Silver Mountain Bike Park - is there a better descent in the world?
WOW - Lithium Trail - Teton Pass, Jackson Wyoming
The not so enjoyable part of Mountain Biking in Whistler
Bottom of the World - Surviving Whistler Top to Bottom
Conquering Whistler's Top of the World Trail
Fantasy Enduro - Enduro World Series Fantasy Game
Is the Thredbo AM Trail the best descent in Australia?
MTB Trail Videos - Trail Centre Upgrade Program
VIDEO: The Fourth 365 Days of Reign - My 4th year of Mountain Biking
Pilot Wilderness Ride - Cascade to Pinch - Part 2
Pilot Wilderness Ride - Cascade to Pinch - Part 1
MTB Workout for the Deskbound
Finding Bruce Ridge and Loving It!
VIDEO: Top XC Rides of 2014/2015
VIDEO: 2015 The FAIL Awakens
VIDEO: Nine Days in the Rotorua Redwoods
Exploring all of Sparrow Hill and the East Kowen Forest
VIDEO: 365 Days of Reign - The Third (year of serious mountain biking)
The New Majura Pines and Sparrow Hill Trip
Mountain Biking in the NSW Snowy Mountains
Long term test: Yakima Highroller and Whispbar roof rack
Travelling tips for Mountain Bikers
VIDEO: Giant Anthem 29er vs Giant Reign 26
VIDEO: 2014 FAILS - Will Ride, Will Fail
VIDEO: MTB-TVs TOP 10 Descents of 2014
VIDEO: The Opening of the Alpine Epic Trail - Mt Buller
VIDEO: Wrapping up the Redwoods with a Whak-en Outrageous Ride
VIDEO: Return to the Redwoods Part IV - Eagle vs Shark
VIDEO: Return to the Redwoods Part III - XC Lower Mountain Pedally Days
VIDEO: Return to the Redwoods Part II - Heavily Rooted
VIDEO: Return to the Redwoods Part I - We're Going To The Redwoods
Video: Return to Rotorua ... ok to go!
Video: Return to Rotorua ... definitely maybe!
Video: Return to Rotorua .. maybe?
Cycology - Cycling inspired clothing
Broken Bone on Breakout
Mountain Bike Fail to Triumph in the You Yangs
365 Days of Reign - My 2nd Year on a real mountain bike
Review: the Bionicon C-Guide V2.0
Brake disk rotor size upgrade 180 to 200mm, 160 to 180mm
VIDEO: Rotorua Redwoods - Create Breathing Space
Rotorua - a Mountain Bikerís Journey
Summer Mountain Bike Training at OMV
2013 Another Year of #FAIL
We're going to ride the Rotorua Redwoods
My god I love riding Stromlo Forest Park
Merry Christmas from MTB-TV - What a year its been
How to view web based KML files on your mobile device
Epic Brake Bleeding Solutions - Avid Brake Bleed Kit
The Lone Wolf enjoys some group action
Bantry Bay (Northern Beaches, Sydney)
Bruce Ridge (Canberra)
Bungarra Alpine Centre (Snowy Mountains)
Currumbin Border Track (NSW/QLD Border)
Daisy Hill (South Brisbane)
East Kowen (Kowen Pine Forest, Canberra)
Forest Pipeline (Northern Beaches, Sydney)
Fred Caterson Reserve (Castle Hill)
Golden Jubilee Field MTB Park (North Shore, Sydney)
Hassans Walls (Lithgow)
Hinze Dam (Gold Coast)
Jindabyne (Snowy Mountains)
Kiwarrak State Forest (Tarree)
Majura Pines (Majura, Canberra)
Manly Dam (Northern Beaches, Sydney)
Mt Joyce (Gold Coast Hinterland)
Mt Kosciuszko (Snowy Mountains)
Nerang State Forest (Gold Coast)
Old Man's Valley (Hornsby, Sydney)
Ourimbah (Central Coast)
Oxford Falls (Northern Beaches, Sydney)
Pilot Wilderness (Snowy Mountains)
Red Hill (Northern Beaches, Sydney)
Rotorua Redwoods (New Zealand)
Silver Mountain (Kellogg)
Singleton (Hunter Valley)
Sparrow Hill (Kowen Pine Forest, Canberra)
St Ives and Belrose (North Shore, Sydney)
Stromlo Forest Park (Canberra)
Terrey Hills (Northern Beaches, Sydney)
The Oaks (Blue Mountains)
Thredbo Resort (Snowy Mountains)
Thredbo Valley Trail (Snowy Mountains)
Whistler Bike Park (Whistler)
Wingello (Southern Highlands)
Wylde MTB Trail (Cecil Park - Western Sydney)
Merry Christmas from MTB-TV - What a year its been
"In twenty thirteen we rode awesome trails."
.. but before I start on a mountain bike tale of self indulgence I would like to thank you for your support of MTB Trail Videos. Whether you watched our YouTube videos, Tweeted, posted on our Facebook page or simply visited our website your online interaction has helped drive me to film more trails. Cheers!
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I had an absolutely stellar year riding my mountain bike. The mission to increase our trail video database took me to many new trail destinations. I went as far north as Nerang on the Gold Coast, west to Lithgow, Newnes and Rydal, south to Stromlo and the NSW Snowy Mountains (Thredbo and Bungarra) and to some great new bike parks in Sydney (OMV and Jubes).
But! The most significant revelation this year for me personally was my ever growing appreciation of single track.
A surprisingly rapid skill progression followed by a foolishly unexpected boost in power and momentum (tip: commuting) had me flying around trails I would not have enjoyed this time last year. Confidence is an amazing thing and I will save the detailed story of how I went from a timid, brake happy, top heavy weekend warrior to a speed hungry, gravity loving, power enthused, top heavy weekend warrior for another time.
Enough about me .. more about the best trails of 2013.
Top Three for 2013
Stromlo - [Feature Video]
Its mix of fast open descents, technical tight descents, drops rocks and bumps, technical cross country, fun climbs (yeah really!) and optional wife-shuttle has it firmly planted as my favourite place to ride in 2013. To the point where my last visit was a 1 day hit and run - 7 hours driving for 4 hours of riding!
Favourite Run:Western Wedgetail, Pork Barrel, Double Dissolution - [Feature Video]
Our Next Video: Vapour Trail (adjacent to the DH) - wearing FF helmet and body armour.
This largely unmentioned State Forest park has some brilliant trails, some legal but most are unauthorised, and yet most are well maintained and see a lot of traffic. It's unusually difficult to find info on Nerang especially if you want to go unauthorised. Your best options are to visit a local bike shop, talk to other mountain bikers on the trail or just follow a White Rabbit down a trail. BTW there are ludicrous amounts of legal fire trail through the State Forest. Take your hard tail and your enduro bike on your next Gold Coast holiday (roughly 20mins drive from Coolangatta or Broadbeach).
Favourite Run: Can't tell you
Our Next Video: Can't tell you
Thredbo - [Feature Video]
Is amazing and despite having lifted access riding that mountain is physically punishing. But the fun doesn't end on the ski slopes, there is an ever growing set of XC trails and this summer the full 20km Thredbo Valley Trail opens running all the way from Thredbo to Bullocks flat and beyond. 20km of cruisey descending - mostly. I can't wait to get back there.
Favourite Run: Kosciusko Flow Trail
Our Next Video: (the rest of ..) the Valley Trail
Other places we loved in 2013
The Single Track
Fred Caterson Reserve (this place keeps surprising us)
This Year: the Bottom Trail
Next Year: The Fullers Road Downhill (that nasty piece of work from the pipeline to the Bottom Trail) - could end up hospitalised. [Feature Video]
The Fire Trails
The Bike Parks
2014 Bucket List
Places we haven't ridden that are on the radar for 2014
Rotorua (NZ), Townsville (QLD), Toowoomba (QLD), Mt Joyce (QLD), Mt Annan (NSW), Awaba (NSW), Taree (NSW), Kowen (ACT).
Other Bucket List Trails
- All the trails around Brisbane and the Gold Coast Hinterland
- Cairns and Atherton - World Cup trip maybe?
- MT BULLER - OH HELL YES! The Epic Trail (build just started), 40km descent (I'm actually crying)
- Bright - apparently they have beer too - (Bikes and Brews tour)
- Tasmania - By 2017 the whole state will be one big MTB trail network
- Queenstown NZ - I get the feeling Queenstown only needs another year or two and it will be the Whistler of "the alternate summer".
- And generally anywhere where they have uplifts and don't speak with an'strayen accent.
Merry Christmas Mountain Bikers .. I hope you had as much fun as I did this year and here's to an even bigger 2014. Woooohooo!
- St Ives Horse Track - St Ives
- Wakehurst Parkway Ride - Manly Dam (before sunrise ride)
- Copperhead Flow Trail - Bungarra (the Emu attack - see again here)
- Jindabyne Community Trail (Stage 1) - Jindabyne (climbing)
- Sydney Harbour Bridge - watch our Spring Cycle Video from 2012
- XC Trail - Jubes (bike park)
- Wakehurst Parkway Ride - Manly Dam (OTB)
- Jurassic Park - Ourimbah (big roller)
- Wildflower Garden Single Track - St Ives (jungle single track)
- Double Dissolution - Stromlo Forest Park (fast open trail)
- Kosciuszko Flow Trail (2013) - Thredbo (Fox shirt)
- Blue Descent - OMV (Tree run with ladder bridges)
- Allambie Downhill - Manly Dam (rough straight descent)
Did you get the homage? It was a take on the mid 90's Nike Hope ad that I managed to find earlier this year on YouTube after a decade of searching - the YouTube account has since been banned :(
(I reckon we did a better job than Nike of remixing/combining Buffalo Tom's songs, Soda Jerk and Treehouse)
Trail Centres and Trails featured in this blog
- Bungarra Alpine Centre (Snowy Mountains, NSW)
- Fred Caterson Reserve (Castle Hill, NSW)
- Golden Jubilee Field MTB Park (North Shore, Sydney, NSW)
- Jindabyne (Snowy Mountains, NSW)
- Manly Dam (Northern Beaches, Sydney, NSW)
- Mt Kosciuszko (Snowy Mountains, NSW)
- Nerang State Forest (Gold Coast, QLD)
- Old Man's Valley (Hornsby, Sydney, NSW)
- Ourimbah (Central Coast, NSW)
- St Ives and Belrose (North Shore, Sydney, NSW)
- Stromlo Forest Park (Canberra, ACT)
- Terrey Hills (Northern Beaches, Sydney, NSW)
- Thredbo Resort (Snowy Mountains, NSW)