Sydney Cycling: Peaks Challenge training and preparation

As part of their commitment to get you ready for Peaks Challenge, the crew at Team Bicycle Network will be hosting a training ride in Sydney this Saturday 30 May.

Join Team Bicycle Network in Sydney for the third Peaks Challenge – Gold Coast and Cradle Mountain training ride this Saturday.

Where: Starting at Hornsby Park bus stop (opposite the police station) the Team Bicycle Network bunch will head north along the Old Pacific Highway towards Mt Colah. After crossing over the railway line and onto Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Road we’ll make the chilly descent into Bobbin Head before taking on the first 4km climb of the day. A quick regroup at the top will see us continue along towards West Head via Mona Vale Road.

The main Forest Way intersection will be our next marker. We’ll turn left onto Myoora Road – a quieter option to get us across to McCarrs Creek. We’ll descend down McCarrs and make the left onto West Head Road. An out and back to West Head (where we’ll stop briefly for a breather) will bring us back to Liberator General San Martin Drive for the descent and penultimate climb out of Akuna Bay. With everyone back on at the top we’ll ride a couple more kilometres to Terrey Hills shops for refreshments and a bathroom break.

From here it’s back onto Mona Vale Road towards St Ives and then onto Bobbin Head. With some tired legs the bunch will safely negotiate the descent and following climb before the short distance back to the start at Hornsby.

Start: 6:30am, Hornsby Park bus stop, Hornsby.

Return: 11-11:30am with 26km/h average (approximately). The time also factors in a pit stop at Terrey Hills.

Distance: 107km starting at finishing at Hornsby.

Elevation: 1,800m approximately.

Map: strava.com/routes/2425248

Peaks Challenge Gold Coast #4

Who: All riders welcome – including those who have yet to sign up for Peaks Challenge Gold Coast or Peaks Challenge Cradle Mountain.

Ride leaders: Alex, Jess, Ryan, Anna, Heath, Cameron.

Notes from the team: While this ride is ‘only’ 107km in length, there is a significant amount of climbing. All riders should arrive with two water bottles and plenty of fuel for five hours of chamois time. Of course, your bikes should be in good working order and in the case of a puncture or mechanical, you should also have sufficient spares. Team Bicycle Network will do its very best to get you back on the road as soon as possible however, arriving with equipment in top working condition is your responsibility. As they say, a clean bike is a fast bike. See you Saturday.

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Future events: Bicycle Network training rides

Preview and video: Peaks Challenge Gold Coast

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