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Old 2018-02-10, 10:37 AM   #16
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What are your locations Pinoclean and Ligtbulbjim?
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Old 2018-02-10, 01:26 PM   #17
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What are your locations Pinoclean and Ligtbulbjim?
Canberra.
But I am not a road rider I would purely do this ride for the experience so I would try and get a group to go if I went.
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Old 2018-02-10, 09:24 PM   #18
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I'm in Armidale. The VIC ride sounds like my kind of thing but realistically I can't see myself making a trip like that for the next 2-3 years due to family commitments. Maybe we need a northern NSW unicycle meet?

There's a proposed rail trail that's been in discussion for years here. I wish they'd hurry up and build it!
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Old 2018-02-11, 02:49 AM   #19
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I grew up in the area. The "Warby" trail is really good.
I've run sections of it and biked it a few times.
Its smooth gravel all the way. The inclines on it are mostly 'false flats' so its easy going. There is a steady climb from Lilydale Lake to Mt Evelyn (6km) that serves as a good warm-up. Drinking fountain (a bubbler to NSW folk) and toilets at top. Not sure there are any ammenities for a while after that. After Wandin there is a solid decline (its hard work going the other way up it). Once you get to Warburton there are heaps of fire access tracks nearby that would make a challenging ride.

I can't make it to either ride but keen in theory.

Options that are more central but still in the east are Westerfolds' Park (smooth bike track that runs parallel to single track at some points), Lysterfield Lake (gravel), or any of the Yarra or freeway trails.
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Old 2018-02-11, 03:11 AM   #20
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Maybe we need a northern NSW unicycle meet.
That would be great. Any good locations you can suggest? There are very few trails in NSW. Victoria has such a resource and the vision to develop it.

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There's a proposed rail trail that's been in discussion for years here. I wish they'd hurry up and build it!
Last week, my local rail trail (Tweed Valley Rail Trail) received full funding after intense planning and lobbying since 2013. This 29 kilometre section starts just five kilometres from my house and my favourite ride goes right past it. I can't wait.

It is the first stage of the planned Northern Rivers Rail Trail extending about 130 km from Murwillumbah to Casino passing right through Byron Bay with a gorgeous mix of forest and farmland along the sides. Dozens of small towns and villages are right on the corridor and our region has a thriving tourist industry.

I actually walked a few kilometres of trail this morning with some friends. The section we took passes through quite rugged terrain yet is almost completely flat. It amazes me that surveyors could come up with a track like that through such terrain and build it all with eighteenth century equipment. The whole 130 kilometres was built in the 1890s in a little over three years.

The Tweed Valley section include seven tunnels, the longest being over 500 metres long which is where we walked to this morning.

Unfortunately we have a noisy minority who are doing everything they can to stop it in the vain hope that the NSW government will spend a billion dollars restoring the line. Murwillumbah where the line terminates, has a population of about 10,000 with most travelling north to the Gold Coast along a section where there is no rail corridor. Go figure.
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Old 2018-02-11, 06:29 AM   #21
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That would be great. Any good locations you can suggest?
No idea to be honest. I've only lived here a year and all my exploring so far has been from my front door (I can't bring myself to drive somewhere in order to go riding). There are plenty of dirt farm tracks and link roads around here which are fun to ride (see pic). I'm sure they exist all over the place. As for proper trails of a decent length... not sure. Need to research more.
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Old 2018-02-11, 09:30 AM   #22
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I've only lived here a year and all my exploring so far has been from my front door (I can't bring myself to drive somewhere in order to go riding).
I can see why!
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Old 2018-02-15, 10:22 AM   #23
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The Council voted tonight to accept the funding for the Tweed Valley Rail Trail. It is one step closer despite the noisy minority trying to scuttle it.

They are calling tenders for two options, replace the tracks or build next to them. Anyone who has seen the corridor knows that the funding won't cover building next to the track so I doubt anyone will even submit a tender for that.

The next hurdle will be when they vote to accept the tender for the only practical option.
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Old 2018-03-18, 01:02 PM   #24
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More information about this would be useful to attract riders.

I am interested in general but doubt I could make it this year.


1. How many riders participate usually? How many on unicycles how many on bikes.
2. What sort of track is it. Fire trail? Single dirt track?
3. What size wheels are most people riding?, if everyone is on a geared 36 then someone on a 27.5 may be unable to keep up.
4. How skilled are the riders, what is the average time to completion. This will enable riders to work out if they can keep up.
5. Why are there two weekends? Do you do it twice? Do you do it one way, stay there for a week and go back the next weekend?

Would try and get a group to this next year but yeh currently there is no information on what it even is.
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1. 3 - 12. Mostly unicycles, a few bikes.
2. A rail trail: https://www.railtrails.org.au/trail-...ew=trail&id=64
3. Most people ride ungeared 36". An elite few have made it on a 29". No need to keep up, people just ride their own pace.
4. Time completion usually depends on how much time is spent at lunch and various other breaks for coffee, etc. No great skill required to ride a fairly flat rail trail.
5. Someone else decided to make it two rides. Probably so people could choose which date suited them better. You may do it twice if you are so inclined.

The ride is a social event. Ride as far as you choose - there is a bus service if you want to bail early. Have fun and meet interesting people is what the event is about.
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