The ride up to the Rimutaka summit, Burnt Spur and back down the Pylon Track to Kiwi Ranch loop involves a bit of walking but hey, we had tackled it 4 years ago and didn’t write it off as a ‘never-do-again-ride’ and anyway at that time the sun was shining…
And so it was that on a cool August morning with a southerly blowing fine misty rain over the grey hills we set off with the 7°C breeze cooling our knees, this time tackling the ride in a clockwise direction so that we could ‘ride’ down from Burnt Spur to The Summit.
The ride up to the beginning of the Pylon Track from Kiwi Ranch is a good warm up through some challenging bush sections, especially in the wet.
The Pylon Track is a good test for the lungs and legs as you eat up 400m of climb and a reason to break a sweat even if it was only 6°C and you’re wearing a plastic work coat (Gordy!)
Once you leave the pylon behind at the ride high point of 700m and descend along Burnt Spur (the site of a fire many years ago) you drop into a bush section and the temperature dropped to 4°C, there was plenty of bike carry through here to keep us warm…
And when we weren’t carrying we could at least do some pushing and on the odd occasion some riding… The views are great up there even on a grey day and once we had regrouped at the summit and zipped off part-way down the highway to pick up the 4WD track that leads down to the Rimutaka Rail Trail it was a high speed dual slalom race down to The Rimutaka Incline and then a cruise back to the cars, but not before I talked the guys into a high speed pass through the ford doing an excellent impression of the ‘Rinse Cycle’! Good ride, Good company: Andrew, Dave, Dirk, Gordy, Grant and Ian…
Rimutaka Summit Route August 2014
Distance: 28km. Altitude Climb: 1055m. Altitude high point: 700m.
Total Time: 3H 30m. Ride Time 2H 55m.