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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!