Pile road xmas ride 2014
Pile road xmas wed night ride marked the 14th edition of the legendary event.
14 riders from around the south west turned up this year to participate in Was longest running social event of this type, to keep the tradition and culture going strong for yet another year.
The beer fairies were busy beforehand laying the groundwork of putting eskies full of beer on the trail in different locations. It was unknown how many eskies would block the way home tonight, but no one seemed concerned with the final outcome.
By 6:30 a crowd was gathering with a few late cars pulling up in the car park, the riders started chatting to friends of old and introducing themselves to the new recruits who had not been before.
For the year 2014, it was fitting to have a head count of 14 riders starting from the bottom trail head and start the climb to the top. The usual banter and friendly sledging was a common topic amongst the snaking line of riders through the bush and up the hill. A couple of stops along the way to wait for the slower riders is a common feature, in making sure no one got left behind or felt left out.
Reaching the top trail head at Pile road, the 1st esky was found and opened, I'm sure the 1st beer didn't touch the sides of the throat for most riders, and they were quickly reaching for a 2nd. The conversation in general was about bikes and who's riding what style. Wheel size was also another hot topic that added to the never ending debate about which wheel size is best. With an empty esky, we did a quick loop around the log track before heading down and looking for the next full esky only 5 mins away.
Sitting behind a log ride eski #2 was waiting to be consumed, and this is where the conversation really started to open up. The jovial atmosphere and mingling of new riders with old led to conversations about everything and anything. Trails was a hot topic in how they are designed, made and implemented along with comparisons of trails worldwide from experiences that the riders had been through themselves. Pictures of the group were taken with daredevil stunt riding off the log rides and just plain riders having fun.
Back on the bikes and downwards along the trail towards the bottom trail head we all headed, taking in some of the best fun trail on the network and out at the power lines. OMG the beer fairies had laid another esky. With no option but to follow tradition, we opened the lid and got stuck into the 3rd esky on Grizzlys trail. Not one complaint was heard from the group. Again the networking began and the 14 riders demolished the beers in one breath before heading down to the final destination for the night at the bottom trail head, where the BBQ was waiting for a feast to settle the stomachs of the crew.
Deck chairs pulled out and the smell of sausages and onions cooking, we all settled down for a well-earned feed with the conversation flowing as strongly as ever.
Dan had not ridden the dark side trail for a couple of years and was keen for one last ride before the night was over. Asking for volunteers, a group of 6 quickly volunteered and were ready to roll again with lights in action for 20 minute late night ride on one of the locals favourite bit trail.
Back at trail head, a few people had gone and the night was winding down. This would have to be added to one of the better xmas rides in the last 14 years. Making some new friends along with catching up with old ones, everyone vowed to be back next year for the 15th edition of a truly legendary social event not on the calander.
See you all there next year.
2014 pile rd xmas ride