Stuart wrote:Following the great success of the Eleri & Mike C run 160k ride, next up is the three gorges on Sunday 11th Sep leaving Marrickville at 6:00am. Final route not yet finalised as the return journey has several options. We will however ride out via the Pacific Hwy. Pace will be fast cruisers, which to me means somewhere between C25's and C28's. Total distance around 120k's but there are bail out options aplenty via the train. We'll be doing this via the 'easier' route of Bobbin Head-Berowra-Galston.
To do this ride you should have at least completed several Waterfall rides with the C25's or faster and be comfortable riding in fairly high traffic situations. There are some longish climbs and some fun descents, although descending to Berowra requires a fair degree of caution due to the skinny and bumpy road.
More details soon.
Sorry? The easier way of Bobbin Berowra Galston? Surely you mean the other way around. Galston/Berowra/Bobbin is the easier way to do it, and this is for a couple of reasons.
First, if you do it starting at Galston, the climbs are 3km @ 5.2%, 4.1km @ 5.1% and 3.9km @ 4%, compared to starting at Bobbin of 3km @ 5.4%, 3.6km @ 5% and 3.5km @ 5.3%.
Secondly, if you're feeling tired and you started through Galston, you can optionally skip Bobbin Head and regroup with the bunch at the South Exit of Bobbin Head, saving yourself a hill, you don't have this option if you start at Bobbin Head. And don't forget that as you leave Berowra Waters, you pretty much shadow the railway line, so there is nearly always an "out" if you want it.
As far as the hills go, the West side of Galston changes it's gradient, so it isn't a super easy climb, while the East side of Berowra is pretty steady, and the South of Bobbin is in two stages, easier, and then ramping it up for the second part. While on paper the Galston climb is easier compared to the Berowra Climb, it is generally considered harder. Compared to those two, Bobbin Head is a doddle. The only thing to watch when doing the loop this way is that you need to put your bike in the lowest gear before getting onto the Ferry at Berowra Waters. There isn't any flat on the Eastern side.
When doing the loop by starting at Bobbin Head, the North side of Bobbin is a harder climb compared to the South Side, it is significantly steeper, and not a lot shorter. The West side of Berowra is a real pain, it's steep, and you get a good false flat towards the end that really knocks you around. This is not a favourite climb amongst the Renegade Bunch.
I suggest that you reconsider the way that you are doing this loop. Personally, I think that the easier way is starting at Galston.
Compare this to the reverse (starting at Bobbin), the North side of Bobbin Head is a