Nice! I love Falls but from memory High Voltage felt more like a black than a blue, but still a ton of fun. I really like the stuff on the other side that starts from the top of the ski runs and finishes down at the Hoot pub. Have only been up there once since Flow Town was built and I wasn't shuttling so I only did it once, in the pouring rain so I'm keen to head back for a shuttle day.Two days of this (Falls Creek) was pretty damn fine.
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Took precisely zero pictures of either myself or mates while riding because we were too busy riding to remember. Rode (including shuttles and brief lunch obviously) from 9am-3pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday and don't think we waited more than 5 minutes for a shuttle pickup more than once. Sunday morning there was some storms in the early morning which made for a slippery opening couple of runs, but "hero dirt" in the mid afternoon. So anyway - I'm am pretty well stuffed, but very happy.
Only negatives were vague signage around the top half of the mountain (trying to work out how tracks link together is a nightmare), and personally I found the stuff up the top half of the mountain verging on being too rocky for the 5010 (low BB and 175mm cranks proved to be an awkward combination), but the lower half of the mountain in Flowtown was awesome and ended up being what we mostly rode.
The upper third of the trail is still pretty rocky and chattery but was fine once I adjusted to it, got the suspension dialled and could just commit to a corner and wait for the front to hook up with me hanging as far forward as possible and the back end still slightly sliding around. The downhill bit in the middle section of the trail (between the two main "uphill" sections) is flowing crazy smooth and fast right now. After a couple of runs I found myself gaining heaps of confidence and going accidentally so much quicker I had to start taking rollers as proper doubles to not find myself landing on takeoffs - But what a speed rush! You get awful close to those trees when pumping and jumping along there and had to pull the shoulder in a couple of times, but avoided disaster luckily! And then the lower section's 'rollercoaster' undulations and gradual bends were just about the best thing I've ever ridden and felt like they were custom built for the 5010. Just pump, pump, pump, pump and GO!!! The amount of speed you can build without pedalling through there is insane - holy sh#t it was fast and fun!
After all was said and done - Post ride, post bike wash, rancho relaxo...
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(Apologies for the essay - I'm way overtired but equally overjoyed!)
High Voltage is graded as a Black run these days, but it wasn't the bit that bothered me. It was the continuation of the trail called Wishing Well (Blue run), that was giving me grief. Lots of short sharp pinch climbs over exposed rock crests just saw me getting tangled. Yes, my climbing skills could be a lot better but I rode it last year in torrential rain without major issue (still tangled a couple of times) so it surprised me a bit I got hung up so much this time.Nice! I love Falls but from memory High Voltage felt more like a black than a blue, but still a ton of fun. I really like the stuff on the other side that starts from the top of the ski runs and finishes down at the Hoot pub. Have only been up there once since Flow Town was built and I wasn't shuttling so I only did it once, in the pouring rain so I'm keen to head back for a shuttle day.
Red Carpet is the best. That climb is a bitch, though. I need to figure out how to shuttle it some time.Oh no, it’s tomorrow already. This morning at Forrest before the heat we rode up Barlidjaru trail towards Lake Elizabeth, then down Red Carpet. Awesome fun, some berms near the bottom, are either new or I’ve forgotten about them, what were we talking about? The rest of the day was great too, brewery lunch, Beauchamp Falls, seafood at the Apollo Bay pier, open fire, kick footy, beer, shiraz, etc.