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  1. fab

    Kinglake - more like KingPuddles

    Great photos. Thanks photographers
  2. Thanks to Mike and Chewy for leading us around some great tracks today. It was good fortune that you guys knew the way around as there were some monster downhills that I was grateful were not our uphills. Marko and I were commenting in the morning why we have both only been to Kinglake once. We couldn't figure out why? Slippery clay, monster long rocky hills, roots, slippery logs, did I mention logs, and dust (yes some areas were bone dry). Oh and Puddles or as I will refer to them now - KingPuddles - so deep that they swallowed your bike. I saw Marko almost have an orange submarine and I went through one that water went into my boots from the top. This is my kind of fun and i'll be back again No mechanical issues, besides Stegpeg removals, and no injuries. Oh and it was 4 Stroke city today with 5/6 sploogless. Also 3 YZ250FXs out of 6 bikes. Lunch break. Jazz put himself into the naughty corner.
  3. fab

    Greendale - Nice for some

    We didn't get to do it either Ran out of time.
  4. fab

    Barclay's sailors falls fun

    Good to see you guys out there today.
  5. Well, today was interesting. The terrain was either bone dry or greasy. With the tracks the former and the hills the latter. Thanks all for coming along today and to those who swept. In the end I had to cut out a lot of tracks due to the setting sun, riders fatigue and the excess time taken to refind old tracks but hopefully all still enjoyed it. It wasn't all roses though. The thorns were : CentralVic didn't make it out of bed with "Car Trouble." Richardg launched his husky into outer space and then retired hurt. Beeaye WR ran out of electricity and he called it a day. Mike got a puncture but we managed to get it fixed (he was told he had a HD tube and it wasn't!). Shame Shame Shame all of you. Seriously though, it was a good ride. See you all on another soon.
  6. fab

    Rockin and rootin at Chewton...

    All lies... it was a horrible day. It was cold, it hailed, there were rocks everywhere and it was slippery on most of the climbs Truth be told that was what made it fun. Thanks to glorious leader CV and humble sweep Cujo. The loop is getting better and better. .... and yes I rode the TPI with Nasty's setup. What a bike!
  7. Thanks for the mention Trialz. Biggest thanks goes to the track fairies who sacrifice hours not riding to give us new tracks to explore. Speaking of fairies, Mr Goldmines @centralVic more than deserves a shout out.
  8. fab

    Dissa in winter

    Brett, CentralVic and I did all 3 (or 4 or however many they are). Hamburger 1 is flogged out! The rest of the hamburgers seem to be the same although they now have more tracks on the sides of it (in the fresh dirt). Forget to mention that Brett gets the award for the latest signup for a ride ever (he beat the record set by riles). 50 minutes before the meet time Brett asked to join - and then he beat a few people to the site.
  9. fab

    Dissa in winter

    Thanks all for coming for a ride today. Weather was fantastic and the tracks had just enough grip - most of time time. I thought there was going to be a mutiny when I missed a turn on the first track of the day and has us stuck on a hill for 15 mins. I was amazed how rooted the tracks are, well until another group came in behind us and I saw how those deep ruts were made (100% throttle and digging holes). Rest of the day flowed smoothly with Brownballs and Brett leading at times and showing me some new tracks to add to the loop. Poor Bruce struggled with a shagged rear tyre and I struggled with remembering where all the tracks were (its been a while in between dissa rides). Highlight of the day was seeing the jump in skill and technique of people I have been riding with over the years. The tracks are now harder, but they flow over them easier.
  10. Quick note to say thanks to Bear and PeteV for leading us around Paddys Swamp. There was grip for days - well in most places. A few decent offs as well, but I'll let those who had them tell their stories. I'll add more details later... putting this up as I know CentralVics camera worked today and he has a video or two ready to go (unlike last time where he "lost all the footage" - sure it did mate :P)
  11. fab

    "Spin Hill" - Spring hill 14 Jul

    Not sure if serious?
  12. Track conditions looked perfect; it was a bright clear Winter's day. But it was a deception; the ground slippery like clay. The sun in your eyes as you climbed a hill. Slippery logs lying dormant; waiting to take your front wheel. Lucky for me; on the ride was an able group. Cujo was sweep; ready to help you over a slippery root. A bit of exploring; new tracks were found. We found some new hills; even scary to go down. Only one loop was done; as we got back late. Now we all wait in fear; at what CentralVic caught on tape.
  13. fab

    Lvl 3 rides

    The Organise Ride post has been amended.
  14. fab

    Lvl 3 rides

    I see three themes here: Ratings and interpretation of the ratings Riders self rating of themselves Lead Riders rating the rides they post up The following thoughts relate to 3 only. (I'll think about 1 and 2 a bit more) As a lead rider my goal is to ensure everyone has a good ride. A good ride for me is that everyone that joins the ride is capable to handle the hardest parts of the ride regardless of the fatigued state they are in; nobody injures themselves from not having the required skill and experience; and I can change the loop as I get lost or see something shiny up to the level of the ride. TERRAIN: Therefore a risk of rating a ride with Level 3 terrain (even if its only a portion) as Level 2 or 2+ is that it has the connotation that a Level 2 rider can complete the ride. This puts this rider at risk as the harder parts are out of the current skill and experience of this rider. PACE: The rating should be based on terrain with pace mentioned in the notes if it is anything outside the rating of the ride. So if its faster or slower, or lots of breaks or no breaks - compared to the rating then this needs to be mentioned. This will help riders understand if they are burning all their energy keeping up then they may have fatigued themselves out for the harder terrain. I agree that a bit more detail regarding the terrain of the ride will help riders assess if this is the ride for them. Other thoughts - All rides should be graded to the higher number and bought down (So a 2+ could be a 3-)? - I am happy to calibrate the ratings for rides I post to whatever helps.