Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Puffing Hilly
This little gem starts at Puffing Billy train station then heads out on non-technical tracks through fabulous vegetation in Sherbrooke Forest. Variety of trail surface and scenery makes the ride feel much longer, and you get to the finish feeling that you have had a great mountain bike experience. The singletrack sections are perfect for riders making the transition to off-road riding.
There is one short steep climb on Old Monbulk Road just after the start that will have most riders in granny gear, but after that the climbs are gentle. Very soon after the start you are on dirt. The track is well formed with good drainage as you meander through Sherbrooke Forest. Soon after the four kilometre mark you begin a section of very beautiful singletrack passing through awesome remnant rainforest vegetation before a pleasant descent on a firm trail surface. As you head back there is another good vantage point to see Puffing Billy if you time it right. There are two excellent cafés on the course, perfect opportunities for coffee and cake on your second lap! My thanks to Wolter Kuiper for planning this one.
By car, take the Burwood Highway to Belgrave (less than an hour east from Melbourne city) and try for a park in Bayview Road (Melway 75 F10). If you come by train to Belgrave station, follow directions from the platform to Belgrave Road then ride a short distance uphill to Bayview Road. The ride starts at the intersection of Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Bayview Road and Old Monbulk Road.
Food and Drink
There are plenty of options near the start and very pleasant cafés at 3.3km and 4.1km.
Enjoy a ride on the famous Puffing Billy steam train close to the ride start. See the site for details and timetable. Break your journey at either of the excellent cafés on the route or picnic at Grants Picnic Ground (2.9km).
9.381 km / 5.829 mi
350 m / 1,149 ft
449 m / 1,472 ft