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Well it was cold and foggy, we heard later it didn't get to 10 degrees!
Mitchell and I arrived at the general store at 11.30. The ride took 3.5 hours but this included multiple stops for teething problems with the new bike, photos, and some back tracking when we got a bit lost. We both weren't feeling great either so the ride should've been around three hours. Lots of singletrack, the odd fire road, back country gravel roads and some tar. Lots of climbs and descents. Good views normally but damp and dripping today. Quite fun riding in the foggy stillness. Got back to the general store and had a well-deserved tall cappacino and gourmet pie in front of an open fire, nice!
Store owner is a MTB'er and he sat with us for 15 mins talking MTB. It turns out St Andrews is becoming bit of a hot spot for mtb, the guy is doing some grassroots work with the council re mtb access.
Looking forward to next saturday if the weather is ok and everything works out.
St Andrews is between the yarra valley and Eltham, mostly east and a bit north of the city. The ride is suited to hardtails and short travel dualies, ideally.
 

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You could take the train to Hurstbridge. From there it looks about 10km of road riding to get to the start point. Could be some fair sized hills on Cherry Tree Road too.
 

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Hud said:
You could take the train to Hurstbridge. From there it looks about 10km of road riding to get to the start point. Could be some fair sized hills on Cherry Tree Road too.
I ride in that area a fair bit on the roady, and I can assure you there is no shortage of hills :).

Edit: Just checked the map and while I haven't ridden any part of most direct hurstbridge-St Andrews route, I have ridden it via a different route, and it's downhill most of the way (steep for a few K, gradual after that). You're going to be in for a ***** climb somewhere on the way in, but on the plus side getting back to Hurstbridge afterwards will be easy.
 

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I rode in there on Sunday Morning. The Ridge Rd singletrack rocked.
If you were to go direct from Hurstbrige to ST Andrews and then climb up to Smiths Gully that would be relatively easy with no big climbs.
Alternatively start the ride from St Andrews.
I'm in Diamond Creek and am planning to do it from home one day
Station st D/C over the Gipson st bridge
Up Broadgully rd Cross over to singletrack at HT lines3/4 of the way up the hill
Climb up Wilsons rd hit singletrack on right side at top
Back down to Main rd head back toward D/C up WattleGlen Rd, Valley rd- hard climbe turn onto Thorns rd and onto Watery Gully rd.
Hit the main rd at the top and head out through Panton hill to Smiths Gully do ride ride back same way except this time follow singletrack on Watery Gully/ Flat Rock Rd into Hurstbridge back along the main Rd to D/C.
I estimate about 65Km and 5 hrs later
 

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Feel free to come along on saturday Woody, if you can make it. Time hasn't been organised yet, somewhere between 9-10am?
 

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haha, fair enough. I'd say it'd take a couple of hours, give or take. It won't be critical if you're 20mins late. The earlier the better as there will be less walkers, not that you see many. Check that route I described, it should be 100km/h travel most of the way. What time do you want to arrive?

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Another time. Anyway, it'll allow me to do a bit more exploring that I wanted to do.
If anyone else wants to come let me know. Time is flexible.

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Sorry, it's been organised again for 10am saturday. Leaving it til 2pm means you'd be pushing it to get back before dark and all the pies would be gone.:D
 

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ilostmypassword said:
wow! Nice picture..... My wife and I are moving to Christchurch next year... we can't wait :thumbsup:

*jealous!*

Where are you based? South Island?

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Dunedin, S.I. Fairly rare heavy snow fall, all rained off now, but fun while it lasted.

Christchurch has some tasty track: Port Hills, Craigeburn, Wharfdale. You'll like it.
 
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