Reposting from the Audax ACT mailing list. I really wish I could get along to one of these but it's the Tandems final hit out on the Hartley this weekend. Some of you looking for a nice longer ride might be interested, these are new to the Audax calendar for this year.
The Bombala Blast and Mallacoota Magic rides are on this weekend. Both rides now start from Cooma at 6.30am Saturday. To address some logistical matters, the routes have been reconfigured somewhat. Details of each ride are below. The 200 is unsupported; the 600 has support, accomodation and a bag drop service provided.
If you're interested in coming along on either ride, please email me at tnankiveATpc.gov.au by Thursday evening. Earlier indications of possible interest much appreciated.
BOMBALA BLAST 200
Starting from Cooma, we pedal up the Monaro Highway to Nimmitabel, then take a right turn 10kms out of town (still the Monaro Highway though) and head down to Bombala, at the 87km mark, for our first coffee stop. Its an out-and-back on flatter roads to Cathcart, before we reclimb the hill to Nimmitabel (more coffee and cake), and then descend the final 35kms back into Cooma.
MALLACOOTA MAGIC 600
After blasting down to Bombala with the 200 riders, we trundle 45kms along flatter roads through Delegate and into Victoria, then climb up to Bendoc at the 140km mark - lovely tall timber lines the road on the final few kms around Mount Bendoc. Then its back to Bombala (195km) before heading south on the Monaro Highway again towards Victoria. Just before the border, we turn south-eastwards and pedal along the winding, forested Mt Imlay road. It has some challenging climbs, but much more descending, until we meet the Princes Highway at the 285km mark. From there its around to Genoa and into Mallacoota. That's 340 odd kms and around 3500m of climbing for the day! Maya's yummy pasta and a warm bed await you in Mallacoota.
Next morning, after a quick dip in Bass Straight (there's a sneakily placed Info Control on an island 200 metres offshore!), its back out to Genoa and then along the Princes Highway, this time to Cann River. Traffic volumes should not be too heavy at this time on a Sunday morning. After eggs on toast from the Cann River BP (420km), we start the long climb back up to Bombala. This is a gentler road than the Imlay - which is fortunate since we're heading up it - and again some lovely forest accompanies us. The last 30kms into Bombala is fairly flat and open, giving those legs some recovery time. After refueling, its up the hill to Nimmitabel (cafe open 'til 8 ) and then down the other side to Cooma.