Tracks Don’t Just Happen!

Most of us just want to get out and ride and expect to get on some great tracks. For school aged riders the tracks have always been there, for some of us oldies we know what it’s like to ride on muddy 4WD tracks!  Over time we’ll introduce you to some of the volunteers doing the hard work.

In the last few months, there’s been a bit of extra work happening around the Halswell tracks. We want to introduce you to Allister and tell you what he’s been up to, and say thanks – we love what you’re doing!

Allister at the bottom of the climb out of Crocodile.

Allister’s idea of retirement is volunteering about 14 hours a week, usually out there on his own, maintaining and building tracks.

He’s touched up Take the Low Road, so it’s nice to climb (goodbye to the 4WD track!), and it’s also better to descend. There’s an easier climbing line that takes you up to the 4WD track with no steep bits (loving that, thanks). It’s called Dan’s Dash.

He finished Al’s Alternative a few months ago, and it goes from a switchback on Crocodile (in the valley) up to the start of Deviation. It’s a straight forward climbing line, with only one steep pinch to negotiate. Also good for heading down, and could be a good option for races down the track.

In the last couple of weeks he’s completed a climbing line on Crocodile (from down in the valley) that avoids the steep and sometimes muddy section on the North side. There’s now lots more options for interesting laps around the Halswell Tracks.

If you’ve been out on your bike in the last few days you might’ve noticed that some of the steeper sections of Crocodile (from the start of Deviation) have been improved, and some of the steeper switchbacks are much easier to ride. Thanks Allister!

If you’re out on the tracks, and see Allister working, make sure you stop and have a yarn, and say a big thank you. He’s one of the people putting in the hard yards, giving us the amazing tracks we like to ride.



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