Upcoming Country Rider Events

(see further below for important information on these rides).


Country Ride Yass weekend backroads ride – 2 & 3 December 

Please note: Ride postponed due to poor weather outlook. New date to be advised.

Meet: Dickson College Car Park, 7.45 am for an 8 am departure, Saturday, 2 December 2017

Day 1: ride via Horse Park Drive, Mulligans Flat Road, Tallagandra Lane and Murrumbateman Road to Murrumbateman for brunch, then on to nearby Long Rail Gully Wines for cellar door tasting and sales and to Yass via Long Rail Gully Road and Gums Lane, for an overnight stay following a riverside cycling tour of the Yass River, at the Australian Hotel/Motel (with gourmet menu) (180 Comur Street, YASS, tel: 6226 1744) or at your own choice – 74 km for the day, 26 km of them on well-formed gravel roads, with occasional corrugations.  See attached map.  Riverside ride additional distance.

Day 2: return home via Dog Trap Road for coffee in Murrumbateman, then on via Yass River Road to Gundaroo for lunch, returning to Dickson College via Sutton Road, Mulligans Flat Road and Gungahlin Drive bike path – 99 km for the day, 38 km of them on well-formed gravel roads, with occasional corrugations.

Book your own accommodation directly – hotel and motel rooms are available.  All riders are expected to be self-supporting and to carry adequate water, pump, tubes, tools and first aid.  Cyclocross or mountain bike or hybrid recommended.  Ride leader may vary route and timing of the ride depending on progress of the party and local weather conditions.  Pedal Power terms and conditions apply.  See attached map.

Dickson to Yass via Tallagandra Lane_Murrumbateman_Long Rail Gully

Yass to Dickson via Murrumbateman_Yass River Road_Gundaroo

Please note: Ride postponed due to poor weather outlook. New date to be advised.

Further info: Peter on 0406 378 036 or petcycle@y7mail.com


General Information On Country Riders

We are a group of riders who ride to the rules of the road, common sense and etiquette in the company of fellow riders and other road users.

We value the companionship and friendly conversation of our group, enjoyed in the open countryside as we pass bush, fields, wildlife, livestock, rivers and ranges, the road rolling on before us.

We drink in the warm aroma of a finely ground coffee, a deftly prepared cake or, just occasionally, a fine wine or beer as we pause for refreshment on our travels.

In essence, we ride to enjoy the open road, rather than as a training exercise; we seek variety, not seconds off an identical previous ride.  We may fit a swim, picnic, brunch or lunch into the ride, depending on the season and destination.

We are experienced enough to feel comfortable when vehicles pass us on the road and we have stamina enough to consider a 60-90 km ride a reasonable morning’s work.  We are comfortable cruising along between 21 and 24 km/hr (and more slowly up hills and faster down hills).

Our rides menu

  • All round the Capital Region, taking in towns and places such as Gundaroo, Gunning, Murrumbateman, Tidbinbilla and Tharwa on our Sunday rides.
  • Further afield, when we plan an excursion away, be it weekend or weekday, for example, around Braidwood, the South Coast, Goulburn, Gunning and Young.

When do we ride?

There may not be a ride every weekend – it depends in large part on the availability of ride leaders.

But when we plan a ride, count on our squeezing the maximum enjoyment from it.

Do you want to join in the crowd?  Send Teri an email and we will put you on our mailing list to let you know when a ride is coming up.
(Please consider Teri’s privacy and avoid calling just to ask ‘Is there a ride on Sunday?’  If there’s a ride coming up, rest assured we will advise you.)

Starting locations

Generally, for rides to—

  • the north and north-east, meet in the car park at DICKSON COLLEGE;
  • the north-west, meet in the car park in Gladstone Street, HALL, 50 m west of the Victoria Street intersection;
  • the south, meet at the Sea Scout Hall, Mortimer Lewis Drive, GREENWAY; and
  • to the west, meet in the car park at STROMLO FOREST PARK.

These starting points may be subject to variation notified in advance.

If it’s a ride starting somewhere outside the ACT, keep an eye on your email in-tray for details.

If you’re on our emailing list, you will be sure to be in the know.

Meeting and starting times

Ride starting locations, destinations and outlines, and starting times will be notified by email when the ride is announced.

We meet 15 minutes before the ride starting time, to ensure that all are signed on and announcements made, so that the ride can get away on time.

Generally, rides will start in the morning, mostly by 9 am, sometimes earlier, especially in hot weather; sometimes later, especially if we are meeting a distance from Canberra.


Contact the nominated leader if you have a query about a particular ride notified to you by email.

More details

Please be sure to wear a Standards-approved helmet and to bring water, at least 2 spare tyre tubes and a pump. Pedal Power Terms and Conditions apply.


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