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Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer?

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:35 pm
by tigerprawn
Hi, I currently cycle this route http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/vKF0w0fji40 to work. It's about 15km, and I enjoy it.

I was just wondering if anyone could mention any good riding that I could tag onto the end (ie. Macquarie Park, North Ryde, etc) which could maybe take it from 15km to 30km (or more) for fitness.

The obvious is the M2, but I'm wondering if anybody else has any other suggestions. I tried to find a route this morning and ended up doing this http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/v6lwlRSPW_A

Any help would be great. Thanks

Re: Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:13 pm
by philip
Looks like you could fairly easily get into Lane Cove National Park and do a lap or two of Riverside Drive (enter from Lane Cove Rd gate)

Re: Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:03 pm
by burger
or you could do a lap over the Coathanger, around Hickson Rd and up through the Rocks . . . .

as well as the couple of laps of Lane Cove River park!

stu.

Re: Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:38 pm
by le_quiet_uno
Or cross the bridge and ride out toLa Perouse and back.

Re: Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:57 pm
by tigerprawn
Thanks for all the responses... I'll have to look at these in more details (ie. don't know the coathanger etc). I've just moved down to Sydney from Brisneyland.

Re: Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:14 pm
by george-bob
another couple of options:

-go south over the SHB, go over the anzac bridge and then to the gladesville bridge, up to the epping rd cycle path and get to macquarie park that way. probably 30km.

-go over the SHB, then to concord, and to macquarie via epping that way. probably 40km.

Re: Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:33 pm
by queequeg
On the loop you just did, instead of turning left onto Vimiera Rd and heading up to Epping Rd, turn right instead. Go down the shared path through Browns Waterhole and climb up Kissing Point Rd to Turramurra. You can turn around at the Pacific Hwy and enjoy the fast descent, or continue through Turramurra and cycle down into Bobbin Head!

Re: Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:11 pm
by burger
Sorry for the colloquial . . :oops: . . the coathanger is the Harbour Bridge . . nice little jaunt.

Re: Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:59 pm
by goneriding
North Sydney - Bridge - Barangaroo - ANZAC Bridge - Lilyfield Rd - Iron Cove - Five Dock - Canada Bay - Concord - Rhodes/Meadowbank - MacQuarie Park. Approx 30 km's with some flat and some ups and down's.

In Meadowbank have a look at Melville Rd. Nasty pitch averaging 14%.

If you are really inspired you can do a lap or two of Olympic Park.

Another option is to head out early (6am start) to SOP on Tues and Thurs mornings for a high intensity training ride for 45 minutes-ish and then continue onto work. Combine the high iontensity with some hill work from the river up to MacQuarie Park!

Re: Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:15 pm
by vvill
Hi,

first post here but tacking it on here as I'm looking for something similar.

I grew up in Sydney but now live in the US - I am in town right now for about a month. Looking for some options for a 30-50km loop starting/finishing in Lane Cove (I'm pretty close to the Longueville/Pac Hwy junction). I'm familiar with geography around here but not really much bike infrastructure, especially stuff built in the last 5-10 years. I haven't been in Sydney for 3 yrs and was surprised to see the cycling improvements in the CBD last time I was in town.

Any tips/links to good routes on ridewithgps/endomondo etc. welcome. I have over 10000 kms in my legs this year and don't want to lose my fitness, plus it's winter in the US now :)

Re: Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:40 pm
by queequeg
vvill wrote:Hi,

first post here but tacking it on here as I'm looking for something similar.

I grew up in Sydney but now live in the US - I am in town right now for about a month. Looking for some options for a 30-50km loop starting/finishing in Lane Cove (I'm pretty close to the Longueville/Pac Hwy junction). I'm familiar with geography around here but not really much bike infrastructure, especially stuff built in the last 5-10 years. I haven't been in Sydney for 3 yrs and was surprised to see the cycling improvements in the CBD last time I was in town.

Any tips/links to good routes on ridewithgps/endomondo etc. welcome. I have over 10000 kms in my legs this year and don't want to lose my fitness, plus it's winter in the US now :)


Check out the Renegade Saturday Rides: http://www.jamescheetham.net/Renegade/index.php

Re: Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:48 am
by vvill
queequeg wrote:
vvill wrote:Hi,

first post here but tacking it on here as I'm looking for something similar.

I grew up in Sydney but now live in the US - I am in town right now for about a month. Looking for some options for a 30-50km loop starting/finishing in Lane Cove (I'm pretty close to the Longueville/Pac Hwy junction). I'm familiar with geography around here but not really much bike infrastructure, especially stuff built in the last 5-10 years. I haven't been in Sydney for 3 yrs and was surprised to see the cycling improvements in the CBD last time I was in town.

Any tips/links to good routes on ridewithgps/endomondo etc. welcome. I have over 10000 kms in my legs this year and don't want to lose my fitness, plus it's winter in the US now :)


Check out the Renegade Saturday Rides: http://www.jamescheetham.net/Renegade/index.php


Nice, thanks. I bought my first ever pair of cycling shoes (with cleats) at that store. I was there a few days ago actually and asked them about group rides and they said they don't do group rides.

Re: Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:48 pm
by queequeg
vvill wrote:
queequeg wrote:
vvill wrote:Hi,

first post here but tacking it on here as I'm looking for something similar.

I grew up in Sydney but now live in the US - I am in town right now for about a month. Looking for some options for a 30-50km loop starting/finishing in Lane Cove (I'm pretty close to the Longueville/Pac Hwy junction). I'm familiar with geography around here but not really much bike infrastructure, especially stuff built in the last 5-10 years. I haven't been in Sydney for 3 yrs and was surprised to see the cycling improvements in the CBD last time I was in town.

Any tips/links to good routes on ridewithgps/endomondo etc. welcome. I have over 10000 kms in my legs this year and don't want to lose my fitness, plus it's winter in the US now :)


Check out the Renegade Saturday Rides: http://www.jamescheetham.net/Renegade/index.php


Nice, thanks. I bought my first ever pair of cycling shoes (with cleats) at that store. I was there a few days ago actually and asked them about group rides and they said they don't do group rides.


Yeah, they don't do them anymore, but the link above is the group that took over the Renegade Shop rides. They have nothing to do with the shop itself, but they still meet out the front.

Re: Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:37 pm
by vvill
Thanks for the info.

Did a bit of exploring today, a LCNP lap and some riding on the Epping Rd cycleway - not bad at all.

Re: Cycling North Sydney to Macquarie Park... Make it longer

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:10 pm
by warren.suen
Totally agree with all the above..

Here is an idea for a slightly harder ride, hang a left when you hit Lane Cove Rd/Ryde Rd and then right into the national park, quick warm up lap and then hit up the side road climbs and then attack fullers (brutal short climb) and follow that up to chatswood. From there should be a nice roll to the gore hill bike path and cruise your normal way into work

should add around 10k to your trip