'll put some photos up our blog soon. Brilliant sunshine, warm temperatures... what more can you ask for?
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    Rode a 40km loop front door to ront door around this:


    All stuck in one gear on this:

    1st real hit out with the new wheels and they make a huge difference. Will be dragging this bike down to Melbourne in the last week of August to give it a blast around Lysterfield as the G/F's oldies live 5 mins down the road from there.

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    Heading out at 3:30 into the mud to rid myself of this mild hangover....
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    Raced track on Friday night (2nd place in the sprint)

    A little ride down (and up) Cascades followed by beers and food.

    Tour de France Time Trial

    Lap of Manly Dam on my crosser followed track maitenance in the golf-course single track (constructing a B line in one section and and A line in another). More beers and food.

    Snooze.

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    Raced track on Friday night.

    Roadie ride with mtb'ers Saturday morning.

    Extremely enjoyable Saturday arvo mtb ride.......thanks Alchemist

    Royal National Park mtb Sunday. fun!

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    It was a nice warm and sunny winter’s day here today, so I spent the best part of the afternoon just rolling from reserve to reserve through single track, around town and beyond. Just what the doctor ordered!

    I’ve had a few big explores lined up that I’ve been planning for ages, but just haven’t had the time. Hopefully I’ll have some ride reports and photos to share soon.

    Dave.

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    Rode the muddy, rocky local steeps in the misty rain this arvo.
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    30 - odd k's of dirt roads and doubeltrack. Nice morning that got progressively colder as it drew on.
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    Heh. I whimped out on a ride today, too bloody cold. Put in 60km (road on a MTB) in record time on Saturday though.

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    I just couldn’t ignore the awesome cool clear days we’ve been having lately, and seeing as though I haven’t been on the bike for a while I decided that a bit of a road ride in the sun would be a good idea. Now don’t worry I’m not going to be riding any wheels bigger than 26”, or wearing Knicks any time soon!

    However I do enjoy the occasional roll about the countryside and I also had an ulterior motive as Google Earth and a bit of detailed map browsing showed an area of land that looked like it had potential as a nice little riding spot, about 35km away, perfect!

    I was surprised to pass a couple of roadies on the way out, especially after so much time off the bike. You’ve got to wonder what they think as you roll past. I’m sure it’s likely something along the lines of “no not a bloody mountain biker!” as they slide back out of sight. Next!

    The rest of the ride was pretty uneventful and I quickly fell in to a nice rhythm as I rolled along in the sun. Unfortunately when I got to my destination I found that there really wasn’t anything much of interest to ride at all. There were a few little trails here and there, but not the singletrack paradise I was dreaming of. Oh well, off to my favourite pie shop for a quick breather and a nice meat pie before working out where to head to next.

    I ended up tagging on to the back of a bunch of passing roadies, following them back in to town and then hit up a few local trails and nice sections of singletrack through the various reserves around town before calling it a day. I probably covered around 80km or so I think, not a bad way to spend a nice sunny Sunday afternoon.

    Dave.

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    We had great weather around here - ended up going bushwalking with the missus and the two dogs for a few hours on Saturday. No riding for me this weekend.
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    booooo

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    On Wednesday I did the Oaks fire trail in the Blue Mtns. On Thursday I did the Ourimbah xc course (one of my all time faves now) On thursday I rode the escarpment around Wollongong. On friday I did some laps of the nzo 12hr course at Yellowmundi. On saturday I did a lap of the Mt Stromlo singletrack on my way back to Melbourne.
    Beat that.

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    Fark! Well I rode the last Chase the Sun solo (of course ) I managed 85km over 7hrs.

    Mate have you been on holidays or been signed up on a pro team

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    Fark! Well I rode the last Chase the Sun solo (of course ) I managed 85km over 7hrs.

    Mate have you been on holidays or been signed up on a pro team
    I was on a nice relaxing holiday.

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    Beautiful day here today, so I headed out into the rocky trails for a couple of hours. Flying solo, my roadie mate from across the road was busy "gardening" so couldn't make it (see page 205, "Cyclist's book of excuses")

    The trails were dry after a short but heavy downpour we had in the early hours of the morning. The flowers were out, the birds were singing, and it was perfect temperature for a short sleeve summer jersey - I swear I could hear "bright eyes" playing in the background, it was so tranquil and pretty and perfect.

    Got a dose of the heavy legs halfway through my ride, no doubt due to Wednesday's heavy legs and deadlift session at the gym, and had to look down to make sure nobody had installed 2.7 High Rollers and thornproof tubes on my rims overnight - but nope, it was just my heavy legs.
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    Getting out in a short sleeve for the first time in months was great. Come tomorrow the sunburnt tan lines from my knicks will no doubt be showing strong ;p
    2h45m SLD ride for me (hardtail with brand new Barracudas, lots of resistance). Actually had trouble getting my heart rate above 140 for the first half hour! Knee was a bit sore, but not AS bad as on Sunday (Chase the Sun).

    Then spent an hour just riding the XTC to get the cleat and seat position correct. Pretty sure I've got it right now, but unfortunately I think the long ride might have agitated the knee a bit. We'll find out when I race tomorrow - I dont even know how long the track is I'm racing at, have never ridden there before. I *think* It'll be 3 ~25 minute laps though ;/

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    Hey, sun was out here in Melbourne, and it got to about 22 degrees. Did a couple loops around Lysterfield this morning, 31 kms. Stuffed afterwards though, been a bit slack during all the rain and cold. Great to see the tracks drying up nicely. Compared to a few weeks ago when I was out there with Waldog when it was barely worth riding due to the mud.
    Managed to come home and not have to spend a few hours cleaning off all the mud.
    Hope the good weather holds up for a while.

    Cheers

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    Today our crew rode along Long Gully Road in healsville to the singletracks in the bush at the end. 17km - good fun.
    Next week: Upper Beac. xc course.
    Following week: St Andrews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    Today our crew rode along Long Gully Road in healsville to the singletracks in the bush at the end. 17km - good fun.
    Next week: Upper Beac. xc course.
    Following week: St Andrews.

    Hey What days and times? I'll try to get a few of us out to meetup. Tomorrow we are at the YArra Trail again. Short sleeves ahoy!

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    Friday, rode Sparrow Hill by myself. Saw heaps of kangaroos including one with a joey in it's pouch.

    Yesterday rode Mt Stromlo xc course with a mate who was nice enough to wait for me at the top of each climb!


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    Upper Beac is going to be a unfit grom session, but as for the follwing week, it'll probably be ST Andrews mid morning on saturday.

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    Ahh the husband is away for work so no trails this weekend
    Just out the back on the jumps with the kids, and then some one on one time with the bike today giving her a good clean while the shock is off to inspect the bushings.
    All in all still got some "bike time" so all is good!

    This is a shot from about a month ago, jumps out the back, I've since built a little loop with some smaller jumps that the kids (and I) can roll over.

    Probably close to a week ago the little fellow (5 in January) learnt to ride without pedals, such a proud moment!

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    Tell you what, Upper Beaconsfield can be a seriously tough track. There's not a single log to hop which is square on, and we got a short splash of rain on the second lap to make the roots nice and slippery, and the soil loose.

    First lap had plenty of chaos, with about six or seven of us getting caught up in an accident in the first 500 meters - fortunately I was far enough back in the train to avoid it and I just held up. First half of the lap five of us got stuck behind a slow descender - once the guy behind me got past, he was just gone (we only passed him because he stacked going up a hill).

    I must have come off about 6 or 7 times over the four laps, didn't attempt the rock hop once (not worth it when I'm still not used to the new fork which actually has travel in it . The last crash took me seriously a full minute to get untangled, as I was stuck in the clips with the bike on me in such a way I couldn't twist my foot out of it.

    Had a good race with three guys the whole way - I'd crash on the downhills and they'd pass (or if they were already ahead on the downhills, they'd just drop me), we'd get to any uphill section and I'd just storm past them. I passed the same guy on every single lap going up the firetrail hill after the singletrack climb.

    Don't get me wrong, it's a good track, but I hated it (purely because I suck so badly on it and just struggled right through). Basically, all the singletrail is downhill - and downhills scare me :P Came away 10th in class (not particularly stellar), first time at that track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducktape
    Probably close to a week ago the little fellow (5 in January) learnt to ride without pedals, such a proud moment!
    He is certainly advanced, I'm 26 and I still use pedals and will be for some time, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    He is certainly advanced, I'm 26 and I still use pedals and will be for some time, I think.
    LOL, That was meant to be "Without Training Wheels"!
    I said without pedals because a bike he had previously was one of those "first bike" type ones that don't have the pedals.

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    Track Friday night
    SS race at Majura thanks to Mal Adjusted and crew on Sat arvo
    Cruisy stealth ride around Stromlo Saturday night
    CORC DH race at Stromlo today

    I'm tired

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducktape
    Ahh the husband is away for work so no trails this weekend
    Just out the back on the jumps with the kids, and then some one on one time with the bike today giving her a good clean while the shock is off to inspect the bushings.
    All in all still got some "bike time" so all is good!

    This is a shot from about a month ago, jumps out the back, I've since built a little loop with some smaller jumps that the kids (and I) can roll over.

    Probably close to a week ago the little fellow (5 in January) learnt to ride without pedals, such a proud moment!
    Hey Ducktape,

    I'm trying to convince Mrs Robbo that we need a pump track in the back yard (for me, Master Five and Miss Eleven - Miss One will have to wait a couple of years... ). How big is your loop? Looks like you've got some acreage there.
    Cheers,

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    40 k's of big ring slammin' on the rolling dirt roads and doubltracks near home.
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    Scouted out a 10km track on Friday arvo. Not one i'll do too often and definitely not by myself or on any of my better bikes given the neighbourhood it's near.

    Linked up 3 smaller loops this morning to make a 27km loop not far from home with only about 4km on road, the rest dirt.

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    50km for me and a mate out at Lysterfield today.
    Plan is for 80km on the road tomorrow on a hardtail. I was wanting to go to the FTF Winter Series round tomorrow morning, but don't have a lift there

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    While this sunny weather is nice, we will be in deep $hite if we don't get some regular, decent rain...

    Less isn't MOAR

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    Too right, I'm in the agriculture industry and things are looking very serious again. Hard to believe a few weeks ago things were looking so good for the farmers.

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    2 words: Angry Doctor

    And boy was he pissed off.

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    You would be too if you had to climb 3000m in 100km

    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/3834241

    That's right you did.

    Alchemist - who foolishly warmed up for it with a scratch race, wheel race, field print and motor-paced race at the track on Friday night

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    Bunch ride around the River in Perth, including the climbs of Kings Park and Reabold Hill, good bunch, nice weather and coffee at the Arc cafe after, noice.

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    Had a bit of an explore today. Checked out the Gurdies down at Grantville. I went there a month or so back and didn't find anything, but with a bit more local knowledge this time we found some decent little single tracks. Probably only about 10kms in total, but some really good decent's and a couple of tricky climbs.

    Good times with some mates.

    Wal.

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    60kms on my brand new road bike (Giant TCR Advanced 2) today. First time ever on a road bike, so was just taking it easy, getting used to the lower position, competing with saw hands due to the outstretched position on the brakes, figuring out the gearing and turning circles etc.
    Was about the same pace (maybe a bit slower) as I would usually do on my mountain bike, but the intensity was incredibly low (122bpm average over 2:26).
    Incredibly quick up hills though - a climb that would normally take me 2m45 I did in 1m55 with a much lower heart rate and was at the top before I even realized it, thinking "is that it!?"

    Heading out to the You Yangs tomorrow, since I couldn't get a lift to the working bee at Werribee. Should be there for about 4 hours. Have put Sl/Cr XPedo Mountain Force pedals on my Talon now - the 300g version o the Ti/Ti (200 grams) ones I have on my race bike.

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    Headed out to St Andrews today. I left early because I wanted to clarify where some tracks went - did about 5 km doing that. Then a mate and I did the revised and updated loop, 40km incorporating every section. We went flat out and did it in a smidge under three hours. Was really feeling it at the end as there is a lot more climbing now. Then in about 5 minutes I downed a gatorade, a swiss chicken pie, a tandoori sausage roll followed by a flat white and muffin.
    Found a heap more singletrack as well, I think out of the 40km it was about 75% singletrack/narrow firetrail.

    Akashra, I thought those xpedo pedals were no longer available?
    Do they suit SPDs? What do you think of them?

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