Thursday, January 30, 2014

Milestone...

Phase I and II of the new track Jack 'n Jill are complete.  There is some minor finishing to be done to part of the track but it's completely rideable

The last two bits to be completed were; to finish benching the last 30m at the top...

Trevor riding the last bit that was benched on Jack n' Jill


and to construct a log crossing down the bottom

Bottom log crossing, completed !


Thanks

A huge thanks to my wonderful partner Toni as always for her awesome work out there once a week and to

Toni riding the new trail


Clayton, an MTB rider from just down the road who has been helping out.

Clayton working hard on the new trail

What next ?

Good question.. We are currently debating two extensions to the new trail to complete it.  Currently it hooks onto Red Ridin' Hood and doesn't comply with the IMBA spoke and hub trail concept that we like to follow. 

We can have a smaller track that links in with the northern part of the trail network at Legbone/Toebone trail hub or we can loop right around up near the Nymboida State Forest and join up with the Footbone/Legbone Trail hub at the top.  The former would be a 2 to 3 month project, the latter would take at least a year and probably longer but would definitely be a long sweet ride :)  

What to do? We're not sure yet, until then we'll just enjoy riding the trails we do have :)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Jack 'n Jill continues

Jack 'n Jill continues


Nymboida local Clayton has been helping out on the trails lately.  Clayton and his brother Sebastian both enjoy riding them so why not help us build new stuff ? Few hands making lighter work 'n all.  Clayton has been out several times, Sebastian the once so far.  Clayton especially is coming along and getting stuck in, so a great big thank you to him.

Phase I


Clayton hard at it
As always, the trail construction stalwart Toni is supervising, making sure the final finish isn't compromised. Her eye for detail makes the trail look professional and reflects in a smoother ride.  I tend to leave the finish a little "rough"

As always, pictures speak louder than words

Sebastian taking a break under Toni's watchful eye
Tree log crossing coming along

Plenty of obstacles on this trial, it's a little harder, with jumps, berms to "rail", logs to cross, tree stumps to ride over and plenty of other great obstacles, combined with some stepper trail, it makes it a fast, thrilling descent.

Berm is finsihed




More trail features prior to construction

and finished

Phase II

The photo's above are all of Phase I.  This can easily be accessed from Glenn's Ck Rd and will be open quite soon.  Phase II has had the corridor cleared but has not yet been roughed out prior to construction starting. Lots of back breaking pick work to come as the side slope is quite steep.

Top of phase II, side slope is 28% !

The noise !

Ear Plugs ?

Currently we have an influx of Cicadas.  The noise !  Apparently they are very bad once every 5 years or so, this year seems to be it.  They were bad back in 2009, five summers ago, so that seems about right. Definitely above 90dB !  Out in the bush the noise is so loud, ear plugs are needed

Cicada Skeleton




Monday, December 16, 2013

more trail !

More trail....... those are the two words every ardent mountain bikers likes to hear.

Jack 'n Jill !

We have started building the new trail, tentatively named "Jack 'n Jill", as Phase II (we are currently working on Phase I) requires you to go up the hill, albeit no pail of water at the top... who puts a well at the top of a hill anyway ?  The name also fits in with the nursery rhyme theme for the trails on the southside of the property.

(L)Toni - (R) Clayton

Clayton Young made a brief appearance to learn the skilled art of "finishing" the trail, taught by the zen trail finishing master, Toni,.  He seemed amazed at the amount of work that was put into a trail, always wanting to take the "easier" path or just "scratch 'n ride"... au contraire, the trails should be there for a long time and will be ridden often so the last thing you want to do is make them "ordinary".

The trail progresses

Phase I, II and III

Jack 'n Jill Phase I has been roughed out 98% (one corner to go), the build is well under way and finishes with an access to Glenns Ck Rd.  The trail corridor for Phase II has been selected. This part of the trail  involves a long climb on a hand built, rolling contour trail ie LOTS of benching and terminates at a temporary connection to Red Riding Hood.  Phase III has yet to be decided !

Toe Bone - Maintenance

One of the sins I committed when first building was to build a structure that relied on the fasteners for it's strength.  This is verboten under IMBA trail building rules to which we are trying to stick to, the years also showed why.  The decking started to come off.  So out we went to redo it properly.  We felled timber for the decking by using coppicing of local timber right beside the structure, we debarked then left them for several weeks to "cure".

New stringers curing and decking being detached
To fix the problem we had to pull up all the decking, lay stringers beside the current ones, using an Adze to smooth out the difference in the stringers and then reattach the decking.

New stringers atatched, Adze work done

Competed structure, done just before the Social Trail Ride.

Structure now looks great ! The "Log Bridge Ride of D'eath" indeed !

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Social Ride

Not as many showed up as rides past, presumably the storms in the area scared many away with Grafton and Coffs being hit hard by hail and rain.  We only had 12mm and a little rain.  The tracks were as good as we have ever seen them, the 100mm over the last 10 days or so has soaked into the once dry ground and left the tracks damp and wonderful to ride.

The riders that did turn up had an awesome ride.  Best of all we had several children turn up and they enjoyed themselves immensely.

Here's young Ryan Gilchrist catching some air coming downhill.

Ryan, with Geoff (Dad) in hot pursuit

Enjoying the sweet trails

Saul being followed by Geoff 


Bregje enjoying the trails


Nymboida local, Clayton having fun


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Social Ride (17 Nov) is still on

We're good to go ! 

We only received 10mm of rain, we groomed the rest of the track this morning and it is in great condition, so it should be fine unless we get a huge downpour tonite but the weather radar seems clear



Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Social Ride ! November

Social ride is on again !


The wonderfully awesome Nymboida social MTB ride is on again.  Put the 16th June in your calendar for a great ride.  



Where: 41 Martin Rd, Nymboida

When: Sunday 16 June, 9:30am (weather permitting !)


Check back on this site for updates in regards the weather

You can get a great breakfast at Jax Cafe in Nymboida on Sunday before heading out to the ride

Previous Rides

In the past we have had rides that where a great success, with at least  30 to 40 riders attending. lets hope we get a greater number this year.

Photo's from the 2010 ride





Photo's from the 2011 ride







Make a weekend of it ?
If anyone wants to come out Saturday afternoon and stay Saturday night at Nymboida, we really can recommend the Canoe Center for camping or cabin accommodation, annm awesome spot.  If you are wanting slightly nicer accommodation, the Bullimah Country Retreat is a wonderful place to stay

You can get a great breakfast at Jax Cafe in Nymboida on Sunday before heading out to the ride.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

update

Time for an update... not much has been happening on the trails, we've done a bit of maintenance, not that much was needed as mostly we use the IMBA Sustainable Trails deign philosophy, as while I like building, trail, maintenance is not that much fun.  Build it properly the first time and maintenance is kept to a minimum.

We have been putting most of our effort into clearing lantana.  We have put in a huge effort this year, as we've had a wet (easy to pull out of the ground), cool (makes it a little more pleasant to do the hard work) winter.  While there is not much impact on the trail itself, aside from keeping the lantana from encroaching on the trail corridor, it makes the ride nicer as you can see the forest where it is the lantana was dense. We think we've put in a great effort, plenty more to go of course !

New Track (name to be decided by Toni)

I have spent some time scouting out the new trail to be added to the southern section.  Finally have it marked.

trail head for new trail

You can see from the photo above why we need to spend some time clearing lantana :)

Trail corridor cleared and marked

Red Riding Hood

Following the "nursery rhyme" trail naming theme for the southern trail network,  we have taken the plunge and called Steve's track that he had unofficially named Grass Tree Ride to Red Riding Hood.  Two reasons
  1. Fit in with the Nursery Rhyme naming convention
  2. that name specifically because of two gnarly structures; the "big bad wolf" ie huge see-saw that will bite your arse if  you don;t pay attention and "grandma's house", some "north shore" way up in the trees :)
In order to fit into the hub and spoke model of trail building we also need to extend it slightly to meet up at the Dam Spillway Trail Hub.  If we don't we fall into the newbie trail building trap of the trails looking like a bunch of spaghetti has been thrown on the ground.  There will be four tracks meeting at the Hub point.  Goldilocks, Red Riding Hood (after the extension) , the bit to Glenns Ck Rd and the new as yet unnamed climbing trail. 
Trail Hub at Dam Spillway. looking down Goldilocks