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I heard a rumour that there is now a bike trail open from Riverton to Auburn. I know of the reisling trail from Clare to Auburn but not sure if it has been extended or if there is a completely new trail. So if anyone can confirm this or give me any details i would be very appreciative. thanks
Riesling Trail was extended in Nov 2009 to Barinia north of Clare, which is about 8kms. More recently the Rattler trail from Riverton to Auburn has been resurfaced and now forms part of the Riesling Trail, approx 20 kms extension. Thanks to Tourism SA and work of local community. Information is available from Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council or your favourite search engine. I have ridden the trail from Barinia to Auburn, smooth, fine, well compacted dolomite surface; be careful of loose edges if riding in groups. Surface is suitable for MTBs & flat bar road bikes (25mm tyres), my preference is MTB. My boss has ridden the newly resurfaced section from Riverton to Auburn for a recent TV postcards show and provided good report. I work at C&GV Council and can advise that the area caters well for tourism and cyclists, please don't hesitate to ask if you have any queries about the area.
thankyou for your input guys, i was happy to also discover the Mawson trail so close by to be able to make it a Riverton to Auburn cycling loop. hoping to head there real soon and breathe some fresh country air.
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We have recently ridden the whole Mawson Trail (well, minus a couple of sections) and the Ratter Trail (Riverton-Aubrun) and Reisling Trail (Auburn - ~8 kms north of Clare) are now where the Mawson Trail runs. Not sure how you'd make up a Riverton-Auburn loop . It is great cycling on a well surfaced rail trail.
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
so not suitable for normal road bike? I'm going there next weekend and was considering throwing my old al/carbon fork bike in and get away from annoying bike hires (I'm sure the stores are great, but they're not my bike )
I rode Riverton to Clare then 8km futher along side White Hut road then back to Riverton 1 week ago. I would not recommend 23mm tyres but a road bike will do it. Its very smooth and hard packed you'll get your bike covered in dolomite dust.
I should point out though the track between Riverton and Aubrun has been washed out in a number of places in particular the start leaving Riverton so any tyres narrower than 35c and you 'll need to walk short sections.
This pretty sums up the track surface start to finish.
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