Berowra Banana and Marramarra NP

Tuesday December 06, 2022, 08:00:00

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 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 bushland and valleys of Berowra Waters to the upper reaches of Marramarra National Park and return.

This ride starts at 08:00:00 Hornsby Park, northern end, opposite Council Chambers

NOTES: Enjoy quick descending and challenging climbs on both sides of Berowra Waters and quiet backroads. Coffee at Berowra Heights.

This is a MEMBERS ONLY ride


Ride Leader
Brian Lynne
Ph0408 617 801
Emailblynne@iinet.net.au

Ride Grade Information
Distance (km)72
Average moving pacemoderate
approx. 19-22 kms/hr
Metres climbed 984.004
RDI70.848288
GradeMedium Hard
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Explanations of grades, pace, RDI, REE

Further Information
SuitabilityFit and experienced riders comfortable with desceding and climbing hills and longer distance.
FeaturesNatural bushland, Berowra Valley hills, and semi-rural back roads, picturesque coffee stop.
Coffee stopBerowra Waters
Expected duration5 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

Commencing at Hornsby Pool Park we ride via the Old Pacific Highway to the Berowra Waters turnoff and descend to the Berowra Waters ferry crossing. A 3.5km climb sees us to the top of the Berrilee Ridge where we follow quiet backroads through Berrilee, Arcadia and Fiddletown to the edge of the Marramarra National Park.

Returning via the same route for a second ferry crossing we pause for coffee at the near Berowra Ferry on the waterfront before climbing back up Berowra Waters Road to the Old Pacific Highway. We leave the highway at the Bobbin Head turnoff to ride the last 5km home on the eastern side of the railway back to Hornsby.

This ride has long and steep descents requiring riders to be skilled in safe cornering and descending technique. Similarly there are long climbs (4kms with average gradients of 4-6% with sections at 8-10%) on this ride requiring a certain capability to do the ride comfortably at the advertised pace.

This ride is in bushland areas and can be very hot in summer. Riders should ensure that they have plenty of water and food to consume enroute. Additionally other potential issues may arise with hazard reduction burning and summer bushfire threats.

The ferry is normally under maintenance for part of the second Tues in the month so check operating times to avoid disappointment if riding midweek.

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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