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Apologies in advance for this late post.  This ride occurred nearly 3 weeks ago (15th Sept 2012).  It’s been a crazy past few weeks with birthday parties, gettting rummy, moving homes and general lack of motivation hindering this blog entry.

To help get the ball rolling and for added inspiration, I decided to read fyxo’s blog and bumped into this gem of a post –

http://www.fyxomatosis.com/index.php/blog/66-r-i-d-e-s/838-a-new-resolutionrevolution

To put his blog into context, FYXO (Andy White), is one of the reasons why we spend our weekends riding around the bush.  His blog is a revelation and has been a huge inspiration for VVMCC.  Unfortunately, he’s recently announced that he will not be renewing the lease on FYXOHUB and this coming November, one of the most unique shops to ever open in Melbourne will cease to exist.  If you can find time on a Saturday during the next month or so, duck by to Sth Yarra and buy some jerseys and frames.  Support your local bike shop!!!

… Going back to our ride – Gareth, Pinchy and myself decided to give West Gippsland another go.  The ride took us through the towns Ellinbank, Seaview, Trida, Hallston, Allambee South, Mirboo North, Thorpdale, Childers, Yarragon and back to Ellinbank.  Apart from a couple of minor detours around Thorpdale, this was pretty much the route that we took.  The ride was approximately 115km with an elevation of 2,200 meters.

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It started off as usual, plan to meet up at a rendezvous (Ellinbank primary school), to start at 7 am.  We headed southwest from Ellinbank to start our first climb up through Warragul-Leongatha Rd. We’ve done this road on a number of occasions and Pinchy has previously described the climb as such –“Not too steep at a fairly consistent 5% and 7.5km’s long, so enough to get the legs warmed up.”

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ImageImageImageThe ride continues on to Grand Ridge Rd taking us to Hallston.  Be mindful of the left turn to Hallston, or else you will continue down south to Strzelecki Hwy.

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Grand Ridge rd (smooth tarmac) eventually turns into Old Grand ridge rd (Shitty shitty loose gravel).  Gareth can attest to this, as halfway through Old Grand Ridge, he flatted.

Once we got ourselves going again, we rode up Mirboo-Yarragon Rd.  This is another steady 4% climb that’s approximately 5 kilometres long.  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances/stupidity, Pinchy was forced to abruptly finish his ride.  Fiddling with his gearing (whilst riding), had caused his front derailleur to wrap itself around the cranks.

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As we had only covered 30 kilometers, we decided that the best course of action was for Gareth and I to continue, and to leave Pinchy to rub one out whilst waiting for his better half to pick him up.  Thus, we ventured forward to Mirboo North for lunch at the local bakery.

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After our quick bite, we headed north up Strzelecki Hwy and through Mirboo North-Trafalgar Rd, taking us to Thorpdale.  We took an impromptu detour into McDonalds Track as we had seen a sign for the “world’s tallest tree.” FYI, the tree was cut down during the 1800s and was replaced with this sign.  Suffice to say, the best thing about the world’s tallest tree is the small climb to get to it.

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We then took Childers Rd which eventually turned into the final climb of our ride, the unsealed Childers – Allambee Rd.  It had been raining sporadically during the days prior to our visit causing Childers – Allambee Rd to soften and turn the surface into a claggy-wheel-grabbing consistency.  On that day, Childers – Allambee Rd was essentially 10 kilometres of shitty bike masochism.  Gathering by the facial expressions that a couple of 4WD drivers were giving us as they drove pass, I doubt that anybody had ever attempted it with road bikes.  We might have appeared foolish, but that climb was easily one of the most fun I’ve had in Gippsland.

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The mud eventually turns into tarmac once it meets up with Leongatha – Yarragon Rd.  After that, it’s a pleasant downhill ride to Yarragon and back to Ellinbank.

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Thanks again Gippsland! It’s been a blast!

xox Ronskivitch

Pinchy and I rode/drove around this area today to check out the terrain and to get ideas on where the best routes are for our next team ride. The weather wasn’t the best for scoping out the views, but added some mood and atmosphere to the shots we took for today. It also meant that we didn’t get to see everything, leaving us secrets on what the full ride will entail for next weekend. Stay tuned! Next week’s post will be a lot of fun!!

Xox ronskivitch

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This ride came out of nowhere and wasn’t very well planned.  Scott had work on, but Pinch, Gareth and myself were good to go.  Our initial plan was to to leave Craigieburn at 07:00 am, ride up Mount Macedon, cup of tea & biscuits at Woodend and back to Craigieburn by 3:00 pm.  Leaving us time to wine & dine our mistresses and head over to a birthday party in the city later on in the night.

We did not leave the carpark until 10:00 am.  I literally rode 2 metres, hit a gutter and gave myself a pinch flat.  Motherfucker!  The way we were going, it seemed unlikely we were ever going to leave the carpark at all.

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You don’t often hear of people harp on about riding around the Hume region and we now know why. The place is a massive shit hole. It’s when we get to the Shire of Macedon Ranges that things get picturesque and the rides with people you don’t really like become more tolerable.

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Just before we hit Mt. Macedon,  I got another flat (a slow leak on my front tyre this time).  I was able to ride on it, but it meant I had to pump it up every fifteen kilometres.  Being such a lazy prick and thinking that it was a good idea (and more manly) to ride up Mt. Macedon with a flat tyre, we decided to press on and not change it until we got to Woodend.  Bad Idea.

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By the first incline, Gareth had already left us.  Pinch and I were left to battle it out for the bridesmaid position.

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The air was fresher than Will Smith, the views were amazing, native animals were out frolicking and all I could think about was my front flat tyre.  Macedon nearly made me weep like a corporate baby boomer from one of those shit Rapha videos, but Pinch and I persisted so we could see Gareth gloating at the top of the hill.

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A few minutes rest up the top, a ten kilometre downhill ride down to Woodend, a short lunch, a change of tyre and a quick slog back to Craigieburn averaging between 35-40 km/hr and we were back home just before the sun set.  Thanks Mt. Mazza for an awesome day!

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Oh, and we still got to dinner!

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And.. we managed to get to the party as well.  Happy birthday mad cans Nikailah!!!!

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There are many reasons why this blog was established.  To keep this page G rated and safe for work, we will not divulge such intricacies (just yet).  So, VVMCC consists of myself (Ron), Niall, Gareth and Scott.

The blog will consist predominantly of our adventures with bicycles, whether be it about race bikes, fixed, cyclocross, bmx, tandems or unicycling (not recumbents, because they’re really gay and unnecessarily dangerous).  We will cover what we like and we hope that yourselves as viewers will enjoy our posts.

This group will eventually get bigger as time goes by.  To some extent, our wives and girlfriends are part of this as well.

Hopefully this blog becomes a regular for you.  I sure hope you love bikes.

XOX Ronskivitch.