Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Chamois - Soiler
This is a variation of the ride with the same name in my 1998 publication, Off Road Cycling Adventures (First Edition). The name describes the experience some folk have when they confront the steep descent on Ure Spur. Navigation is simple and you have a variety of riding experiences through state forest.
You gain 586m of height on a 12km middle ring climb. There are no steep pinches, just a gradual climb with beautiful views through contrasting scenery. Riding high along Black Range Spur can expose you to the elements, so warm clothing is appropriate in cooler weather. Researching this in winter, I climbed up to the cloud base and saw many small streams being formed on the ridge top. Recently cleared pine forest, blackened native vegetation recovering from the 2009 bush fires and quite stunning views to mountains in the distance unfold as you climb. The descent on Ure Spur deserves respect.
The red clay base is slippery when wet. To ride it safely in any conditions you will need to get behind the saddle. Sections of Project and Cook roads are a real high speed hoot with gentle descents.
Melway reference map X910 T10. Take Maroondah Highway, through Healesville and Narbethong to Buxton, about 105km from Melbourne. The start is at the Buxton Reserve which is just past Dyes Lane and a short distance before the Buxton hotel. Start point is in front of the toilet block.
Food and Drink
Café, milk bar in Buxton. Local hotel for evening meals.
If you are a keen fly fisher there are some fine spots close by. If you like to hike and rock scramble, the Cathedral Ranges are a short distance north of Buxton. Good hiking opportunities, including a climb to the top of the range for spectacular views down the valley.
25.421 km / 15.796 mi
926 m / 3,039 ft
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