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Ok, giving everyone more notice this time - after having just completed my first ever climb up Mt Macedon, I'm determined to do it again before the weather starts to turn. Early-Mid April is actually quite spectacular up in the ranges, the autumn colours are earlier and much more intense than anywhere else I've seen around Melbourne. So my proposed dates are any of
April 6 (Sat), 7 (Sun), 13 (Sat) & 14 (Sun).
I'd look at starting from either Gisborne or Woodend this time instead of Sunbury, and take the 'easier' ascent from Woodend, perhaps via Hanging Rock. We'd want to leave reasonably early as there can be a fair bit of car traffic after about 9am on weekends around there, especially that time of year, so I'd suggest a 7am start.
Any suggestions/comments welcome and hopefully within a couple of weeks I can post exact details.
Please let me know if interested - if you're not a forum member, you can email me at wizofaus (no d!) at hotmail dot com.
There's a small possibility I'll be rowing in a Regatta on that day, hope to determine if so by the end of this week. If so then I'd opt for April 6th as some of the riders that want to do the shorter ride (not forum members) are planning to catch the train to Woodend, and on Sundays the earliest train gets in at 9:40, vs ~8:20 on Saturdays.
If there's anyone here interested in the longer ride that wants to take the train, then we'd have to move the start to 8:30. In that case it might be better to hit the mountain first then do the "forest" part of the ride, where there's likely to be less traffic.
May I make a suggestion? Your hard route has people going down the steep side of the mountain. I never do that because I don't like going through the village centre at speed with cars doing U-turns, pulling out of the hotel carpark, turning into side roads etc. I always go up the steep side because it is much safer.
Besides, what's the point of going to Mount Macedon without hitting the 12% climb?
This is just a suggestion - I'm grateful that you have taken the trouble to work out a route and put it here for us. I'd like to join you but I'll be involved in an Audax ride that day.
Nobody younger than <del>27</del> 28 has experienced a month cooler than the 20th century average.
Yes, that has occurred to me, but I've already been up the steep side! Plus the less-experienced group would definitely struggle with that, and it's easier to arrange if everyone goes up the same way.
Which Audax ride is on that day? Tour of the Goldfields? 400km in one day? Eek...though there's 600km SA ride on the same day starting at 7AM...um...what sort of time do most riders take to do that? (I gather there's a 40hr limit)
Oops, I just found this:
http://www.gisbornerotary.org.au/the-gr ... challenge/
Can anyone recommend whether a route for the less-experienced cyclists that returned from Honour Avenue in Macedon to Woodend via Middle Gully or Bawden Rd would be better? The former looks to be a good packed-dirt road, that should be fine for the sorts of bicycles that group will have (actually I'm pretty sure it'd be fine for most road bikes, but I'd personally not usually want to cycle that far on an unpaved road), whereas the latter route looks like a better surface but a bit longer. I suspect either will be fine, and it's not that big a deal if they reach the unpaved section of Middle Gully Rd and decide it's a bit rough and would prefer Bawden Rd instead.
I'm actually more concerned about the longer route, whether Kearneys Rd, Pearces Rd and particularly South Bullarto Rd west of Trentham are good for higher speed riding. It's about 9.5 km worth of roads that don't look fantastically well maintained on Google Street View (actually it doesn't cover South Bullarto Rd at all), and it'd be frustrating if you had to take that much distance at a significantly slower speed. Unfortunately I'd have to change the route quite radically to avoid those roads. I'm not prepared to drive out there first just to check though!
Ok I've had confirmation that Kearneys Rd isn't good for road bikes. Have now proposed this: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/172618116 which is all good sealed roads. It's a bit shorter, but could be extended after the Mt Macedon climb to include Syndicate Rd etc., which I rode up through last time somewhat by accident and is actually a great little detour.
Reminder that this is on in less than 2 weeks - Saturday after next.
The Facebook event page is the best place for information, and no you don't need a Facebook account to view it.
At this stage I'm not sure how many are coming for the shorter (30km) ride, if you are definitely interested please contact me.
Hmm. Might try later at the desktop.
The shorter ride (30km) is planned to start just after the first V/Line service gets into Woodend. If you want to do the longer ride then unfortunately you would have to find a lift - I'd shift the start of that one to 8:30 but I have something else on later that day and kinda need the extra hour sorry!
Yeah, definitely works fine using the full FB site if you're not logged in.
I've now added a 50km alternative starting at 8:30 for those dependent on public transport. The full 90 km ride still starts at 7:30 though, so unfortunately you will need to find a lift, or stay the night before if you're determined to join us for that ride.
Looks like street view is available for your whole route, so it should be fine...not sure I'd bother making that much effort to avoid the freeway though - too many turns to remember!
I will say though the riding out and around Woodend is far more scenic - I'd definitely recommend taking the train out to Gisborne or Woodend. BTW the climb up from Gisborne is pretty tough, but the descent is an absolute cracker - almost passed a car doing 80
This seemed as good ad anywhere to post this.
I am headed up to AEMI in Mt Macedon for a week for a course and of course my trusty steed is coming with me.
Besides heading up Cameron drive to the lookout any other suggestions or warnings would be appreciated.
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