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Trail Information

Most of our weekly rides follow the beautiful Warburton Trail. This is undoubtedly one of the most scenic short rides available near Melbourne and offers an array of spectacular scenery.

Launching Place bridge

Very importantly, because the trail follows the path of the old train line, the gradients are all relatively gentle. There are no ferocious hills for the fainthearted. A ride along this trail is not only good for the body it is also great for the soul.

The surface consists of lilydale toppings of various thicknesses. Although it can be soft in places, especially after it has just been topped up, it is generally suitable for most types of bikes, including mountain bikes and hybrids. Although I would not want to risk my best road bike on this surface I have ridden it well over 100 times on my old road bike.

Big BridgeWe see cows

View to HillsWarburton TownOur usual day of riding is Thursday afternoon, although this is sometimes changed in Winter months if the weather dictates that it would make better sense to switch to an alternate day.

Depending on your level of fitness you may choose to join the ride anywhere between Mt Evelyn and Launching Place, the important thing is that we all finish at Warburton at approx 2.45 pm for a cup of coffee, a cake, or a well earned lunch at the local tea rooms. A great place to enjoy a yarn and observe the (sometimes rather colourful) locals. Just remember that you still have to cycle back to your starting place - so don't blame us if your bum is sore!

Location Melways Reference Approx time Distance to Warburton (km)
Mt Evelyn
(experienced riders)
120, C1 (next to COGS cafe) 1.00 pm 33
Wandin North
(keen riders)
119, B10 1.15 pm 28

Killara Station
(average riders)

285, G5 1.30 pm 21

Woori Yallock Station
(if you're
running late)

286,E10 1.40 pm 17
Launching Place Hotel
(Newcomers)
287,H6 1.50 pm 12
Yarra Junction Reserve
(the ride you have when you are not having a ride!)
288, D7 2.00pm 9
Warburton Town
Lunchtime
290, A4

Approx 2.25 to 2.45 pm
(depending on the number of punctures)

Hot coffee and lunch!

In cooler months the temperature can be low so bring warm clothing, preferably windproof, to avoid getting cold.

New riders are always welcome, no matter what state of fitness you are in. We all have to start somewhere and one of our riders has actually made no progress whatsoever in the past THREE YEARS, so you won't feel out of place.

Upcoming Rides & Activities (or download full calendar here)

  • Thurs July 30th - alternate Thursday ride - start at FTG at 10 am
  • Saturday Aug 1st - Saturday morning Social Ride - start at Chesterfield Farm at 10 am
  • Thurs Aug 6th - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 10 am
  • Sat 8th and Sun 9th August - Social Weekend in Echuca - Train from Melbourne
  • Thurs August 13th - Alternate Thursday Ride - start at Blackburn Lake at 10 am
  • Sat 15th August - Dan's Mystery Ride - start at Lilydale Lake at 10 am
  • Thurs August 20th - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 10 am
  • Sat August 22nd - Saturday Morning Social Ride - start at Pakenham at 10 am
  • Tues August 25th - Ghostriders 2015 European Rides start
  • Thurs August 27th - Alternate Thursday Ride - start at Malvern East at 10 am
  • Sun August 30th - Upper Yarra Dam Ride - start at Launching Place Pub at 10 am

Ride Stories

Please note that ride stories are now published in the FREE weekly newsletter - why not subscribe now ?

For all previous weekday ride stories click HERE
Lots of other weekend stories can be found HERE

 

Rider List
A list of current riders and their numbers

Overseas Adventure Challenges

Click HERE for 2006 China Ride
Click HERE for 2007 China Ride
Click HERE for 2008 China Ride
Click HERE for our 2009 Himalayan Challenge and pictures
Click HERE for the 2009 Danube Ride Story
Click HERE for some pictures of the 2010 South America Challenge
2011 Ulm to Vienna Ride - see the video on YouTube
2011 Prague to Dresden - video available soon
Click HERE for the 2012 Under African Skies Story
2012 Under African Skies - African Safari (completed)
2012 "Turkish Delights" Adventure (completed)
2012 "Greek Odyssey" Adventure (completed)
2013 French Revolutions - Cycling Trip (completed)
2013 Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon -completed
2013 Thailand - Burma Railway Cycle - completed
2014 New Zealand South Island - completed
2014 Scandinavia Ride in Finland and Sweden - completed
2015 Italy Ride (full)
2015 Loire Valley Cycle from Orleans to the Atlantic (full)
2016 Bruges to Amsterdam by bike and barge (full)
2016 Donaueschingen to Passau (full)
2016 Passau to Vienna (full)
2016 Vienna to Budapest (full)
2017 Turkey Panorama

Newsletter

Did you know that we also have an e-mail mailing list? If you would like to be informed/reminded of future cycling events by e-mail just drop a request to me at the following address ghostriders@netspace.net.au