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I know the year is not over yet, but with only a few weekebds left of the year and lots of partying to be done on those weekends, I thought now would be a good time to look back over 2008 and share your most memorable ride(s) for the year.

I dont have one ride that sticks out, but I do have three rides which vary from 10ks to 110ks which I remember the most.

1. Earlier in the year I went to Stromlo with 2 mates. Neither of them are very quick so I just took it very easy up the hill and just played around while waiting for them. We were going to head down the skyline and berm tracks which I had herd were very good. I said sorry to my mates and as I wasnt going to stop and wait for them. The next ten minutes were bliss. I feel like a tool for saying it, but I fet like I was "in the zone", I was nailing every corner and jumping any jumps I could find. After 5 minutes of waiting for them to turn up I still had a huge smile on my face, one of the best times I have every had on a bike. Only problem was, next time I did that combineation of trails it was no where near as good.

2. Highland Fling. Didnt do a super special time or anything, but I rode well and got to the finish and can now tell people i've recently done a 110k MTB ride:thumbsup:

3. A recet ride at Livingstone is my final best ride. I was nailing climbs that I hadnt got before and I was still feeling fresh after 30k out there which never happens out there. It just felt really good.

Would love to hear from others with their most memorable rides of 2008.
 

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Number one experience.
For me it would have to be the Otway Odyssey. My first crack at a 100km. Very satisfying to nail it.
Memorable due to the mud and 'Kokoda' experience, but also the beautiful terrain. 10 hours of pain and suffering and pushing up hills. Bodily functions out of whack due to excessive amounts of gels and fluids. But great trails and a ripper of an experience.

Best day trip.
Moonlight Flat at Castlemaine earlier this year with Cowpat and co. Never have I spent almost the entire ride in granny ring. 20km of pinch climbs, switchbacks, tyre-meet-shorts descents, and very narrow techy trails the whole way + some great water race trail. Must get back there.

Everyday ride:
The typical late arvo ride up to Silvan. I always underestimate this place. To be honest it's not the ultimate destination by any stretch, but it's great to wind down after a hard day with a bit of fireroad, singletrack, and lush forest. I always come back shaking my head over how much I enjoy it.

4. Oh yeah, the two St Andrews loops that I never tire of.
 

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For me, the 2008 Crocdile Trophy, AWESOME, still on a high from it I think.
It was only the third race I have ever done and the other two were two hours races at the local club.
All I did was finsh, nothing special but it was great, the people fun and friendly and lots in my local area

after that it was some special days whilst out training, jsut when it comes together and all feels good :thumbsup:

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1. The Dandenongs / Silvan / Lysterfield. There is no one ride but since it's my home territory I never get sick of crusing around it's many trails, finding new ones and seeking out ways to connect them. I will never get sick of this area or the large numbers of kangaroos that won't get off the track.

2. The day I found Sunset Track just off Birdland Reserve in Belgrave was a winner. It's steep but short and once you reach the top there is no where to go but they don't call it Sunset Track for nothing. Ride up it at dusk, sit on a rock and you'll understand what I mean.

3. You Yangs not long ago on that day where all it did was bucket rain and flood... sure our weather timing was off but sometimes rain and mud are purely therapeutic even though you've probably got mild hypothermia.

4. Conquering the One Tree Hill Track in Ferntree Gully. It long steep and seemingly endless but somehow I made it on my humble SS.

5. It's not 2008 and it's not bike related but body boarding at dusk on 10ft waves with friends and a pack of seals during a thunderstorm was pretty tops in 1995... sorry this thread just dug up some old fav memories.

Great thread Ben_M
 

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Mine will have to be the 100km dirt works. This was my first attempt at an endurance race and I absolutely loved the whole thing. I had trained well for it and found I reached the end still feeling relatively fresh (I emphasise the word relatively). I was expecting to take somewhere between 8 and 9 hours but completed it in 6 3/4 hours.

The smile lasted a week at which point I couldn't resist but sign up for another - the highland fling. This was still a lot of fun but will be more memorable for the compelling desire to throw up and cry once I got over the finish line. Geez... these things are bloody tough when you've not trained enough.
 

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Favourite ride of 2008?

Would have to have been my first 'real' foray into night riding. 12+ guys from Farkin heading down the Oaks in the Blue Mountains. I've lost count of the number of times I've done this ride during the day but this is a completely different beast at night. It was awesome and I still think about and end up with a stupid grin on my face. To top it all off, I rode the short distance home, had a nice hot shower and sat up and watched the first stage of Le Tour...

Other honorable mentions (in no particular order):

DW100 at St Albans. This was my first major marathon and even though I suffered big time, esp. the last 20-25km, and ended up in hospital with dehydration and acute tonsillitis, I finished and that was an achievement for me. It was such a great vibe in the village and I was just excited to be there which also contributed but being able to brag to workmates and friends that I did it was also priceless... :p

Triple Triathlon in Canberra. Not strictly MTB, but each of the cycling legs is off road. My mates and I have been to every version of this since '99 and I love this event. I know that by the end of the (very long) day, I'm going to be tired, sunburnt, worn out, dirty and depleted but I run on adrenaline the whole time. The MTB leg I do starts at the Acton Ferry Terminal on Lake Burley Griffin, goes over Dairy Farmers Hill, past Coppins Crossing, Bluetts, Stromlo, Narrabundah Hill, onto Cooleman Ridge and ends up near Woden. This year I wasn't any quicker than previous years, but I got further than I have before climbing Bluetts, I did climb Stromlo without stopping or walking and blasted down the other side with a grin splitting my face and I climbed the steep pinch up onto Cooleman Ridge which I have never done before so I feel as if I really accomplished something this year.

Narrowneck night ride. Another night ride with the Farkin crew. Again, another 10+ guys headed out for some night shenanigans at Narrowneck near Katoomba and I had an absolute blast. I haven't ridden there for years but again, riding a trail you know at night is like riding a completely different trail. Another awesome night.

Although not a ride, the World Cup at Stromlo in late August. Instead I got to watch everyone else ride. What an event. Nothing can describe it. Bring on the Worlds... :D
 

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My best rides pale by comparison, but here goes;

Prospect Hill round of the Adelaide Mountain Bike Club Winter XC series... a sodden circuit, and passing riders on their more expensive FS rigs while astride my modest HT - a good confidence builder.

Rocky Paddock round of the Adelaide Mountain Bike Club Winter XC series...for me, technically challenging and a good finish despite a tumble.

Local farm roads & trails, followed a quiet ale at my local (riding) hotel when life, the universe & every thing become too much, and solitude & quiet contemplation are the only answer.
 

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1. Any ride out at Woodend (Wombat State Forest).... what a sweet flowing track that is!!

2. Tramways Track (at the base of Buller, opposite Sawmill Settlement) just rides so well!

3. Best killer semi DH..... Klingers!! The Klingsporn track.... Buller Summit to Gate.... 9km of hang on by the seat of your pants stuff!

4. Travs track at the Youies.... nicely featured!
 
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