Mountain bike trail rides
There are four downhill Parks Victoria tracks from the Mount Tarrengower tower, according to CycleLifeHQ, that finish at the Butts (parking and toilets). CycleLife's Ride Four, recommended, is the Fountain (St) Fire Track, a fast, relatively non-technical four wheel drive track giving a very different downhill experience. Half-way down, keep left at the Anzac Hill sign then take a left again at the next fork. A bit of sealed road and small uphill gets you back to the Butts
Starting from the tower for other rides, there's the east facing Adair Track and the Fountain Track's split to the south on to the Anzac Hill track/road. On the western escarpment, down from the tower, there's the longer Ridge Track south, which also leads off to the Cox Track and the Mantons Gully Track. The Ridge tracks all end up along Parkins Reef Rd.
This is a Trailforks.com map, see https://www.trailforks.com/region/mt-tarrengower. Last August, Trailforks noted that Tarrengower had three different downhill tracks. Each run takes about 2.5 to 3.5 minutes to complete. The terrain varies with the weather, making these challenging rides..
There's also the undeveloped Nuggetty network just waiting for groups that prefer views with their sport, be it hiking, biking, or scrambling. There is Gorgeous Gorge, at the Golf Club. It's like Diamond Head in Hawaii– it just looks big. You could run up it - maybe.
Just landed on Maldon's radar, Jeremy Redmond is an accredited tour guide, and an accomplished mountain bike guide:
We offer two fully guided tours with a bit of dirt and plenty of smiles. The one day tour starts with an easy ride around the Wombat Trails in Woodend, then lunch at Holgate's Brewhouse in Woodend, then some more riding in Castlemaine or Harcourt. The two day tour spends a night around Maldon and then another two trail networks the next day
This is a fully guided adventure for beginners through to advanced riders seeking to soak up a bit of central Victoria. We take a minimum of two riders and a maximum of eight. The trails are selected to cater for the riders' ability and experience. Not only is it a great way to exercise but a wonderful way to see wildlife, landscapes and great country townships.
Contact Jeremy on 1300 35 33 35 or at firstname.lastname@example.org - Australian Natural Treasure Touring - for planning and quotes. Just in time to limber up for Race the Train in November!