MTB – Sparrow Hill Solo

I got out into Sparrow Hill again Thursday afternoon. It was a pretty warm day, but nice under the cover of the forest. I have printed out a rough map of the trails and decided to explore some different ones from Tuesday.

These are far smoother and much better trails than I have ever ridden before. It's really fun on these.
These are far smoother and much better trails than I have ever ridden before. It’s really fun on these.

I spent about 90 mins riding, and most of that was on trails. Eventually I had run out of steam and the next time I hit a fire road I turned for the carpark instead of following the trail.

This road didn’t head where I thought it did and after wandering along several more fire roads I eventually matched the map and the terrain to figure out where I was.

A last dash down a trail to the carpark and I was done.

This time I remembered to turn Strava on, but forgot to turn it off. So it tracked my whole drive home as well.

The bike needed a lie down, so it forced me to take a break.
The bike needed a lie down, so it forced me to take a break.

It was a lot of fun and my confidence is growing. I will improve as I start to learn the trails (like where the small drop offs are – eep!). I look forward to more rides in the coming weeks.

MTB – My first time in Sparrow Hill

I will admit to an advantage in having the car here – I can carry my mountain bike out to the proper bike trails and not struggle around the rough fire trails near my home.

Dad was also visiting so I brought the other cycle down from Sydney. Dad is a keen MTBer and rides every day in the forests near his place, which is a few minutes cycle from some of the best trails in the whole country. He gets to do them every day.

Anyway, we headed out. I was hoping to pick up some tips and see if these trails were any good. And if they would be any good to learn on.

We headed out to Sparrow Hill. I rode my Trance and Dad was stuck with my hardtail Boulder, a big change from his usual $XX,XXX cycles. I hoped it would keep him slow enough for me to keep up.

And mostly I think it did.

We were out there for more than an hour. The trails were very smooth and look good to learn on. They’re also really close to work so I can take the bike to work and then ride straight after.

Dad saw some kangaroos (I wanted to run them over in revenge, lol) and we also saw a snake (about 1m long, but no idea what snake). Dad gave me some tips and I did start to get some basic hang of it.

Several moments though were I was certain I was going to hit a tree or come off over a rock kept me alert.

I will surely be out there again, at least while I have a car here.