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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.


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)


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).


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)

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