The movement of the sun, the rotation of the earth……These are the things that dictate our patterns of activity. On the day where the sun reaches it’s highest exposure to the North Pole, the southern lands are shrouded in their longest day of darkness. As all mountain bikers know, the weather and light of day are only a small consideration when the desire to ride must be fulfilled……
The Dazzler range played host, with it’s sawtooth steep climbs and white knuckle decents. It’s the sheer incline and decline that make it a popular spot for 4WD’s and dirt bikes, and definitly not a mountain biking mecca, but the potential for amazing trails for us pedalling creatures. Maybe I’m used to having a few mtb parks close to home, with every berm and section carefully constructed for the ultimate flow. It’s these days of adventure riding that have a different feeling. Mostly it’s where the f**k am I, how much longer is this climb along with the buzz of every section, every line that’s new to you. The motored machines have ripped some of the decents, but this makes for some really fun terrain, creating a snow mogul like downhill ride that pushed suspension and skill to it’s limits. Picking the best line becomes super critical if you don’t want to end up in a knee deep rut.
Overall there’s plenty of time climbing in the saddle, especially if you want to take in the southern side loop of the range. If you are looking for more fun than climbing steep pinches, I would suggest shuttling to the high point of Browns Creek Road and get busy on the long downhills back to the unrideable creek crossing. The trails offer you the chance to test your limit, as the washed out fire trails , sometimes littered with rocky outcrops have enough speed to keep you bouncing from hip to gutter for kilometre after kilometre which is insanely fun.Once at the creek crossing you hit some hardcore soft sand for about 600m of wrestling with a sliding front tyre. Everyone ended up walking while they lightened to the sand work it’s way through their drive chain and clog up rotors and pads. This route is finished off with a fun quarry, where you choose how gnarly you want your drop in to be.
This was another social ride organised by Damo at Launceston Mountain Bike Club. It was an area new to me, and many of the other riders in what was a healthy turnout of about 30. Would I go again?…. maybe just for the main descent. Another riding adventure marked down for this year…..
Oh, and the cold, dark gloomy day that you would presume……It was 16 degree’s and fine. A perfect winters day!