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First time riding at Rydal. Usual casual but smooth organisation from Rocky Trail. Nice little track courtesy of CTMTB. The track flows pretty much along the side of a ridge, crosses over and then flows back up along the other side. Not much in the way of climbing or descending, just plenty of tight single track. Brake, pedal, brake, pedal. On it all day. Plenty of trees and branches on corners. As a tall guy, I felt at some risk of concussion if I didn't get the cornering right.
The weekend weather forecast had been foreboding, but reports from Wingello indicated it wasn’t looking too bad on Saturday afternoon. After waking to heavy rain early Sunday, a quick check of the BOM radar and the NOBMOB weather page convinced me that heading off into the wet darkness was right thing to do.
As Bangers and I compiled the Tasmanian MTB Guide Book last year we took the opportunity to film some video footage so people could get a feel for each trail. Now the book is out I've been busy getting these videos out. We called them AFTERGLOWS as we often talked about the trails straight after the ride so it was our first impressions.
Normally about 2 minutes long for each trail there is a youtube channel you can browse to find a trail you're interested in:
The BMCC has released a proposed Master plan for the eastern Blue Mountains escarpment including Knapsack Gulley and Yellomundee Regional Park as well as Yellow Rock. Please take time to invest in their very short survey and propose more cycling infrastructure including the reopening of the old Glenbrook tunnel. https://bluemountainshaveyoursay.com.au/seemaste...
The scope of this is huge and the impact if it is supported by the community will be amazing. Take 5 minutes to look at the sheer scope. Rotnest Island, Kings Park, Joondalup it is all in there. Well done to all involved. I've only skimmed at it while sipping my coffee but it warrants a good read.
The press announcment:
After the success of the WA MTB guide book we decided to do a guidebook about an area that a lot of riders are interested in, Tasmania. My riding partner/wife and I spend some time this year there and then many months in front of a computer putting it together. If you have the WA guide book it will feel very familiar but with over 40 places to ride Tasmania has a lot to offer MTBers and the future for riding there is very exciting.
I went out for a night ride on Monday night to experience the BIG moon and our trip out to Perimeter was perfect and uneventful.
On our way back, a 40ft GUM had fallen across the track.
PLEASE be careful at all times, it was not windy and there has only been nominal rain
It's been a big push and we've been putting out the photos once we've completed each day but I'm happy (relieved) to announce that all images from all days are now live.
You can search by race plate.
I hope you find a great image of two from the event.
After being happy with last years result but feeling I could do better, I immediately ramped up my training. I joined a group of roadies and trained with them during the week and rode the mtb on the weekends.
The training definitely paid off as my results show.
With a hectic work schedule over winter I was looking forward to my 3rd 50km Kowalski Classic and a weekend away in the nation's capital. Having the race postponed was a good thing for me and allowed a full recovery from a rather nasty flu in September.