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Crossing the Hawkesbury River on the Lower Portland Ferry - not a car to be seen!

 

The ever popular River Ride is on once again with a 'mixed terrain' option being offered for both distances.  

Details for the ride are -

Ride Description:

The feature of this ride is a scenic route along side the Hawkesbury River.  The sealed road routes are mostly flat for the first 100kms (or 150kms if doing the 200), a few hills are thrown in for the last 50kms.

Following the popularity of the 200km mixed terrain option, a 150km mixed terrain option is now also offered.  The mixed terrain 200's longest sectors of unsealed road are Greens Rd/Bicentenary Rd on the other side of the River to the sealed routes and, on the way back from St Albans, Settlers Rd.  With a total of 30kms of unsealed roads, the first sector is a short one on Tizzana Rd and the final bit of unsealed road is Laughtondale Gully Rd which does have the plus of missing the very steep climb out of Wisemans Ferry.  The 150km mixed terrain route takes in the Greens Rd/Bicentenary Rd and Laughtondale Gully Rd unsealed sections.

Route:

Available online:

River Ride 150km Sealed Route  

River Ride 200km Sealed Route

River Ride 150km Mixed Terrain Route

River Ride 200km Mixed Terrain Route

The cue sheet can be download/printed from these sites.

Note - any rider wishing to avoid the steep ascent out of Wisemans Ferry on Old Northern Road is welcome to take the mixed terrain route's gentler albeit unsealed Laughton Gully Road.  And you get a bonus 4kms of riding.

Date: Saturday 9 May 2020
Start Time: 7:00am (sharp) - arrive by 6:45am to collect your brevet card
Start Location: Jersey St, Hornsby
Finish Control:  A cafe in the Florence St Mall (Railway station end) for post ride food and beverages.
Finish Control Closes:

150km - 5:00pm (10hrs)

200km - 8:30pm (13.5hrs)

Lighting:

All riders must comply with the road rules with respect to lighting.  Audax Australia strongly recommends additional lights for backup and retro-reflective garments, see the Audax Australia Safety Recommendations for information.

All riders: Please remember that Australian road rules require that in hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility, you must display:

(a)    a flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the front of the bicycle; and

(b)    a flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the rear of the bicycle; and

(c)    a red reflector that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres from the rear of the bicycle when light is projected onto it by a vehicle’s headlight on low-beam.

Control Locations:

150km - North Richmond 50kms and Wisemans Ferry 108kms

200km - North Richmond 50kms and St Albans 128kms

Food & Water:

Food and water is available for purchase at shops at each of the controls as well as other points along the route.

Entry Fees: 

Audax or Cycling Australia members $6 (if a member of CA club other than Audax, please bring your membership card)

Non-members $16 (includes a $10 temporary membership surcharge).

Entry:

Online entry at the Audax Aust Portal (link to come). Entries will close 5pm Friday 8 May.

(Note, no entries on the day.)

 

Garry Armsworth

Ride Organiser

(email the ride organiser)

Hills

The ever popular In Search of Hills is on once again.  Details are -

 

Ride Description: A hilly route throughout northern Sydney with 8 ‘good’ climbs and total vertical ascent close to 3,000 metres (for the 200km route).  A shorter 150km option is available for the time poor/sensible rider while the 250km option, attracts a small dedicated following and adds another 500m of climbing for those who just can't get enough hills.  All are great training for the Alpine Classic.
Route:

Route details are available on RidewithGPS at

200kms RwGPS route map

150kms RwGPS route map

250kms RwGPS route map

The 150km route differs only by the exclusion of the Berowra to Mt White leg; i.e. 150km route riders turn left at 124kms and head down to Berowra Waters.

The 250km route differs fom the 200km route by adding in Cottage Point, Mooney Mooney Creek and Crosslands.

Cue sheets can be download from RwGPS.

Start Time: 6:30am (sharp) - arrive by 6:15am to collect your brevet card
Start Location: Jersey Street, Hornsby (adjacent to the TAFE entrance and a short distance north of the Hornsby railway station (western side))
250km Extreme

Riders entering the 250km In Search of Hills Extreme have two options:

1. Brevet Australia - Maximum time limit 16hrs 40 mins

This option gives riders the longest time to successfully complete the ride.   

2. Brevet Randonnuer Mondiaux - Maximum time limit 13hrs 30 mins

An entrant finishing the brevet with a time in excess of 13h30 will be recorded as HD (hors delais) i.e. outside the time limit.  

Finish Control:  One of the cafes in Florence St Mall, Hornsby
Finish Control Closes:

150km - 4:30pm (10hrs)

200km - 8:00pm (13hrs 30 minutes)

250km - 11:10pm (BA)/8:00pm (BRM)

Lighting:

Please remember that Australian road rules require that in hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility, you must display:

(a)    a flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the front of the bicycle; and

(b)    a flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the rear of the bicycle; and

(c)    a red reflector that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres from the rear of the bicycle when light is projected onto it by a vehicle’s headlight on low-beam.

Safety Recommendations 

All riders and especially those selecting the 250km distance should consider the Audax Australia Safety Recommendations.

Control Locations:

150km - Church Point  44kms, St Ives  99kms and Arcadia 141kms

200km - Church Point  44kms, St Ives  99kms, Mt White 151kms and Arcadia 191kms

250km - Church Point  44kms, Cottage Point 87kms, St Ives 104kms, Mooney Mooney Creek 170kms, Arcadia 224kms and Crosslands 242kms

Food & Water:

Food and water is available for purchase at controls as well as other points along the route.  Free water is available at several points on the route.

Entry Fees: 

Audax or Cycling Australia members $6 (please bring your membership card/copy of renewal)

Non-members $16 (includes a $10 temporary membership surcharge).

Entry:

Enter online here (coming later)

Paper forms and entries on the day will not be accepted.  Online entries close at 9am on Saturday 7 December.

If you enter and need to cancel, a refund will be issued provided you advise me before the start of the ride.

 

Garry Armsworth

Ride Organiser

(email the ride organiser)


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Hills

The ever popular In Search of Hills is on once again.  Details are -

 

Ride Description: A hilly route throughout northern Sydney with 8 ‘good’ climbs and total vertical ascent close to 3,000 metres (for the 200km route).  A shorter 150km option is available for the time poor/sensible rider while the 250km option, attracts a small dedicated following and adds another 500m of climbing for those who just can't get enough hills.  All are great training for the Alpine Classic.
Route:

Route details are available on RidewithGPS at

200kms RwGPS route map

150kms RwGPS route map

250kms RwGPS route map

The 150km route differs only by the exclusion of the Berowra to Mt White leg; i.e. 150km route riders turn left at 124kms and head down to Berowra Waters.

The 250km route differs fom the 200km route by adding in Cottage Point, Mooney Mooney Creek and Crosslands.

Cue sheets can be download from RwGPS.

Start Time: 6:20am (sharp) - arrive by 6:00am to collect your brevet card
Start Location: Jersey Street, Hornsby (adjacent to the TAFE entrance and a short distance north of the Hornsby railway station (western side))
250km Extreme

Riders entering the 250km In Search of Hills Extreme have two options:

1. Brevet Australia - Maximum time limit 16hrs 40 mins

This option gives riders the longest time to successfully complete the ride.   

2. Brevet Randonnuer Mondiaux - Maximum time limit 13hrs 30 mins

An entrant finishing the brevet with a time in excess of 13h30 will be recorded as HD (hors delais) i.e. outside the time limit.  

Finish Control:  O.B.B. cafe, Florence St Mall, Hornsby
Finish Control Closes:

150km - 4:30pm (10hrs)

200km - 8:00pm (13hrs 30 minutes)

250km - 11:10pm (BA)/8:00pm (BRM)

Lighting:

Please remember that Australian road rules require that in hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility, you must display:

(a)    a flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the front of the bicycle; and

(b)    a flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the rear of the bicycle; and

(c)    a red reflector that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres from the rear of the bicycle when light is projected onto it by a vehicle’s headlight on low-beam.

Safety Recommendations 

All riders and especially those selecting the 250km distance should consider the Audax Australia Safety Recommendations.

Control Locations:

150km - Church Point  44kms, St Ives  99kms and Arcadia 141kms

200km - Church Point  44kms, St Ives  99kms, Mt White 151kms and Arcadia 191kms

250km - Church Point  44kms, Cottage Point 87kms, St Ives 104kms, Mooney Mooney Creek 170kms, Arcadia 224kms and Crosslands 242kms

Food & Water:

Food and water is available for purchase at controls as well as other points along the route.  Free water is available at several points on the route.

Entry Fees: 

Audax or Cycling Australia members $6 (please bring your membership card/copy of renewal)

Non-members $16 (includes a $10 temporary membership surcharge).

Entry:

Enter online here

Paper forms and entries on the day will not be accepted.  Online entries close at 9am on Saturday 8 December.

If you enter and need to cancel, a refund will be issued provided you advise me before the start of the ride.

 

Garry Armsworth

Ride Organiser

(email the ride organiser)


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Crossing the Hawkesbury River on the Lower Portland Ferry - not a car to be seen!

 

The ever popular River Ride is on once again with a 'mixed terrain' option being offered for both distances.  

 

Details for the ride are -

 

Ride Description:

The feature of this ride is a scenic route along side the Hawkesbury River.  The sealed road routes are mostly flat for the first 100kms (or 150kms if doing the 200), a few hills are thrown in for the last 50kms.

New for 2018 - a 150km mixed terrain option!

Following the popularity of the 200km mixed terrain option added last year, a 150km mixed terrain option is now being offered.  The mixed terrain 200's longest sectors of unsealed road are Greens Rd/Bicentenary Rd on the other side of the River to the sealed routes and, on the way back from St Albans, Settlers Rd.  With a total of 30kms of unsealed roads, the first sector is a short one on Tizzana Rd and the final bit of unsealed road is Laughtondale Gully Rd which does have the plus of missing the very steep climb out of Wisemans Ferry.  The 150km mixed terrain route takes in the Greens Rd/Bicentenary Rd and Laughtondale Gully Rd unsealed sections.

Route:

Available online:

River Ride 150km Sealed Route  

River Ride 200km Sealed Route

River Ride 150km Mixed Terrain Route

River Ride 200km Mixed Terrain Route

The cue sheet can be download from these sites.

Date: Saturday 12 May 2018
Start Time: 7:00am (sharp) - arrive by 6:45am to collect your brevet card
Start Location: Jersey St, Hornsby
Finish Control:  Olive Bar & Grill, Florence St Mall, Hornsby

Shop 203I, Florence St Mall (Railway station end) – post ride meeting place for food and beverages

Finish Control Closes:

150km - 5:00pm (10hrs)

200km - 8:30pm (13.5hrs)

Lighting:

150km - The ride commences after sunrise and finishes before sunset.  Two sets of lights and a reflective garment are not required.

200km - The maximum ride time finishes after sunset, compliance with Audax lighting rules and reflective garmets is required i.e. you must carry two sets of front and rear lights and a reflective garment. 

All riders: Please remember that Australian road rules require that in hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility, you must display:

(a)    a flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the front of the bicycle; and

(b)    a flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the rear of the bicycle; and

(c)    a red reflector that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres from the rear of the bicycle when light is projected onto it by a vehicle’s headlight on low-beam.

Control Locations:

150km - North Richmond 50kms and Wisemans Ferry 108kms

200km - North Richmond 50kms and St Albans 128kms

Food & Water:

Food and water is available for purchase at shops at each of the controls as well as other points along the route.

Entry Fees: 

Audax or Cycling Australia members $6 (please bring your membership card)

Non-members $16 (includes a $10 temporary membership surcharge).

Entry:

Online entry at the Audax Aust Portal. Entries will close 5pm Friday 11 May.

(Note, no entries on the day.)

 

Garry Armsworth

Ride Organiser

(email the ride organiser)

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This will be our final social evening for 2016 and we'll have the room decked out for the festive season to get you in the mood.

This is a great opportunity to show your support for your favourite cycling club. Chat with your fellow randonneurs and find out what's been happening around the traps! 

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BLING!

The Awards Night for the 2015 riding season is on 6:30pm Thursday 28 April 2016 at the Orchard Tavern, Chatswood.  $25 willl get you some hors d'oeuvres, a choice of beef, salmon or risotto for your main and a drink ... and some like minded company.

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