Melbourne and Torquay round 1 – Bikes, Surf and City life

Refreshed and relaxed after a few days in Eagle Point, we headed back west to the Melbourne/Geelong area to catch up with friends and family, and head out for some more biking and surf:

Shane and Karl at the top of the climb, by Arthur's Seat, about to drop in to Charlotte's track
Shane and Karl at the top of the climb, by Arthur’s Seat, about to drop into Charlotte’s track

Red Hill – Round 1 with Peely

Still getting used to the climate, we started with the climb up the buff, pedally East Link, then onto the more technical climb and traverse of Rock Salt for good measure and diversity, and then cut a quick lap of Slippery Gypsy to Pins and Needles – a straight shot of fun, tight, fast, and off-camber-ness.

Kate and Shane on route to Saw Tooth
Kate and Shane on route to Saw Tooth

We then headed back up, and over to Saw Tooth for a lap – some fun technical single track through the overgrowth, with a brutal climb back to the start of the loop. We finished with a run-down Charlotte’s Track – one of the oldest and more rugged tracks in the area, which includes a section down the old cobble stair hiking path to Arthur’s Seat, and some pinchy surprise climbs and exciting rock gardens.

The boys, now joined by Leechy then headed back up for another quick final lap of Chit’s Decent.

The struggle was real on the climb back up from Saw Tooth, but the trail was well worth the effort
The struggle was real on the climb back up from Saw Tooth, but the trail was well worth the effort

1,000 meters of climbing, and about 30km of riding in the mid-day heat…the ice creams were well deserved!

Here is our ride on Strava – Red Hill with Peely

Red Hill – Round 2 with the Rocky Mountain gang

Missed the memo about what bike to bring with the Rocky Mountain gang
We missed the memo about what bike to bring with the Rocky Mountain gang…

After an evening catching up with Dickie, Loz and the girls the next day we headed back to Red Hill for a ride with Luke, Dickie, Leechy, Simon and all the Rocky Mountain bikes in South Australia 😉

The ride was a much welcomed Sunday morning pace, and again started with the climb up East Link/High Roller, then a quick lap down Pins and Needles, before heading back up and across for a train down Charlotte’s. Nice catch-up ride with the gang.

View from the top of Red Hill trails
View from the top of Red Hill trails. All aboard the Rocky Mountain Train!

Here is our ride on Strava – Red Hill with the Rocky Mountain gang

Post ride we headed to Jamie’s (Shane’s nephew) 1st birthday celebrations, and then on to stay with B, Rod and the girls for the night.

2 days, lots of time on the bike, zero snakes…win!

 

You Yangs

Shane at trail map in You Yang
All the choices of trails to ride…behind Shane’s head

On route to Torquay the next day, we stopped off for a few laps at the You Yangs Mountain Bike Park area for some laps.

More of the Australian style of riding we expected – fast, buff, flowing ribbons of single track, with the odd man-made rock garden and feature to spice things up and keep you on your toes.

The laps were relatively short (a few hundred meter ascent of climbing alone a maintained road), so it was easy to lap most of the trails in a few hours.

Heading back up the You Yang Mountain bike park climb
Heading back up the climb

Starting on Quarry Pit, we headed up to the main central point where most of the downhill trails converge and then headed up for laps of the downhill area.

Kate hitting the wall ride on Cressy Decent at You Yang Mountain Bike park
Kate hitting the wall ride on Cressy Decent

We hit up Cressy Decent – fast, buff single track with a few jumps and banked corners, Trav’s downhill – dedicated to the guy that build most of the trails in the park, a bit more technical and making the most of the natural rock features and roots, and then Bandages or Glory – the downhill race track, with a few more committing features and wheel wrecking rock gardens.

Shane mid rock garden on Travs Diamond at You yang ,mountain bike park
Shane mid rock garden on Travs Diamond

We finished with a climb up Track 2 and 3, and then down Boulder Track – one of the original downhill trails, which is a bit more ‘worn in’ and ends with a fun rock roll.

Car full of camping stuff at you Yangs Mountain bike park
Car camping life…lunch time!

Here is our ride on Strava – You Yangs Laps

Post ride we headed down to Clifton Springs for a scrumptious flathead dinner and night at Hayden’s.

Beach life in Torquay

Once down in Torquay, we took advantage of what small swell there was, headed out for a surf at Jun Jac, and eased back into being back on the boards. It was so good to be in the ocean again that it really didn’t matter what the surf conditions were.

We finished the day with a few cheeky beers on the beachfront at the Pop-Up Bombords bar.

Anglesea and Forest bike rides

Shane and Simo Using TrailForks at Anglesea to find the way
As I said it was a maze at Anglesea…thank goodness for TrailForks…

With no swell the next morning, we headed out for a morning lap at Anglesea with Simo, which offered a maze of some rough cut bush single track and sandy corners.

 

Our ride at Anglesea is here

 

After our morning ride with Simo, we headed for a pedal-fest at Forest Mountain Bike area. Very family friendly, and one of the flattest areas we have ridden at, ever, we got just over 300 meters of ascending in 21km. We rode what seems to be a popular loop which followed Super Loop with the add-ons of Grass Trees – a few small technical features and jumps, Mariners – a labyrinth of twists and turns, and double backs, Yo Yo’s – like the name suggests pinchy ups and downs, and one of the less well-used trails in the area.

Post ride we headed to Lorne for lunch at the seaside, followed by a quick dip in the sea and afternoon beers on the beach. True vacation lifestyle.

 

City Life and Stag Dos

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After a few days of relaxing beach life around Torquay at Simo and Emily’s, we head back to Melbourne before parting ways for the weekend. Shane headed out to Phillips Island for a Buck’s party – Beers, go-karts and that’s all to report…Kate explored the city, including Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

Here are a few from the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens:

Sunday we were reunited and headed to the St Kilda Festival to enjoy the bands, street entertainment, and general chaos of a street festival.

Next stop Tasmania!


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