Here are the details for the next “There Will Be Dirt” ride :
There Will Be Dirt #14
Visiting : Mt Dandenong, Mt Donna Buang, Toolangi, Kinglake
Distance : ~210km
When : Sunday 12th September, 7am @ Fed Square
Where : http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/TWBD-14-Swollen-Dinner-Bag
More details : http://therewillbedirt.blogspot.com
This is a big ride - I want to cram as much as possible into one day. We’ll see Basin-Olinda Rd climb, Silvan Road descent to the dam, Don Rd and then Donna Buang climb (weather permitting), Long Gully up to Toolangi, on up to Kinglake and then Bald Spur, Hildebrand, Mine Rd before cutting down to Hurstbridge and then 'burbs all the way back into the city.
That’s the full route but we can change it up on the day depending on how we feel and what the weather’s doing e.g. probably won’t push all the way to the summit of Donna Buang if there’s too much snow. Also note, there are plenty of bailout points where you can jump on the train if you like. No prizes for first place and no penalties if you cut it short - bite off as much as you want!
Whichever way you cut it, there’ll be a lot of distance and a lot of climbing - we’ll be racing against nightfall from the very start and it’s highly likely we won’t finish the whole thing in time even if we try. It’ll be kinda like a naughty dog trying to scoff a whole birthday cake from the kitchen counter when you go out of the room for two minutes.
Except the dog has wheels, the cake is made of dirt and two minutes is more like twelve hours.
See ya there!
What’s all this then?
This is a series of road rides where “road” may include smooth bitumen, bike track, potholed country roads, gravel/dirt roads and singletrack, all in the same ride. There may be significant climbs and the distance will be over 100km.
The emphasis is on getting out into the countryside, off the beaten track, the smaller and more obscure the road the better. I’ll be riding a fixed-gear (or single-speed!) cyclocross bike but all bikes are welcome. Don’t ride something you’re afraid to get dirty. Rides continue rain/hail/shine.