Digital Hippie

Digital Hippie

Stoked on MTB since 1988

Dirty Weekend with Eliza

Meet Eliza, she’s one bad ass shuttle truck!

Snow might be falling at Falls Creek and Mt Buller, but Eliza’s still getting busy. This weekend Blue Dirt is back in North East Victoria, shuttling Mystic Hill just behind the township of Bright.

The shuttle is pretty well booked out both days so I’m gonna be one busy little hippie. Hopefully I get to squeeze a ride or two in though!

Lazy Sunday Arvo

With the Summer MTB season in the mountains done and dusted I was back in Central Victoria this weekend, and by Sunday afternoon found myself looking for something stupid to do. Time to check out a big pile of dirt dumped just across from our house by a neighbor who happens to run an earthmoving business. So soft and loose. Good fun!

Wintry Dusting

I’d been hoping to get in one snow ride in the mountains before the Summer ended, and would you believe right on cue, on the last morning at Falls Creek it happened 🙂

Big question now is… what will Winter bring!

Bumping Out

Definitely was a bittersweet weekend, packing up the Village Bike Cafe at Falls Creek before it headed down to the mountain on the back of a semi trailer. It’ll be spending the Winter in the valley, before returning to Falls bigger and better next Summer.

The weather definitely turned it on too. Strong winds, rain and snow underlining that that ski season really was just around the corner, and that MTB folk might need to find other places to ride for a few months.

Massive thanks Aaron and Brett at Blue Dirt Mountain Biking for such a rock and roll Summer!

Buxton Flow Trail

On my last visit to Buxton I didn’t get to check out the new flow trail built by Trailscapes earlier in 2015 so I’ve been pretty keen to get back to the park before it closes for Winter.

It’s a sweet piece of trail – an easy climb with great views across to the Cathedral Range, followed by a flowing descent packed with berms, tabletops and some serious gap jumps.We hit it after riding the Lake Mountain Super G descent and Granton DH trail so only had time for one run late in the day.

Only thing to do is make a day trip back to Buxton just to session the crap out of it before Winter 🙂

Baristas go biking

After working up at Falls Creek together over Summer it was pretty cool to catch up with Sam and have our own end of season Barista Blowout. We hit the Lake Mountain Super G descent, Granton DH trail and finished up on Buxton’s jump track.

After a weekend of storms Lake Mountain was a little damp, but still a bunch of fun. Granton was insanely greasy, but Buxton was absolutely prime. That is one sweet jump track at Buxton!

All up, a great way to wrap up what has been a super enjoyable Summer working for Blue Dirt MTB 🙂

Buller Blowout

Last weekend Falls Creek, this weekend it was Mt Buller’s turn to farewell the Summer MTB season.

Blue Dirt’s Buller Blowout went off on Saturday: awesome weather and trail conditions, non-stop shuttles loaded with riders, free BBQ and craft beer to end the day. Thanks to some awesome rostering, I spent the morning doing shuttle runs down Copperhead, Abom, Outlaw and International. Fun stuff.

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Fainters Track

What better way to spend the last day at Falls Creek than riding the Fainters Track down to Mt Beauty with the World Trail crew.

The Fainters Track is definitely right up there when it comes to kick ass Australian back country MTB rides. It’s massively scenic, rough, technical at times, fast, with some hurt box climbs thrown in for good measure. Check that ride profile – 40km of MTB goodness.

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Cheers Summer!

So today was the last day of the Summer MTB season at Falls Creek. Perfect weather, a bunch of folk riding the Blue Dirt shuttles, fire pits, craft beer and even a DJ doofing out the tunes.

It was a busy final weekend for Blue Dirt but everyone in the crew still got out for a bunch of runs over the weekend. I was stoked to spend the last couple of hours of Sunday afternoon putting in some sweet runs down High Voltage, Thunderbolt and Generator/Vortex. My shoulder’s definitely come a long way, compared to barely being able to steer the bike at the start of Summer!

Cheers Summer, it’s been a blast!

Lowlands

Back in lowlands of Central Victoria this weekend. Only two weekends left of work in the mountains. Got to make the most of them!

Creepy Night Ride

I’d been promising myself a night ride in the mountains all Summer, and finally got around to it! Had an awesomely creepy ride on the Mojo 3 out along Frying Pan Spur and down High Voltage at Falls Creek. Night shuttles would be so cool 🙂