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Cornflakes And Babyheads.

Postby DogsBollocks on Thu 30/Aug/18 9:18pm

Hi Trevs. We’re heading up Mt Grey on Saturday and have always seen the start of another track at the antenna but never knew where it went. Trailforks says it has the above interesting moniker. Any info anyone ? Specifically where does it finish ? We usually park at the campground at the ford and ride up the road to the antenna and loop from there but something different would be cool. Cheers.
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Re: Cornflakes And Babyheads.

Postby AgrAde on Thu 30/Aug/18 10:25pm

That's the descent part of red beech track. It ends up at the grey river that you need to cross, then has a bit of a traversey slog from there back to the campsite. I haven't ridden it, the slog at the end is apparently a bit of a mission. Been meaning to give it a go for ages.
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Re: Cornflakes And Babyheads.

Postby Clarky on Sun 9/Sep/18 8:24pm

It's a local track for me. About a km from the Mt Grey trig the first few kms of native bush are sublime, followed by a drop down to a creek with amazing super-techy riding and great scenery.

If you're not in hurry, there is a bit of bike pushing along the single track on the climb back up from the creek, but once your back on 'track' it's great riding again. If you have a long day to enjoy and take it all in it's a great mission.
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Re: Cornflakes And Babyheads.

Postby DogsBollocks on Wed 12/Sep/18 11:05am

Clarky wrote:https://www.strava.com/activities/861854442#20988296113


Word on the street was it's all bush bash from when you hit the creek at the bottom back to the carpark at the ford. Is that not the case ?
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Re: Cornflakes And Babyheads.

Postby Sikamikanico on Thu 13/Sep/18 11:11am

DogsBollocks wrote:
Clarky wrote:https://www.strava.com/activities/861854442#20988296113


Word on the street was it's all bush bash from when you hit the creek at the bottom back to the carpark at the ford. Is that not the case ?
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The track is pretty well established, I wouldn't consider it bush bashing.

There was a lot of walking when I did it on the lower section, things like slips and river crossings really slow everything down. Its the only track I've ridden that's taken longer on the way down than on the way up.
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Re: Cornflakes And Babyheads.

Postby swtchbckr on Mon 1/Oct/18 10:52am

We were up on Mt Grey yesterday, and there were 3 other riders we spotted over on the top with the trig on it while we were on the radio tower top flank. Was wondering if that was any of you guys and whether you did the Red Beech Track??

We just bombed down the regular Mt Grey Walkway. Finally nailing most of those switchbacks with the "poke your nose into the corner, balance, nose-wheely, flick back end around once or twice, then roll on" technique. Makes for a way faster descent!
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Re: Cornflakes And Babyheads.

Postby DogsBollocks on Sun 20th Jan 1:22pm

So yeah. An hour up the road and 2-47 to get down. Recon we rode less than 10% of it. Not a bike track unless you like walking next to your horse. Not recommended unless you have some serious skills and still enjoy pushing.
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Re: Cornflakes And Babyheads.

Postby AgrAde on Mon 21st Jan 5:38pm

Might check it out if I have time this weekend :lol:
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Re: Cornflakes And Babyheads.

Postby swtchbckr on Tue 22nd Jan 9:33am

Mate walked it a couple weekends ago. Said the dh would be good, but the way out, sidling along above the river would be a total pain in the ass. As Dog's says, lots of unrideable little gulches / stream crossings off the bike, on the bike, off the bike, on the bike. sounds like a waste of time, when the regular trail so awesome. Worth riding up the walking tracks from the "Lake" Janet too. up the zig zags, then up the walk track on the eastern flank from the Fire Look Out tower - rather than up the boring 4wd road.
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Re: Cornflakes And Babyheads.

Postby DogsBollocks on Thu 24th Jan 11:26am

Nah, it was worse than that ............
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Re: Cornflakes And Babyheads.

Postby AgrAde on Fri 8th Feb 5:22pm

Rode it today. Felt like this thread gives it a bit of a hard go so thought I'd post.

-It's technical. Reminds me of top Oxford or Thomas. It's 98% rideable except for the downed trees. You need good backcountry riding skills to clear the rocky cruxes and switchbacks, and good power to clear the pinch climbs on the top traverse.
-The slog out from the bottom is maybe 85% rideable but again need good backcountry riding skills to make it work and good fitness/power to put it all together. When it's not rideable it's bike-on-back. Would not be good in the wet. Reminded me of Coopers creek except more techy.

I rode 99% of the top and 85% of the bottom, was buzzing the whole time. Right up my alley. Wouldn't recommend it to just anyone because it's tight, steep and technical, but anyone into the harder foothills stuff will have a good time.

Took me about an hour from the trig to the campsite but that's a bit unrealistic unless you're by yourself, fit, and don't like stopping for much.
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Re: Cornflakes And Babyheads.

Postby AgrAde on Fri 8th Feb 6:56pm

Clarky wrote:https://www.strava.com/activities/861854442#20988296113


:lol: Stole your kom soz (not soz)

Thanks for the props.
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Re: Cornflakes And Babyheads.

Postby Clarky on Wed 8th May 8:10pm

KOMs are for stealing!
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Re: Cornflakes And Babyheads.

Postby Trail on Tue 14th May 9:36am

We used to ride it reasonably regularly when I was living in Chch. Referred to it as the "Suicidal Sidle". Ride down from the top was always great fun. The traverse once you cross the river was pretty rideable in the dry but the traverse roots pointing you off large drops into the river were a tad suicidal in the wet.
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