The Shop Ride is a social ride first plotted by Doug from Cog Bike Café. It takes riders on an 18.5km loop around Warburton and it offers a little something for everyone, whether you are pushing for fast splits and high cadence or out for a few hours of moderate activity with enough vertical gain to raise your pulse.
For the most part, the ride is within the abilities of an intermediate cyclist, with the majority being on a mixture of flat, open rail trail, sealed road and easy singletrack. The real action kicks in if you take on the more advanced section of singletrack that is Hey Hey My My – Mind Crusher.
This demanding loop started life as a clandestine trail that has since been certified by DEWLP so it has a little bit of a rough and ready feel to it. Branching off from the Old Warburton Rd you get a good leg burn on the 2.5km of challengingly-cambered switchbacks and 220m of ascent before sinking your clenched teeth into the 1.4km descent with enough obstacles to keep you on your toes. The technical singletrack is not to be underestimated but it is super fun if you’ve got strong legs, sharp reflexes and solid skills.
Even if you give Hey Hey My My – Mind Crusher a wide berth there’s still the climb up Old Warburton Rd to test your lung capacity and the benched, gently-descending singletrack that takes you through pretty bush on the descent is very pleasant. At the end you’re back in town where you can reward yourself with coffee and cake.
|The Shop Ride
|Grade (if available)
|Moderate (optional Difficult variation)
|Cog Bike Cafe
|Cog Bike Cafe
|18.5 km (or 14.6 km)
|745 m (or 454m)
|745 m (or 454 m)
|Cruisey rail trail section, moderate hill climb, optional challenging and technical single track, native bushland
|Toilets: located in Warburton township and at Wesburn Football Oval
Car parking: Warburton township
|Best completed in summer and shoulder seasons; single track section muddy, slippery and difficult going in winter
For an easier, non-technical ride follow the Ride It guide but instead of heading right off Old Warburton Rd to do the Hey Hey My My – Mind Crusher loop, continue straight on. Hey Hey My My – Mind Crusher is a challenging ride both on the uphill and downhill sections with sharp curves, difficult camber and unavoidable obstacles, removing it leaves you with a 14.6km, more moderate ride, albeit on less singletrack.