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    What did we all ride on the weekend?

    I got a ride in Sunday morning, appreciating the fact that there was some degree of moisture in the ground from a little rain we had in Vic. No little "POOOOF!" of powder as you hit two inch deep patches of bulldust, not so much washout from loose corners and the bush had that clean, gum tree smell.

    I did a 36km rolling hills ride, which is a combination of hilly dirt roads and rocky double track, just a few minutes from home. Put it in the big ring and let 'er rip. It looked like it might rain for a while, but unfortunately it all blew away.


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    In a 6man social team for the Kooralbyn 24hr.

    Pissed down rain on Friday but that made the track perfect. Not dusty not too muddy.

    Loved it!

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    Lysterfield had plenty of large mud puddles and thick mud/soil. I was alone though so didn't really want to push it, nor was I really in the mood for getting mud all over myself

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    WSMTB had a club XC race on at Yarramundi on Sunday morning so that's where I was. I was 6 minutes faster this round than last so even though I was up the back of the pack I was still pretty happy! Did bust a spoke though...

    Conditions were pretty dry and dusty with a few spots of rain during the race, although not enough to wet the ground.
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    I rode at Castlemaine for the first(!) time. Nothing beats the rush you get from riding some great singletrack for the first time, especially when rain the day before has made the ground nice and grippy with not a puddle to be seen.
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    I rode out at the Youies Sat morning before the rain set in. Extremely dusty. At the beginning of the Cressy Climb (going down), one of us came off purely due to lack of visibility. Trav's diamond Track was probably the best spot of the day - we were the only ones on it most of the time, despite the full carpark.

    Once the wooden berms started getting wet after the first few drops, we decided to pack it in.

    Good 4 hours of solid riding though - can't complain.

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    Check out the Juice in action


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    Lysterfield, Saturday morning

    Got a ride in before the rain on Saturday morning at Lysterfield. 32kms of dusty single track. Hadnt been out there for a few weeks, so it was good to get back into it. Very dry and dusty though, seems like each time I'm out there, theres another dead tree that has fallen over. Hopefully the rain on the weekend has freshened things up a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    I rode out at the Youies Sat morning before the rain set in. Extremely dusty. At the beginning of the Cressy Climb (going down), one of us came off purely due to lack of visibility. Trav's diamond Track was probably the best spot of the day - we were the only ones on it most of the time, despite the full carpark.

    Once the wooden berms started getting wet after the first few drops, we decided to pack it in.


    Good 4 hours of solid riding though - can't complain.
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    I tried these out:



    yup... 720 grams

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    Ouch! After my experience on the weekend I'm not going near flats again - 8 stitches.

    And for my least favourite bike, this one



    Which used to be bike_freak's

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    Quote Originally Posted by alchemist
    Ouch! After my experience on the weekend I'm not going near flats again - 8 stitches.

    And for my least favourite bike, this one



    Which used to be bike_freak's

    Ouch.... 8 stitches is a good wound Sorry to hear that.

    perhaps it was the rider's overzealous nature on the "fun bike" ?~ ~!

    Flat's take some getting used to... funny how you are in control of a bike clipless then try the flats and feel out of control... yet after a while they can teach you to flow with the bike and move it intuitively...

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    I hit the Yarra trails on Saturday with one of my mates who is recovering from a knee reco. Got nice and muddy, it was soooooooooo good to ride in the rain, it just feels really fresh! Now if it would only just bucket down some more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Mountain
    I tried these out:



    yup... 720 grams
    Jesus, a few beer cans gave their lives to make them, LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Some Guy
    I rode at Castlemaine for the first(!) time. Nothing beats the rush you get from riding some great singletrack for the first time, especially when rain the day before has made the ground nice and grippy with not a puddle to be seen.

    The 'Maine is within striking distance for me, but I've never ridden it. I hear there are some good tracks.
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    Yeah it's definately worth the trip, although finding all the singletrack can be tough
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    Spent the weekend in Canberra, rode Stromlo, Sparrow and Majura! Much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alchemist
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    that is just plain scary....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob
    Jesus, a few beer cans gave their lives to make them, LOL!
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    Did a bit of Stromlo on Saturday afternoon, Sparrow Hill on Sunday morning, and managed to get a quick lap in at Majura yesterday morning (two days off work - YIPPEE!)

    While not actually riding I spent this morning on a DJ hunt - only visited two suburbs and a forest and managed to find 8 DJ sites between them. (Now if that doesn't scream Community Demand for them I don't know what will).

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    Got a new bike yet ?, you mentioned a while ago it could be on the cards.

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    awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_N
    that is just plain scary....
    Nice one Steve!!
    Looks like you are having some fun there.
    I am really impressed on how compliant the Soma's ride is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sicwombat
    Got a new bike yet ?, you mentioned a while ago it could be on the cards.

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    Not sure if this was directed at me, if so, no new bike i'm dealing with a severe bout of upgradeitis. New wheelset and brakes should be here next week, more to come after that.

    On the subject of this thread last minute decision to head to the You Yangs today, bit of rain over night has hopefully got rid of some dust and some more rain today could make for some fun on those wooden berms down there!

    Good times!!

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    "Yeah the Reign is going very well indeed, still might be a new steed on the horizon though.....more on that another time."

    Hey waldog, you posted this a while ago. Looks as though you have gone for the upgrades instead. What brakes and wheels did you decide on ?

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    Just got back from the Yangs!

    I'm back, what a ride! Went on so many tracks that i've never ridden before, day was great until this happened......





    So yeah in reference to sicwombat's previous post, i'm getting a new wheelset Whats funny is that i'd already ordered it and it will be here monday, and that is why i'm smiling in the picture. Brakes wise looks like some HFX-9 Carbons, i like the bite and power.

    Fun and games at the Yangs. the best part was we'd been riding for a couple of hours and this happened a couple of hundred metes from the carpark!

    Good times.

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    Bah, she’ll pull straight with a good true…

    How on earth did you manage that, did you try and huck off that rock instead of rolling it?

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    Well I worked all weekend so all I did was ride the Karate Monkey commuter to work and back.

    80k's in total is not a bad workout though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Low_Rider
    Bah, she’ll pull straight with a good true…

    How on earth did you manage that, did you try and huck off that rock instead of rolling it?

    Dave.
    You'd think something along those lines, but i didn't try to huck the whole thing, not enough speed, not enough transition and mostly not enough testicles! I pretty much just popped off the last little lip, and the whole wheel caved, it busted at the join.



    so yeah.

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    No ride for me this weekend, busy with with a new bang stick I just got...
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    Urgghhh... Roadie ride, there was good quality pie involved though. Haven't quite finished off the temporary GT, need to swap the brakes and bar when I get them.

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    Not much riding for me either, but I did finish assembling n+1 , fixed my 1x1 and am still battling with a stuck BB on the Baum

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    Four Gorges
    Stacked hard and landed on my wrist. Then stupidly continued to ride for two hours.
    Should be no problem to ride the Dirt Works one handed. It's not like it's bumpy out there or anything...
    I hadn't had a roadie crash in years. It's worth trying to avoid them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alchemist
    am still battling with a stuck BB on the Baum
    That's gunna hurt! Steel frame right, not ti?

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    Steel, soaking in WD-40 now. If it doesnt come out I can always ride the 1x1 fixie or the SS Crosser in the DW50

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    I wish it would actually rain instead of this useless drizzle!

    No real riding for me this weekend, although I did get out for a bit of a roll around town to scout a few things to play on a little later.

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    A maiden voyage plus pouring rain, how good!

    Got this built up late last night (well early this morning while watching the cricket) and took it for a burn before work. Lots of rain, lots of mud, lots of fun - it reminds me why I like light bikes - 8.6kg and so easy to throw around.

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    The best part, a magic gear, no tensioner is so good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog
    I'm back, what a ride! Went on so many tracks that i've never ridden before, day was great until this happened...
    How the heck!?

    Surely there's gotta be a good story behind this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Low_Rider
    I wish it would actually rain instead of this useless drizzle!

    No real riding for me this weekend, although I did get out for a bit of a roll around town to scout a few things to play on a little later.

    We got lots down in Vic.
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    That’s great to hear!

    We've had just enough to make things miserable here, although if assignments hadn’t of got in the way I would probably have been out in it having a ball!

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    Well, my riding this weekend went really well.

    Went out to Westgate Park on Saturday to show a mate the track - he's going to start racing as of this coming week. After doing a few laps at a reasonable pace, I went out and did one more flat chat, and absolutely smashed my personal best - took a whole 45 seconds off it - and that was using my heavy wheelset (race wheelset is about 1.8kg lighter). Ie, I reckon I could do a 9:20 given the right circumstances. In fairness though I normally race at night - I'm not sure if a lap in daylight is worth 45 seconds or not.

    Thisafternoon, went out to Lysterfield as I usually do on Sundays. Ran the same track on the first lap as last week - last week it took me 58m, did it this time in 52m. Both tracks were run in muddy conditions as well.
    Second lap, on the other hand, was a little slower (62m), though on that I ran some longer sections, and did have an off.

    I pretty much think these improvements are due to some advice I got from royale on Thursday night. Stu also provided some valuable advice, but what he was saying is a bit trickier, and I'm not yet confident to try that stuff on soft mud where your wheels would go outwards underneath you.

    Pretty danm happy with those times/improvements though.

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    I've been riding my ice pack!

    I've got a bit of the 'ol Illiotibial Band Friction Syndrome (could just call it tendonitis) - so its killing me to read about Akashra training for the next installment of the Chase the Sun series at Lysterfield...when I want to be out there ripping it up

    At least I can look forward to getting my new FS 29er

    Sorry for the slight thread jack and not posting photo's of my icepack

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    Rode 32ks at Daisy Hill this morning in about 28 degree sunshine, some overnight rain calmed the dust down. Gotta get serious and crank out some ks for the upcoming noosa enduro http://usmevents.com.au/series/Enduro/home.cfm. Anybody in???

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    50 odd Ks on the roadie on saturday and a cruise around bunya (brisbane) sunday morning (about 20k or a bit under)

    I am planning on the Enduro in July

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    20 odd k's of swooping doubletrack around the local hills this morning - it was one of those clear, sunny mornings that tricks you into thinking it's not cold - it was!

    My legs had as much snap as a clagged out 2.4 diesel Hilux after a leg press and deadlift session at the gym last week, and the cold never helps them to loosen up, either. Lots of spots washed out from recent rain, some news holes formed in the trails and a bit of loose rock floating around the place.

    Passed a M+F pair of riders coming down the granny gear mongrel hill I was about to start climbing, exchanged the usual friendly "Morning" as we passed eachother.

    Looking down at my semi clogged High Rollers as I rode, I began to wonder if these things were ever going to wear out - they are like the Magic Pudding and seem to keep growing new tread in between rides. I have a new set of IRC Mibro's I'm keen to try, and I refuse to half half dead tyres around the place - I want them High Rollers to wear out!

    Basked in the post ride endorphins later this morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob
    20 odd k's of swooping doubletrack around the local hills this morning - it was one of those clear, sunny mornings that tricks you into thinking it's not cold - it was!
    With the local tracks being a bit wet, I stayed inside and finally got around to building my first set of wheels.

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    Saturday I spent two hours pootling around Sparrow Hill - the carpark was CHOCKER when we got there, one big group leaving and one big group starting off. But out in the woods we saw no-one for 80% of the 30km we did. Right near the end we got tangled up with a group. quite funny as one of them called 'rider' on me like we were in the middle of a race or wome-such. I don't know if it was a latent word association thing, or perhaps a need to play the teacher, but that little word did rather spur me on - and I promptly dropped him like an anvil on a coyote!

    Yesterday was a bit different. With the family up for the riverside bruncheon thing I decided to whip out the roadie for a one-way ride 25km into the valley to the picnic area. It was all nice and casual for the first half, till I passed a very dissorganised bunch of young ladies out for a spin. About 3km later I glanced back to see that said bunch had found themselves a bit of orgnaisation and were gaining! Now, I was only intending to take it easy, but it's been a long time since I've been chased by girls - so I thought I better make it last as long as possible. I knew I'd have the wood over them on the descent, given the mass and momentum rules, so it was the two or three gradual climbs - on which a well driven group would have a clear advantage - that would tell the tale. I dug deep and made it stick (though given I stopped at the bottom of the valley for a couple of sausage sandwiches, berfore seeing the bunch pass by in a direction that included one pretty nasty climb and another 80km before they would get back to the start - there may be a case for handing them the moral victory).

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    Quote Originally Posted by idiot
    It was all nice and casual for the first half, till I passed a very dissorganised bunch of young ladies out for a spin. About 3km later I glanced back to see that said bunch had found themselves a bit of orgnaisation and were gaining! Now, I was only intending to take it easy, but it's been a long time since I've been chased by girls - so I thought I better make it last as long as possible.

    You lucky bugger - mind you, I'd have draughted 'em for awhile....
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    Went for a ride at lysterfield on saturday. First time in a few months, and clocked up 21km. Went around the lake to start off, followed by the games track. I've noticed a lot more riders there now which is good! Hope to ride there again this week

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    Did a bit of a mixed up doubletrack / dirt road and swooping singletrack ride today. Prolly about 30k's.

    I rode my Tomac and my mate took out his Zion hardtail as his I Drive had a case of clickety clack gears syndrome.... Beautiful winter sun, nice green countryside, 'roos hopping away indignantly and lots of washed out sections to keep us on our toes. My mate ended up doing a beautiful superman over the bars, down into a dry creek but tucked himself up and rolled beautifully. Once I found out he was OK it was officially allright to laugh....

    Cleaned a little drop in that saw me doing the Superman a few weeks back, finished off with the obligatory coffee and packet of rice crackers back at old mate's house.
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    Short singletrack jaunt with the neighbour, who is just discovering the local trails.
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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.
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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.

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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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    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.

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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...

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    Akashra, I thought those xpedo pedals were no longer available?
    Do they suit SPDs? What do you think of them?
    Really? I had no idea. I got them from BikeNow (South Melbourne), though they only have the SL/Cr ones in stock. $100 for a set (well, less for me , so pretty good value. The Ti/Ti ones I had imported. Reviews I've read say the Ti/Mg ones are peices of **** (rocks = destroyed pedals).

    I haven't been using them long, but they certainly clear globs of mud should they need. To be completely honest I haven't actually decided on them yet, but I wanted to have the same pedals on both bikes as the Shimano cleats, though 'compatible', don't sit in the same position on the XPedos as the Shimano pedals (Shimano cleats have a small tab on them, which also gets you a bit stuck in the XPedo pedals - but it also means your foot sits about 1.5cm back from where it does on the Shimano pedals - which was enough to do me some knee damage at CTS. I'm still recovering from that).

    But yes, they're SPD compatible. I don't recommend trying to use the same cleats long term or for enduros though.

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    No time for a ride - too busy with work and other pressing matters.


    Got a mid week singletrack jaunt in, instead.

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    Rode upper beacy on Friday - some trails and fireroads at Walkerville yesterday and next saturday is the 12hr - where i ride solo On sunday at 5am I fly to Christchurch NZ for a week (correct- the day after the 12hr)
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    Well, was out at the You Yangs today - I was seriously hating the first hour. The first trail we headed down (marked as #6) gave me troubles on the descent straight away, and the #9 trail had me in the gravel with a massive rash on my leg and some scrapes on my arm within the first few minutes.
    Plenty of rock hops which I just couldn't do as I'm not quite there yet, though I was able to do a few by the end of the day.

    Got to the bottom though and by that point I was hating being there, but then we got to the climbs. The guys had been shooting off ahead on the descents, and it was then my turn to show them how to ride Unfortunately I kept catching up to their rear wheels and having to unclip. There were a few bits on the ascents I couldn't get over and had to walk (#13) but for interval training, those hills would be awesome - was climbing it in 8 minutes on the third attempt (110 meters climbing). The other guys preferred to come down the hill

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    I managed to get out for a bit of a ride through some of the various reserves close to home this weekend, and decided to bring my camera along for the ride for a change.

    Unfortunately my current pack situation meant that my spares were dumped in favour of getting my camera to fit. No problem I thought, I ride these trails all the time without as much as carrying a drink bottle. I’ll be right. Ha, yeah right!

    Lately I’ve noticed the Pig complains if I haven’t taken her for a good ride for a while. Usually I get taught my lesson through personal injury, but this time it was a flat about an hour or so in to my ride, luckily not too far from home. At least the weather was nice for the walk out.



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    Punishment for my neglect!

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    Frustrated, I somewhat foolishly grabbed my other bike and set off in the other direction for another couple of hours until I ran out of daylight. This spot is pretty diverse, from rocky technical singletrack sections through to wide open fire trails. I got a bit carried away when I got to the fun stuff and forgot to take any photos, but there’s always next time.

    As usual everything is far steeper, rougher, better then it looks. Or so I’d have you believe anyway.

    I probably should try and make a bit more of an effort to take the camera riding in the future to record some of the better trails around the place.

    Cheers, Dave.



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    Smooth resting spot



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    Where’s that sun going? Come back!



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    I imagine next time I take my old Klein out I'll be similarly chastised too, LOL.

    I don't often take my camera as it's a bit large, and I have to carry it separately in a bumbag. (and generally can't be bothered.....)
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    Yeah I think I’ll end up buying a smaller camera for riding and other adventures, but I really do need a bigger pack too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbo
    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.
    Sorry for the late reply. Our place actually backs onto the common land so it's just over the back fence. Cobar is a pretty small so there is no such worry about council knocking anything down. There are bigger ones just over in the bush too. My loop out there is only little but enough for an hour or two of fun with the kids, especially that my oldest son (4.5) has now learned to ride without training wheels and also moved onto his 16" bike talk about a proud moment for Mum!



    My husband complains if I go out there and do any digging, he reckons I should do something more productive! And if I do end up digging / changing things the kids just end up playing with the dirt rather than riding.

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    Just got back from Lysty....

    Went for a spin out at Lysterfiled this morning, it was nice to finally get back to the car and not be caked in mud!!! But sad to see a whole lot of rut's in the place of those puddles.

    Few angry park ranger signs out there at the moment too.

    Oh well, good times!!

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    What are the rangers beefing about? I haven't been there for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    What are the rangers beefing about? I haven't been there for a while.
    They've put some signs up on the track that started from up at the top of the park just off Boys Farm Track. By all means it was an "illegal track" and completly justified, i wasn't having a go about merely commenting.

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    Hmmm Mt stromlo blue track Saturday lunchtime, (corc photographer included heh) back again to do it all again sunday morning 730, pretty cold at that time of the morning. Worth it for some of the sweet runs coming down

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    First time ever @ Macedon. I'd only go back if I want to be challenged by climbing really steep hills.

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    Weekend for me was the 12hr at Mt Cotterel - man that's one tough track. Got rocks? I really struggled with that one technically, and the heat really got me bad after the second lap.

    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    First time ever @ Macedon. I'd only go back if I want to be challenged by climbing really steep hills.
    Really?? Macedon was one of my favorite tracks, and what I liked about it was that it's easy enough to be ridden by a beginner rider with the exception of a couple of switchbacks, and steep climbs - and steep climbs are mostly about strength and/or endurance/fitness, rather than technical ability.

    Mind you, out of our group of 12 or so when we went out there, I was one of only a few who could make those really steep uphills (despite being one of the slowest descenders).

    I believe they used to run a state round at Macedon which I would have really liked to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akashra
    Weekend for me was the 12hr at Mt Cotterel - man that's one tough track. Got rocks? I really struggled with that one technically, and the heat really got me bad after the second lap.


    Really?? Macedon was one of my favorite tracks, and what I liked about it was that it's easy enough to be ridden by a beginner rider with the exception of a couple of switchbacks, and steep climbs - and steep climbs are mostly about strength and/or endurance/fitness, rather than technical ability.

    Mind you, out of our group of 12 or so when we went out there, I was one of only a few who could make those really steep uphills (despite being one of the slowest descenders).

    I believe they used to run a state round at Macedon which I would have really liked to do.
    Hi A,

    The reason I didn't like it was that there was no "flow" to the trails. On one potentially great section of fast up/downhill single track that crosses a couple of fire roads there were 3 trees that we had to get off and climb over. Also, there did not seem to be any other sections of singletrack that were longer than 500m, most were shorter.

    Unless there is a section of trails that we didn't find...I'm disappointed. I'd read that it was good. We didn't see any tire tracks, and only saw two other riders - so maybe it's lost favour??

    Those steep hills sure were steep though. There was one section that was crazy - up down left right down right up left up down right left up up left up down steep right... I've never averaged such a slow speed or spent so much time in the 32/34 (on a 29er mind you).

    Good training for the Golden Triangle Epic that I have my eye on though

    I'm looking forward to hitting Woodend (but have read that it is currently closed.)

    For the Vic readers, what are your favourite trails/trail network?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    I'm looking forward to hitting Woodend (but have read that it is currently closed.)
    Oh, sorry, my mistake. When you said Macedon, I thought you were referring to Woodend. Woodend is just awesome.

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    Never got a chance to get out due to family functions - ate too much pavlova....

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    Never believe a riding buddy when he says “I haven’t been doing much on the bike”, it’s code for “I’ve been riding like buggery, and I’m going to make you hurt”!

    To recover, on Sunday I ended up going for a bit of a walk instead of a ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Low_Rider
    Never believe a riding buddy when he says “I haven’t been doing much on the bike”, it’s code for “I’ve been riding like buggery, and I’m going to make you hurt”!

    To recover, on Sunday I ended up going for a bit of a walk instead of a ride.
    I'm with you there, the last two mates I've ridden with have taken this a step further though, they take it easy one week, and make me look great, the next week they school me, big time. Farnarklers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    For the Vic readers, what are your favourite trails/trail network?
    I'm really liking the Yarra Trails at the moment - especially now I've discovered the section between Heidelberg/Flats and Fitzsimmons La/Westerfolds Park. Not very hilly, but a great bit of track, and the section that goes beside the boardwalk next to Odyssey House is great too - especially at night. But the main reason I like these trails is that the Heidelberg point that I start at is only a 10 min ride away.

    Other than that, I love a good session out at the Youies. I used to be a fan of Lysterfield, but I think whoever works on the tracks there (drainage, berm design etc) could learn a thing or two from the guys that work out at the Youies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    I'm really liking the Yarra Trails at the moment - especially now I've discovered the section between Heidelberg/Flats and Fitzsimmons La/Westerfolds Park. Not very hilly, but a great bit of track, and the section that goes beside the boardwalk next to Odyssey House is great too - especially at night. But the main reason I like these trails is that the Heidelberg point that I start at is only a 10 min ride away.

    Other than that, I love a good session out at the Youies. I used to be a fan of Lysterfield, but I think whoever works on the tracks there (drainage, berm design etc) could learn a thing or two from the guys that work out at the Youies.
    The Yarra is my 'home' trail too, I've ridden it to death, but it has some wonderful sections. I hear what you are saying about Lysty, but the descent from the top of new section of the XC course, down to the point where the stupid berms startis great fun...stay off the brakes as much as possible, skim over the braking bumps YEE HA. The section from the end of the 2nd bridge to the uphill straight that leads to the start/finish straight is a riot too.

    I love it when the trails are fast and flow really well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    I'm with you there, the last two mates I've ridden with have taken this a step further though, they take it easy one week, and make me look great, the next week they school me, big time.
    That’s rough. I like their style!


    The other good one is when I’m on the SS and rock up to a weekly group ride I haven't been on for a while. “Been doing much riding Dave?” standard answer “Nah not too much recently” followed by “Lets ride somewhere different tonight” as they head towards the closest, steepest hill they can find. Pricks!

    It's all good, I think bluffing is pretty standard practise regardless of if you’re racing or just rolling around on a friendly trail ride!

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    Got a mid week ride in - lots of granny gear climbs, seat up the a$$, chin on the bars steep stuff etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    ...but the descent from the top of new section of the XC course, down to the point where the stupid berms startis great fun...stay off the brakes as much as possible, skim over the braking bumps YEE HA.
    The guys I ride with, we're all adults, we don't do anything silly, and we consider ourselves pretty mature. But the amount of times we re-group at the top of this hill you're talking about (i.e. wait for the slowest climber) and say things like "You head off first" "No, YOU head off first" "You" "No .. you!" Happens every time ... and yes, we go hell for leather down here as a result, because whoever takes off first knows they're going to have 4 or 5 guys right on their tail. We love flying down that part. The little jump you can get off that rock near the top is good too. It's just a pity it all ends in those really crap berms.
    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    The section from the end of the 2nd bridge to the uphill straight that leads to the start/finish straight is a riot too.
    Yeah, I've just gotten to the point where I launch off that mini-rock drop. We call that point 'Cam Rock' - a friend of a friend (named Cam) broke his collar-bone there.

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    Another weekday ride yesterday (the joy of holidays!) and I took my old Klein Pinnacle out on the rocky singletrack.

    It's a shock coming off a supple 100mm Reba to a 63mm (at BEST!) Judy SL. And the 2.0 Specialized Team Control is now off this bike - it's not worth a crumpet in the gravelly stuff.

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    I went for a night to sun up ride just this sunday morning. I headed off at 3:45 and got back at 8. It is a great time to ride! Started off in the dark using my new home made lights and rode through the sun rise at 5:30 to finish the 65km ride with the rest of my day free (for sleeping). I saw wombats, kangaroos, possums, dozens of rabbits and some native mice and this was all in Melbourne!
    Apart from being bloody cold the ride was great, so nice at 6 am as the roosters were crowing, and i think i will have to make a habbit of it...

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    Howdy,

    Went for a quick blast up the Yarra trails on saturday morning, just to get the legs moving because i hadn't been out during the week. You Yangs today, pretty good. Bit windy though, which made it a bit tricky in places, but still good fun!

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    Friday (had the day off work - nice ), hit the Yarra trails and pushed myself. Did 40 fas'tish kms.

    Today rode a lap of the Wombat Track at Woodend (rode it in the wrong direction though - doh!

    I'm going to step up the training in anticipation of the Golden Triangle Epic (45k) social ride next month and race next next month. Does anybody know the course? Elevation changes? How will it compare to Lysty??

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog
    Howdy,

    Went for a quick blast up the Yarra trails on saturday morning, just to get the legs moving because i hadn't been out during the week. You Yangs today, pretty good. Bit windy though, which made it a bit tricky in places, but still good fun!

    Wal.
    Waldog,

    I'm heading to the Yarra Trails on Sunday (30/09/07) - want to join us? We are all on winter legs so no epic- just a good social ride. Time to be confirmed- but if you could join us- that would rock. I'm in Warragul

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    Bargo Colliery with a mate and my gf for a few hours Sunday morning and getting out just before the roads were clogged with guys riding the Goulburn to City.

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    And we didn't come first - just :P. Awesome course though, even though it was under 6km. It was just such a blast to ride, I couldn't help finish with a grin on my face every lap :-). So much so in fact that I hammered up the final climb to squeeze another lap in by 10 seconds, just so I got to ride the course one more time .
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    Quote Originally Posted by woody45
    I went for a night to sun up ride just this sunday morning. I headed off at 3:45 and got back at 8. It is a great time to ride! Started off in the dark using my new home made lights and rode through the sun rise at 5:30 to finish the 65km ride with the rest of my day free (for sleeping). I saw wombats, kangaroos, possums, dozens of rabbits and some native mice and this was all in Melbourne!
    Apart from being bloody cold the ride was great, so nice at 6 am as the roosters were crowing, and i think i will have to make a habbit of it...
    Hey Woody - that sounds awesome, where you along the Yarra?

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    And just in case anyone is bored, here is the race report from our blog:

    Despite being run just 8 days after FGP's 12 hour, Brett and I decided against our better judgement to race the 6 hour at Officer too. Come Sunday morning the attitude in the Thylacine-mobile (AKA Brett's ford laser) was a little less than positive. Brett had been woken at 4am, and I was still coughing up dust from the weekend before. Needless to say there were no volunteers for the first lap. Somewhere around Heatherton Rd we came to an agreement, if it was a running start I'd be up but if not it was Brett's turn.

    After setting up, we still had some time to kill so we decided to head out for a lap. Our recce revealed several new or modified sections, and fortunately for Brett the part that had worried him in the past - the sharp right turn at the bottom of heartbreak hill - was out. What was in was a mix of tight flowing singletrack, tough climbs, and just the odd fireroad thrown in for good effect. Oh and a downhill switchback run to finish which is just too much fun. Seriously.

    So we were set up, the bikes were dialed, and there was a good fun course to race on. So what was missing? Oh right, two people ready to race. The organisers had taken pity on us and elected to have a riding start, which also let me off the hook for the first lap. Brett was still feeling a little tired though, so my final words to him before race began were 'if you don't feel like racing, take it easy and we'll just have a fun days riding.' I should have known better...

    Some 19 minutes later, back comes Brett sitting in 4th place, and it was on donkey kong. What happened to a casual ride I queried? Oh, they weren't riding very fast was the answer. Yeah right. Pretty soon we found ourselves sitting in 3rd place with the 'Brick Raid' of John Claxton and Jim Hsu snapping at our heels. Then it was 4th place, as Clacka pulled the fastest lap of the day (18:25 for those playing at home) and passed me. And then Brett passed Jim, and it was 3rd again. All the while 2nd was just a few minutes up the road, and 5th just as close behind. It's not often the racing is so tight, and damn it was fun!

    The hours rolled by, and we painstaking consolidated a small gap over 4th place. Still feeling fresh and with a course that seemed to be getting more enjoyable as the day went on, Brett and I continued to blast our way around the course with consistent 20 minute laps. 10 seconds here and 20 seconds there, we were clawing back 2nd place. With 90 minutes on the clock we caught up, and moved into second place overall. Now the only team ahead on the course was the Cannondale-Sram-Maxxis team of Aiden Lefmann and Robbie Hucker. There was one challenge left though - could we squeeze in a 19th lap?

    With my previous two laps each taking 19:57, I went out for my final lap with 19:32 left on the clock. I was so confident it would be the last lap I yelled to Brett that he could relax, and he didn't need to do another lap. But the course got the better of me. I just couldn't resist powering up this climb one last time, and railing that corner just a little better... the next thing I know I'm a kilometer from the finish line and Brian John is yellling that there is still time to come through for another lap. Up the climb, down the berms, and there is a heap of riders lined up before the finish line. Out of the saddle up the pinch, over the line... and the clock is reading 5 hours, 59 minutes, and 58 seconds. To add to my fortune, Brett had taken my advice and gotten changed out of his riding gear, so I get to do a double. Sweet!

    Thinking about what it was that allowed us to gain time on all of our rivals in the closing hours of the race, I can't help but attribute some of it to just well out bikes went on the course. Having a hardtail made the climbs that much easier, but due to the kick arse ride quality of our steel and ti frames we were still fresh at the end. The custom designed geometry built exactly to our needs and measurements makes a big difference too.

    That will be our last race for a while, the next race you'll spot the Thylacines at is the Mont 24 hour in Canberra. There are occasional sightings in their natural habit around the You Yangs, Castlemaine, Woodend and the Yarra trails though, so keep an eye out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    Hey Woody - that sounds awesome, where you along the Yarra?
    Assuming that by 'native mice' he meant 'rats' - then yeah, it sounds like the Yarra I know.

    I want to know how you squeeze 65km out of it. Heading upstream I've been advised Fitzsimmons Lane is kinda the end of it all .... unless I've been told wrong.

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    There is a good fun loop in Candlebark park, it's pretty short though. If you ride along the gravel trail, it turns downhill to the left after a while just after a wooden bridge and a 20(?)kph speed sign. Off to the right there is some fairly obvious singletrack. I get 60-70km from my door in brunswick and back.
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    It was a great day for racing Some Guy. Team sally was setup across the trackfrom you guys andhad a lot of fun watching you and Brett scream around the course.

    What happened to Gravity 12hr. You aren't seriously going to miss the best race on the calander?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pagey
    What happened to Gravity 12hr. You aren't seriously going to miss the best race on the calander?
    Gravity isn't until November 10. The Scott and Mont are on the 13th and 27th October respectively.

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    Yep, the Mont kicks off a crazy period of races with 7 in 8 weeks, including 2 24 hrs, a 12 hour (gravity of course!), and a marathon. Although I'm currently thinking about skipping the Epic and going to SA for the nat instead. So basically I'm going to need my month off .
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    Waldog,

    I'm heading to the Yarra Trails on Sunday (30/09/07) - want to join us? We are all on winter legs so no epic- just a good social ride. Time to be confirmed- but if you could join us- that would rock. I'm in Warragul

    Paul
    G'day Paul,

    Thanks for the offer, but i'm actually heading back down to Churchill for the weekend to catch up with some of my riding buddies down there, otherwise i would have been in for sure!! Let me know the next time that you're heading there and i will do likewise. I'm in Kew, so i'm bairly 5 mins from the trails!!

    Cheers, Wal.

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    Yep, the Mont kicks off a crazy period of races with 7 in 8 weeks, including 2 24 hrs, a 12 hour
    Better you than me

    I've got Gravity 12hr then Kona 24hr then the summer XC series

    See you around the tracks

    cheers
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    Not happy...

    Hey people. So i went for a ride at one of my old faithful trails in Yinnar, Gippsland today. I'd been hanging for this ride for weeks, and after the rain of recent days, i knew i was set for an epic!!!

    So headed out around lunchtime, and as expected it was bloody muddy, good fun indeed. Thats where the fun ended. About 3 kms in half a tree decided to jump into me rear deraileur, i tried to stop immediately, but it was all for nothing, that gut renching clunk radiated from behind the seat. But to my surprise, it only managed to spin my X.9 around on it's pivot. Straightened it up and continued on my merry way. About 2kms later a had an off, and on my trip over the bars managed to collect my trip computer on the way through with my knee, smashing the LCD screen to oblivian, and leaving me with a nasty cut below my right knee. Good times.

    Well, i picked myself up, wiped off the mud and continued on again, then it happened, bairly 100 metres after starting up again, SNAP!! Rear deraileur.......gone.

    4km walk back to the car. Just not a good day.

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    Sounds like you had "one of those rides."


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    Ripper day on Andersons-Oaks

    What a great day and start to the long weekend.

    I hit Andersons at about 9am. Conditions were pretty much perfect: cool but not cold, sunny blue skies. Wind overnight had left a few branches and other crap on the trail, but nothing big. The trail's also getting sandy in a few places, but I seem to be getting through the sand a bit easier these days.

    The downhill to the creek is such a ripper. Just so steep. Realised halfway down that I haven't checked my brake pads for quite a while...

    Saw a couple of other riders having a break at the creek. Usual hellos, checking out bikes etc. Then ground up the uphill. Rear tyre getting pretty bald, which doesn't help with the traction. And it's just so steep, but in the wrong direction!

    Then on down the Oaks. Quite a few riders heading out on the trail by now, but not too crowded. It's been a while since I rode Oaks and I always seem to forget how much uphill there is before you get to the helipad. Totally underestimated the distance to the helipad too, and when I passed a guy pushing his bike up the hill and he asked how many Ks to the helipad I said "about 2". More like 5.5 as it turned out.

    Flew down to the gate. Had a rest and then down the singletrack. Only problem was just after start of singletrack I took a wrong turn onto (what turned out to be) Red Hands Cave road. Sure enough, a while later I roll into the Red Hands car park, realising I really have gone off track. No dramas though, since I hadn't been to the cave before. Pretty cool.

    Anyway, rode back to the gate at the bottom of Oaks and found the two riders I'd originally seen at Bedford creek in the morning. Then followed them down (thanks, guys ) the singletrack (pretty hard core down the bottom, by my standards anyway). Up the (b1tch of a) hill to Glenbrook and onto the train.

    With the unintended detour to Red Hands, it turned into a 77km day. No stacks. No flats. Bloody awesome.

    Manly Dam tomorrow? Who knows.

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    [QUOTE=waldog]Hey people. So i went for a ride at one of my old faithful trails in Yinnar, Gippsland today.QUOTE]

    Sounds like one of those rides Where in Yinnar is this trail? Is it s good ride?

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    [QUOTE=ilostmypassword]
    Quote Originally Posted by waldog
    Hey people. So i went for a ride at one of my old faithful trails in Yinnar, Gippsland today.QUOTE]

    Sounds like one of those rides Where in Yinnar is this trail? Is it s good ride?
    Hey buddy, the trails are up the top of Vaggs Rd. Vaggs tuns parralell to Creamery Rd, not sure if you no the area. They're all enduroish motorbike tracks, really hard work in places. Very rutted and lots of tree roots in places, some sandy sections that keep you on your toes, there is also some pretty decent downhill sections with natural berms to play with.Can be hard work in the wet, but a really rewarding ride.

    Yesterday it was really wet, i hadn't been out there for about six months and it has been damaged by motorbikes over winter, making line choice really important in places, hence my off.

    Next time i'm heading there i'll let you know, you're more than welcome to join me.

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    90km ride into the city and back for me on Saturday, followed by around 3 hours out at Stockyards and Plantations on Sunday.

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    Usual 50 km coffee ride on Saturday along Beach Rd and about 40km Yarra Flats to Westerfolds Park on the rigid single speed on Sunday
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    2 rides in the bush near Lucas Heights and Menai.

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    Weather was utter crap around my area, I had planned to spend a few hours in the steeps near home, pack the camera and take some pics too, but it was wet, wondy and freezing.

    So I whimped out and ran my a$$ off on the treadmill at the gym, then jumped on the bike to finish off. Those fat a$$ saddles on the gym bikes kill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodpuddle
    Manly Dam tomorrow? Who knows.
    So I did get out to Manly Dam this morning. My first time there, and what a great track!

    Only problem was my bike's giving up in protest at needing a pretty serious service. Only did the one lap there: front mech is totally out of whack now - can't get big chainring and lose chain 4/5 times going from middle to granny. Tried to adjust it myself, but that seemed to make it worse...

    Gave the rear mech a good whack on a rock, but it seems to be holding up somehow. Bald tyres made the steep ups a bit challenging too. That, and I could probably be fitter.

    Anyway, it's an absolutely top spot (I guess everyone already knows that), and I"ll be back for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    Hey Woody - that sounds awesome, where you along the Yarra?
    Yeah kinda. Its my closest trail network (the only one in riding distance).

    "Assuming that by 'native mice' he meant 'rats' - then yeah, it sounds like the Yarra I know.

    I want to know how you squeeze 65km out of it. Heading upstream I've been advised Fitzsimmons Lane is kinda the end of it all .... unless I've been told wrong."

    Yeah your probably right about the rats. I really know nothing about identifying animals but its definatly possible to do a decent 65km there. I've done a 100km by doing my usual route there and back. I normally ride to the Yarren Darren river which has a about a 6km singletrack along it before heading over a dirt road to the mullum mullum trail which has a fair amount of singletrack. From there it's just along the yarra through Westerfolds Park (where there's some great singletrack all over the place). I generally stop at the Fairfield boat house (where some great but totally restricted trails lie which i only ride at night) for a coke then head back along the Koonung trail. That gives me from 55km to 65km ride with about 40% of it on singletrack, depending on which i choose to ride.

    There are some very fun trails with new ones being built all the time. I think i basically know them all now, but just before Westerfold park is a great place for exploring.

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    A jaunt on the local singletrack - second flat tyre this week, in two rides.

    And I was getting swooped by crows.

    Yes, crows.....
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    240 road ks... this whole training thing is a bit overrated!

    Nah not really, had fun and a nice hour long coffee stop in flinders :-). Tomorrow we'll be hitting up the trails for a nice recovery ride on the SSs. Good times.
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    My very short ride of the weekend. This is why you shouldn't ride along a suburban street admiring your new chain and not looking at the road. I was riding to a local singletrack when next thing I know I'm up on the boot of a parked car. I must have gone into it teeth first. No other injury's apart from a swollen finger, but it suprised the hell out of me! Now I have to get it capped tomorow..

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    Ouch! That's got to suck. I hope you did the car some damage too :P.
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    240km eh? danm, that's more than I do in a week! Where'd you go to get those kinds of ks in? And dare I ask, what kind of time did that take? I found out today (as I only put the speed and cadence sensor on my road bike last night) that my ride to work was almost 10km shorter than I thought, so my time to get to/from (Ferntree Gully to City) has been downgraded from 'not particularly quick' to 'wtf, I could do quicker than this on a mountain bike with Barracudas!'

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    Yeah, I had a magpie swoop me four times in front of a group of about 6 people, they just watched it chase me - was not impressed, but at least it didn't get me this time (it got me good last week).

    74km on roads this morning and 20km at Kooyong velodrome.

    Will be out at Lysterfield tomorrow building trails.

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    Did a 30km loop at Dixons Creek. Some very nice firetrail descents with water bars between Melba Hwy and Pauls Range. Then some exploring of the singletracks at Dixons Ck scout camp. After being off the bike for 3 weeks, I was wasted by the time I got back to the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akashra
    240km eh? danm, that's more than I do in a week! Where'd you go to get those kinds of ks in? And dare I ask, what kind of time did that take? I found out today (as I only put the speed and cadence sensor on my road bike last night) that my ride to work was almost 10km shorter than I thought, so my time to get to/from (Ferntree Gully to City) has been downgraded from 'not particularly quick' to 'wtf, I could do quicker than this on a mountain bike with Barracudas!'
    It was 7 hours 5 minutes of actual ride time. Left home about 6:30am and got back at a bit after 4pm. Long day.

    Had a break in Flinders, and stopped a couple of times to refill bottles and toilet breaks.

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    Took my 15 year old son and his mate for a 20km or so run on some local singletrack on Sunday.
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    couple of loops out at Lysty on Sunday in the Melbourne sunshine.

    Anyone else seen the new track lay out around Hug trail? It should be a lot of fun when it wears in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pagey
    Anyone else seen the new track lay out around Hug trail? It should be a lot of fun when it wears in.
    Haven't been down to Hug trail yet... I was too buggered from building the new trail on Middle trail to go down there, just wanted to get home

    The new track on middle trail will be really good when it packs in too - lots of corners where you really need to drop into and drop your shoulders to take properly, with plenty of corners both on and off-camber. A few little pinch climbs in there too, or sharp dropoffs mid-corner depending on which way you take it - makes you really need to change down gear before you take some of those corners.

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    On Saturday rode from Warringal Parklands upstram alongside the Yarra (dodging rabbits), crossed the bridge into Westerfolds, stayed along the Yarra (few fallen trees). Kept going under Fitzsimmons La bridge (still along the Yarra) past the Apple orchid (boring gravel path by this stage), then eventually hit Warrandyte-Heidelberg Rd after the track veers away from the river. Our goal was to make it to Fourth Hill in Warrandyte Park - apparently a bit of DH there. Headed west along this road, eventually some open single-track appeared alongside the road. Every now and then some bushland would appear with some tracks leading in and out. Nothing too special. After lots of climbs and descents alongside the road we finally made it to Warrandyte, turned right before the pub up Whipstick Gully Rd. Nice, long firetrail climb to the top of Fourth Hill, with glimpses of nice DH coming down the side. Made it to the top and was resting for about 30 seconds when a park ranger truck trucked pulled up, and quickly stopped us from going down the DH track. Nice enough guy, as was the woman in the car with him. They basically told us the DH track was 'illegal' and not to be ridden on. There were no signs anywhere indicating this. Well, none that you could see without stopping. I think they must've seen us go by in town or something, and perhaps thought we were the local DJ kids or something - apparently people have been damaging trees etc hence it being 'illegal'. Which is a pity, I thought. Chatted to him about needing more cooperation between clubs and parks to encourange sustainable trails etc, since it's bored kids that tend to do the damage, and if there are decent trails built to use, then people are less likely to build their own etc... But anyway, off down the hill we went, did a bit of firetrail exploring, lots of good climbing practise for this weekends 24hr. By the time we got back to Heidelberg we'd done around 65km I reckon (computer was not on bike ... d'oh!)

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    N_P, if you ever make it to Warrandyte again, turn right at the big roundabout before W'dyte, then left into Gold Memorial Drive, I think it is. after a bit there are a number of ST sections on the right hand side of the road. Easy to miss some bits, and it can be a bit overgrown in places but good fun. Once you reach the Shell servo turn left and take the singletrack on the LH side of the road back to Warrandyte shops. There is big ring track the whole way down and is great fun. (Careful crossing the driveways.) The state Park off Jumping creek road has some nice singletracks tracks too.
    I have got a loop that starts in Wonga Park and takes in these tracks, there is some excellent riding around here.
    In fact I could take you on it if you wished, where do you live?

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    Hi Hud - thanks for that - most generous. I'll PM you when I'm ready to ride again after this weekends 24hr in Canberra. People keep telling me I won't want to look at a bike again for a while, but I doubt it will be that bad.

    We actually rode out of the park on Gold Memorial Drive (we crossed that creek then up onto the road). I didn't see any ST, but then again I wasn't looking. My riding buddy and I were deep in conversation about how cool it would be if the tracks out there were OK to ride, so we must have missed them. How ironic.

    But yeah, I'd like to do some exploring out there so I'll definitely be in touch.

    P.S. we're in Heidelberg & Macleod. We might drive out there next time we do it - especially if there's more trails to be seen as you indicate.

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    Did the Warburton Railtrail today, 70km, trying to get the fitness back.
    My mate was running Maxxis 310s at 90psi! Serve him right that he got a flat
    His spare tube core broke off as he pumped it up and then found the valve itself had pulled out of the tube. Cheap tubes No patches between us, so a 6km push for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
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    My mate was running Maxxis 310s at 90psi!

    Blimey. I don't think I'd take tyres like that near a "real" trail, let alone run them at 90psi!

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    Checked out some trails near Anglesea and Airies Inlet, not sure how legal they all were, but they were fun all the same. Some really good climbs with very rewarding downhills to be had.

    Might hit up the Yarra today.

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    100km on the Melbourne bike paths and roads yesterday - Ferntree Gully - Melbourne via Bayswater and Glen Waverly, then down to St Kilda, and back almost the same way I came. You know you're going crazy when you put an extra 10km in a trip just to avoid a particular magpie. Came back the way that had him though and the bastard swooped me again.
    Also lost the second last of what was 8 drink bottles I've had for like 10 years.

    The plan is to head out to Lysterfield shortly, might even take the camera and post up a few shots. Am hoping to spend most of my time learning the new Middle trail, Hug Trail, and Summer Crits course. Will walk to the rock garden at least to see what it's like.

    Edit: Wel, looks like it's going to take a whole for thew new trails on both Hug and Middle to wear in. Both are hard to ride fast because of the grass still across them, and the dirt not really being packed in enough yet. Kristjan has really made Hug trail tight, with one or two switchbacks in there, though other corners that look like switchbacks are really just sweeping corners.

    Coming up Hug Trail, I almost went over the bars on the log rollover before the new section - chainring caught the log but managed to catch it (just).

    Still can't believe how much fun the new Middle trail section is going down the hill

    As for the rock garden... yeah, still not doing that
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    I haven't been out to Lysterfield since the last Chase the Sun round, where is this new stuff? Should go down and see what it's like .

    PS: I did nothing but road again this weekend. 200km yesterday (first to Mordialloc, then Glen Waverly, Ferntree Gully, Monbulk, Yarra Glen, St Andrews, Warrandyte, then home) then 50km recovery today. Saturdays ride took almost as much time as the longer ride the weekend before (6:45) and hurt a lot more - damn those hills!

    Thinking about You Yangs in the dark tomorrow though, so that should put the MTBing back in my training .
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    Rode 45km with the Bendigo mob in prep for a 90km ride on the 4th (Golden Triangle Epic). It was hot and rocky with heaps of short and long ups! awesome trails. I blew my Reba lockout chamber thingy as well.. oil everywhere! Doh. More things to fix...

    I head to Christchurch wednesday so i'll post some pics of some rides.

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    No riding for me - working the whole time. Will be doing a singletrack loop tomorrow with a mate though.
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    I took a quick blast up the Yarra from Chandler highway to Heidelberg. Only 20kms, but a bit of a loosiner after some big climbs yesterday. Beautiful weather though!!!

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    Cavagna's Rd is where we headed out. It's the first time i've ridden the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Some Guy
    I haven't been out to Lysterfield since the last Chase the Sun round, where is this new stuff? Should go down and see what it's like .

    PS: I did nothing but road again this weekend. 200km yesterday (first to Mordialloc, then Glen Waverly, Ferntree Gully, Monbulk, Yarra Glen, St Andrews, Warrandyte, then home) then 50km recovery today. Saturdays ride took almost as much time as the longer ride the weekend before (6:45) and hurt a lot more - damn those hills!

    Thinking about You Yangs in the dark tomorrow though, so that should put the MTBing back in my training .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    Cavagna's Rd is where we headed out. It's the first time i've ridden the trail.

    More info here http://www.mtbbendigo.com/
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    Did a few loops of the singletrack in Centennial Park. Not particularly exciting track, but a few little obstacles and sandy in some places, and sure beats riding on the road circuit!

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    Guys, your driving me crazy. I havent managed to get out for a ride for weeks. My house is about to be demolished to get the block ready for our spankin new home. been moving stuff and pulling out bits for weeks. Going to noosa next week for a week, so will miss out on the next two weekends also. Reckon I'd struggle to do 15kms right now. Once I come back from holidays all should settle down and I can get in some serious riding again.

    Waldog, looks like youve been getting in some serious ride time lately and doing some serious travelling and exploring. Lucky bastard. We'll catch up soon. Pretty keen to check out Youyangs.

    New tracks at Lysty ? Did I read this right. Any comments?

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by sicwombat
    Going to noosa next week for a week, so will miss out on the next two weekends also. Once I come back from holidays all should settle down and I can get in some serious riding again.
    Going to Noosa? man that's tough.
    We all feel sorry for you.
    It's hard being off the bike. I got back from holidays a few weeks ago and vowed to never go again. (Unless I take the bike)
    Fitness was shot to pieces and I'd put on weight, I'm only just getting back there, and I've shed 2kg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    Dude- you need a girlfriend, a dog or an Xbox

    That many K's is like Xman powers!
    Well I've got a dog, and when I spent two months off the bike I almost got to two out of three :P. I actually wondered a bit during that period whether I wanted to get back into the riding, but once I started training again I remembered why I do it. There is something deeply satisfying about putting in all that hard work and then getting the reward at the end. I have more fun climbing a hill than I do playing halo anyway :P.
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    lol- two weeks is fine as long as you don't inhale junk food and maybe go for a jog or two (saying that- i've ONLY just worked this out ).... but yeah it is amazing how your muscles just burn after being off the steed for a few weeks.

    Sometimes though a break can be great for the mind and body!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sicwombat
    Guys, your driving me crazy. I havent managed to get out for a ride for weeks. My house is about to be demolished to get the block ready for our spankin new home. been moving stuff and pulling out bits for weeks. Going to noosa next week for a week, so will miss out on the next two weekends also. Reckon I'd struggle to do 15kms right now. Once I come back from holidays all should settle down and I can get in some serious riding again.

    Waldog, looks like youve been getting in some serious ride time lately and doing some serious travelling and exploring. Lucky bastard. We'll catch up soon. Pretty keen to check out Youyangs.

    New tracks at Lysty ? Did I read this right. Any comments?

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    Lysterfield is still the same old - the new 'bits' are no more than flow killers..... you are not missing out on much
    I dunno, I'd have to disagree. The new Middle trail sections are awesome, lots of quick left-right action.

    The new hug trail section though, yeah. It's obvious who had a hand in making that one, it's tight as hell, slow, and lacks any grip at the moment.

    It's the only trail I've ever seen people walking their bike around flat corners because it was too technical.

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    Couple of hours on the local singletrack and bush dirt roads today. It's dry, rocky, loose and dusty as hell already and I had some good front wheel washouts. I might get some bigger bags if this keeps up as my Mibros and my 2.1 High Rollers are a bit wishy washy in the deep, loose crap.

    Rolling along my mate all of a sudden got the speed wobbles up and I was like "WTF?"

    Turns out he missed hitting a 3 foot brown snake's head by an inch.
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    Well You Yangs didn't eventuate today, but we did spend three hours riding up and down the yarra trails in the dark. Good times .

    Three punctures, but we took them in our stride and had a laugh anyway.
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    Port Hills Christchurch!! Paradise my friends... Paradise!

    I managed to join a group of local guys (well actually i just tagged along until they invited me into the group- works every time!) so had an epic day- 6hrs out on those hills at 17 degs with blue skies! They were all on Santa Cruz bikes with 5" + travel and I was on a hardtail with Rebas! My forks for most of the ride felt rigid on the stuff here... ha ha! These guys were also riding their 13/ 14kg bikes uphill like they weighed 7KG.... i will never obsess about the weight of my bike again Just STFU and ride.

    Now I will let you into a little secret.... Australian trails are TAME in comparison to here..... and they have everything from smooth flowing singletrack to techy rocky ups and downs.

    Woot! what an awesome day- the best day i've spent in the saddle ever! Most stacks that nearly happened were due to me sight seeing and going off line- not a good thing to do - considering most errors would have ended in serious injury

    *eats **** loads of carbs*

    ...fark- what a day! and am i stoked to be moving here in a few months? Fark yeah. Time to sort out a dually and get rid of this lycra **** me thinks
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    Just a light ride for me today - 2 runs up the 1&20 for me today, so no endurance ride. I kinda felt like I shoulda kept riding though, since I'm now only up to 7 hours and 120km this week whereas I did 14 last and 260km last week :/ (combined of all road and XC riding) - and that next week I'm in Sydney for the start of the week so won't have much time to train ;/ Therefore I'm thinking I might do a 2 hour ride hitting hills in Belgrave in the evening after I get back from DRWS.

    Anyhow, so yeah, run #2 up the 1&20, being the first time I've ever done it, means my PB is a nice slow 20:30 at 80% :P

    Tomorrow is the Dirt Riders Winter Series final - I'll be happy with a C grade top 5, though I think top 10 is more realistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    Port Hills Christchurch!! Paradise my friends... Paradise!
    Nice! No shortage of climbs by the looks - and they have green grass !
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    Yes lots of climbs, rocks higher than pedal clearance :S and most lines off canter carved into the hillside.... a lot of fun

    One thing that made me chuckle was that the guys referred to my machine as a road bike- haha

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    Well, I got that top 5 I wanted. 5th in the 31 degree heat.

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    ILP - that looks AWESOME.....might have to schedule a holiday and join you!

    Sunday I headed up to Castlemaine for a social ride with the Rocky Riders crew. I now understand why they call themselves the ROCKY Riders.

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    Double post....curse this lagging server.
    Last edited by Sideknob; 10-23-2007 at 06:46 PM.
    Less isn't MOAR

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    I was hung over...
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    Short ride into the steeps not far from home - loose and dusty and gravelly as all hell.

    Had to do the summertime "blue tongue on the track" bunny hop at one stage too...
    Less isn't MOAR

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    Golden Triangle [half] Epic - and I'm stuffed enough to prove it Great ride - sweet trails around Bendigo. Good event - well organised.

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    Must have been a wet race for the Golden Triangle!

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