I'll be helping out, as well as riding/guiding.
Part of the Life Of Bikes crew. Led a shop ride at Silvan this morning, it was very hot.
Next weekend the weather for Mt Buller is looking perfect.
I'm staying up on the mountain on Saturday and Sunday nights. I'll be taking the DH bike up there to shuttle the downhill trails on Saturday. I don't want to risk breaking the Kenevo prior to Sunday's ride.
I'm an ebike noob, we recently got a place up at Buller and when we were up a lot last summer for renovations we realised how much we liked it. I was up 2 weekends ago and rented a Trek Powerfly and did a beginner skills course which was great, rode some of the tracks near the village and down the Delatite trail.
I've got no idea if the full ride will be too much for me, but I can bail out at TBJ if necessary.
I'm still saving up for my own eMTB but given my upcoming schedule there's no point until about October so will keep an eye on advancements in tech etc between now and then.
This was fantastic - well organised, great location and the trails were in tip top condition due to a little rain in the week prior .
There were some battery range anxiety issues ....
But we all got home - I came back the start with 4 km range ( I topped up at the halfway point with a 20min boost )
My mate ran out 2 km from the finish ......
So the stats 45.64km ,1297m of elevation gain riding time 3 hrs 26 mins , elapsed time 5 hrs 16 mins
I am not fast , and there were some that were !
If the opportunity arises to do this ride , do it , it’s stunning scenery and an adventure in itself .
Not like Euro mountains , the peak is on my 1800 metres and you descend to 600m approx .
The photo of the queue amuses me , “ ebikes will never catch on “
Ha bloody ha , I know 107 people who disagree .
And will be telling all their mates just how Awesome it was !!
The sträva map , compared to bikes , e-bikes are a blast up and equal downhill .
I am old and cautious , there were some very good bike handlers on the day - new to e-bikes not MTB so found the extra weight and corresponding grip a distinct advantage .
I took a tumble ( the shout was 'gap this ' )....unfortunately my ambition outweighed my ability and boom tish i hit it hard !