2020 April 10th to April 13th

Bike North’s annual Easter cycle festival will be held again in Cowra from April 10 to April 13 for 2020 and will include 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.

General Information

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.

Rides

All rides will start and finish at the Rose Garden Cafe/Visitor Centre.

Briefing Times:

  • Friday        8:45am     (Welcome to Cowra)
  • Saturday    8:30am     (Briefing update)
  • Sunday      8:30am     (Briefing update)
  • Monday     8:30am     (Briefing update)

Rides will have no leader or sweep so you therefore need to be self-sufficient in that you take sufficient supplies for the ride, a mobile phone, can repair punctures and make minor mechanical adjustments. 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 vehicle will be sent out on the route to make sure all is OK.

Riding Independently

Riding Independently Cowra offers an opportunity for riders who have ridden in and around Sydney with Bike North to develop their skills to ride independently. There are a number of things you should consider before coming to Cowra:

No Ride Leader or Sweep.

You will be riding independently, there is no-one showing you the way (Ride Leader) or waiting for you (sweep), nor are their people acting as sign posts indicating which way you need to turn.

Maps & cue sheets

Each day there are a number of route options. When you sign-on you will be given a Map and a Cue Sheet showing you the way to go.

Cat Heads

Remember the Cowra is full of a prickle grass called a Cat-Head.  They will give you numerous punctures in a second.

Do not put your tyres on anything that is / was or ever could be green! – You have been warned!

1st aid kits

It is strongly recommended you carry a first aid kit designed for bicycle users. Bike North will be selling First Aid kits for a reasonable price or you can bring your own.

Ride in Groups of at Least Four

Consider if you were to have a major accident. What would you do? It is essential that you ensure you ride in a group of four. Then, one person can stay with the injured person, and, one can go for help. Remember there is little or no phone coverage in the Cowra area. Don’t rely on being able to call anyone.

Re-Grouping

As there will be no leader, and small groups may not all be riding as peloton, re-grouping is beneficial at the tops of hills and at corners.

Tail Lights

Even in daylight a tail-light is a huge advantage. Cars coming up on you are warned of your presence by the light. It is a huge safety advantage to yourself. If there are a number of bikes riding together then a snake line of lights is certainly an additional safety factor.

Bike in Working Order

This is a bicycle holiday – don’t let the bike let you down. Ensure your bike has been serviced and you have a number of spare tubes and repair kits and know how to use them. Lights may need batteries – bring them too! Remember the Cowra area is full of Cat-Heads. There is no bike shop in Cowra.

Social Activities

Cowra is a fun weekend away. “It is not all about the bike” as Lance Armstrong once said.

Camp HQ

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!

Dinners

There will social activities organised for your non-cycling enjoyment:

Friday Night – at Bowling Club

For those who wish to join us, at the Cowra Bowling club for fishy delights. You need to register through the Bike North calendar.

Saturday Night – Wine and Cheese

At the Bike North Marquee in the Cowra Van Park.

Jersey Days

Let’s have some fun while we are cycling. Bring your best jerseys. To celebrate the 21st Easter Ride let’s have some fun, so:

Friday – Any Jersey Day

Saturday – Club Jersey Day

Show the club’s colours – wear your BN cycling jersey (or buy one at Cowra)

Sunday – Favourite Jersey Day

Monday – Silly Jersey Day

It is Mad Monday after all!

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. https://visitcowra.com.au/#welcome

A final consideration before you register:

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. Days tend to be warm to hot, but it is advisable to have cycle clothing suitable for warmer and cooler conditions.

How to register

You MUST register to ride in Tour de Cowra. Registration costs $11 per person for Bike North Members and $16 per person for non-members. Once you have registered and paid you will be sent an email acknowledging this. The acknowledgement email is sent when the treasurer matches your bank deposit, so please be patient and please make sure to follow all instructions carefully. 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.

There is a registration link on this page when registration is open. If you do not see a registration link then you are either too early or too late. Try contacting one of the organisers at events@bikenorth.org.au if you need help.

When registering you are given a registration code. This is to be used when making the payment as described below.   

About Payment

To pay by direct deposit or electronic banking ‘pay anyone’

Our Westpac bank details are:
Account name:Bike North
BSB: 032081
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.

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