Majura Pines trails have undergone a massive revamp following the new road being built in the area. There are still some of the old trails from the last event held here in 2012, and plenty of new ones have gone in. It’s still a fun and demanding trail network and we’re looking at a lap time for the fast peeps of around 45 minutes. The team at Majura Pines Trail Alliance will pull together the lap closer to the date as they may end up building something new. For those that know the area, expect to be going up the hill at both ends of the trail.
The team at MPTA have even gone and created some new trails just for this event (they are rideable right now). The course detail (thanks to Jeremy Guerin of MPTA for this description):
10.5km of Majura dirty technical goodness with 350vm of climbing to really test riders.
After coming out of Shark Island, riders will turn right and briefly ride along the fireroad. Riders will turn left off the fire road and climb up AJ’s Leap for a meandering ascent. Riders will then turn right onto the fireroad at the end of AJ’s Leap. Use this 100m of fireroad wisely to drink and fuel up because the real climbing is about to start. Riders will turn left off the fireroad and head up the deceptively benign Larry through a series of increasingly tight and steep switchbacks. On the fifth switchback on Larry, riders will turn right off the trail onto the fireroad.
Riders had best use the brief moments rolling down the fireroad to prepare themselves for the newly built Wonder Woman descent. This is a fast, off-camber descent through tight trees that will spit keen riders out the end onto Boy Wonder. The fun doesn’t stop here as riders get to fly down the grin-inducing and loose corners of Boy Wonder all the way down to the fireroad. As the adrenaline wears off from the descents, riders will have a chance to settle back into a steady rhythm as they meander through the forest along Beyond the Black Stump, Lincoln and Telemark, crossing a fireroad at the end of each of those trails. At the end of Pitt Street, riders will again cross a fireroad and enter Pitt Street for a series of fast corners, big gully dips and then a short run up the unexpected climb of Dew Drop Inn.
At the end of Dew Drop Inn, riders will turn left on the fireroad and then right onto the next fireroad. Riders should take advantage of this 200m of fireroad to fuel up ahead of the testing technical section up next. Riders will turn left off the fireroad just after the MPTA green container and head up into Auto Alley, keeping left at the first fork, then going straight at the next fork. This section will test riders ability to stay on the gas through a series of technical turns, climbs and short descents before dropping out the other end on the fireroad.
And if you want to donate to the fantastic team to help them build more old school trails, they are more than happy to take your cash.
Trail contingency – Majura suffers poorly with rain and with trees falling. Should this occur in the lead up to the event (as it did last year), the event will be moved to Stromlo Forest Park. No refunds will be given should the event move to Stromlo, only if the event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond the organisers control.