Sidle Up

Words by First Floor Publishing | Images by First Floor Publishing

The good and kind folks from Ground Effect love to spread trail cheer around the country, so it was only fitting they hosted a weekend of trail building, riding and good times over a November weekend. Spoke got to head down and join in the spadework and ride some sweet singletrack as well.

A good sized crew of around 35 assembled on Saturday morning and got down to work on the Sidle 73 track, a short connector between the bottom of the Broken River and the Craigieburn skifield roads, cutting out the need to pedal along Highway 73 when busting out an Edge/Luge loop. From a flagged outline to completely rideable, the trail appeared before our eyes and there was a steady stream of traffic on it by Sunday afternoon.

Of course we wouldn’t go all that way and not take our bikes, and we rode some new to us trails after we’d ditched the tools. The descent down Mt Cheeseman was a highlight; a great mix of rocks, tussocks and a steep root drop through the pine forest. Rad. I also got to ride the Hog’s Back for the first time, and it won’t be the last. There’s some epic stuff down there and there are new trails popping up and in the planning as we speak.

Look out for a feature and photos in Issue 50 of Spoke.

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