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 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)


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).


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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