Epic Howqua MTB Ride

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Did one of the best rides Ive ever done on Saturday. Myself, Jawoo, Andrew, Mike and Phil left Mirimbah and headed up Doughty rd for a nice 5km climb followed by a very cool waterbar infested decsent down into Sheepyard Flat.

Then it was onto Pikes Flat via 22kms of singletrack (and about as many river crossings)before heading up a very slippery Corn Hill Logging rd to the Stirling Circuit Rd.

Then we followed the road to TBJ and back down to Mirimbah. We had planned to go down the singletrack along the Delatite but by this point we were all frozen. Next time.

So in summary, the first climb was relaxing. Heading down to Sheepyard was fun. The Howqua singletrack just plain rocked. Corn hill Logging rd sucked big time and the rest was just really cold. Cant wait to do it again.

Distance 79.3 km.
Ride time 5.45hrs.

All pics bellow are from Jawoo's camera taken by various people.
 

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Climbing up Doughtys rd
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Andrew having fun on one of the hunndred or so waterbars.
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Sheepyard rest.
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The 1st of a gazillion water crossings. Note how careful we all are not to get our feet wet? This didn't last:)

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At Ritchies Hut
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Mike entering one of the many rock gardens
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Andrew pushing & Me managing to ride [but not for long:)] part of the silly steep sections after 'The Pike'.

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The last re group (15km to go) before the long cold (4degsC) descent back to the cars.

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We basically flipped a coin as to which way to go. We went that way because we wanted to finish on the Delatite singletrack, but we were just to cold. Next time.
 

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Mr Bent Knee said:
I have done the same but in the reverse direction!
Didn't we take slightly different route that time. I don't remember having to cross creeks/river many times.

Didn't we go Sheep Yard Flat->Got lost->Mirimbah->TBJ->Stirling Peak->towards Craig's Hut->Crossed Stirling Loop Rd (but not at Howqua Gap)->Howqua River singletrack->Sheep Yard Flat

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SkiMun said:
Mr Bent Knee said:
I have done the same but in the reverse direction!
Didn't we take slightly different route that time. I don't remember having to cross creeks/river many times.

Didn't we go Sheep Yard Flat->Got lost->Mirimbah->TBJ->Stirling Peak->towards Craig's Hut->Crossed Stirling Loop Rd (but not at Howqua Gap)->Howqua River singletrack->Sheep Yard Flat

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First of all, Bent Knee, you're still alive!!! I don't know if you've been on the forums here still, but I haven't. So haven't seen or heard from you in ages. Should hook up for a ride again one day. And you forgot to mention, this is the ride that you did with one pedal after you lost the crank bolt on Doughty's Rd!

SkiMun, we didn't hit the river crossings because we rode along the road from 8 mile to Sheepyard flat. That's where the river crossings are. Like sidetrack and friends, we were to stuffed to take the hard option at that stage, because that was our last bit of the ride.

- Sheepyard flat
- Up Doherty's Rd, and yes, got lost on some of the various unmarked logging roads.
- Mirimbah
- Up to TBJ on the road.
- TBJ to Stirling summit up Bluff Spur
- Stirling to Monument
- Monument Track down to Circuit Rd
- Down to Bindaree Falls
- Road to Pikes Flat
- Howqua River Single Track to 8 mile
- Road back to Sheepyard flat

It is a great ride isn't it. A few weeks ago (labour day weekend) we tried a bit of a variation, but the Gods where against us and we didn't finish. We where planning on doing the exact same ride, but start from Buller village, ride down to Mirimbah, do the loop, and finish the day riding back up to Buller. We had four riders and only me ended up intact. Rider 1 didn't even get started after his work car broke down in Buller and had to get it towed back to Melbourne. Rider 2 (SkiMun) wasn't feeling well and turned back at Stirling summit. Rider 3 broke his seat post bolt going down Monument track, and that meant we took the Circuit Rd back to Howqua Gap and rode across to the Quarry where we got SkiMun to pick us up. It was about 20kms or so that Rider 3 had to ride without a seat. Needless to say, he was stuffed when we got to Buller.

Although the Gods did spare us a bit. We got to Buller by 2pm and spent the afternoon out on the deck at Uncle Pats drinking beer!
 
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Hey Bigaus! Yeah, how could I forget losing my frigging crank on my single speed and having to ride the last 20 plus km's with out it! My mechanical skills are still backyard...you should see the stuff that rolls out the workshop into customers trusting arms....!

I have built up a sexy new bike but have been so obsessed with climbing (and uni) that I hardly ride it....maybe twice a week at night if I am lucky.....

Catch....Nick
 

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fark, are you telling me this is:
a) an alpine epic;
b) got heaps of singletrack; and
c) finishes at a PUB !

Could be the world's best ride. Must pencil it in for summer 06/07....
 

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Ahh...Monument track...I was trying to remember what it was called. Thanks Bigaus.

MBK...I thought my trusty old MTB needed a bit of a break so I got a road bike and am one of the ******s riding Beach Rd. Wanna join me for a latte sometime? My shout.

climberman...it's one of the more satisfying rides I have done. It's even more fun in the snow.
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Skimonkey, you know what I think of roadbikes...and lattes for that matter.

Come MTBing and I will shout you a beer....thats more like it!
 

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I know im not supposed to do this but FOR SALE.
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The frame/ forks are about 4 months old. Everything else other than bars Easton Carbon is brand new. See specs below. The price is $2800.00. rec retail is $4500.00 and it is a current model.Size is large (18), anyone 175cm up should be ok. Effective toptube lenght is 600mm/23.6.

Frame- Scott Carbon. Fork- Fox F80 RL. Headset FSA. Rear Mec- XTR RR. Front Mec XT. Shifters XT Multi. Breaks- XT Disc.

Cranks XT Hollow II. H Stem Scott Pro. Pedals- Shimano PD-M520. Seatpost- Scott. Seat Selle SLR XP Kevlar. Hubs DT Swiss.

Spokes- DT Aero. Chain- HG53. Cassette- XT. Rims Mavic XM-317 Disc. Tyers- Maxis Larsen
 

sidetrack

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I still do at least one version of this ride a year and there are many. Usually the reverse from SYF no that all the single track is on stirling. Happy to ride it anytime
 
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Yesterday I parked at 7 Mile Flat, rode up to refrigerator gap, down to Bindaree Hut, Pikes Flat and then the walking track along the Howqua back to 7 Mile Flat. The walking track is 98% ridable. Lots of trees down. Bloody steep on the downhill side in areas - if you had to put your downhill foot down to steady yourself there would be no where to put it, you would tumble down the hill with your bike. Overall though a spectacular ride.

There is a high and low track a few kilometers after Ritchies Hut. Take the high track. The low track (which our forefathers used in 2006) has about 10 river crossings on it.

Ride it in a downstreaml direction as you will have +100m of descent to help you along.

So if starting from Buller I would ride down Bindaree Track as opposed to Corn Hill Logging Road - it's longer but a nicer ride. Corn Hill Logging Road is rough as guts in areas.

One of the very ridable bits early on.
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A not so ridable bit.
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A very picturesque bit.
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Another very picturesque bit. Looking up to Little Buller. Wood Run can be seen on the far right.
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Yesterday I parked at 7 Mile Flat, rode up to refrigerator gap, down to Bindaree Hut, Pikes Flat and then the walking track along the Howqua back to 7 Mile Flat. The walking track is 98% ridable. Lots of trees down. Bloody steep on the downhill side in areas - if you had to put your downhill foot down to steady yourself there would be no where to put it, you would tumble down the hill with your bike. Overall though a spectacular ride.

There is a high and low track a few kilometers after Ritchies Hut. Take the high track. The low track (which our forefathers used in 2006) has about 10 river crossings on it.

Ride it in a downstreaml direction as you will have +100m of descent to help you along.

So if starting from Buller I would ride down Bindaree Track as opposed to Corn Hill Logging Road - it's longer but a nicer ride. Corn Hill Logging Road is rough as guts in areas.

One of the very ridable bits early on.
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A not so ridable bit.
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A very picturesque bit.
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Another very picturesque bit. Looking up to Little Buller. Wood Run can be seen on the far right.
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Nice!!

I spoke to Danger from Stirling patrol on Friday, we briefly discussed such adventures, he did mention going via Bindaree, will speak in more detail in spring.
 

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I know im not supposed to do this but FOR SALE.
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The frame/ forks are about 4 months old. Everything else other than bars Easton Carbon is brand new. See specs below. The price is $2800.00. rec retail is $4500.00 and it is a current model.Size is large (18), anyone 175cm up should be ok. Effective toptube lenght is 600mm/23.6.

Frame- Scott Carbon. Fork- Fox F80 RL. Headset FSA. Rear Mec- XTR RR. Front Mec XT. Shifters XT Multi. Breaks- XT Disc.

Cranks XT Hollow II. H Stem Scott Pro. Pedals- Shimano PD-M520. Seatpost- Scott. Seat Selle SLR XP Kevlar. Hubs DT Swiss.

Spokes- DT Aero. Chain- HG53. Cassette- XT. Rims Mavic XM-317 Disc. Tyers- Maxis Larsen

Is this still avvailable.
 
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