This month's club social ride on Sunday 20 October will be a cross country epic starting in Malmsbury and navigating backwoods trails through the Fryers Ranges to Castlemaine. We use the word navigating in the loosest possible way of course - but there will be farm tracks, jeep tracks, some fire road to tie everything together and a fair chunk of single track to finish the ride. In all, about 45 kilometres of steep climbs, sharp descents and everything in between - about 4-5 hours riding.
There is a train leaving Castlemaine for Malmsbury at 8.21am but bike space will be limited. Alternatively, drivers and car-poolers should aim to get to the start of the ride at Malmsbury station at 8.30. Usual self sufficiency terms apply (food, water, spare parts etc.).
You will need to be a technically competent rider with good fitness level, and possessed with a fair dose of confidence and endurance. An MTBA Day Licence can be purchased on the day at a cost of $10/$7 if riders wish.