Howdy all riders, trail users and/or Cog customers. I attended the AGM for the Friends of the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail a couple of weeks ago. Steven Kaye from Rail Trails Australia was guest speaker and informed us the link to Yarra Glen is all but approved. 13kms of extra rail trail to the lovely destination of Yarra Glen. Very exciting news indeed. The huge potential in benefits for community health and well being will soon be realised. Then of course there is economic benefits in tourism and local business. Now we can work to the bigger plan of connecting Warburton to Healesville to Yarra Glen and make it truly an international destination!
It was a while ago now, but there is a trip report on bikepacking.net if you would like to check it out.
Well by now you have seen a couple of photos from the SSWC. It was great to catch up with friends who ride bikes that I only see once a year. This year I took the opportunity to race the Whakka 100 the week prior. What a great introduction to the redwoods of Whakkarewarewa. Fantastic race in which I rode approx. 75km of top notch singletrack, had a conversation in French with a guy from New Caladonia, hatched a plan with Deejay(from Niner) to do an epic Aus ride, chatted with Essam from Steamboat Springs ColoRADo about his horrific 15 ft dropoff crash in Durango last year(and his subsequent face surgery with 27 screws in his cheek and jaw) AND rode Split Enz, Pondy DH and Pondy new by myself with only the sound of my white industry freewheel resonating in the forest via the chub hub.
The Whakka 100 is a very hard 100km race, heaps of fun, not super technical , just hard on the legs! Beautiful Blue lake and Green lake scenery, I very much recommend this race.
As for the Singlespeed Worlds; the weather was fantastic, trails were in perfect nic and quite a few folk frocked up. Made a new friend in Julien Dean who looked suave in his orange tracksuit, (thanks for the beer mate). Of course that’s what the SS Worlds is all about, making bike-minded friends. I made quite a few in the Redwoods…….
Thanks to Copper Donkey for accommodating professional rider’s very specific requirements,(cheaper booze, bikes allowed in bar)
cheers NZ, (Disco) Damo
Well, the bikes are rolling in to Rotorua every day. Caught up with some more old friends yesterday including Dr Jon fresh off the plane from Glasgow. Hooked up in the arvo for a great little ride with Jake, Deejay, Chewy and the boys from Ohio. Did A trail, Tickler, G-rock, Rollercoaster and Old Chevy. Took some video footage and will upload asap, keep checking new video section.
Registration opened last night at the Pig and Whistle. Dylan and I had a couple of drinks there and then rolled on to the Copper Donkey where the trivia night had just finished and the SSWC crew took over, there’s just enough room for a bike derby, IN THE BAR! Deejay was leading the bear races, which included drinking and NO bears.
stay tuned, by the way the riding here is amazing
Deejay, Jake and SS Worlds mascot Helga
Kia Ora. Well the weather has finally cleared here in Rotorua, not that we are complaining, the trails are excellent, even in the rain. And did we mention the friendly bike shop folk here? When we rocked into Auckland from the airport we visited Bike Central and caught up with our friends Benny (who has just been appointed the Director Sportif of the newly created all-NZ road team) and Clynton (racking up the k’s as an Auckland courier) and our new mate Wayne the courier. Benny gave us the lowdown on where to go in Rotorua and after a few phone calls hooked us up with some required spare parts. Thanks guys!
Now for Rotorua. We’ve been eating daily at Zippys cafe, which is next to our (new) mate Jeff the frame-builder’s shop and major sponsor of the Single Speed Worlds next week, Kiwi Bikes. They have been kind enought to set up a computer for free use of all wandering bike travellers. Bike Vegas (sponsors of the Whaka 100) have also been great, with a spare workshop space for us and other travellers to use, also giving us beers, coffee, free parking out the back away from the street meters. We have spent so much time there people think we work there now (I think Libby was spotted rearranging the clothing stock – ‘Dave can I get some more smalls of this design to put on the rack’).
There are plenty of internationals here taking the opportunity to ride the Whaka 100 as well as the Single Speed Worlds next week. Yesterday we ran into Deejay (Niner) and Jake (New Belgium Brewery – how cool is that – riding for a brewery that makes a beer called Fat Tyre Ale!). These guys are here from the States and Damo was keen to check out their bikes, Deejay was on a carbon Niner with DT forks, and Jake was riding a Black Sheep (he told us he designed on a bar napkin one night with James of Black Sheep Bikes) with breakaway frame and prototype Gates belt drive. We shared some Australasian hospitality and had them over to our campsite for a NZ salmon cookup. More soon and check out our flickr photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogbikecafe/sets/72157625048704927/
The Warby trail is literally right on our doorstep. A great trail that is accessable easily by public transport,(Lilydale station).
Complete length, 40km ONE WAY. Cog is located right behind the Warby Police Station.
There is only one alternative route to return from Warburton, the O’Shanessy Aqueduct trail.
Public transport from Warburton is bus only to Lilydale via the Warburton Highway via Wandin. The bus does not go via Mt Evelyn, unfortunately. This bus MAY allow up to 2 bicycles depending on the bus.
Water points. There are water taps on the trail at Mt Evelyn (outside Penny Olive), Seville (‘the waterhole’) and at Yarra Junction (at the public toilets).