The Alternate Big Loop

Sunday January 08, 2012, 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 signing onto 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 : Big Loop alternative, riding through West Pennant Hills valley, Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills to Parramatta Park. Return via M4 c/p to Meadowbank & uphill to Eastwood.

This ride starts at 07:30:00 Eastwood Station, West side

Ride Leader
Phillip Burge
Ph0402 918775

Ride Grade Information
Distance (km)46
approx. 19-22 kms/hr
Metres climbed 636.38
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Further Information
SuitabilityA good ride if easy/medium rides are a bit too easy for you and you want to start doing longer hilly rides.
FeaturesWest Pennant Hills valley, Backroad path/link to Castle Hill, Westmead hospital, Parramatta Park. Cycleroute along Paramatta River valley
Coffee stopUsually at Parramatta Park Cafe
Expected duration3.5 hour(s) (estimate only - ride may be longer due to on the day factors)
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This is an alternative route to the Big Loop.

The ride travels up through quiet streets of Eastwood and Carlingford to get to Pennant Hills Rd and then follows an undulating route through the West Pennant Hills valley to the Village Green. Then cut through to Castle Hill and uses mostly back roads to travel through Baulkham Hills and down to Winston Hills and Parramatta Park.

Once at the Park we do a couple of laps (either fast or slow) before our morning tea stop. We return under the M4 (cycleway) and Parramatta Valley Cycleway to Meadowbank, then take the gradual climb up the hill to Eastwood.

This medium grade ride provides an opportunity for those used to easier or flatter rides to gain experience on longer and hillier rides. A wide range of gearing can be used on this ride. More experienced riders will also enjoy a shorter ride with laps of Parramatta Park for extra effort.

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