It's Time For A Change It's Time! by Captain IRONMAN @ 30 Apr 2017
No I haven’t slipped into a 70’s style political campaign, I’m talking about Getting Dirty! That’s right, forget the politics and add some spice to your life!

Now I know that could also be a bit misleading but don’t worry I’m talking about grabbing a pair of trail shoes and finding some mud on one of the many trails around Melbourne and then even finding a trail race. The Dandenongs is loaded with Fire Trail and Single Trail. You can find a starters map when google searching Dandenong Ranges National Park + map Lysterfield Lake Park is also packed with Fire Trails and Single Trails and a starter map can be found when google searching Lysterfield Lake Park + map.

Last winter we had a few guided tours of Dandy tracks and that might be a goer again if the interest is there.

When it comes to racing, last winter a number of Dirty Nunas entered the trail series run by Rapid Assent which is now known as “The Trail Running Series presented by North Face”. This is a great series and this year it’s been spiced up with some new venues. Rapid Assent run a great race so I have no hesitation in recommending these races. The Anglesea race is run in conjunction with the Surf Coast Century 50k & 100k races on the Saturday which a number of Dirty Nunas did last year and this makes for a great weekend away!

Here’s the link: http://rapidascent.com.au/TrailRunningSeries/

2017 Race dates are:

- Race 1: Sunday 18 June – Westerfolds Park - 5km / 11km / 15km
- Race 2: Sunday 9 July – Smiths Gully - 7km / 13km / 18km
- Race 3: Sunday 6 August – Silvan, Dandenong Ranges – 7km / 15km / 21km
- Race 4: Sunday 10 September – Anglesea – 8km / 15km / 23km
- Race 5 - night race: Friday 6th October – Studley Park – 5km / 11km / 15km

There are also lots of other races about so google away or post away on the Nuna site to see what others are up to. Ajax and I will be venturing out to Forest on the Queen’s birthday weekend on 11 June for Run Forest (Run).

Here’s the link: http://www.runforest.com.au/details/

Race options are 5k, 10k & 21k so no excuses!

Another alternative is firing up the Mountain Bike or even having a crack at CX Racing and Gravel Racing. Again, Lysterfield Lake Park is a great venue for getting the MTB or CX/Gravel Bike out on single or fire Trail.

A bike map can be found easily when google searching Lysterfield Lake mountain bike +map

The Yarra River area is also loaded with tracks so just ask around f you want to have a crack. Club sponsor Top Gear is a great starting point for information and bikes, just ask Pete!

Personally, I’m going to have a crack at CX racing which looks a lot of fun, basically a road bike on steroids! And the gravel scene is growing fast for all day tours on dirt & gravel. I’ll be doing this http://dgf.bighillevents.com.au/

So Nunas, watch out for posts on the Nuna Facebook page and let’s get out there, get dirty and have some fun!