13km, up and down on dirt roads. No single track, nevertheless a varied surface road that keeps you alert. Classification IMBA easy.
This is a neat circuit in the Upper Loddon Forest not far from Glenlyon. Accessible by 2WD. The first section along Ridge Rd gives eases you in and then @ 1.3km when you R onto Boundary Creek (photo) you get your first rush as you start a longish downhill on a surface skittery in places. The first of a number of interesting creek crossings brings you to a bit of a climb which works out your lazy lungs and legs. Then you skirt a hill with a significant gully on your L and on leaving the next creek crossing start a gradual climb to Scobies Rd @ 4.5km and turn L.
Ahh, civilisation. To the R (east) are lifestyle blocks. If you like wineries, there are quite a few off the
nearby Glenlyon – Malmsbury road so maybe you would prefer to make this your starting point. Cruise along until a tad after the 6km mark, you do an acute L onto Keilors Track.
2.5k of downhill! Although there is the occasional slight rise that might need a pedal if you aren’t game to swoop the bends at max. Do stay aware of other road users. The final creek before a real rise is worth a stop to check out the flood damage either side. A large tree was poised tentatively on the brink of the scoured bank (photo). OK, now its up,up and away on a reasonable climb back to Ridge Rd @ 9.5km and a L turn to the S. Now you are on a bit of a roller coaster though gradually increasing your elevation, past your original turn off (take it for another circuit?) and back to the car.
Start at the pine fringed Glenlyon cemetery on Holcombe Rd just before the end of the tarmac from Glenlyon. This offers an easy lead in to the ride and a cruisy downhill at the end. Explore the history as you are cooling down.
Or start from the Glenlyon General Store (see next post) where you can enjoy a post ride cafe meal or just a great coffee. Signs to
nearby wineries hang out opposite the store. Other rides in this blog start from the store.
Maps and Track – link or QR code