We were unsure about one or two sections on next week’s “Three Gaps” social ride, so today my friends kindly agreed to help me double check them. Just to keep us on our toes, I added an extra loop through Mount Walker.
Despite the impossibly blue skies and stunning sunlight, the cold morning air cut through our gloves and jackets.
Just over five minutes later we left the paved road and headed up Red Gap Road. Each September this dirt track becomes part of the “Epic” mountain bike race where hundreds of riders compete for glory as they struggle over some of the toughest terrain in the area.
Today we were taking a more sedate pace, and riding it in the opposite direction that the racers would take.
For most of its length, the road reserve was clearly marked with fences on either side.
At the top of each rolling hill we enjoyed views of the impressive turrets of the Great Dividing Range to the south.
Around the half-way point of the ride we headed west, following the Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) towards Mount Beau Brummell.
I’ve pushed a bike UP this hill before, and think that plummeting down this section of Edwards Gap is much more fun than struggling up it.
Paul described it as “sketchy”. I’d probably throw in the word “fun” as an appropriate adjective – provided you keep your weight back and treat it with respect.
Back in the Laidley Valley, it took us little more than ten minutes to ride back to Mulgowie along the paved road.
We rode a total of 48km in just over 4 hours.
During that time we climbed almost 850 metres in vertical ascent, and I burned about 2,100 kcal.
I’ll rate this ride 7 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter.
Thanks Becca, Darb, Paul, Russel and Simon for another fun day out on the bikes.