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Blue Mountains weekend tour

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Blue Mountains weekend tour

Time: November 19, 2016 to November 20, 2016
Location: Blue Mountains
Street: Katoomba Street
City/Town: Katoomba
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

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Event Description

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.

The Ride

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..

Options

  1. Join the 2 day tour staying Saturday night at Katoomba. Train to the ride start

  2. Join only for the Saturday ride. Train home from Katoomba

  3. Join only for the Sunday ride. Train up to Katoomba on Sunday morning or the Saturday night

  4. 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

  5. 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:

http://www3.yha.com.au/hostels/nsw/blue-mountains/katoomba/

Saturday train

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)

Sunday train

7.22am from Central, Strathfield 7.35 arrives Katoomba 9.24

Comment Wall

Comment by Bob Moore on November 21, 2016 at 22:18
It was a monster ride, with 29 coming down the hill on Sunday. Excellent leadership by Grant and all riders made it safely. One of two mechanicals but all fixed on route. photos on Meetup.
Comment by Bob Moore on November 18, 2016 at 8:29
Get to Central early to get a spot on the train, could be a few other cycling groups going up for mountain biking etc. If you can't get on the 7.22, get the next train and start at Springwood, with Mike Mac. Please don't ride up Mitchell Pass Rd, it's one way down hill, and the Old Bathurst Rd is very steep. Grant follows an off road route to Lapstone, not the highway, so unless you know it, stay on the train to Springwood.
Comment by Grant Rogers on October 5, 2016 at 14:45

Hello John,

Thanks for your reply. Will look forward to seeing you on the Sunday at Katoomba Station.

Regards, Grant

Comment by John Diller on September 12, 2016 at 23:35

Hi Grant

I'll join you at Katoomba station 9:24 am Sunday.

Thanks for organising

John

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