Stunning ride through the forests of the Royal National Park with the smell of the Eucalyptus trees, and birds singing. Very Disney like. Then out of the Park you're hit with a stunning view of the East Coast. Rest of the 30 kms is all coast line, up and over along the ridges. A lot of steep downhill runs, a few climbs but never for long.
Take plenty of water as there aren't that many refill stations along the way.
Distance: 50 kms
Time: 2 hours riding
Surburbs: Waterfall, Royal National Park, Stanwell tops, Otford, Clifton, Scarborough, Coledale, Autinmer, Thirroul, Fairy Meadow
Hills: YES Several hills. The start is 4 kms of downhill. Rest of the National Park are rolling hills.
Sights & Treats:
Water and Food:
I've been quite anxious leading up to today's Rapha #Womens100 challenge. Thinking that it would be a fast paced pelaton race format. No stops. Lycra. Eating on the bike. I went and bought whole heap of gear to make me feel comfortable (refer to clothing section for more details).Then spent the rest of the week googling ways to pee, change, layer, take off jacket while riding, eating while riding.
When all it took was a 15 minutes conversation with the ladies in the riding group.
Route details: http://www.strava.com/routes/2760039
Difficulty: 3 major ascents and 3 descents. Some roads are tight through and prone to car rage.
Facilities: Public toilets at the end inside the National Park. Toilet at Waterfall train station. Otherwise bush. No water refill stations.
Temperature: 5 degrees C - 15 degrees C
Clothing: Full fingered gloves, merino long sleeve, short sleeve jersey, Live Giant bib shorts, knee warmers, Rapha wind breaker, Rapha cap. No undies. No panty liners
The Merino was defintely helpful during the descents in the National Park. I did take off the Merino on the climbs.