Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Roller Coaster, Third Time Lucky & Follow the Dog
This is simply one of the most beautiful riding experiences I have ever had! It ticks so many boxes: vegetation, scener, and trail layout all come together to provide mountain biking at its best. This ride consists of three trail loops which link together, and you sense that a lot of planning has gone into the trail design, as they progress from an easy beginner’s loop to gradually more demanding terrain. The transition from one ride to the next is clearly signed and sometimes you have more than one option to move into the next section.
Roller Coaster is well named with its gentle undulations. Track surface is compacted earth with embedded stone dust. Visually, it is a stunner as you meander through tall grass trees then enter the dappled light under taller timber.
As you continue onto Third Time Lucky you are in-
The ride starts at the Forrest Trailhead, a short distance past the Brewery on Forrest-Birregurra Road (the main road through Forrest) on the southern outskirts of town.
Food and Drink
You can get a small range of snacks from the general
0.0 At the Forrest Trailhead, look for the sign marked Trail 4. As this ride consists of three intersecting loops, be on the lookout for trail markers to Third Time Lucky (numbered 5 on the markers) and Follow the Dog (numbered 6 on the markers).
As well as being a great ride for experienced riders, the less experienced will find this a great opportunity to gain skills and confidence. You can always expect some dampness towards the bottom of Follow the Dog as you end up in the bottom of a beautiful rainforest gully.
Follow the Dog introduces slightly more challenging technical features including drop-offs, log hops, berms and some short steep climbs and descents. These are perfectly suited for intermediate riders with some chal- lenges offering a ‘B’ line option. Towards the lowest point of the trail you ride beside a bubbling water- course with remnant rainforest vegetation, giving a sense of wilderness and isolation, yet you are only a
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