We set out through St Lucia and headed over the hills to Indooroopilly being rewarded with some great views of the river and the city. Too much talking vs navigating saw us ‘explore’ Fig Tree Pocket with a quick stop at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. (We were tempted to cuddle a koala but the morning was just too good to stop LOL.)
Then we headed across to Kenmore and made our way up the very hilly Bielby Road at the back of Chapel Hill where the temptation of having great bikes and beautiful natural trails in the forest was too much. Into Mount Coottha State Forest we went, down the Bellbird Trail to Gap Creek Reserve.
This is where special mention goes out to Dianne and Peter who, despite no experience mountain biking, both said ‘yes let’s try it’ to the suggestion we climb up one of the singletrack trails. Way to go guys – true adventurers at heart.
Remember, we are on ebikes that are set up as trekking bikes – panniers and all – and oh my goodness the bikes (and riders) were so impressive. We got to the top of the Skink Link trail with a few whoops and swear words on the way but the grins plastered on everyone’s faces at the top was delightful.
We opted to stay on dirt to climb out of the park to the top of Mount Coottha 'the short way' and tackled the difficult Highwood Road Trail. This is very steep and loose for much of the climb. Experienced riders on full blown mountain bikes find this a tough climb so, once again, a big shout out and a 'well done' to all our riders for their efforts, especially given that the temperature had hit the mid-thirties by this stage.
After the grunt of the hard climb we all whooped it down to the bottom of Mt Coottha on the road, landing us back at Electric Bikes Brisbane at about 12pm.
A big thank you to Dianne, Peter, Stephen, Ed, Andrew and Nick for making it such a fun morning. (And I promise not to ‘take the shortcut’ next time.)
Our next ride is on 10th June, through the beautiful Kedron Brook Bikeway, Boondall Wetlands and Nudgee Beach.
Nick, Andrew and Sam were riding the AVE SH11 Adventure bikes
Stephen and Peter each had a Haibike Trekking.
Dianne was riding the Riese and Muller Charger.
And Ed was riding the Corratec E-Power XVert 29er
If you are curious about how an ebike works or how they feel to ride then EBB hosts a number of group rides where you can try one. These are small group rides along bike paths and quiet back streets where you can learn about the different drive systems and ask lots of questions of your EBB guide.
The Tweed Valley is stunning. Beautiful beaches. Coastal ranges. Lush green valleys. With the Tweed Valley Rail Trail nearing completion it will soon become a major cycling destination. Don’t wait though. There are many excellent ride routes. Stephen shares one of his favourite day rides with us.
Looking for a weekend away? Bill & Lesley wanted to support our drought stricken rural areas so headed to Murgon for the weekend to ride the Murgon to Kingaroy section of the South Burnett Rail Trail. They share their ride - an easy 82km day ride from Murgon to Kingaroy and back to Murgon.