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    ...and I dare say to chuck a worm in at as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodpuddle
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    The lake - fishing... (drown a worm, throw a worm in, etc.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob
    The lake - fishing... (drown a worm, throw a worm in, etc.)
    Sure does. When our camping gear gets here mid January- we will be sure to go camping for the weekend.

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    My NYE extended weekend consisted of a camping trip to the Otways - Lake Elizabeth to be precise - and an opportunity to sample the Forrest trails.

    In a word - awesome. From what I've read & gathered, the plan is to make Forrest a bit of an MTB mecca. I can only hope that this ends up happening as the terrain in those ranges is just dying to have singletrack littered throughout it.

    Anyway, from our camp (read: pissup) site, it was 50m from a pretty big climb up some singletrack to the Red Carpet run (I think that's what it's called), which after a short pinch, is essentially a mega long, sometimes sweeping, sometimes tight, downhill ST run all the way to the outskirts of Forrest. Easily one of the more memorable runs I've ever had. Myself and 4 others started out together at the top, and myself and a mate on an Anthem were tyre to tyre at the end, with the others a few minutes behind. Some parts where the run opens out into a grass filled clearing were quite a rush considering you couldn't see the trail through the grass. Made it fun & interesting. The blackberry bushes after this gave us all a lasting memory of their presence. Turned around at the bottom and climbed back up the separate track (more uphill friendly), which rewarded us with a nice downhill back to the campsite.

    The next day (NYE) we planned to get up early and check out the Yaugher section which was about 10min away by car. This ended up being 10:30ish start, so by the time we were half way around it was easily 40 degrees.

    Great trails in this section. We aimed to hit all the more technical parts. Grass Tree run was great (love those trees), with one friend having an off into them that he claims was his most comfortable off ever thanks to the cushioning effect of the trees. Then we hit the Mariners trail, which is absolutely sick with some of the best berms I've ever ridden. Can't remember the names of the rest of the trails, but we did most of 10, most of the 7 loop and all of 15, which to be honest, was just so tight it sucked majorly. BUT ... by this stage we were all completely stuffed by the intense heat, so we may have been a little judgemental of anything that didn't provide enough speed to cool us off. 14 was a nice run back to the stinking hot car.

    A little disappointed with the lack of any toilets out at this section, but I'm guessing they're on the plans.

    Overall, an awesome MTB area, with HUGE amounts of potential. Especially if they can start linking up the towns around the Great Otway park. Imagine being able to do Anglesea to Lorne, Apollo Bay, Lavers Hill, Beech Forest, Barramunga, Forrest ... t'would be amazing.

    My main regret - forgetting to take the camera out on both days. Oh well ... will have to head back there again for photo ops (hopefully on cooler days).

    This weekend is hopefully a trip to Buller. Looking forward to the Klingsporn run, which i hear good things about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob
    The lake - fishing... (drown a worm, throw a worm in, etc.)
    thanks. my thick!

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    42km of dirt roads and singletrack. The Cortez's are going well, but the slowness was noticeable at the end of the ride on the smooth, long big ring climbs near home. Great in the rough stuff though.
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    I haven't been able to ride at all. I sold my bike and waiting for the new bits to arrive to build the new one.

    In other words I have been busy completing all my unfinished house projects that I started years ago and not finished... till now (well almost)

    Hope to be back on the bike in two or three weeks.

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    Uphill in the big ring??? Far out!

    40KM at Port Hills. With a full pack weighing 6kg- training for the Otways (well making it harder if that's training!). Elevation gain of 938M with a total of 1,874M (yes i'm liking my Garmin GPS!)

    First time with no dabs on the rocky/ techy down into Sumner- VERY chuffed! One thing is for sure- the tyres are sweet and i think i'm not as afraid of rocks as i was just 5 weeks ago! Great ride!

    The Garmin is a very sweet bit of kit! Check out the google earth stuff!! WOW!



    Or download to view in google earth here!!!

    (You will need to download and run Google Earth first)

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    Blimey that's hi tech!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob
    Blimey that's hi tech!

    Cool huh!

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    ILMP can you give bit of a background (if you don't mind) on where you got the GPS, price, functions etc? Is this one where you can download rides and then use them?
    I know nothing about GPSs. Is googleearth set up to do what you've done or have you somehow superimposed your route over a map?

    Todays ride for me was at St Andrews as usual. We did some of it in reverse, including a ripper new section of trail we happened across, this bit really leant itself to the reverse direction. 30+ kays before the heat got too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    ILMP can you give bit of a background (if you don't mind) on where you got the GPS, price, functions etc? Is this one where you can download rides and then use them?
    I know nothing about GPSs. Is googleearth set up to do what you've done or have you somehow superimposed your route over a map?

    Todays ride for me was at St Andrews as usual. We did some of it in reverse, including a ripper new section of trail we happened across, this bit really leant itself to the reverse direction. 30+ kays before the heat got too bad.

    I've only really had a play wih this "toy" over teh past 2 weeks- and am learning more each time i use it. Google Earth was another "woah"

    The model is the Garmin forerunner 305, I got it on ebay for less tha $300 which includes a full international warranty. In Aus/ NZ they retail for close to $600!

    I got it form this guy in the US- no problems. http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....m=160167673173

    As for its usage- it is as simple as turning it on and it finds the satellites and you are off. When you stop you can pause the timer and start again once your off.

    When you get back from your ride it docks in to a USB dock and imports data into software to give you distance/ ascent/ time and heart rate if you wear the strap. The supplied software is fairly basic but does the job.

    What is cooler is using a service by garmin which is free called motion based- you simply upload the same data (via dock) to the website (into your free account) and you can do satellite views - analyze teh data- and google maps. The google map thing is automatic- nothing else to do other than download it from motionbased and open it

    I'm sure there is more- but i've only played with it for a few days. The GREAT news is that MAC OSX and PC are both catered too

    I am totally blown away with this setup and its a great way to collect my rides and share!

    Any more Q's let me know.

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    im on holidays so every days a weekend...
    i had my first proper trail ride on the weekend we went to The Jinker track and rode about 3 of the tracks and then it started pouring rain so we had to ride home... (1 hr ride) it was awesome

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    WooHoo! Temperatures have finally dropped to a reasonable level, so it's off for about 30 k's of dirt roads and trails. It ain't much, but it's a start...
    "The grass (on the other side) may be greener, but it's just as hard to mow..." - John Butler Trio, "Better than".

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    I headed out at about 7:30 this morning and headed for the rocky steeps a little way from home.

    I was having a rough time on one of the fast descents - couldn't work it out until I realised my Reba was locked out.

    Duh....
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    Went for an evening ride last noght to try and avoid the heat. Just got some new wheels from dirtworks before christmas (notubes arch rims on dice roullette hubs and dt comp spokes) and finally got the stuff from ebay I needed to make them tubeless.

    Well on my first ride with the new tubeless crossmarks I was truly blown away by how much less rolling resistance there was compared to my old tubed crossmarks. I'm also running about 5 psi lower which is so much more comfortable.

    It was a great time to ride and despite the Yarra trails being very dry (like 2-3 cm deep dust in many of the corners) the ride was awsome.

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    Yesterday morning was an early start, 8:00am out at Beaconsfield in an effort to beat the hot weather. Got about 2 hours of XC in out there.
    This morning was an early start (5am) - six hours in the saddle and 160 road k's. Ferntree Gully down to Dromana and back, with some detours. Discovered when I was an hour from home that I only had 60psi in my front and 45psi in the rear, which explained why I was having trouble keeping with our bunch.

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    This weekend gone was my first summer trip to Buller. Having only ever been there when it's covered in snow, it was quite bizarre. Very green up there at the moment.

    We went with the intention of riding the cross country trails, but quickly found out after about 5km that their cross country trails are more like severely washed out, tree covered, rock-fested 4WD tracks. Absolutely s**thouse - Box Canyon loop, for example, was just a sketchy rockslide slide all the way down 300 odd meters, then a climb back up the road. We saw what looked like one decent XC track going off into the bushes, but it was blocked off, and we later learned it was one of Glen Jacob's new tracks. In any case, it seems they're in the process of building a new network of XC tracks for next summer. It's definitely needed.

    So, that left us with the Horse Hill DH tracks. Having taken our bikes down all the DH tracks at the Youies other than Bandages and Glory, we figured the 4 - 5in trail bikes would be able to handle it - which mean saving $120 to hire an old Stinky. We just had to fork out a measly $20 for a FF helmet.

    Have to say - awesome tracks. We mainly stuck to ABOM, and the newer Outlaw & Yellow Post runs. Only had to pull over a couple of times to let the big bikes through, other than that we were flying (well, it felt like it). Heaps of jumps, berms, obstacles, switchbacks ... all at high speed and all in a downward facing direction, with a nice chairlift ride back up at the end. My only regret was not organising to leave one car down the bottom so we could do the Klingsporn trail (from Burnt Hut Spur to Mirimbah).

    At the end of the day, at least 2 of us (myself and another) have vowed to get DH rigs before the end of the year. So much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    This weekend gone was my first summer trip to Buller. Having only ever been there when it's covered in snow, it was quite bizarre. Very green up there at the moment.

    We went with the intention of riding the cross country trails, but quickly found out after about 5km that their cross country trails are more like severely washed out, tree covered, rock-fested 4WD tracks. Absolutely s**thouse - Box Canyon loop, for example, was just a sketchy rockslide slide all the way down 300 odd meters, then a climb back up the road. We saw what looked like one decent XC track going off into the bushes, but it was blocked off, and we later learned it was one of Glen Jacob's new tracks. In any case, it seems they're in the process of building a new network of XC tracks for next summer. It's definitely needed.

    So, that left us with the Horse Hill DH tracks. Having taken our bikes down all the DH tracks at the Youies other than Bandages and Glory, we figured the 4 - 5in trail bikes would be able to handle it - which mean saving $120 to hire an old Stinky. We just had to fork out a measly $20 for a FF helmet.

    Have to say - awesome tracks. We mainly stuck to ABOM, and the newer Outlaw & Yellow Post runs. Only had to pull over a couple of times to let the big bikes through, other than that we were flying (well, it felt like it). Heaps of jumps, berms, obstacles, switchbacks ... all at high speed and all in a downward facing direction, with a nice chairlift ride back up at the end. My only regret was not organising to leave one car down the bottom so we could do the Klingsporn trail (from Burnt Hut Spur to Mirimbah).

    At the end of the day, at least 2 of us (myself and another) have vowed to get DH rigs before the end of the year. So much fun.
    Awesome! I'd love to get a full on DH rig- i reckon it would be a blast with a group of mates on a lazy summers day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    Awesome! I'd love to get a full on DH rig- i reckon it would be a blast with a group of mates on a lazy summers day.
    Indeed ... I expect it will be a blast on any day - regardless of season. But yeah, it makes a nice break from lung busting climbs and it'll be nice to be able to hit lines that I just can't take on the current 5in trail rig.

    That only leaves the (begin:sarcasm) really difficult and tiresome (end:sarcasm) task of researching and shopping for the new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    Indeed ... I expect it will be a blast on any day - regardless of season. But yeah, it makes a nice break from lung busting climbs and it'll be nice to be able to hit lines that I just can't take on the current 5in trail rig.

    That only leaves the (begin:sarcasm) really difficult and tiresome (end:sarcasm) task of researching and shopping for the new bike.
    He he I reckon it helps with the SkiLZ too To many smooth groomed trails can really take the edge off (Lysterfield anyone?)

    Let us know how the *search* n' *build* of the new toy goes I'd be interested in seeing a DH being built!

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    The new hoops sound great woody45, always wondered what tubeless were like...Enjoy!
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    Yes Woody....

    Just got back from a quick blast up the Yarra, very dusty indeed, but still a quick fun run!! The dust did make some corners a bit washout prone. Also big props to the trail fairies who have been doing a bit of work out there, good job!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog
    Just got back from a quick blast up the Yarra, very dusty indeed, but still a quick fun run!! The dust did make some corners about washout prone. Also big props to the trail fairies who have been doing a bit of work out there, good job!!!

    Wal
    Yep - big props to the trail fairies, the loop near Burke Road is ssoooo much better now.

    Did 42 kms tonight....not sure about the new 'pink ribbon' section..though I may have ridden it the wrong way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    Yep - big props to the trail fairies, the loop near Burke Road is ssoooo much better now.

    Did 42 kms tonight....not sure about the new 'pink ribbon' section..though I may have ridden it the wrong way.

    Did the pink ribbon trail a week or two ago. We turned right off the main trail and followed the track to a 'Y' fork. We took the lower trail which led to a couple of steep wide uphill switchbacks, then some tighter switchbacks on the descent and we came back to the 'Y' on the higher trail forming a loop. Is this it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    Yep - big props to the trail fairies, the loop near Burke Road is ssoooo much better now.
    Do you mean the section adjacent to the gravel part of the Yarra Trail, near the farmland flats, on the north east side of the Burke Rd bridge? Or the section on both sides of the sealed part of the Yarra Trail, in amongst all the ground cover and near the sand & gravel place, on the south west side of Burke Rd bridge?

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    Arvo at the Yangs

    Spent yesterday afternoon at the You Yangs, that place never fails to provide much enjoyment. It would be nice to have a bit of shelter and maybe some running water at the lower stockyards carpark. That might just be me.

    Also while i'm at it, i think the should be another track to get from the bottom to the top. Something reminiscent of the "Snozza's Hill" at the Kona 24hr in December, again this might just be me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    Do you mean the section adjacent to the gravel part of the Yarra Trail, near the farmland flats, on the north east side of the Burke Rd bridge? Or the section on both sides of the sealed part of the Yarra Trail, in amongst all the ground cover and near the sand & gravel place, on the south west side of Burke Rd bridge?
    When i mentioned the trail fairies i was referring to the loop the starts at the water fountain.

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    Aah, that loop. Gotcha. Will check it out tonight ... wondering if the huge log and hole combination that I'm thinking of has been cleared up.

    And I totally agree about the Youies. Pit toilets at the top & bottom car parks, and a climb maybe alongside Cressy back up to the top, or maybe make the push-up track next to GMBC descent a bit more 'XC Climb' friendly. Then it'd be poifect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    Aah, that loop. Gotcha. Will check it out tonight ... wondering if the huge log and hole combination that I'm thinking of has been cleared up.

    And I totally agree about the Youies. Pit toilets at the top & bottom car parks, and a climb maybe alongside Cressy back up to the top, or maybe make the push-up track next to GMBC descent a bit more 'XC Climb' friendly. Then it'd be poifect.
    If we're thinking of the same log and hole, it's still there but they've built a bit of a log ride that cuts through the inside of the corner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    Did the pink ribbon trail a week or two ago. We turned right off the main trail and followed the track to a 'Y' fork. We took the lower trail which led to a couple of steep wide uphill switchbacks, then some tighter switchbacks on the descent and we came back to the 'Y' on the higher trail forming a loop. Is this it?
    Yet that is the one...but the trail is maybe 3km long...did you ride that far? It sounds like you rode it the way that I did. Next time I'll try it the other way...it might be more enjoyable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog
    It would be nice to have a bit of shelter and maybe some running water at the lower stockyards carpark.
    Wal.
    Hey Wal, I was there just after x-mas with a mate, and we were thinking the same thing. Who do we talk to to make it happen??

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    Hey Wal, I was there just after x-mas with a mate, and we were thinking the same thing. Who do we talk to to make it happen??
    I've heard the park rangers at the main park entrance (off Branch Rd) are pretty good and know lots about what's happening in the park from an MTB point of view. They might be a good point of call. Other than that, I think the Geelong Mountain Bike Club do most of the work out at the Youies. Indeed, the page linked below to their site outlines some of the changes that are going on out at the other side of the park. No mention of facilities for Stockyards.
    http://gmbc.com.au/main/index.php?op...id=18&Itemid=2

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    I just did 35ks this morning - ripped the Cortez's off, put the Mibros back on and picked up a gear in a few places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    I've heard the park rangers at the main park entrance (off Branch Rd) are pretty good and know lots about what's happening in the park from an MTB point of view. They might be a good point of call. Other than that, I think the Geelong Mountain Bike Club do most of the work out at the Youies. Indeed, the page linked below to their site outlines some of the changes that are going on out at the other side of the park. No mention of facilities for Stockyards.
    http://gmbc.com.au/main/index.php?op...id=18&Itemid=2
    Yeah i read that proposal a while back it sounds pretty good to me. It's interesting that they've continued to build the link track between Stockyards and Western Plantation with this in the pipeworks.

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    wasnt the weekend... Holidays!
    Went to the Jinker track and found a new track which was great, also rode the big kart track today... (on a go-kart :P)

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    Just got back from now what has become my mid week ride This time i rode up Rapaki and teh vernan track (up again) then across some of the best single track i've ridden to Victoria Park. Met up with some peeps who ride this trail each wednesday so I'm in with this next week- apparently it ends in the pub afterwards

    So Puddleduck when are you visiting.. ha! and did you manage to get a place for the otways? Jason is in for the 50km not the 100km as he is fat ha ha, One thing though he is getting a 29r Niner dually! I think you have inspired him with your wheels of justice

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog
    If we're thinking of the same log and hole, it's still there but they've built a bit of a log ride that cuts through the inside of the corner.
    Did 65km today on the Yarra trails including the pink ribbon trail and the Hiedleberg drinking fountain loop. Managed to do the log ride on my second try and am loving the trail work done. I always ride off to the left at the start of the loop. How does everyone else ride it?

    Does anyone know if they have official trail work days on the Yarra trails. I was thinking some work could be done on the off camber/benched trail before you go up the hill and down to the Fairfield Boat House.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woody45
    Did 65km today on the Yarra trails including the pink ribbon trail and the Hiedleberg drinking fountain loop. Managed to do the log ride on my second try and am loving the trail work done. I always ride off to the left at the start of the loop. How does everyone else ride it?

    Does anyone know if they have official trail work days on the Yarra trails. I was thinking some work could be done on the off camber/benched trail before you go up the hill and down to the Fairfield Boat House.
    Just got back from, a quick blast up the Yarra myself, but it was more like 20ish kms for me. I did log ride first go today, i was happy with it, but believe me it wasn't pretty!!! I usually ride the loop counter clockwise, so straight through the gap in the fence and continuing on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog
    Just got back from, a quick blast up the Yarra myself, but it was more like 20ish kms for me. I did log ride first go today, i was happy with it, but believe me it wasn't pretty!!! I usually ride the loop counter clockwise, so straight through the gap in the fence and continuing on.

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    What is this log ride? is there new stuff on the drinking fountain loop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    What is this log ride? is there new stuff on the drinking fountain loop?
    There's some shall we say "groomed areas" on the drinking fountain loop. The log ride is basically 2-3 metre long tree trunk laying flat on the ground and is about 4-5 inches wide, it's been placed on the corner that has the big hole on the left if your riding the loop anti-clockwise. It basically cuts through the inside line of the corner. Nothing super exciting, but it's always cool to find some new stuff out on the trail. There's also a nice berm building up on once of the corners in the loop too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woody45
    Managed to do the log ride on my second try and am loving the trail work done. I always ride off to the left at the start of the loop. How does everyone else ride it?
    Same as Wal - anti-clockwise. I'm heading down tonight to see this trail fairy work firsthand. Going to be hot though ...
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    Does anyone know if they have official trail work days on the Yarra trails. I was thinking some work could be done on the off camber/benched trail before you go up the hill and down to the Fairfield Boat House.
    I don't know if there's even a "they" to speak of when it comes to the Yarra Trails and any work that could be done on them. I've seen rangers drive through a gate near the fountain and drive all the way in to the middle where the hacks keep trying to build some jumps. I was waiting for them to say something to me but it seems they didn't mind us riding the loop. They just poked around, looked annoyingly at the mess, then reversed back out.

    As for the section you're talking about hear the boat ramp, from my understanding, it's strictly 'no MTB' from Chandler Highway downstream to the lookout (which encompasses Fairfield boathouse). I am only going on what other people say, since I always seem to be looking in the other direction when I go past the supposed signs that indicate this. No matter how hard I try, I just keep missing those signs, and am thus ignorant while on the trails.

    But as for the rest of the trails, I'd happily head down with a rake and a shovel if it were allowed as there's heaps of places where it could be improved to be more sustainable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    Same as Wal - anti-clockwise. I'm heading down tonight to see this trail fairy work firsthand. Going to be hot though ...

    I don't know if there's even a "they" to speak of when it comes to the Yarra Trails and any work that could be done on them. I've seen rangers drive through a gate near the fountain and drive all the way in to the middle where the hacks keep trying to build some jumps. I was waiting for them to say something to me but it seems they didn't mind us riding the loop. They just poked around, looked annoyingly at the mess, then reversed back out.

    As for the section you're talking about hear the boat ramp, from my understanding, it's strictly 'no MTB' from Chandler Highway downstream to the lookout (which encompasses Fairfield boathouse). I am only going on what other people say, since I always seem to be looking in the other direction when I go past the supposed signs that indicate this. No matter how hard I try, I just keep missing those signs, and am thus ignorant while on the trails.

    But as for the rest of the trails, I'd happily head down with a rake and a shovel if it were allowed as there's heaps of places where it could be improved to be more sustainable.
    I'm in for some trail work, who do we call to find out if it's allowed, Parks Victoria?

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    Maybe talk to fat tyre fliers, I believe they (or some of their members) have been involved in trail work so they might know the best way to go about getting permission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    As for the section you're talking about hear the boat ramp, from my understanding, it's strictly 'no MTB' from Chandler Highway downstream to the lookout (which encompasses Fairfield boathouse). I am only going on what other people say, since I always seem to be looking in the other direction when I go past the supposed signs that indicate this. No matter how hard I try, I just keep missing those signs, and am thus ignorant while on the trails.

    But as for the rest of the trails, I'd happily head down with a rake and a shovel if it were allowed as there's heaps of places where it could be improved to be more sustainable.
    I don't ride the trails all near the boathouse (except at night) because there seem to be no biking signs everywhere. I'm talking about the trails just after the bit where you ride along directly beside the Chandler Highway. If they are the ones you are talking about then I've never seen any signs either.

    Thanks Some Guy, I think the Fat Tyre Flyers might be the local club so I might check it out.

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    40km on the Yarra trails this morning....perfect weather....faster ever average speed too.

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    43km Christchurch >>Port Hills>>Sumner >> Christchurch

    Massive headwind to the extent that i could hardly turn the cranks from Sumner to the city centre. I'm pooped- sun burnt and inhaling food. Perfect

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    Oh yeah, finally got to sample the fabled St. Andrews today. Well worth the wait indeed. Cheers to Hud and his crew for being top tour guides.

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    2 laps of the first Chase the Sun series course at Lysty. Another perfect day. Seems like the trail fairies have been at work at Lysty on the Comm Games course - thanks to whomever you are.

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    nerang state forest both yesterday and saturday. Yesterday rode out on the firetrails for an hour and covered 7.9km!! That is one hilly ride. it took me less than 15 minutes to come back on the same track going the opposite way. Anyone here ride out there regularly?
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    1 lap of the first Chase the Sun series course at Lysterfield... looks like a popular ride... done SS and rigid.

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    30 Kms of dirt road, trail and a rediscovered piece of rocky single track to sharpen up my p*ss poor technical skills.
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    Silvan/Mt Dande

    Three of us headed out, John, Mitchell and I. Started off dry but after there was constant drizzle keeping things damp. Didn't get cold though as it was quite humid. Lots of slippery logs to negotiate. 30km, a bit over three hours ride time.
    Good fun but due to the wet it wouldn't have been a great introduction to Silvan for 1st timers.
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    Good to see someone but me still likes HT's.

    Good pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob
    Good to see someone but me still likes HT's.

    Good pics.
    Yeah where's the Superlight Hud?? Don't like getting mud on it?

    After all my mates bailed on a Youies run, I managed 25km along the Yarra trails today. Ventured over to 'The Other Side' of the Yarra for the first time. Found some pretty sweet single track between Freeway Golf and Manningham Rd, but it didn't last very long. In getting there I found the log ride on the fountain loop that was mentioned earlier. Tricky, but much faster just to ride up that root and over it instead (heading counter clockwise). I noticed some of the ruts had been filled in and a berm added too. Nice. There was also a bit of work done upstream on the way to Westerfolds I noticed. Ran into a guy I saw at Forrest over New Years who thankfully worded me up on a pit bull being walked up ahead off it's leash. Hate those dogs. Thankfully the owner had taken his advice and put it on it's leash before I got there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    Yeah where's the Superlight Hud?? Don't like getting mud on it?

    After all my mates bailed on a Youies run, I managed 25km along the Yarra trails today. Ventured over to 'The Other Side' of the Yarra for the first time. Found some pretty sweet single track between Freeway Golf and Manningham Rd, but it didn't last very long. In getting there I found the log ride on the fountain loop that was mentioned earlier. Tricky, but much faster just to ride up that root and over it instead (heading counter clockwise). I noticed some of the ruts had been filled in and a berm added too. Nice. There was also a bit of work done upstream on the way to Westerfolds I noticed. Ran into a guy I saw at Forrest over New Years who thankfully worded me up on a pit bull being walked up ahead off it's leash. Hate those dogs. Thankfully the owner had taken his advice and put it on it's leash before I got there.

    Superlight is having its shock serviced. I'm missing it dreadfully.*sobs*
    Still, I love my steel HT and its always my choice at silvan.

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    Just got back from a week in Blaire Gowrie on the Mornington Penisula. Got about 4 rides in up and down Arthurs Seat a few times. There are some fun singletracks and super fast fire roads to ride, not to mention on of the hardest (and amazingly well built) downhill tracks I've ridden. Being on a cross-country hardtail can't have helped but I still managed to ride most of the way down with the brake rotors almost red hot by the bottom.

    There is some good riding around there, but mostly it gave me some hill practice for the Otway Odyssey.

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    The usual 43km ish Port Hills into Sumner- no dabs into Sumner again- with a huge head wind (as usual) that near blew me off (ahem) the skinny trails- with dirt and bits of earth hurtling at me (glasses are good huh)

    What made this ride very special is that i met up with a guy who rides in a club- regular rides in Christchurch and also events.... and i've been invited to join them next ride After six weeks- meeting up with some fellow riders will be ace!

    I also received the house hold stuff by ship yesterday so the hardtail was taken out today I've missed it ALOT- and it was superb being back carving up the trails and feeling every part of them beneath me.

    I've only ridden the dually for a few months and today made my mind up to sell the trek fuel frame and replace it with a steel one that takes 130mm forks and swap over all the parts..... i just prefer hardtails. Yes- i might ride slower on some techy decents- but i love the feeling of acceleration and i judge my speed so much better too on a hardtail.... i have not "woo - hooo'd" for a while and today was definitely had some "woo- hooo" moments

    Here is a piccy of the ride- a lynskey titanium- the wheel and tyres are great for the rocky trails in the hills here- the XTR wheels that i rode before arriving here will only be seen at events like the Otways












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    Quote Originally Posted by woody45
    ...not to mention on of the hardest (and amazingly well built) downhill tracks I've ridden. Being on a cross-country hardtail can't have helped but I still managed to ride most of the way down with the brake rotors almost red hot by the bottom.
    If it's the one I'm thinking of - further around to the North side of the ridge from the Arthurs Seat Road, that's really well hidden, then yeah - I've done this one too. Very hard indeed. Mainly because of how steep it gets. I'm told some of it ventures across into that quarry so I'm going to check that out next time I'm down there.

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    Just hit up the Yarra today for a quick 20km blast. Was hoping for it to be a lot longer, but my riding companion was feeling the pinch and wasn't keen for much more than what we did.

    Hey Nuclear, were you out there today? I just thought i may have passed you on the asphalt that runs beside the Eastern Freeway, realised to late to call out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog
    Hey Nuclear, were you out there today? I just thought i may have passed you on the asphalt that runs beside the Eastern Freeway, realised to late to call out.
    Nah, wasn't me. Good thing you didn't call out

    Heading to Lysty about 5 - 5:30pm this Wednesday if anyone's interested in a post-work bash?

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    Wet stuff Sat

    Went out for an ill conceived late Sat ride and nearly got washed into the Yarra at several places! We should have just stuck a trainer in the bath!

    This pic is under Heidelberg Rd on Merri Ck:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piker
    Went out for an ill conceived late Sat ride and nearly got washed into the Yarra at several places! We should have just stuck a trainer in the bath!

    This pic is under Heidelberg Rd on Merri Ck:
    Noice I see on the news that Aus has had lots of rain? Is it green everywhere?

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    That brings back memories.

    I went for a tool around on what's known as the Cahill's Rd. track this arvo after work - I felt a bit flat from a few early mornings. Damn it was loose, gravelly and washed out in places - recent storms have blown down all manner of crap, and the 2.1 Mibros I put back on nearly put me on my face a couple of times, just deciding to "tuck" all of a sudden. I'm going to remount my 2.2 Cortez's and try this getto tubeless caper everyone is on about.

    *vomits at thought of extra weight going on bike*
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    44ish KM Lake Taylor to Hurunui Hut. Back on the hardtail and loving it- amazing what a ti frame and 2.3 tyres can do

    Here are some piccys of the group that set out early today






















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    75km at St Andrews with Mitchell, J_775 and his mate. Started st 7:30 back to the cars at 4:30. Phew!
    Felt pretty good at the end of it though and didn't cramp once.

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    230km on roads for me, longest in a day I've ever done. Tagged onto the back of Troy Bailey (holy crap was that ever a stupid idea) and I was cactus by the time we got back to Mt Martha. The cruise home was seriously uncomfortable - never before have I struggled so much to stay balanced and upright.
    (I basically didn't eat enough early in and by the time we got to Frankston on the way down was feeling pretty bad).
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    password - great pics. NZ rocks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodpuddle
    password - great pics. NZ rocks!
    Thanks mate- yes- it's like being a kid in a candy store! Good times

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    Not quite all on the weekend but when you're on holidays it's always the weekend!. Thursday drove to Canberra, rode around Lake Burley Griffin with the gf, drove home. Drove to Canberra again the next day by myself to ride around Mt Stromlo, didn't realise the Nationals were on there but still rode the XC course during practice time then drove home and rode a 50km road loop. Today rode Manly Dam for the first time.

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    Great country ILMP.

    I took the gehtto tubeless Mibros for 35km of dirt road and doubletrack. They are working fine - but low volume tyres like the Mibro are limited bu just how soft you can run them. On the back I was getting a nice ride, but a bit of wallowing in to corners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob
    Great country ILMP.

    I took the gehtto tubeless Mibros for 35km of dirt road and doubletrack. They are working fine - but low volume tyres like the Mibro are limited bu just how soft you can run them. On the back I was getting a nice ride, but a bit of wallowing in to corners.

    Sweet I'm >< this close to going tubeless for the Otways...... are you running stans or standard? I'm not sure why i'm so scared to go tubeless

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    Sweet I'm >< this close to going tubeless for the Otways...... are you running stans or standard? I'm not sure why i'm so scared to go tubeless
    I had wanted to run Stan's but the LBS didn't have any. I was about to give up on it when a local XC racer told me to get a can of "pump it up" from Supercheap. It's an aerosol "fix a flat" can that actually blows up the tyre as well as pumping sealant in. About 1/3 of the can in each. To be honest I don't think it's that good a sealant, as it took a long while to seal one little pihole I had in the front tyre's sidewall.

    I'm running regular non UST IRC Mibro 2.1's - the 2.2 Kenda Cortez's I wanted to use just wouldn't seal. Rims are 317's with 1.95 - 2.1 Tioga Scraeder valve BMX tubes for the ghetto setup. I've had no issues with sealing at the bead at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob
    I had wanted to run Stan's but the LBS didn't have any. I was about to give up on it when a local XC racer told me to get a can of "pump it up" from Supercheap. It's an aerosol "fix a flat" can that actually blows up the tyre as well as pumping sealant in. About 1/3 of the can in each. To be honest I don't think it's that good a sealant, as it took a long while to seal one little pihole I had in the front tyre's sidewall.

    I'm running regular non UST IRC Mibro 2.1's - the 2.2 Kenda Cortez's I wanted to use just wouldn't seal. Rims are 317's with 1.95 - 2.1 Tioga Scraeder valve BMX tubes for the ghetto setup. I've had no issues with sealing at the bead at all.

    Cheers I think it's time to try it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    Cheers I think it's time to try it....
    What rubber you going to roll?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob
    What rubber you going to roll?
    They will be setup on the XTR wheels- so maxxis crossmarks...... which will seem like commuting rubber compared to what i've been riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    They will be setup on the XTR wheels- so maxxis crossmarks...... which will seem like commuting rubber compared to what i've been riding
    Good volume on 'em for the stated size. Was checking out my mate's 2.1's on his I Drive 4 just the other day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob
    Good volume on 'em for the stated size. Was checking out my mate's 2.1's on his I Drive 4 just the other day.
    Yeah- i used a set for the last 12 months- they were great for Aussie trails

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    I'm using 2.1 u.s.t crossmarks on my notubes arch rims and am loving them. Mainly the low rolling resitence and comfort but the extra grip is noticable (mainly becuase of the lower pressure). I put a scoop and a bit of stans sealant in each and am using stans valves.

    It's what I'm going to use for the Otway Odyssey and I think it should be a good setup.

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    Just got back from a 100km epic. Posted pictures up in the passion forum. Great ride!

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    A good idea to get a few rides in on your stans setup before a big race to make sure its all okay. I headed to sydney straight after setting up, only to find one was leaking when I got there. Luckily good help was available to fix it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    A good idea to get a few rides in on your stans setup before a big race to make sure its all okay. I headed to sydney straight after setting up, only to find one was leaking when I got there. Luckily good help was available to fix it up.
    yeah i never change anything before an event- i'll most likley play with this after the otways....

    are you excited yet ?

    taking the hardtail or full boing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    yeah i never change anything before an event- i'll most likley play with this after the otways....

    are you excited yet ?

    taking the hardtail or full boing?

    I'm excited!
    Amazing how quickly time passes once it gets to a month away. Only a few more weekends to put in the big rides.
    I'll take the Superlight. After 100km and the bumpy Forrest tracks I'll be glad to do a bit of sittin' towards the end. I'm sure you understand, being a rigid HT rider.
    I'm getting SL fettled, I just had the shock serviced, I'll throw on a new chain. check pads and cables and she'll be a goer.
    I'm also planning to re-stans before the Otway. I'm going to run a couple of the new Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25s. I've noticed for '08 they have a new 'snakeskin' model with a tougher sidewall. This is great as they are prone to scraping up easily and then leaking stans. So I'll run one of these on the rear and a standard on the front. Just hope the weather is good.

    Though I must admit I loved the Ala Carte out at St Andrews last weekend, 75km of tough riding, there is a certain magic in a steel HT.

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    First time out at the Yarra Trails for me today - 7 of us turned up for an FGP club ride, with me being the only one on a hardtail. In the process I managed to wash out once (while deliberately trying to find the limits of my tyres, something I'm trying to learn and get a feel for) and also managed to go over the bars while trying to take a line which I thought would be trickier along a fenceline (it was). Also managed to nearly fall down a steep face of a hill... three times in about five minutes.
    2 1/2 hours total on the trails, no idea of the distance. Another 2 hours to ride home.

    Might go out to Lysterfield and do two laps on the singlespeed tomorrow.
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    Very busy on my little loop this morning. Not far in I passed three trail sisters and their Weimeraner trail dawg, then passed another couple, then didn't see a soul after that. Added in a new section that I found out 4x4 driving yesterday - a rollercoaster section through a bunch of gold diggings. A really fun section with lots of loose sections, washouts and a couple of good climbs.
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    Monster ride today 76km covering pretty much every trail i've ridden on Port Hills to date. Lots and lots of climbing with a gain of nearly 2,842m over the course of 5.5 hrs.

    I can honestly say i've never climbed so much in one day I'm absolutely rooted! Riding on 2.3 tractor tyres also adds that 'little bit of burn . My training for the Otways (well if you can call it that!) of riding most days on the hills seems to be working.....

    76km- 6 gels- 5lt water- a flat- terrible sunburn *tutt tutt*- and head winds that made me feel still on most flat sections!- 4 jacket spuds with beans, cheese and pineapple! what a great day. I'm doing nothing for a few days i can tell you!



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    I'm coming over one day to ride that open singletrack that goes on forever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    I'm coming over one day to ride that open singletrack that goes on forever...


    I'll be your guide......

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    Those port hills tracks are awesome, fast and flowing single track!. Probably the highlight of things to do in Christchurch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowleyd
    Those port hills tracks are awesome, fast and flowing single track!. Probably the highlight of things to do in Christchurch!
    Riding yeah The trails are quite rocky in most parts though- its not all really smooth single track- but there is heaps

    The city is great too (i think so anyhow ) with some amazing cafes and places to eat- there is also a buzzing Arts scene too.... and is amazingly bike friendly- like no where else i've seen. The ocean is 10 mins away too.... the Southern Alps an hour away...and the surrounds in any direction have some awesome trails.

    For outdoors it's mental here- and so rugged!

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    Great pictures. That singletrack looks great and I want to swim in that bay. Looks like a great place to ride!

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    Nothing I needed a weekend off Ate ice- cream went to the beach- ate fish and chips - watched TV.

    ****- I'll have to climb like a dog next week to work it all off- haha.

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    I have no bike..... So, no riding for Grant. Hurry up Dirtworks give me my shock back!!!!

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    Victorian State Series round 3 at the You Yangs (Stockyards) for me today. 3rd place in Sport B, absolutely stoked with that performance considering I was expecting 20th or higher at Stockyards.
    Quote Originally Posted by tom2304
    Yep farkin.net is mostly immature kids asking how to put dual crown forks on hardtails and such.

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    Just completed my final 100km ride before the Otway Odyssey.Good ride, except for a killer headwind in some spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    Nothing I needed a weekend off Ate ice- cream went to the beach- ate fish and chips - watched TV.

    ****- I'll have to climb like a dog next week to work it all off- haha.
    What he said, except I didn't even go to the beach *laughs*

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    Too busy to ride this w/end. Waiting for my new bottom bracket from T7 to replace my 18 month old creaky and clunky Truvative Isis
    Less isn't MOAR

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    Quote Originally Posted by akashra
    Victorian State Series round 3 at the You Yangs (Stockyards) for me today. 3rd place in Sport B, absolutely stoked with that performance considering I was expecting 20th or higher at Stockyards.
    nice one

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    44km. 1700 vertical meters climbed + roaring southerly = me shagged. All done on my hardtail converted to a cyclo cross demon bike. Skinny tyres hurt my butt.


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