Righteo all you serious gravel grinders, time to lube up the chain, put a couple of bucks in the top tube bag for a midway refuel and join us for a SUPER SERIOUS gravel grind up, up, up the Comboyne Escarpment.
Yep, this week's shop ride is really only one for those riders who have a big engine or low gearing.... or both!! Its the.....
BOURKES BIKES 'THIS IS SERIOUS MUM' LONG GRAVEL GRIND!!!
If you haven't guessed by now, this one's not really for those who don't do a whole bunch of riding and don't like climbing at all. Here's why....
See that? That's the profile for the ride - over about 35km there's just on 1,465 vertical metres of climbing. That's a fair fistful of metres to pull your bike up!
Now, having said that, there are two options for this weekend's gravel odyssey. You can join us on THE BIG FELLA RIDE, which a distance of 85km with 1465m climbing and descending starting and finishing in Taree. Alternatively, you could join us for the RITE OF PASSAGE RIDE, where you meet us at Upper Lansdowne Hall and only tackle 40km with just under 1,000m of climbing and descending.
It sounds like a bunch, but just check out the scenery. The picture at the top is of Saville's Rock, a prominent feature of the Upper Lansdowne skyline - we ride right past it. And the image below is an example of some of the incredible sheer cliff walls we ride next to on the way up to Comboyne.
To help you decide which crazy ride you want to join us on, here's the itinerary for Sunday:
7:30am - BIG FELLA riders meet and leave from intersection of Cedar Party Rd/Irkanda Dr.
9:00am - BIG FELLA riders meet up with RITE OF PASSAGE riders at Upper Lansdowne Hall.
Approx 11:30am - All riders at Comboyne for coffee/cakes/blood transfusion at one of the eateries.
Approx 12:00pm - Leave Comboyne. RITE OF PASSAGE riders return via the same way they came, BIG FELLA riders continue on to Comboyne/Killabakh Rd
Approx 1:30pm - RITE OF PASSAGE riders return to Upper Lansdowne Hall. BIG FELLA riders return to start point in Taree.
SO! If you think you'd like to tackle the escarpment with us, great!!! Just make sure you can climb well!!
Here's some extra detail:
- Sunday 30th June
- BIG FELLA riders rolling out of the meeting place at 7:30am SHARP
- RITE OF PASSAGE riders ready to go from Upper Lansdowne Hall from 9:00am SHARP!
- BIG FELLA MEETING PLACE - Cnr Cedar Party Rd/Irkanda Dr---CLICK FOR MAP
- RITE OF PASSAGE MEETING PLACE - Upper Lansdowne Hall---CLICK FOR MAP
BRING: MTB or tough gravel grinder, helmet, gloves, glasses cold and wet weather gear as you like, money for food/drinks at Comboyne.
SKILL LEVEL: Very good level of fitness required. Experience in climbing long distances without stopping. WARNING! This is a difficult ride over approximately 4 hours with long distance and considerable vertical climbing!!