...........Cycling in the Inner West, Rides, Tours, Advocacy
This event is full. Please contact the Event Organizer for further information.
Time: November 19, 2016 to November 20, 2016
Location: Blue Mountains
Street: Katoomba Street
Website or Map: http://www3.yha.com.au/hostel…
Phone: 0408 164 259 / 0400 320 231
Event Type: weekend, tour
Organized By: Grant Rogers (overseas Sept) / Mike MacDonald
Latest Activity: Nov 21, 2016
This is another BL classic weekend tour. This ride is designed to be a one or two day cycling event. You will be surprised how much of this tour is off the main Great Western Highway. All roads are sealed. Experienced riders please.
Saturday – 60km Hard (Medium Springwood option)
Starting at the base of the blue mountains in the sleepy township of Emu Plains, we cross under the highway and along the back streets of Lapstone until we reach Glenbrook village. This village presents us with the opportunity for an early morning tea. Onwards via back roads, we cross the highway a couple times before reaching Springwood, our midpoint. Just beyond the next township’s railway station, Faulconbridge we travel on the highway for a short distance. At Woodford we leave the highway for the duration of our journey to Katoomba. The back roads are undulating compared to the highway but well worth seeing parts of the mountains you may not have seen before. We pass by my old school haunt, the Wentworth Falls lake. Yes, it’s still there! Not much further to Katoomba.
Sunday – 60km Medium
Starting from Katoomba, we pretty much retrace our steps from Saturday. Yes, there are some uphill climbs but naturally a NETT downhill journey to Emu Plains or Penrith. One year, some mad folk rode all the way back to Sydney!! We do make an interesting deviation at Glenbrook and traverse down Mitchells Pass and over the historic Lennox bridge. I think it’s the oldest bridge in Australia..
Join the 2 day tour staying Saturday night at Katoomba. Train to the ride start
Join only for the Saturday ride. Train home from Katoomba
Join only for the Sunday ride. Train up to Katoomba on Sunday morning or the Saturday night
On Saturday, you may want to start the ride further up the mountains (eg: Springwood). This would make for a shorter and easier ride. The main group would ride through Springwood and pick up those waiting at the railway station. Alternatively, we may provide a 2nd ride leader who would take the group from Springwood
On the Sunday, there are plenty of railway stations that you could exit from the ride to catch a train home
Important - Overnight Accommodation Reservations
If you are interested in staying overnight at Katoomba, we require your RSVP ASAP to avoid disappointment. We have stayed at the YHA on Katoomba street in the past and have enjoyed this historic venue. Share ensuite rooms $53 per person. BBQ dinner to be confirmed. Here is the link for further info on the YHA:
7.22am from Central, Strathfield 7.35 arrives Emu Plains 8.17
8.18am from Central, Strathfield 8.31 arrives Springwood 9.40 (Riders starting from Springwood only)
7.22am from Central, Strathfield 7.35 arrives Katoomba 9.24