08 February 2021
The Natimuk Leg Stretch
If you are heading on a long drive with bikes packed, then sometimes it’s worthwhile to stop and scope out a little ride to break up the drive. This is what we did on our drive over to this year’s Tour Down Under!
While the Tour Down Under was officially cancelled this year, it forged ahead in a new format, the Adelaide Cycling Festival. With the border restrictions eased, we were lucky enough to head over for Maker 2021 and to host a gravel ride with our partner in Adelaide, the Treadly Bike Shop.
On our drive over we decided to stop in Wotjobaluk country at the town Natimuk, for a stretch of the legs and a little 30km mixed surface ride to the peak of Djurid, or Mt Arapiles.
With the mess that 2020 was, it was a long time since we had five Curve Crew riding around together in someplace new. Even though the ride was short, the scenery was stunning and we had a hoot just mucking about on our bikes.
Out of Natimuk, Jesse Carlsson had scoped out a little MTB singletrack that ran along the dried out creek bed, and then on to some lovely wide-open gravel roads that took us to Djurid / Mt Arapiles. While we could have spent more time on the trails around the famous climbing area, we opted to climb the peak to look out over the country below. We bee-lined it back to town via the purpose-built bike and walking trail to get back on the road and headed towards Adelaide.
Was it worth stopping? Totally, a micro-adventure we would definitely recommend! Check the route above if you want to have a micro-adventure of your own!
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