Sette Budini wrote:So, since I missed this one... Who's writing the ride report?
What's the gossip? Any future mtb stars? Anyone crash?
Well five of us (madrider, howdy, sbad, stealth and mozzar) turned up for the first ever BV forum MTB ride. The weather was better than expected, although it did bucket down just as we turned up – we only saw the occasional shower after that.
We headed off from the carpark in a counter-clockwise direction for a full circuit of the Lysterfield MTB park and we soon hit the singletrack. It’d be fair to say that this was probably the first taste of proper singletrack that a few had experienced, but all coped exceptionally well, if some were a bit tentative at first. It was certainly more of a challenge for Mozzar on his hardtail, although at least he did have front suspension. Stealth was there on his fully ridged GT – obviously decided that his arms, legs and rear-end would suffice for suspension.
Naturally, given the recent rains, the trails were muddy in places, but on the whole were in good condition, allowing a decent pace at times. The slick trail, and especially the wet roots and log rollovers meant caution had to be used....
OK, so you want crash stories. Well I believe Mozzar had some sort of incident, and Madrider had a close call at speed, but I think I managed the best crash of the day. When we came to the biggest log rollover in the park (I think someone around here once said ‘it’s the one you can see from space’ – but that maybe a slight exaggeration) everybody sensibly took the ‘B’ line around it. Except me. I knew better. - I was wrong. I’ve cleaned it many times without incident, but this time attacked it at a slight angle. Not a good idea when the logs are wet. The result; the bike and I made it up the frontside of the rollover, at which point the bike and I parted company. Me? I continued on down the backside of the rollover, executing a perfect roll (a few years of judo in my youth taught me nothing, if not how to fall down properly). Got back on the bike, backtracked and made a second attempt. Made it this time, not pretty, but made it! As far as I know, that was the extent of the crashes (unless some other incidents took place that I wasn’t aware of??)
Soon after, we came across Steve, a regular MTB’er around Lysterfield who Madrider knew. Steve hooked up with us on the rest of the ride, showing some trails we hadn’t been aware of and giving us some local insights. He also stopped often to carry out minor track maintenance and stick stacking to discourage new lines that were being made. Whilst a noble cause, it tended to breakup the ride somewhat and the circuit took a lot longer than it normally would.
All in all I think the ride was a success; everyone survived, if muddier for the experience…
No cameras, and so no pictures..sorry. Though I'm not sure why Stealth didn't bring one. He brought just about everything else in his day pack - jelly snakes, muslie bars, GPS; the man was prepared for just about anything