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By Flynny - Posted on 12 September 2007

When: 
Saturday, 20 October, 2007 - 11:30

The meeting times are 'ready to ride'. If you need time to prepare equipment then please arrive a few minutes earlier.

Duration: 
3 hours
Come Rain or Shine: 
I'll be there, no matter what the weather.
Meeting Point: 

Imperial park Mt Victoria

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Details:

OK this is a CTMBC ride but open to everyone (you'll need to sign the disclaimer but there are no entry fees). It is part of the Celebrations of the 175 anniversary of the opening of Victoria Pass.

There will be plenty of things to do and see besides the ride, including Historical re-enactments at both Mt Victoria and Heartly Historic village so use it as an excuse to bring to family/better half up to the mountains for a bit of culture (the duck off for a ride while they are not looking).

Mt Vic School will be providing a BBQ lunch for a gold coin donation and the will be various spots to grab scones and tea (including mid ride.)

Official proceedings will begin at 11.30 and we will be starting the actual ride along with the historic car rally at about 1pm.

We will head out towards Mt York and then descend Lockeyers trail into Heartly Vale with a possile Devonshire tea stop at the Commet Inn depending on what people want.

From there back out to the highway to the base of Victoria Pass and thus up the easier Berghoffers Pass and back to Mt Vic

Who's in?
Rob, Matt, Little-Ditty, Flynny
Rob Matt Little-Ditty Flynny
What Happened?

Were you there and have a story to tell?

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Rob's picture

Tell 'em the distance & vertical, Flynny! Eye-wink

I assume it's that small park corner of Station St & Harley Ave?

Leave 11:30, when do you expect to return?

Flynny's picture

The loop is just over 20km and has about 600 fall and rise. Though the big climb up Berghoffers is more pleasant than it looks.

Rob. The ride departs 1pm. As part of our involvement I have to advertise all the other stuff as they would like to have bodies int he park while they woft on with their official stuff.

It is the park to the right of the Highway at the Traffic Lights (Near the Impearial Hotel)

Rock up about 12 have a bit of lunch and sign on. We leave 1pm and depending on if we stop at the Commit Inn at the bottom for Scones and Tea the ride should take between 2 and 4 hours.

There is a whole heap of stuff taking place in Mt Vic and then Heartly for others to fill in the afternoon while we're gone.

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/3169831

Paul's picture

That doesn't look like a pleasant climb 750 metres in 2k - is there a T-bar or Quad chair

Stuart M's picture

need to get the eyes checked. Thats 750ft in a little under 5 miles. Geez and I thought you'd be one of the few people on this site that knew about feet and miles Eye-wink

Flynny's picture

use the switch to metric button,.

Berghoffers pass was made because as cars became more popular they needed a cheaper way of getting them up the pass (For a while there was a team of oxen that towed the early model cars up Victoria pass.

Berghoffers was cut at a much gentler grade to allow the under powered cars to make it up under their own steam. The ride up has spectacular views over Heartly and other interesting stuff, like the 175yo convict bridge that is still holding up the highway to look at and take your mind off the up.

Rob's picture

What's that I hear? Cries for lap or two of Lisdale beforehand? Smiling

Flynny's picture

Also, There are 2 other Convict roads off Mt York we are not using for the ride. Coxes rd is a techi descent and Lawsons Long Alley has some pleasant ST back through farm and before a stoopid steep but short haul to the top .
I'll be caught up in the hobnobbing but those two trails are pretty well sign posted and you could always check them out before the official ride.

Paul's picture

stuart I was only looking from the 10 mile mark

Matt's picture

I'm in for this and keen to do the other two trails Flynny suggests, they get a good word (and a map more importantly!) in Hugh Flowers brown book. Rob, you fancy joining me? Anyone else?

Ta,
Matt.

Rob's picture

Yes, yes... I'd be up for some pre 1pm (official start time) outing before the main ride.

How long you reckon it would take? Would 11:30 give us time for a look-see before returning for some grub and the official ride?

Matt's picture

I'm not sure but I think there's at least a couple of hours worth there, so I think I'll be starting about 9. I'd rather have the time to make sure I know where I'm going and have a good explore and play about on any technical bits.

Ta,
Matt.

Flynny's picture

You'll enjoy Coxes. I've never been overly fussed with Lawsons. There is some pleasant ST at the bottom but the descent is a tad ho hum. It's a good way to get back to the top with a bit of pushing.

Little-Ditty's picture

I will be there for either the pre 11:30 ride, or for the 1:00 ride. I need to be in the Blue Mountains by Saturday evening anyway. So this works for me.

However I will be picking my bike up from KOM on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. Hopefully this will give me enough time to travel up to Mt York from there.

I will repost or msg you if I am unable to attend

Cheers.

Rob's picture

Hmmmm... a 9am meet at Mt York means leaving home at 7am. Hmmmmm... does it really need to be that early? Don't forget the 'main' ride is leaving at 1pm.

How long do these other trails need? Would a 10am start be more reasonable (still gives 3 hours) and allow Ditty to join?

Matt's picture

I reckon 10am would be fine, is it a date?

Ta,
Matt.

Little-Ditty's picture

Probably just best to assume I will be around for the 1:00 p.m. ride. You blokes can tell me about your earlier ride when we meet up. Smiling

Rob's picture

Oh well, no Ditty but I'll be there at 10 Matt.

Can we not tempt anyone else? New trails... Smiling

It's a bit of a way to drive alone so would like to take a passenger or two if poss.

Flynny's picture

would be plenty of time to get down Coxes and up Lawsons and probably down Lawsons and up Lockyers... Depending on pinch flats of course

Matt's picture

If we have a spare bit of time, even after the ride, we could head out to Hanging Rock, one of my favourite waterbar experiences and one of the best views/endings I've seen.

Ta,
Matt.

Flynny's picture

It's pretty easy to ride up to Blackheath and out to the rock from where we finish, there is an access path on the right hand side of the railway after the high way crosses it as you leave Mt Vic. It is a good ride and worth a look. Also getting there on dusk is cool as you can spot the lights of Sydney through gap in the mountains and sun set over the Grose is nice.

Little-Ditty's picture

Sorry guys. My bike is in the shop until Monday now, as KOM can't fit my service in until after the weekend. Will have to bail from this weekend's activities. Damn. Was looking forward to this new trail. Have fun anyway.

Carlgroover's picture

I wanted to do this one, but due to many weeks off work this year I'll be working Saturday to help pay some nasty tax debt Sad

"Believe it or not, non-cyclists sometimes think they have something interesting to say!"

Little-Ditty's picture

Okay, I have secured a lender for the weekend, so I will definitely be able to make this ride at 1:00 p.m. Laughing out loud

I am still to see if I can make the pre ride at 10:00. Matt and Rob, I will let you know my plans shortly.

Matt's picture

You can't beat a bit of an explore of new trails, and you'll love Hanging Rock if we get to it...

Flynny's picture

There's a cool 3d photo of hanging rock here (third down)

http://www.acay.com.au/~dstuckey/mtnshotsf.html

and one of the infamous ropes swing vids

http://youtu.be/nJI6uV6B6Rg

Caro's picture

Just read your posts...

FYI you actually have a flatmate who has two bikes that she would have lent you happily! So you would rather NOT ride than ask???
Amnesia or stupidita?? Eye-wink
Derrrr!

davis_jnr's picture

i assumed he was riding the cell from his post....?

GAZZA's picture

leftphobia????? ( "a common ailment found in specialized riders!)

Caro's picture

as I said:
stupidita! Very common between idioticoticas, a rare species that can be found amongst Norco riders as weel as Specialized riders Eye-wink

Stuart M's picture

Besides once you've riden Specialised you never want to ride anything else again

Paul's picture

Latte (decaf) - $3.50
Arm-warmers from Torpedo7 - $15.00
NobMob lycra top - $100
Ditty riding a girl's bike - priceless

Bruce's picture

play nicely, no need to tease specialized riders we do a good enough job of that our selves.
Take the lefty Liam I dare you!

davis_jnr's picture

so does this mean liam is going to have an 'epic' ride tomorrow?

Little-Ditty's picture

Epic? No. More like a massive Enduro! Laughing out loud

Stuart M's picture

massive endo

Bruce's picture

he may not want to give it back!

Little-Ditty's picture

Yes, I will, if I break it Laughing out loud

Bruce's picture

if you are worried about the strength, I could lend you some faith Sticking out tongue

Stuart M's picture

he still has to pedal to the top of Mt York (Victoria Pass for all those that don't know where they are going)

Flynny's picture

Berghoffers. A much gentler and more pleasant ride. I even use to take the fixie up that way, back in the day.. running a 52/16...

Stuart M's picture

Gotta give em something to look forward to / be scared of.

Flynny's picture

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/4258285

Rob will have the loop he and Matt done earlier.

Cheers for coming up and giving me an excuse to ride those trails

Rob's picture

The drop down Cox's in the morning was a tad steep:

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/episode/view....

Rob's left leg and right arm is a tad sore after veering off the Lockyer's sniggle at a rate of kays, which explains why he wasn't riding in the afternoon. Ooops Eye-wink

ar_junkie's picture

...kicked his ass for potentially injuring himself for the Mont? Eye-wink

Caro's picture

You didn't injure yourself, did you????
What is going on here??
Nobody is allowed to ride until after next weekend Eye-wink
Having said that... anybody in for a night ride on Wednesday? Still haven't tried the new lights Shocked
Will post one now if there isn't already one...

Rob's picture

Some shots from the earlier ride are now here:

http://nobmob.com/image/tid/496

Top tracks, will have to do a write up on 'em.

Flynny's picture

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