Eight of us showed up for another casual jaunt through Parklands today. The weather was good and the trails were spot on with most of the mud gone. We had Alf, Chris, Craig, Damien, Pete and Will show up and we hooked up with some other riders later on.
Today’s intrepid ride leader was Greg and he did a fine job with his selection of trails that were challenging and fun. He even took the others who wanted more for an even longer ride.
Total ride time for the final four was 3.5hrs, ride length was around 20km and there was either 400, 500 or 700m of elevation depending on who’s Garmin you believe.
I bowed out 1hr in with yet another sidewall tear as I tore down lower NZ (obviously caused by my hardcoredness).
The old banner was missing in action for awhile and now it’s showing its age with the ink peeling off in places. A new banner was quickly designed and printed up and looks pretty bloody good (even if I do say so myself)!
The timing is great as we will have it up at the 24hr ride this weekend and the Trex ride next weekend. We also have a booth at the upcoming Heart Week expo.
John was ride leader today and rumour had it that he was going to mix things up a bit. Now on the few rides I’ve been on where John says this it usually meant we were up for a whole lot of climbing and I’d more than likely be saying words similar to “goshdarnit” and “I think I’m a little bit pooped”. But my fears were totally unwarranted because the ride ended up being pretty awesome and just the right amount of challenging. Initial ride briefing was loud and clear, the trails chosen were a good mix of climbing, flow and technical and the ride was smoothly adapted where needed to account for the varying fitness levels of the group.
It was big group of 28 today and after riding together from the Mapleton township through some beautiful trails we arrived at the Mapleton Day Use Area where we split up into a “Gung Ho” group and a “Moderate” group. The gung ho group shot down the newly improved Magic Mile trail and then rode down and climbed back up from the Kureelpa Falls. The other group also did the Magic Mile trail and then came back along the road back to Mapleton where we met up for some well earned coffee and cafe treats.
Thanks John for a good ride today and thanks to all that helped. Big shout out to our distinguished visitors from Harvey bay, CORCA and the Sunshine Coast Cycle Touring club and a big “you go girl!”to the rookie on the Intense dualie who just kept powering on!
Overall a good ride with a good turnout and thankfully the rain holding off until the end of the ride.
Had a few people conquer their fears and succeed getting over a few of the hairier obstacles on the trails, which were then accompanied with the mandatory whooping and high fives afterwards. Unfortunately there were a couple of whoopsie daisies and I hope those riders pulled up OK the next day.
I met a friendly fellow fatbiker wearing clipless sandals (I thought they were a myth).
I accidentally did the tricky stuff because I made the mistake of following Toby and Alf.
Paul wash his bike from from the back of his van – we think it was either black magic or he was actually dosing his bike in fuel.
Susie’s “waahoo’s” actually echo of the trees for a whole 90 seconds and intimidate nearby birds.
Andrew’s experiment of trying to cure a big night by bike riding didn’t work as well as he hoped.
Due to the Mooloolaba Triathlon the Sunshine Mwy will be closed between 5am to 11.15am from Pacific Paradise to Coolum roundabout (both directions) and southbound between Pacific Paradise to Mooloolaba road. Diversions via Bruce Hwy or David Low Way.