Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Ned's Track
Ned’s Track is packed with contrasts without great technical requirements – except in the wet when sections become very slippery. Formed earth trails start just out of town followed by a forest dirt road section to Andersons Mill camp. One of the highlights is the gentle descent on Ned’s Track with lush vegetation and a real sense of isolation. On Granton Road, put it in a big gear and hammer before the confrontation ahead, riding up a section of a downhill course.
You hit the dirt a short distance from town on a groomed earth track with nice undulations before a section of fire trail around Andersons Mill camp ground. Ned’s Track is great riding. It is narrow, gently downhill, and to your right the bush is really beautiful. Granton downhill course is the challenge of the day as you see how far you can ride up a very steep pinch.
The climb is only one kilometre and the first part is quite achievable. The steep section is all about granny gear, weight transfer and effort, then for all but Olympians, a short walk. Having a go at these challenges rapidly improves your climbing skills and fitness. From the top you will see a very steep descent where motor bikes have gouged the track right down, exposing once-buried Telstra cable. We avoid this section by veering left on a good trail surface before descending on Mount Gordon Road, then some singletrack followed by a fast descent on Triangle Track before using the trail network you started on to return to town.
Take the Maroondah Highway from Melbourne to Marysville, approximately 95km to the North East of Melbourne (Melway Map X910 T11). The start of all our Marysville rides is at the information centre in Murchison Street, the main road through town.
Food and Drink
Plenty of options including cafés and bakery close to the start.
There is plenty to see and do in and around Marysville, and the information centre at the start of the ride has an excellent range of resources to help you plan other activities. Lake Mountain is easily accessible and has new mountain bike trails being constructed.
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