Tag Archives: Bayview MTB

Running the single trails

Vegemite Trail by Andrew Gills
Vegemite Trail, a photo by Andrew Gills on Flickr.

Spring is for trail running. It’s getting light earlier and the air is not yet heavy with humidity. My run today wasn’t earth-shatteringly fast. In fact, it was quite the opposite. But that just means I got to spend more time enjoying the bush.

I ran a 5km loop from the Days Road end of Bayview Conservation Park. All but about 500m was single trail. There were plenty of wallabies and the bush is alive with flowers.

Here’s a video of the Fluffer trail:

What’s not to like about starting the day like this?

Total: 5km trail run

Lost in the Bird Cage

Choices choices by Andrew Gills
Choices choices, a photo by Andrew Gills on Flickr.

A kookooburra swoops across the track hunting breakfast. It’s big strong beak and brown wings making it recognisable, even though it wasn’t laughing. Wallabies hop away quickly as I disturb their eating grass. Horses in a paddock come to visit me as I ride by; naturally I stop to pat and talk to them.

I cruise down to the lower end of Bayview Conservation Park, keen to ride some flat sandy single track. It’s been dry and all the creeks are dried up. It’s nice to cruise Sharks Tail, The Maze and Scorpion without having to worry about getting my feet wet. I even manage to negotiate the beach sand-like dust bowls that threaten to unseat me. I am feeling good.

Then I discover that I’m lost. Well, not so much lost as riding in circles knowing full-well where I am but not quite sure how to get out of the loop. I’ve taken Bird Cage out to Kidd Road and thought I had ducked back into the bush on the new single track I found the other evening. But instead I find myself passing familiar logs and jumps.

I don’t usually mind being geographically embarrassed. But I have to be home by 7am to get ready for work and it’s already 6:55am by the time I find my way back to Kidd Road. I still have at least 8km left to ride home, even when I take the quick route along the sealed road.

Oh well … these things happen. 🙂

Total: 15-20km MTB (I broke the cycle computer on my MTB and haven’t yet replaced it)

A little birthday ride

Oh I tried. Really I did. I tried to have a day where I just lazed around and didn’t do any riding or running. But I just couldn’t. I had to get out into the bush for a ride. I managed to laze around until 5pm but then the call of the bush got too strong.

And what a delightful ride it was. I only went out for an hour and a half at the end of the day. It’s dry out there on the trails so I had to drop my tyre pressure to about 30psi to compensate for the soft dust patches.

The trail faeries have been busily working in their secret mysterious way. They’re building a new trail. I didn’t see anyone out working but there was a whole new single track with jumps, bomb holes and berms. Some sections were still just flattened grass. In others it was obvious someone had recently used a rake or spade to push the grass and leaves off what will become the track. Two years ago, there were no single trails here in Bayview. Today, there are new trails appearing all the time and no one is admitting they are building them.

By the time I got home it was dark. And I felt content. And my partner was happy because she hates it when I start to crawl the walls 😉

Total: 15km MTB

The Maze MTB trail and a bush bash

MTB riding in the darkness

A year ago I spent my pre-dawn hours curled up asleep in bed. These days, darkness is no longer a limiting factor. The sun doesn’t rise until just after 6am but that’s not stopping me from training. This morning I transferred my handlebar mounted bicycle lamp from my road bike to my MTB. The mounting bracket is long broken so I’ve strapped the lamp on with trusty duct tape. I supplemented the handlebar lamp with my Petzel headlight. Together they gave me enough light to pick my way along the loose gravel and wash outs on the fire trail. Every time I head out in the darkness like this my confidence grows and my riding is improving.

The Maze MTB trail

It never ceases to amaze me that, after all these years, I still find new trails in Bayview Conservation Park. This morning I came across a new-looking MTB trail: The Maze. Some sections of the trail were well ridden while others looked like they’d only recently been cut. The trail was a delightful single track. It had slow sections that dropped downhill over exposed tree roots and fast flowing flat sections along smooth dirt. There were some off-shoots leading away from The Maze that might have been continuations or other trails; I will come back another time to explore them.

A trail ended so I decided to just bush bash 800m instead of riding back

The end of The Maze met with fire trail. I’d never turned right on this fire trail before so I went that way this morning. The trail turned into an overgrown vehicle track before terminating suddenly. An overgrown path led into the bush at the end of the vehicle track; it was more footpad than single track but I decided to follow it anyway. After about 100m the track totally disappeared.

I could see from the map on my Garmin 800 that I had two options: ride a few kilometres back the way I had come or traverse about 800m of untracked bushland. I chose the latter option. After about 15 minutes of carrying my bike through long grass and moderately wooded bushland I came to a branch of The Maze and followed it back to the bush exit. It was a perfect morning.

Total: 15.43km @ 10.8kph. Average temperature 11.3’C.