may have shat himself
first 13 then do blue n atlas in the arvo. The first 13 is just all flow down , took us just under 1 hr to do, then go back up and do tier atlas with a stop off at the pub then finish at derby for a pizza n beers... talk it up
Flights are cancelled so frequently. It’s a real problem. If your not flexible best fly the previous day. You should’ve put the bike rack on a jet ski and head off from Smithton way.11 of us flew Ade-Mel-Lst with Virgin on Sat 12th, apart from being changed on about 6 occasions before hand, we all got there without a problem. Bike bags all arrived and we headed to Derby.
Coming back, 11 were booked on a 9am flight. Just as we left St Helens we got a txt at 6am to say our flight was cancelled and rescheduled for 1pm the NEXT DAY
Arrived at the airport to find both Virgin and Qantas had cancelled a ~9am flight due to staffing issues and the tiny airport packed with people scrambling for alternatives.
2 of the guys were due back to work or had stuff they couldnt miss on the Sunday and booked a mid morning Qantas flight to Ade costing mega $$$$.
2 of the guys were business class and were rescheduled for 3pm to Sydney and 7pm to Ade.
1 was a Velocity gold member and was rescheduled for a ~2pm to Mel and 4pm to Ade.
2 of us (Moi) decided it was better to be stranded in Mel than in Launceston, so got a provided Virgin flight to Mel at 3pm and booked our own $500 Qantas flight for 7pm.
4 of the guys stayed in Launceston for the night and got a 1pm flight the next day, when they arrived in Mel, only 1 got the 4pm connecting flight as it was overbooked, the other 3 had to wait till 7pm.
We all had a WhatsApp page so the saga was all documented there as well as the information shared while we all sat at a table in the airport for 8 hours.
Business class and even better still, Velocity members get priority over scumbag economy.
Worth looking at the price difference between economy and business as they get 2 bags which covers their bike bage, so if its close to only $100 difference, go business.
What a f%#king mess.
I agree, Also Cascades has a genuine 1,000m height difference from the Top to Marysville. Pretty physically demanding trail I found.I reckon there's less climbing on Blue Tier and Atlas combined than Cascades. There's not a huge amount of climbing at all on Blue Tier... it does have some undulating parts, some techy uphill in the middle through the forest and a few small uphill bits near the end but I reckon you'd be fine there. There is a touch more climbing at the start and in the middle of Atlas that I felt more, possibly because it's toward the end of a reasonable day out... but again if you can do Cascades all the way in to town you'll be fine on Blue Tier/Atlas. The climb on Cascades from the ticket box to the lunch room is significantly more up than anything on Blue Tier or Atlas.
Yep, though I'm fat and unfit, I personally don't see the appeal of Blue Tier and given the recent weather could be a real slog. starts good, Big Chook is great, middle is just an XC grind over roots with what feels like constant uphill.Spoke to the bloke running shuttles and he recommeded doing Bay of Fires 13 twice, then Atlas given how the trails are running at the moment but can reassess and change on the day.