Zetty and Chicken, apparently bereft of any physical challenges recently, came up with the ludicrous idea of riding to Falls Creek from Mount Beauty and back on our mountain bikes. I dismissed this as just talk, it certainly didn’t sound like fun to me, surely we could better invest the trip over there.
Well due to Ev pulling out on me at the last minute I had no choice but to join the loons in their endeavor, it actually turned out to be a bit of fun… in a (literal) pain in the arse kind of way.
You don’t really notice it in a car but the road to Falls Creek from Mount Beauty actually undulates for the almost half the way, it’s not till you hit Bogong Village that you start the real climb. Once you start though there is little repreave, not that it’s very steep, just very constant. Fifteen odd k’s of up no matter how shallow a gradient soon sorts you out, we just kept plugging away at it and went by quite nicely. There wasn’t much traffic and what was there was very curtious, so we were left to soak up the serenity on our slow miander up the mountain.
We made it to the sign for a well deserved rest in about three hours neat with a couple of short stops on the way. We didn’t stay too long at the top due to drop in temperature, just enough time to slam in some power bars and a good dose of water before starting the descent.
The descent was a bit of fun, on a nimble mountain bike you basically don’t need to touch the breaks at all, just lean into the corners and hit your apexs. We made short work of the past two hours of climbing hitting Bogong Village in about twenty minutes.
The rest of the ride wasn’t as bad as I expected, Ev’s had warned us about how hard it was to get the legs spinning over again after the descent. We certainly weren’t setting any speed records but still covered the remaining undulating terrain in about forty five minutes.
All in all it was a fun day out, challenging enough but not a total blow you to pieces exercise, mind you after a couple of beers on the way home I had a kick ass power nap. My hat goes off to Chicken for completing it on my old FSR, which is only out done in it’s climbing inability by the Chimps “goat”, far better equipped for going down not up.
Edit: Here’s a really crappy little quick time vid I knocked up tonight about the ride.