Visiting the Gold Coast

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Visiting the Gold Coast

Postby djw47 » Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:52 pm

Hi Queenslanders, I'm visiting the GC in a few weeks for a holiday and wondered whether it would be worth hiring a road bike for a few days when I'm up there. You'll need to excuse my ignorance but I'd appreciate some advice:

1. What are the streets of GC like for road riding?
2. How far out of the city would I need to ride to hit some hills?
3. What are the most popular routes for riding (50-100+km)?

Much appreciated!

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Re: Visiting the Gold Coast

Postby KGB » Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:22 pm

I'm not sure what the popular routes are but I've been a few times and anywhere west seems good!

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Re: Visiting the Gold Coast

Postby Usernoname » Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:41 pm

Just Ride at Nerang and do a sat morning 50K intermediate ride posted dif each week posted up thunk they do a faster one mid week as well. Hills from nerang up to beachmont a popular ride. Roads are narrow though.
Bicycle Centre at Nerang also do a Sat morning ride and mid week.
There's hills down southern end of coast but I don't know that area. Look out through Paradise Point Hope Island and back through Helensvale is OK but flat.

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Re: Visiting the Gold Coast

Postby Sweeper59 » Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:22 pm

I've holidayed many times on the Gold Coast, and usually take my bike with me. There are plenty of bike routes in that area. I usually stay around Palm Beach, and usually head down to Tweed Heads along the beaches, but there are plenty of options. If you are hiring a bike, why not speak to someone in the shop about routes and maybe cycling groups.
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Re: Visiting the Gold Coast

Postby A_P » Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:50 pm

Beechmont, BinnaBurra, Springbrook, Tallebugera and Currumbin valleys , Tomewin >Tumbulgum>Bilambil, Hogans Rd if you are on the south end are all within 20k or less of the beach.
Some can be linked together.
Big loop if you are really keen

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Re: Visiting the Gold Coast

Postby Angus » Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:27 pm

Adding to the above, there is also O'Reillys and Mt Tamborine.

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Re: Visiting the Gold Coast

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Re: Visiting the Gold Coast

Postby elantra » Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:04 pm

Dimma wrote:This is a nice loop

Crikeys - only about 270 km, and about 7900 metres climbing!
Sort of compares with the toughest mountain stages of the TdF, Giro or Vuelta, but with indifferent aussie roads and marsupial hazards additional.
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