(100km North-East of Melbourne)
Trails & Tracks*:
Facilities & Services:
Murrundindi Cycle Club
Local Bicycle Shops:
182 Mount Dandenong Road, Croydon
The collection of trails sit on an undulating parcel of land in the lower reaches of the Black Range State Forest, packing plenty of variety into roughly 10km. At first the trail criss-crosses a creek before gradually climbing upwards. Atop the ridge the views west and east are stunning. The bermed descent that follows is a hoot.
But the best of it comes late in the lap when you drop into the Spider Gully trail. Surrounded by lush ferns, it starts tight and gets faster and wider as the gully descends and opens. Think Marriners Run at Forrest and you're getting the idea. Excitingly, the talented DSE crew that fashioned this lot are working on another 10km of singletrack. Bring it on!
Buxton is achievable by beginners, fun for intermediates, and a great place for the guns to hone their speed on the high-speed descents. The trails all run one-way and there is some signposting. Any obstacles or tricky sections are well marked. The full course is 10km with 170m of climbing, but there's also a 4km shortcut that eliminates the hill. Great for kids!
Source: Australian Mountain Bike Magazine - February 2011
27 August 2011