Cowan Calga

Monday April 10, 2023, 07:30:00

RISK WARNING: As a participant in this dangerous recreational activity, you may be exposing yourself to a significant risk of harm. Bike North, the ride organisers and leaders wish to warn you of the risks and hazards that are an inherent part of cycling, and to take care to prevent putting yourself, your fellow participants and/or others into danger. By registering for this ride, you accept the warning as to risk, and you agree to ride in a safe and responsible manner and to obey all Australian Road Rules.

Summary : Ride through magnificent Hawkesbury River valley on quiet roads. Return with a stop for coffee.

This ride starts at 07:30:00 special start: Berowra stn

NOTES: Note special start at Berowra Station

This is a MEMBERS ONLY ride

Ride Leader
Marc de Silva
Ph0431 264 426

Ride Grade Information
Distance (km)52
Average moving pacemoderate
approx. 19-22 kms/hr
Metres climbed 846.349
GradeMedium Hard
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Explanations of grades, pace, RDI, REE

Further Information
SuitabilityIf a flatter ride is no longer a challenge, try this one!
FeaturesHawkesbury River, Mt White, very scenic climbs
Coffee stopUsually at Pie in the Sky cafe
Expected duration4 hour(s) (estimate only - ride may be longer due to on the day factors)
Future dates for this route
Ride With GPS Map/Cue/Profile/TCX/GPX

This ride incorporates two long climbs; Mt White, and the hill from the Hawkesbruy back to Pie in the Sky.

This ride is NOT suitable as your first ride with Bike North unless you are an experienced rider and you know the terrain.

Riders should be self sufficient for minor mechaincal problems and carry a repair kit and spare tubes, and pump. Traffic is usally light on this route but riders must be confident mixing it with cars and motorbikes on narrow roads, esp on the fast descents.

We ride the long uphills and downhills at individual pace, and the section from Mt to Calga and back as a Peloton. If you have never ridden in a Peloton this ride is a good one for you to have a go - experienced riders will show you the ropes. Regrouping points are; the service station over the river, the top of Mt White, and the Calga turnaround point. On the way back we regroup at the base of the final climb to Pie in the Sky where we have a well earned food and drink stop befoe the final 2 or 3 kms back to the start.

There are not many 'bail out' options for anyone having a bad day or unable to complete the ride. The best is at Hawkesbury River railway station in Brooklyn, but riders could also turn around at Mt White, leaving out the trip to Calga and back.

Keeping us COVID-safe:
- Pre-registration is compulsory. There are no walk-ins.
- Physical distancing of 1.5 metres should be observed where possible.
- All riders are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer.
- Riders must not attend if sick, have Covid-19, influenza or symptoms of any communicable disease.

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