Upcoming Country Rider Events

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

Country Ride – Sunday, 21 May 2017

Gundaroo

Meet: Dickson College car park, 8.45 am for a 9.00 am start

Leader: Teri Hobbs
Distance: 73km undulating
Meeting place: Dickson College car park, Dickson
Route: Antill Street – Federal Highway – Tulip Farm – Old Federal Highway – Shingle way – Gundaroo, return via Sutton Road – Sutton – Federal Highway, and back to Dickson College car park.
Riding speed: 21 to 23 km/h average speed
Morning Tea: Coffee at Cork Cafe
Type of bike: Road bike most suitable

Country Ride – Sunday, 28 May 2017

Wamboin Wine-tasting & greenways

Meet: Dickson College car park, 8.45 am for a 9.00 am start

Ride via Federal Highway to Tulip Farm then Old Federal Highway, crossing it into Donnelly Road for a ride via the short greenway to the doorstep of the friendly Affleck Winery for wine-tasting and an opportunity, if you wish, to take away or arrange home-delivery of wines.

We continue via a quiet road to Bungendore Road for a short distance, then Gum Flat Lane and Weerooona Drive until we reach greenways 6 and 7 on the attached map prepared by the Bywong Community and Wamboin Community Association.  (Greenway 6 starts near 1205 Norton Road. Pedal Power hasn’t tried those two greenways previously, and so it’s a new adventure, taking in woodland.)

We then join Valleyview Lane and return to Canberra via Norton Road.

Lunch to follow the ride at Wilbur’s Bar and Cafe, Hackett shops.

Distance: 70 km; terrain undulating.  Gum Flat Lane is a couple of km of smooth dirt road.  The greenways traverse woodlands and sometimes pastureland, and so a cyclocross or off-road bike is best suited to the ride.

greenway 2010_10.2 

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

 

Date: 21 May 2017
Leader: Teri Hobbs
Meeting Time: 8.45am for 9.00am start
Distance: 73km undulating
Meeting place: Dickson College car park, Dickson
Route: Antill Street – Federal Highway – Tulip Farm – Old Federal Highway – Shingle way – Gundaroo, return via Sutton Road – Sutton – Federal Highway, and back to Dickson College car park.
Riding speed: 21 to 23 km/h average speed
Morning Tea: Coffee at Cork Cafe
Type of bike: Road bike most suitable

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

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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