Surrounded by the sparkling blue water of Southern Moreton Bay, Russell Island is a fascinating place. We spent the day exploring it.
On Day two of our “Big Ride” I had to return home, leaving my friends in Toogoolawah. They continued their long journey to Gympie.
“Let’s get on our bikes and disappear for a few days.”
Adventure-loving mountain bikers often have thoughts like that.
Today we decided to do something about it.
For the last few years a large group of mountain biking friends have gathered for an annual “party on wheels” riding through the Glasshouse Mountains. This year sixty-eight happy riders took up the challenge.
Would you like to join us for a tough social ride over the D’Aguilar Range to Reedy Creek?
Would you like to join us for a fun social ride through the Glasshouse Mountains?
When: 7.30am, Saturday, 20 August 2016.
Meeting point: Matthew Flinders Rest Area, Steve Irwin Way, Beerburrum. Google Map Ref: http://goo.gl/maps/NEaFY
Approx distance: 70km with about 900m of elevation. We should be back by 2pm.
A memorable “party on wheels” with a large group of friendly mountain bikers. (We had 70 riders last year)
Great views of the Glasshouse Mountains from several high points
“Secret Single Track” – almost 6 kilometres of twisting single track following some hidden creeks.
The lookout track challenge. Who can nail the gnarly climb behind the lookout?
Hennessy Hill Downhill Track
Lunch at Woodford
For people who don’t feel comfortable riding 70km, the obvious bail-out point is Woodford. If you leave a car there you can finish up after lunch.
We will post up the route closer to the day
We will ride clockwise from Beerburrum, up to the lookout and down Hennessey Hill then out to Woodford.
We’ll do the “Secret Single Track” after lunch, and then come back via some tracks behind Mount Beerwah.
We’ll return via Glasshouse Township in case anyone needs a break.
These tracks can be adversely affected by wet weather so we may make minor changes to the route several days before the ride in the event of wet weather.
Social pace. We won’t leave anyone behind.
You can refill water at Woodford. Although there are a few water taps at other places throughout the ride, they’re not officially “drinkable”.
Public toilets at The Lookout and Woodford
The route includes a few km of paths / bitumen roads around Woodford.
There are a few steep climbs.
There are a few steep descents.
There are one or two places you might get your feet wet.
Bike in good condition
Plenty of water and snacks
Tools / Repair kit
Sense of humour.
Whether you’re a novice or a ninja, this ride is always fun, usually with a large group of people. Last time we had about 70 people of all different skill levels.
If you feel like having a fun day out with a large bunch of fun-loving mountain bikers, this is the ride for you.
Mountain Biking is a dangerous sport. You ride with us at your own risk.
We strongly suggest you join Mountain Biking Australia, which gives you personal accident and public liability insurance.
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This large multi-day adventure took us on a rugged but picturesque loop of the South Burnett, including the foothills of the Bunya Mountains. It had everything – rail trails, old stock routes, thick forests, big climbs, long descents, and even some organic wine.