I’ve started this blog to share my records of mountain biking up the Tip Track (
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I time myself from the bottom gate to the sealed road, which means negotiating a couple of other barriers – one near the bottom and one near the top. The total height of the climb, which is all off-road, is 400 m. Some people just time themselves between the two barriers. It takes about 30 seconds from the bottom gate to the first barrier and about the same (less if you're going fast) from the top barrier to the sealed road. Sometimes I note two splits: at the big left-hand bend (quarter-way) and at the hard right-hand turn at the post just before the old stockyards (halfway). My best time is 27.10, but my times vary hugely and I never really improve. Mostly I just try to go under 30 mins. To go faster I’d have to be fitter, not be carrying a backpack with 2 litres of water, have a lighter bike (I think it's about 27lbs) with thinner tyres, not ride in crap weather etc.
Anyway, I’ll start the blog with my December 06 rides.