I live out at Malvern so Lysterfield is probably my best option for a ride.
I am looking for a buddy or 2 to ride with up in Lysterfield and other trails.
I am 48 and my standard is not high, usually ride Buckle Track, Middle Track, Blair Witch. Had a look at the race track and walked out. The technical bit over to the east (i think).
Usually ride for 2 or 3 hours, have a stretch and a feed in between. Usually ride by myself but its more fun and found I learn more with a friend. But I am a pretty conservative rider. Don't fancy too many broken bones.
Next ride up there will be Dec 16 or 17. Is anybody interested or any groups heading out on those days?
I'm hopeless for being able to commit to any weekend activity ever, between work and racing, but I'm sure you'll find there are others on this forum who ride out at Lysterfield quite regularly.
The other option is to join a club. The DirtRiders are based on that side of town and ride Lysterfield on Sunday mornings (when there's no racing on). Then you not only get company but also some riding tips or coaching (if you want it).
BTW the dirtriders are having a Christmas race/BBQ at Beaconsfield track on the 17th Dec if you want to try out a new venue and meet some mtb folk (check out www.dirtridermtb.com)
I was thinking the same thing. By 8am on a Sunday, I've done 200km, got home, had breakfast, showered, mown the lawn, walked the dog, washed the car, read the Sunday Age and Sunday Herald Sun and am usually just putting on 'Return of the Jedi' (having already watched the five previous Star Wars episodes).
Ok, so perhaps I exaggerate a little bit - we don't have a dog.
I have a boozy night Friday so I will ride whatever time I wake up and drag my butt up the hill. Probably 8.00 am. (No comments from roadies required - I admire your commitment).
I will probably leave from the servo on the top of the hill on Wellington Rd. I ride an orange Haro (you know the one that looks bent), grey shorts, black jersey and helmet. Anti magpie eyes on back of helmet and aerials. The path I ride in the morning has an aggressive magpie, which has got me twice. No blood yet.