Awaba red loop gets a little longer

5 09 2010

A great HMBA build day again today. A solid turn out despite it being fathers day which saw around ten builders. We made some great progress and completed work on “the flush” which is a grin inducing  series of berms, mounds, dips and twists which is just begging to be ridden flat out.

The best part of all this is that we linked it to an old fire road which rejoins the main trail and so it’s open and being ridden as I write this. The old fire road section is going to be seriously quick with ‘drift monkey’ telling me he saw over 40kph as he went down it. With two small water bars across it, it should prove quite exciting – just make sure you miss the big log at the bottom of the hill!

I am pretty chuffed that we were able to open the trail today. Nothing is more frustrating than slaving away on a long loop of trail and taking 3-6 months before the first wheels are able to roll over it. This way, we get a sense of progress and momentum which keeps people interested in the trails and keeps the build crew motivated.

Todays build has also meant the ‘high line’ which climbs up the pinch on the red loop has had a minor re-route as it descends Little Falcon Rd (it is bunted and clearly marked) to ensure there is no high speed traffic intersections as the main loop now crosses over Little Falcon Rd.

I am unsure what will happen with the next build day. With the fat tyre festival looming, we may spend the next build day adding in some switchbacks as an alternative route for camel back climb to make the red loop a little more enduro friendly. It will also make it a little more ‘punter friendly’ which will be good for weekend warriors who will now have a reason to ride the red loop.

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16 responses

5 09 2010
Flogger

So. You’ve resorted to calling em a punter now?

5 09 2010
pi11wizard

“So. You’ve resorted to calling Lenny a punter now?”

There, fixed it for you 😛

5 09 2010
Sammydog

I may be a punter, but I don’t want swithcbacks up Camel Back Climb. Leave it as is.

6 09 2010
pi11wizard

Are you picturing it as a set of switchbacks that criss-cross over the current fire road, or a separate piece of trail 10 meters off to the side of the fire road which gives two options? The later is my preferred option.

6 09 2010
Sammydog

Either. Having said that, cross crossing the road would be bad.

6 09 2010
pi11wizard

Care to elaborate, I would be interested in your viewpoint as to why it would be bad.

6 09 2010
Sammydog

I just can’t see the logic in having two uphill trails crossing (potentially at multiple points) when there is no need.

Effectively (taking aside potential points if rider conflict) it would open up more avenues for water to be directed towards the current climb.

If the trails cross I can see a lot of negatives and not a lot of positives that couldn’t be achieved keeping the switchback trail to one side of the road.

6 09 2010
b rad

Have all the other possibilities been extensively researched and discounted?

Yet another set of switchbacks (and the work involved in their installation) would be a travesty if there is other solutions.

Do we ‘dumb it down’ to the lowest fitness level? Or give people a rewarding challenge?

If I can’t climb something, I walk it.

6 09 2010
Sammydog

That’s another reason to keep any switchbacks separate to the current climb. Two separate options entangle them and it will get messy.

Like ghostbusters, “don’t cross the streams”.

6 09 2010
Simon F

As a “1hr12m BLUE LOOP D grade rider”, I would rather a series of small short switchies to get up the top of the Camelback Climb rather than a few long swithcies back and forth over the current track. Camelback at the monent is seriously for freaks only and mere mortals would, as afforementioned, would be more likely to ride the RED loop recreationally (thus putting more wheels over it and better trail bedding in !!!).

6 09 2010
b rad

Simon, you just answered that one correctly.

It gets raced on less than 20 times a year (11 times at club level). The other 345 days you can mosey up there at whatever pace you wish, recreationally.

6 09 2010
Simon F

So thats a YES to switchies off to the side or NO …. cross over the straight climb?

7 09 2010
Flogger

Personally I like the idea of the straight up race day line (as is) for XC, and a recreational/enduro friendly set of switchbacks for the same climb. I believe that in order to open the newer sections of trail up to a greater audience, a more “punter’ friendly option needs to be available.

I’m prepared to struggle up/walk anything I can’t ride technically or fitness-wise in an XC race, but I think that many won’t walk a hill that they can’t ride socially, which will leave some brilliant new track way under utilised across the spectrum of riders that we have.

I’d also think that it would be a good idea to have any proposed switchbacks on a separate line to the current climb – not criss-crossing. That way it presents yet another trail option.

7 09 2010
pi11wizard

Precisely my thoughts.

Sent from my iPhone

7 09 2010
Sammydog

Basically where my head is at. If there is a second line fine, but they only meet at two points, top and bottom. My previous ghostbusters analogy stands.

8 09 2010
Bowser

I agree with Flogger’s thoughts. We have a tentative marked plan for 2 long switchbacks that won’t cross the existing trail at all until the very top where we have options to go either way.

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