Bike North Tour de Cowra
Registration is now open.
Bike North's annual Easter cycle festival was once again held in Cowra from April 14 to 17 and included rides each day suitable for every level of rider.
As has been the case in every other year in Cowra, the 'Bike North cyclist HQ' for participants will be the Cowra Van Park. Of course you must arrange your own accommodation and can choose to stay in the Cowra Van Park, (tell them you are with Bike North when you book your spot), or somewhere else.
Tour de Cowra is open to all bike riders and not just Bike North members.
Food and accommodation
You are responsible for organising your own transport to and from Cowra, your accommodation, and food.
There are 2 major brand supermarkets in the centre of town, several restaurants, a couple of clubs and a few pubs with bistros. Be aware that shopping and eating out options are limited on Good Friday.
There are several Motels, Hotels, and 2 caravan parks suitable for accommodation. The Cowra Van Park is close and handy to the ride launch point (and where we set up camp HQ); whereas the Cowra Holiday Park is a couple of km's outside of town.
All rides will start and finish at the Rose Garden Cafe/Visitor Centre. Rides will have no leader or sweep. You can ride at your own pace, but please do not ride alone. You MUST sign on for each ride, and sign off on your return. If anyone is not back in a reasonable time, a sag wagon will be sent out on the route to make sure all is OK.
Although there are designated rides, you are welcome to ride wherever you want. There are plenty of shorter, easier options if you're not confident of the detailed routes. We simply ask that you follow the same rules as the other rides: let us know where you are going on the sign on sheet, roughly how long you expect to be, and of course never ride alone. Experience shows that there are always other people looking for a shorter or less hilly rides. You will find plenty of experienced riders at the Camp HQ who can advise on routes, and even a quick lap in the car the day before may be helpful to confirm the terrain and conditions are suitable.
We always set up the Bike North gazebo in the Cowra Van Park, with a table, an urn and coffee/tea milk biscuits etc for you to use at any time. We will even have an outdoor heater in case the evenings get a little chilly. Bring your favourite mug and a chair as this tends to be a hub for apres ride chit-chat. All welcome!
Your Bike and equipment
There is no bike shop in Cowra. Bring lots of spare tubes, perhaps even a spare tyre and make sure your bike has been recently serviced. A puncture repair kit and a good pump are essentials as are two (or more) water bottles, sun screen, and snacks for the longer rides. We have rarely had rain at Easter but it does happen, and the mornings and evenings can be quite cool at this time of year, even though Easter is early this year. Days tend to be warm to hot, but it is advisable to have cycle clothing suitable for warmer and cooler conditions.
The Rides (maps, profiles and cue sheets)
You may wish to download the interactive layered PDF map showing all the routes. Viewing this map in your web browser may not allow use of the layers feature, so it may be much better to download it to your own computer! (Mac users option-click, Windows users-right click the link) This map is printable (you may wish to turn off the background layer).
For the non-cycling family member (support!)
There is plenty to do in and around Cowra during the mornings when we will all be out riding; see Tourist Info.
How to register
You MUST register to ride in Tour de Cowra. Registration costs $6 per person for Bike North Members and $11 per person for non-members. Once you have registered and paid you will be sent an email acknowledging this. The email is not automatically generated, so please be patient. Registration covers the costs of snacks and drinks at the Camp HQ, as well as bananas and muesli bars for each ride. Updates will be emailed to participants as new and important information comes to hand.
When registering you are given a registration code. This is to be used when making the payment as described below.
To pay by direct deposit or electronic banking 'pay anyone'
Our Westpac bank details are:
Account name:Bike North
Account No.: 127180
Customer reference*:insert your Tour de Cowra Registration code(s) here.
* this is the field on the deposit slip which may be called "description", "narrative", "reference" or "Aux. serial number"
If paying for more than one person, please make individual payments with the relevant reference numbers; it makes it much easier to track who has paid.
The registration fee is not refundable if you decide to withdraw from the event.