• Robert Merkel

    Tasty.

    There’s so many gravel roads in the High Country which a bike like this would be perfect to explore – including the one in my avatar…

    • AndyVB

      I would have guessed Eildon without the High Country clue, but it looks a bit lumpy for that?

      • Robert Merkel

        Hint: The body of water is Lake Dartmouth.

        • AndyVB

          Ok, in that case my final answer is Lake Eyre.

  • Saeba R.

    The crash looked a little staged :)

    Also I would normally stay seated on a gravel incline – but you all appeared out of the saddle?

    • Matt Robertson

      I can promise it was a real fall! Source: I am the guy that fell :(

      We climbed both seated and out of the saddle, the tyres we had were really grippy and allowed us to stay out of the saddle as long as we weren’t spinning too much, plus a lot of the time the gravel was well compacted from 4WD’s, but on a road bike I’d always stay seated.

    • winkybiker

      Climbing out of the saddle on gravel is a skill that requires smoothness and some focus on your fore-aft weight distribution. It’s a good one to have in the arsenal. Nice to have both options.

      • Saeba R.

        I know how to ride a bike.

        • winkybiker

          Good for you! That’s so cool. I’m impressed. Very impressed.

          • Saeba R.

            Yeah well I wasn’t asking for your advice. Decades of racing and I think I learnt that when I was about 10years old.

            • winkybiker

              Sincere apologies. I didn’t realize we were in the presence of such greatness. But it leaves the question: Why do you stay seated? I like to mix it up.

              • winkybiker

                And I’m going to stop now. You seemed to take an unusual offence to a simple comment regarding climbing while standing when on gravel. I’m not going to upset you any more.

              • Saeba R.

                A: I think even on a nice sealed climb most riders seem to stay seated – unless needing power or stretching legs – as it is generally more efficient. Once the road surface loses grip the merits of being out of the saddle deminish.

  • Pete23

    Who does a guy have to kill to get invited on one of these roadtripping trips. Looks stunning!

  • grumnut01

    good to see some cxer’s out in this wonderful yet lonesome part of vic. The only users out there at the moment are dirt bikers, 4wds, loggers and hunters.

  • PG

    Soft – I did the Mt Stirling Rd on road bikes with mates last year. Here is our trip report http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=87589 PS don’t do it on a road bike ;)

    • AndyVB

      That’s a pretty chunky track for a roadie!

      • PG

        Yep. Never again! PS I really like the video.

  • MattyM

    Def recognise the South Face Rd at Mt Baw Baw – a great ride. Always nice to stop at that bridge and take it all in

  • winkybiker

    You know what’s better than the trip shown here? Doing it and not filming it! But seriously, the road-tripping videos are really great. Appreciate all the repeats, too and fro and stuffing around with set-ups it takes to make it look natural.

  • bigstu_

    Great places to ride, thanks for the memories – please don’t forget that these roads existed – and were thrashed on – before Starva stats were ever dreamed of! Another good (day) loop is Mt. Buller Village, off the side to Corn Hill, down to Howqua Gap, over the Delatite, up the back of Stirling then bomb down the cross country ski trails to Telephone Box Junction where, with any luck, your non-riding buddies will have driven over to from Buller and fired up the barbie. Dirt downhill to Mirimbah then paved back up to Buller Village to enjoy some frothies (and continue your planking competition?). You can extend the loop by including an out-and-back to Craig’s Hut from Mt. Stirling. I’ve found cross country ski trails are much smoother than 4WD roads and bring you closer to nature. I highly recommend purchasing a few topographic maps from VicMap and using a mtn bike to explore trails that make the ones in this video look like a four lane highway. Don’t forget to enjoy the views and as always, enjoy the ride.

    • Eat More Lard

      I once tried to ride a CX bike from Buller to Stirling on the 4WD track. Once. There was much swearing.

      • bigstu_

        heh. I was on a mtb and it was grouse. Try to remember a sh*t day on the bike beats any day in the office.

  • bigstu_

    Never one to judge and certainly not tolling but…. I really hope this new version of cross training doesn’t catch on.

    • AndyVB

      You’ll notice Matt and I didn’t take this up, despite how much Monika swore by it’s ability to warm you up. In fairness as a former gravel grinding world champ she has a swag more experience than us in this field.. but that wasn’t going to change our minds in a hurry! Great call on the loop mentioned above too..

  • Todd E

    The Baw Baw loop looks great. Is there anywhere to refill bidons for those days when you dont have a team-car/photographer following? On a related note is there some reason comments were turned off on the main roadtripping features? Strikes me as a great place to add bits of local intelligence.

    • Hi Todd, We’re using a new template for our Roadtripping features and integrating Disqus comments has proven tricky so far. We’re working on it, and will have them set up eventually, but for now it’s not possible, sadly.

  • For those of you that haven’t seen it yet, the full feature is up now! https://cyclingtips.com/2016/05/roadtripping-the-victorian-high-country/

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