Distance: 143.4 kms
Elevation gain: 1,330 m ( some of this was because I climbed a mountain by accident)
Road Type: On Road, cycleway along the coast, detour due to construction beware
Sights: Seaside, hill climbs
Tips: Try to ask for information when you come across detour signs or construction. The main road might be closed off on the other side and you need to make a detour. Don't find out the hard way by climbing and descending before realising there's no way.
End: Hamamatsu (has a Shinkansen stop, biggish town)
Accommodation: Last minute hotel booking via booking.com for 5,500 Yen
Food: Plenty of small towns and vending machines along the way.
Hamamatsu: Not many things open around the city centre. Found a great Udon shop run by a mother and daughter.
Distance: 99.4 kms
Elevation gain: 934 m
Road Type: On Road, often quiet streets in the mountains, motorbike clubs drive on these roads too, careful off the occasional truck.
Sights: Too many. Mountains, river ways, forests, the lake, the valleys
Tips: Don't need to carry spare water as there are plenty of vending machines along the way
End: Shimizu, port town
Accommodation: Last minute hotel booking via booking.com for 5,400 Yen
Food: Plenty of stops and vending machines along the way.
In Shizumi - Lots of sushi shops because it's close to the sea. Try a local sushi house.
Another amazing night ride through Sydney.
Distance: 20 kms
Difficulty: A few hills
Views: Amazing views of the city skyline from Balmain and ANZAC bridge
Best part: Riding under the ANZAC bridge in the Wharf area and coming out to a view of the harbour bridge
Strava Activity: link
Strava Route: link
Distance: 40 kms
Location: Glebe, Redfern, Rushcutters bay, Double Bay, Nielson Bay, Watson Bay, Dover Heights, Bondi, Centennial Park
Difficulty: A few steep inclines, heartbreak hill isn't steep but a bit long
Surface: Road, a few stairs
Highlights: Amazing views of Sydney Harbour, lots of beaches, spectacular display of Sydney's most expensive houses.
Facilities: Cafes, public toilets, water fountains along the way
Strava route details: http://www.strava.com/activities/359151700
If you live in Australia and want to catch all the Tour de France action live watch it from SBS http://media.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/tourtracker/
I'm loving the dashboard with the route info and live commentary and up to date stats. Data is being collected from each rider and Dimension Data are working its magic to transform it into information.
Totally inspired after watching this epic documentary (Bikes v Cars) about passionate cyclists around the world. I'm kicking off some night rides around Sydney. First one will be this Thursday from Redfern. Ride the streets without any traffic or cars. Get a hit of fresh air. Meet new people. Have a bit of fun.
Route: 17 km
Starting point: Redfern
End point: Erskineville for some kebabs and beers
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1600736316841321/1601215700126716/
What city in Australia offers free bike hire from public places*, including libraries, and hundreds of kilometres of bike friendly paths within the city, to the beach and through wineries? Adelaide, South Australia.
I've seen 2 hotels in the past week with this Bike hire by the hour system. The best part is it's open to the general public as well. We need to maps these bike hiring facilities on a map somewhere.
Hotels with bike hire:
I'm not sure why it was such a hard sell getting a group of people to spend the weekend in Canberra. Was it the compulsory school bus trip to the nation's capital that has permanently burnt us?
For the handful of friends I managed to round up what a kick ass biking weekend.
Lake Burley Griffith offers 3 different courses for bike riders of all grades. Mini easy rider around the capital and the monuments. Level 2 around the swamp. Level 3 around the countryside.
Bike Hire: Mr Spookes
Distance: 18 kms