Must do this ride in the day time. The night ride was amazing because of the car free runs. But missed seeing the spectacular views going up and down the National Park, along the Hawkesberry River and the East Coast.
Distance: 101 km
Difficulty: Hard, the hills can be long
Warning: Woy woy round is hectic steep, and single lane traffic without a shoulder.
Cycle touring in Sydney - Nature Rides
I've spent the past 3 months working on the Sydney Night Rides group and organising rides which I'm already familiar with. So I haven't had much time to do discovery rides.
I've enjoyed sharing the discovery of new places with others but today I finally got a hit of discovery and adventure through the Ku rin gai Chase National Park. Who would have thought them hills would lead to such beauties?
This was supposed to be a training ride for the Newcastle Overnight trip (170km overnight from Sydney to Newcastle) so we mapped out a route with hills and thrills.
To be honest I was determined not to do the extra bits to clock up more elevation. I didn't think I had it in me but after seeing the national park, the lakes, rivers, smelling the national forest I didn't want to leave the Park.
Amazing Views from:
Places to eat at:
Strava route: link
Distance: 100 km
Start: Hornsby Train Station
Finish: Manly Ferry
Road: On road, main roads with shoulder, roads inside the National Park were single lane and not busy.
Roads into Akuna bay and West Head were super quiet. Maybe the weather turned people off.
The area around Church point was a bit busy with traffic despite signs saying cyclists are to use full lane cars still tried to overtake. Riding on some busy roads with a shoulder leading into Manly.
Last night I had a blast riding with the Cyclotronlights crew using one of seven bikes installed with their prototype lighting system. Cruising along Oxford street (one of Sydney's busiest, some might say trashiest) I was screamed at 3 times. "Oh Ma gawd that's Awesome". "So Awesome", "Awesome". Not the usual abuse I'm used to on the streets when riding. 1 hour with the crew and I'm feeling on fire. As an urban planner I wonder how many people would start riding at night if they could ride with these lights and experience the "awesome" effect. Could Cyclotronlights help people overcome the barrier of feeling unsafe while riding?
Sneak Peak behind the scenes
D rocks up 15 minutes late (this is usual I found out later) for our bike pickup. He lost track of time playing around with the Android app to control the lights. We meet the rest of the crew and he does a stack of last minute checks and updates to the lights using his laptop in Taylor Square. As it starts to sprinkle he remembers the Gaffer tape. It's the waterproofer for the open circuits on the lights. A quick reminder that Cyclotron is still in prototyping phase and needs a few more fixes before opening up for crowd funding.
Get behind Aussie designers and help these guys get these lights rolling through the night. #DarknessBeMyFriend