Pie in the Sky

Friday October 13, 2017, 09:00:00

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 : Ride along Old Pacific Hwy to cafe overlooking Brooklyn with great views. Back track to Hornsby. Moderate hills.

This ride starts at 09:00:00 Hornsby Park, opposite Coronation St, near pool

NOTES: Cancelled if raining

Ride Leader
Steve Hardy
Ph0423 573 944

Ride Grade Information
Distance (km)40
approx. 19-22 kms/hr
Metres climbed 525.134
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Further Information
SuitabilitySuitable for riders who find that the easy rides are not a challenge.
FeaturesHawkesbury River, quiet main road, scenic views
Coffee stopUsually at Pie in the Sky
Expected duration3.5 hour(s) (estimate only - ride may be longer due to on the day factors)
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This is an old favourite and very useful Bike North ride involving varied traffic conditions and some stunning Hawkesbury scenery. Essentially, the ride involves cycling along the old Pacific Highway from our start point to about 2 kms past the old railway township of Cowan for a coffee stop at the Pie in the Sky cafe. Here patrons are treated to some great views overlooking the Hawkesbury River and Brooklyn. After the coffee stop we retrace our route back to Hornsby. This is an excellent ride for people wanting an introduction to undulating terrain and a change to something more challenging than flat riding. It is also a good drill for coping with traffic. At the outset we run the gauntlet of light suburban traffic volumes as we traverse the northern suburbs of Asquith, Mt Colah, Mt Kuringai and Berowra to emerge into more and more bushland areas with much fewer cars. The traffic situation on the return journey is a gradual return to the heavier vehicle volumes encountered at the beginning of the ride (though for much of the route in both directions we use the on road cycleway either side of the Pacific Highway wherever it exists).

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