Best rides near Sydney

Best rides near Sydney

Postby schroeds » Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:38 pm

Hey guys, with the smell of freshly mown grass showing Summer is finally here to stay (optimism!!), I thought it'd be good to do some country kms.

Does anybody have any nominations for the best rides within say 200 -300km of Sydney eg drive to the start and do a loop or else get a train back to the start.

1 day riding or two or three days with suitable pub overnighters.

Any suggestions/ideas?

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Re: Best rides near Sydney

Postby humanbeing » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:01 pm

I did a good loop in the Hunter Valley
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/106311699
The section from Cessnock through Wollombi to Broke was great riding and very picturesque.
The main road through Pokolbin is the worst piece of road I've ever ridden.
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Re: Best rides near Sydney

Postby grantw » Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:58 am

humanbeing wrote:I did a good loop in the Hunter Valley
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/106311699
The section from Cessnock through Wollombi to Broke was great riding and very picturesque.
The main road through Pokolbin is the worst piece of road I've ever ridden.
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That's some nice riding country thereabouts. If you wanted to multiday it, its a nice ride up the old Pacific Hwy from Hornsby, then down through Kulnurra and Bucketty to Wollombi.

There's lots of good riding in the Southern Highlands as well, particularly if you keep off the busier roads.

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Re: Best rides near Sydney

Postby schroeds » Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:29 am

Thanks for the suggestions....Hunter sunds good.

I've been toying with goulburn to lithgow, there's train access to both, back roads that go through or past lots of national parks, oberon sits roughly between the two towns...anyone ridden that area?
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Re: Best rides near Sydney

Postby Addictr3 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:43 pm

schroeds wrote:Thanks for the suggestions....Hunter sunds good.

I've been toying with goulburn to lithgow, there's train access to both, back roads that go through or past lots of national parks, oberon sits roughly between the two towns...anyone ridden that area?


I rode Manly to Lithgow on the 1st of Jan :-)

Was a great ride, I think it was around 190km. I just got the Train back to Central and rode home from there. But there are road works going on near Blue Mts so you take back road detours. All in all a great ride. If you ride it on a weekend, let me know, i'll tag a long :-)
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Re: Best rides near Sydney

Postby MREJ » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:04 pm

Berry area - fabulous climbs over into Kangaroo Valley, rural scenery, lovely town. Go up to the highlands and back down either Jamberoo or Macquarie Pass if you want to make more out of it, or alternatively up to Bowral and link into the near Southern Highlands. You could catch a train to Berry, ride to Bowral, and then keep riding to Sydney or any of the numerous train stops on the way.

Speaking of the near Southern Highlands, from Mittagong all the way to Penrith has lots of medium and smaller climbs, quiet roads, rural scenes. Avoid the freeways and Camden Valley Way. Most other roads are quiet and very attractive

Pacific Highway Hornsby to Gosford - great surface, quiet roads, water views.

If you like climbing, then I'd pick Berry out of that lot. They're all great areas.
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Re: Best rides near Sydney

Postby schroeds » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:53 am

All good suggestions, thanks. Kanga Valley might require a different rear cluster!

Has anybody ridden any of this:

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Re: Best rides near Sydney

Postby DaveOZ » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:05 am

I've driven that road but not risen it. It's beautiful country and would make a nice tour.
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Re: Best rides near Sydney

Postby schroeds » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:12 am

Thanks Dave, would you know how hilly it is...any big climbs that you can recall?
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Re: Best rides near Sydney

Postby DaveOZ » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:19 am

Mostly ruling hills but there is a good climb out from the Abercrombie River.

Load the route into this and you can see the profile.

http://www.bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx
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