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A few mates in work are toying with the idea of a weekend in Jindabyne with a ride up Kosciusko on road bikes.
Has anyone done this? As far as we can tell the paved road ends around Charlottes Pass and the remainder is gravel track/walking track. Would it be possible to use cyclocross tyres on a road bike to get through this?
Thanks in advance for your help!
Well it's been a few years since I've done it (and I had a mountain bike) but from what I recall you shouldn't have too much trouble with cross tyres.
Having said that - I've ridden it in November and February - and have come across a significant amount of snow near Seaman's Hut. I'll try and find some pics next week if i get the chance.
Did it in Nov 2008 and doing it again on March 20th. It is a great ride.
The ride up Kozzi is all paved and good road surface as far as Charlotte's Pass, then there is a final few K of gravel.
The gravel was pretty rough when I went up there, but I suspect that the condition changes depending on the recent weather and traffic volume so someone who has been up more recently than me will need to fill you in. IMO Cyclocross tyres on a Road bike would be possible but not comfortable and not fast. PLUS you'd need to be cautious especially with any speed on coming back down if you don't want to risk wrecking your wheels.
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That is true actually, you can ride the gravel from Charlotte's Pass to Rawsons Pass, but have to leave the bikes there and walk the final 1 or 2 k.
Yep that is true. As for the path from Charlotte's Pass to Rawsons Pass. You wouldn't want to do it on road tires but cyclocross tyres would prob be sufficient. I walked up there last week and the path is relatively smooth throughout although there are some rough rocky sections towards the crossing of the Snowy River (about 2-3kms before Rawsons Pass). Still cyclocross tyres should handle this ok. The worst part of the track are the waterbars - really lose your momentum riding up those! Of course these will be nothing with what you face riding up to Charlotte's pass in the first place!
As for timing you certainly don't want to be doing it either side of the winter season. I've walked the bike up through snow in late Oct before and there are regular snowfalls preceeding the winter season which would also see the track from Charlottes out of bounds to a degree.
To be honest with you the summit of Mt Kosciuszko is nothing super special - it really is like a glorified rounded hill which happens to be the highest of a few peaks in Australia. Add to that the pain in the butt of having to leave your bikes at Rawson's pass and then walking up the rest of the way and then maybe you might want to just stop the ride at Charlottes Pass.(a monumental effort in itself!) Still I can see the appeal of getting to Australia's highest peak so if you are keen go for it - just be sure to fit cyclocross tyres(unless of course you are after a Paris Roubaix like experience! ) and get ready to walk up to the top of the summit!
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Thanks for all the info!
I think at this stage we will wait to after the winter and aim for November time. We have even emailed the Sea 2 Summit people to discuss how you register etc.
I dont know if I could cycle 200km before I climb Kosciusko!!
Oh mate, I think you'll find that it is too late to register for S2S for this year...but don't quote me on that, I am not very involved with the organising of the event, so maybe it can happen.
Doing the 200k prior to Mt K certainly made that final 40 k of climbing hard, but satisfying to achieve. Getting excited that it is only about 10 days away now...problem is that I am sick...hope it is only a cold and I am good by mid next week at the latest
I rode up to Charlottes Pass (the end of the bitumen) on the weekend. Challenging ride. The first half of the ride up to the toll gates is the hardest, it flattens out a bit after that and is then undulating for the rest of the way.
It's a bit chilly there right now, but back in February I rode from Charlottes Pass to Rawsons Pass, towing my little boy in a trailer on cyclocross tyres. Had to walk in 2 or 3 spots due to traction limitations but that was mainly due to the trailer.
The ride from Jindy to Charlottes is much tougher
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Recent as in a year or 2 ago. Rode from Charlotte Pass to the top of Kosciusko on the mountain bike. Easily doable on a cyclocross bike. Just take a lock and walk the last 2k or so as there's some tricky steps. Was fine at the bottom but completely freezing at the top, sleeting. Pretty nice ride, not sure I'd want to walk it.
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