Thursday, November 7, 2019

Still Mountain Biking?

With all these motorcycle related posts lately you might be wondering if I am still mountain biking. Well, the answer is yes! I am still doing what I can, though the volume is down a bit in the last month or so.

I did get out today to help move rock onto a new trail that is being built by contractors for us here on the eastern edge of Cornubia Forest.

What 28 tonne of rock looks like.

Three of us moved about 15 tonne (33 000lbs) of rock 500m down the new Gramzow Road trail. Not a bad effort but I will admit I did need an hour snooze after lunch but I am feeling pretty good for an old bloke, all things considered.

The pile was under half the size once we were done!

I organised a gourmet morning tea for the volunteers and the contractors (the grant budget doesn't really stretch to cover the build costs so we are helping in more ways than one) courtesey of  The RATS Cycling Club.

Subs and coffee milk. Yum.

Trailworx, the contractors are going to some trouble to retain this trail as it is on quite a steep hill, in a narrow road easement. This means there are 24 switchback turns in quite a short horizontal distance. Good fun riding down but hard yakka coming back up!

Starting the retaining.

First course complete.

This is going to be like no other trail we have around here!

A huge thanks to Shane and Mitch for coming along, on short notice and on a week day to help out. There is no way I could have moved 15 tonne on my own.


and dusted!!


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

McCoy's Cafe' Coffee Run

I managed to get out for a spin yesterday with a mate from the Netrider forum. I had noticed on social media that Steve Waugh's charity foundation was conducting a bicycle ride called The Captain's Ride and they would be calling in to McCoy's Cafe in Cooyar for morning tea. 

I hatched a plan to make sure we were there in time to clap them in but it would involve an  early start for us. Mike and Steve were up for it so at 0530 (on a day off work) we were stands-up and dodging the "tradie" traffic on the way across town, headed for Mt Glorious.

250km each way