18 Jul 2009

Woodend II: Singletrack’s Revenge

The recent ride at Woodend got me thinking… of going back and riding

18 Jul 2009

The recent ride at Woodend got me thinking… of going back and riding more of the singletrack. The MTB trails in the Wombat Forest at Woodend are awesome for MUni, almost as if they were custom made for mountain unicycling!

With the Freeride KH29’er ready to roll I took the video camera along to record some of the fun:

Once the video camera battery went flat there wasn’t much else to do but ride for the steeper more difficult section of  trail, crash many times and eat copious mud. The trail whooped my butt — by the time I got back to the van I was dripping in mud and realized my Gorillapod had fallen out during one of the UPD’s somewhere along the trail, ARGH!

Scorecard: Trail: 1 Gorillapod, Pete: Copious mud

Woodend Mud

By the end of the ride….

A highlight of the many kilometres of twisty narrow single track are the numerous log obstacles that can be taken at speed.

Woodend Mud

Before the mud festivities began

The steeper section of singletrack traverses hillsides before dropping in and out of steep gullies and includes man made obstacles such as raised timber bridges, skinnies and jumps.

KH29, Woodend Singletrack

Traversing hillside, Woodend Singletrack

Fallen Tree Obstacle

Fallen Tree Obstacle

Riding the steeper singletrack loop reminded me of the benefits of staying relaxed and focused in difficult terrain, and going with the flow as much as possible. Sometimes on the trail you’ve got to remind yourself to relax.

A great MUni loop, only 4km drive off the Calder Freeway at Woodend.

Woodend II Route

Woodend II Route

With an average heart rate of ~160bpm there wasn’t much slouching around on the ride which included 20 or so express stops to shoot some video.

Woodend II Heart Rate Data

Woodend II Heart Rate Data

Five Tens, say hello to mud…

Woodend Mud

Later in the ride!

I’m already planning a return trip to Woodend to ride the final section of MTB singletrack! 🙂

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  1. mango August 11th, 2009 6:59AM

    I really enjoyed the video and the pics and the write up and the whole page! Wonderful job! thanks for sharing and taking the time.

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