I have an idea for a ride that I’d like to do, but don’t have many free weekends, so I’m planning ahead a bit here.
/ Sunday 3 July
/ 90km mixed-terrain ride
/ 60% bitumen, 40% dirt, including some sand, rocks, gravel, ruts - all the good stuff
/ One killer climb (Lyrebird Lane) plus a few smaller climbs
/ Start and finish at Vili’s Cafe & Bakery, Ourimbah, just south of Ourimbah station
/ Meet at the cafe at 8:30am. If coming from Sydney, get the 6:45am train from Central. Grab a spot in the rear six cars, as otherwise you can’t get off at Ourimbah.
/ The new route goes via the Kulnura General Store, so we can fill up on food & water there.
/ If it rains we get wet.
EDIT: the original 120km route turned out to be more hike-a-bike than actual riding, so in the interest of finishing at a reasonable time, this is the new, shorter, more bitumen-based version. It doesn’t have as many long sections of smooth dirt (e.g. Walker’s Ridge) but does include Palm Grove, which presents a nice balance of idyllic scenery and brutal dirt climbs.
Route map and elevation profile: Ourimbah 90 - A bike ride in Gosford, NSW
I realise the date won’t suit everyone, and Ourimbah isn’t the most convenient location, but I’ve found some great roads in that area and I think it’s worth the trip. If anyone is keen for another Wisemans Ferry gravel grind before then, by all means post it up - the more the merrier.