About a third of the 54 riders continued on from Gembrook into Kurth Kiln State park on the 80km loop, most agreed the views and smooth roads were worth the extra 30kms. Portmans rd was a highlight, a steep dirt road (I had reports or 25-27% grades from riders) that just keeps getting steeper as you go, a handful managed to ride the whole thing. Back at Belgrave riders started rolling in, some riders had made their own shortcuts, visited cousins and had a bit of an explore on the side which is encouraged (it aint a race). Also to be noted is that we had (I think) two intergenerational pairs of riders -a father and son and uncle and nephew.
For the bikespotters here's the breakdown of rides:
3 SS CXers
2 Dropbar 26er Frankenbikes
1 SS 29er
1 650b MTB
1 Monster CX
1 Fat Bike!
Here's the route details if you missed out :