The Annual Lilydale - Warburton Rail Trail Ride [Victoria, Australia]

This year the ride will be held on Sunday 4th March, starting from Lilydale railway station at 9:11am. It is a return ride to Warburton along the gentle gradients of the rail trail, 80 km in total. Friends with bicycles are welcome to join in. This will be the fifth year we have held this ride - be a part of history and come along.

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This ride will be happening next week! A good opportunity to stretch the legs before UniNats.

It has been almost year since the last Lilydale - Warburton Trail ride. This year’s event will be held on Sunday 3rd March 2013. Meet at Lilydale train station carpark (east side) at 9:11am. As per the above it will be an 80 km ride along a mostly flat gravel trail. Friends with two wheelers are welcome. We will stop in Warburton for food and refreshments.

Don’t forget to bring some water to carry with you and wear sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.

Be a part of Melbourne’s longest running unicycle ride. See you there:)

It’s on this Sunday! The weather is looking great. Hope to see plenty of riders this year. :slight_smile:

The annual Lilydale to Warburton Trail Ride is coming up soon. This year’s event will be held on Sunday 2nd March 2014. Meet at the Lilydale train station carpark on the east side at 9:11am. Friends with two wheelers are welcome to come along. It is an 80 km ride. Bring some snacks and water to drink. We will stop in Warburton for lunch and refreshments.

If you have not done any significant distance on a unicycle before now is the time to start training. Start with shorter rides and gradually build up to longer distances. Bike knicks will make your riding more comfortable. Hope to see you there.

The tenth anniversary Warburton ride will be held on the Sundays of 4th and 11th of March, 2018. Meet at the Lilydale Railway Station carpark at 9:14am. Enjoy!

Can’t do it this year but definitely will in the next couple of years. Do many riders participate usually?

What is the story with two different dates this year?

More information about this would be useful to attract riders.

I am interested in general but doubt I could make it this year.

How many riders participate usually? How many on unicycles how many on bikes.
What sort of track is it. Fire trail? Single dirt track?
What size wheels are most people riding?, if everyone is on a geared 36 then someone on a 27.5 may be unable to keep up.
How skilled are the riders, what is the average time to completion. This will enable riders to work out if they can keep up.
Why are there two weekends? Do you do it twice? Do you do it one way, stay there for a week and go back the next weekend?

Would try and get a group to this next year but yeh currently there is no information on what it even is.

There is information about the trail here with a downloadable map. The map has contours shown but they are not numbered. Judging by the meandering river drawn on the map there isn’t a lot of elevation on any of it.

Being a rail trail it will follow the valleys and have gradual gradients. It is a graded gravel surface, mostly flat and there appear to be some long boardwalks.

The Australian Unicycling Society referred to it as the Annual Coker ride in 2011.

Looks like a very pretty 80km ride, ideal on a 36er with relatively short cranks. That is what I will be on next year or the one after.

The other ride that would be interesting to do at least part of sometime is the Great Victorian Bike Ride. It has been going for years and does somewhere different each year.

This year’s ride appears to follow a rail trail for the first section.

The whole thing is probably a bit huge for an average unicyclist. The second half and the last leg or two are also available as a partial participation. Costs $1000 for the full ride including meals and the camping but it saves carrying your own stuff. Nothing stopping a stand alone ride in parallel I guess but it would be nice to participate with the bigger crowd.

I have already planned an overseas holiday in late December so I would be unlikely to make it this year. Would love to do it one year with a reasonably fit unicyclist group especially for the right route.

Note that Victorian Road Rules (like all states I have checked) don’t permit unicycles on road with marked lanes or speed limits above 50 kph. Not sure if it would get enforced for an event like that, even if the police did notice unicycles among the riders. But it is one reason why the first part of the ride on the trail would be more interesting.

There are a several great rail trails in Victoria and I would like to ride them all eventually.

That must be one of those unenforced or selectively enforced laws. Ed Pratt just rode his unicycle from Perth to Sydney with no apparent problems.

Jim

It is. He police don’t realise that Unicycles come under wheeled recreational devices and therefore the same laws as skateboards/scooters/rollerblades. Therefore they enforce bike laws for us (like make us wear helmets even though we don’t have to) but then let us ride where we are not meant to

I have ridden, whoops, “operated” (we are specifically designated as not being riders) my unicycles on the footpath right past patrolling police cars and a large group of police at a breathalyser operation and never been asked to stop.

I assumed they knew the law says the footpath is the right place.

I did consider adding an extra wheel just under the seat so I could be riding a bicycle when needed.:wink:

The letter of the law aside, it does depend somewhat on context. A 36er setup for road riding is more likely to send a message of “cyclist” than a 20" is, for example. Knowing how to ride on the road as a cyclist also helps in being taken seriously.

I would be hesitant to take this discussion too far in a public arena such as this, as we currently enjoy a level of obscurity which lets us apply our own common sense as to where we ride.

By the way, the rail trail ride sounds fantastic but I’m too far away to make it this time around :(.

What are your locations Pinoclean and Ligtbulbjim?

Canberra.
But I am not a road rider I would purely do this ride for the experience so I would try and get a group to go if I went.

I’m in Armidale. The VIC ride sounds like my kind of thing but realistically I can’t see myself making a trip like that for the next 2-3 years due to family commitments. Maybe we need a northern NSW unicycle meet?

There’s a proposed rail trail that’s been in discussion for years here. I wish they’d hurry up and build it!

I grew up in the area. The “Warby” trail is really good.
I’ve run sections of it and biked it a few times.
Its smooth gravel all the way. The inclines on it are mostly ‘false flats’ so its easy going. There is a steady climb from Lilydale Lake to Mt Evelyn (6km) that serves as a good warm-up. Drinking fountain (a bubbler to NSW folk) and toilets at top. Not sure there are any ammenities for a while after that. After Wandin there is a solid decline (its hard work going the other way up it). Once you get to Warburton there are heaps of fire access tracks nearby that would make a challenging ride.

I can’t make it to either ride but keen in theory.

Options that are more central but still in the east are Westerfolds’ Park (smooth bike track that runs parallel to single track at some points), Lysterfield Lake (gravel), or any of the Yarra or freeway trails.

That would be great. Any good locations you can suggest? There are very few trails in NSW. Victoria has such a resource and the vision to develop it.

Last week, my local rail trail (Tweed Valley Rail Trail) received full funding after intense planning and lobbying since 2013. This 29 kilometre section starts just five kilometres from my house and my favourite ride goes right past it.:slight_smile: I can’t wait.

It is the first stage of the planned Northern Rivers Rail Trail extending about 130 km from Murwillumbah to Casino passing right through Byron Bay with a gorgeous mix of forest and farmland along the sides. Dozens of small towns and villages are right on the corridor and our region has a thriving tourist industry.

I actually walked a few kilometres of trail this morning with some friends. The section we took passes through quite rugged terrain yet is almost completely flat. It amazes me that surveyors could come up with a track like that through such terrain and build it all with eighteenth century equipment. The whole 130 kilometres was built in the 1890s in a little over three years.

The Tweed Valley section include seven tunnels, the longest being over 500 metres long which is where we walked to this morning.

Unfortunately we have a noisy minority who are doing everything they can to stop it in the vain hope that the NSW government will spend a billion dollars restoring the line. Murwillumbah where the line terminates, has a population of about 10,000 with most travelling north to the Gold Coast along a section where there is no rail corridor. Go figure.