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Sunday arvo, 11 Nov to mid-arvo Sunday 18 Nov '07 - 4th annual King of the Mountain Challenge in Illawarra & Southern Highlands listed in NSW August "Push On" and September "Push On"
Option to drive from Sydney to Albion Park Rail early Saturday morn' for final two tough KOM Climb days
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which warns of the dangers of cycling on
public roads with motor cars, potholes and over bridges with vertical timber
planks with gaps
Ø Cycling with
Muggs is predicated upon notifying
Bank Teller if you
materially disagree with any clause(s) in Muggaccinos'
"Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgment"
without Public Liability cover is as silly as driving without 3rd Party -
join Bicycle NSW for PL insurance, or upgrade your household policy to
include PL beyond your front fence, so that all Muggs are better protected,
'cause if you cause a serious accident it could cost you upwards of $1m in PL
claims by the injured 3rd party
When passing a
fellow Mugg, always provide a metre clearance. If you can't, or are
passing on the inside, you MUST call out loudly eg. "passing inside
Keep well to LHS
of the road, don't ride two
abreast on single lane roads with an unbroken centre line
You MUST dismount when crossing the scenic stone-arched Hampden Bridge
(1km West of Kangaroo Valley) because of dangerous gaps in the timber beams
which could dismount a cyclist
Latest count, 30 cyclists have
now confirmed they are attending albeit spread over 7 days with peak
numbers of 20 circa on Sat. Camp at delightful Berry Showground for up to 7 nights and climb all 12 KOM Climbs in Illawarra Climb Region by using local train [3 of the 7 mornings) to Bomaderry, Kiama and Albion Park to commence marvellous KOM Climbs like Jamberoo Pass, Saddleback Mountain, Macquarie Pass and Cambewarra Mtn. Some descend to pristine, verdant Kangaroo Valley. By Sunday, you will be au fait with the bestest cluster of KOM Climbs in NSW. A different ride route each day - no repeats.
Muggaccinos invite you to 4th annual King of the Mountain Challenge staying in the pristine township of Berry, from Sunday 11th Nov to Sunday 18th Nov 2007 with most camping at the verdant Berry Showground which adjoins the 20 yards Berry Swimming Pool for $6p/n with warm shower, to cycle seven 60km / 77km Hilly Day Rides (Monday to Sunday inclusive) in the Mecca of scenic cycling country, namely the Southern Highlands, which include all 11 KOM Climbs in the Illawarra Climb Region. Cyclists are encouraged to log a Climb Time at KOMpm.com. Each day's ride heads NW twds Kangaroo Valley / Fitzroy Falls. On three of the seven morns' we catch trains from Berry station to nearby -
* Tues - Bomaderry station to climb Cambewarra Mountain from both sides;
* Wed - Kiama station to climb Saddleback Mountain up Saddleback Mountain Rd and Jamberoo Pass; and
* Sat - Albion Park Rail station to climb Macquarie Pass and Saddleback Mountain up Fountaindale Rd.
* Fri - Bomaderry station to climb Cambewarra Mountain from both sides;
If you aren't up to serious climbing, shorter / flatter routes are available between Berry and
East quiet countryside to Seven Mile Beach's national Park, picnic area and surf
and return - 16km
via Sth down Wharf Rd, Ahead into Coolangatta Rd, R into Bryce's Rd, R into Back
Forest Rd, R into Bolong Rd to Bomaderry and retrace - 44.4km
* picturesque Gerroa Beach is just a few flat km away.
* rustic Gerringong and Shoalhaven Heads.
Detailed Ride Descriptions for the following Day Rides are accessible in "Rides Calendar 2007 - Oct to Dec" at a URL under the distance eg ''52.6 in the 'km' column for the particular date, or in the 'km' column below:
Start Berry Showground
climb Woodhill Mountain descend to Kangaroo Valley, climb Cambewarra Mtn, descend Berry Mtn to Berry
Train from Berry to Bomaderry, climb Cambewarra to Kangaroo Valley, climb Cambewarra from Kangaroo Valley, climb Bellawongara to Berry
Train from Berry to Kiama - climb Saddleback Mtn Rd, descend Fountaindale Rd, climb Jamberoo Pass to Budderoo Plateau, then to Robertson Pie Shop descend Macq Pass to Albion Park- train to Berry
9am Start Berry Bakery, climb Woodhill Mountain descend to Kangaroo Valley, climb Cambewarra from Kangaroo Valley, descend to Bomaderry||2||47.1|
Start Berry Bakery, climb Berry Mountain to Kangaroo Valley, climb Woodhill Mountain descend Berry Mtn to Berry
Train from Berry to Albion Park, climb Macquarie Pass to Robertson Pie Shop, descend Jamberoo Pass, climb Fountaindale Rd to Saddleback Mtn, descend Saddleback Mtn Rd to Kiama
Start Berry Bakery, climb Berry Mountain to Kangaroo Valley, climb Barrengarry Mtn to Fitzroy Falls, climb Berry Mountain to Berry
Download Bank Teller's spreadsheet which tabulated the above Ride Schedule.
It contains the following broadsheets:
(i) Day Rides Calendar
(ii) Day Rides Summary
(iii) Above 7 Ride Descriptions
(iv) Train timetables for South Coast - Central to/from Bomaderry:
(a) in case anyone wants to catch a train from/to Sydney and Berry, and
(b) on 3 days we catch a train from Berry to commence from Bomaderry, Kiama and Albion Park Rail. Due to the local train being only 2 carriages, we will drive a few cars with bike racks to Bomaderry, Kiama and Albion Park Rail stations, and catch the trains back there after the rides to pick-up the cars.
Cause the train can't hold many bikes, some cyclists will have to drive to the below Start points, with drivers catching the train back to Bomaderry, Kiama and Albion Park stations to collect their jalopies post ride.
Our camp ground is 200m from train station. Trains take 3 hours from Central Railway station to Berry station.
Trains from Central Railway station to Berry station.
Click on: Mon to Fri -
Central 7:58am arriving Berry 10:44am or Central 9:38am arriving Berry 12:19pm or
Central 12:38pm arriving Berry 4:07pm or Central 2:27pm arriving Berry 5:18pm or
Central 5:42pm arriving Berry 8:34pm
Saturday morn' - Departing Central station at 6:40am arriving Albion Park Rail station 8:43am (we will wait for you to arrive)
Sat & Sun - Berry station to Central station
Berry station 1:40pm to Central Railway station 4:57pm. Berry station 4:58pm to Central Railway station 7:58pm
Click on: Accommodation in Berry if you don't want to camp at quaint Berry Showground or the weather turns nasty
Click on: Directions to Berry and camping at Berry Showground
Click on: Meals at night for an array of fine restaurants befitting the quaint Berry township - toast of the Southern Highlands
Click on: Pics taken at first three annual Berry KOM Challenges
Click on: Pacific Pete's movie of Fri 17-18th Nov 2006 Berry "King of the Mountain" Challenge produced by Peter Tyson
Bank Teller expects -
(i) circa 40 hill climbers will participate at some time over the 7 days of cycling from Mon to Sunday inclusive; and
(ii) a few cyclists my Climb all 11 arduous, spectacular KOM Climbs in the Illawarra Climb Region and log their Climb Times in KOMpm.com.
The Climb Reports menu available in KOMpm.com include 'Climb Region Reports' for each 'Age Division', so the website displays 'Climber Rankings' for the Illawarra Climb Region 11 Climbs.
It doesn't cost you anything -
(i) to indicate your interest in participating this November; or
(ii) if you have to bail-out at the 11th hour.
Download below poster for Berry KOM Challenge and invite your bike shop to display it, because more good road cycling "product", such as this annual 7 day assault on all the marvelous mountains in the Southern Highlands and Kiama, will induce more people to road cycling the best concentration of serious climbs in NSW:
* Word version
* HTM version
Risk Warning: King of the Mountain Challenge is targeted at road cyclists who have climbed lots of hills. The ride schedule between Monday and Sunday entails climbing and descending 11 marvellous KOM Climbs. Take the descents slowly, even if the cyclist ahead is ripping down the mountain. One badly taken corner in concert with a motorist coming up the other way, could result in a bad accident...............for you, where they may need paint scrappers and blotters to get you up. The challenge is in the climb, not the descent.
Rap-up of Tour de Wisemans Ferry - 14 cyclists
Rex aka Pimpernel,
Arno aka The
Terry aka Navigator,
Architect rolled out from
Lookout at 7:15am,
Leigh, Richard aka Sloth,
Bank Teller took the shorter start point of
Glenorie Village Shopping Centre. Alas, we were hit with heavy fog
thru Mid-Dural, Glenorie and Glen Forest. Arno and TugBoat were
setting a healthy pace. Navigator wasn't far behind followed by
Pacific Pete, Helga and Scribe. With the front runners
travelling at about 36km p/h, Wham Bang Pete hit a 12cm x 8cm x 6cm rock
on the roadway and came down hard and fast. A combination of riding in a
loose single file Peloton, wearing dark sunnies and a deep fog evidenced Pete
not see the rock in his path. Terry, also wearing dark sunnies which had misted
up, said he only saw a fuzzy brown colour passing right
next to his front wheel, and he didn't know what it was until after Pete had
Come-a-Cropper and TugBoat and he went back to check on Pete.
Andrew who was ahead of
Terry said he hadn't noticed anything.
Taking a tumble travelling around
36km isn't an enviable experience. However, Pete fared better than
expected. Scribe doesn't think anything got broked. Unsure
whether it was the way Pete's wheel hit the rock or his reaction to veer twds
safety. However, Pete veered left and landed in the dirt. In bracing for
his fall, Pete had ducked his head and cart-wheeled landing on his left shoulder
which is better that Scribe in NZ two years ago when Phil landed on the roadway
on his head and buggered his neck. Pete was surprisingly lucid and mobile whilst
waiting for Dieter to return Sth for his car, although he had
a gritty look about him that would scare a scavenging dog out of a butcher’s
shop. By the time
Dieter, Helga and Phil had accompanied Pete to his Forestville
digs, Pacific had started to stiffen up.
Rex reported that the rest of the ride was uneventful, with the
13km section to
Cliftonville Lodge particularly scenic, although the Killer hill
from Cliftonville had pollaxed him. And
Stone House Cafe Maroota hadn't yet opened. Leigh and Sloth
Stone House Cafe Maroota had a sign 'For Sale - closed on Sundays'.
Last Sunday, Scribe had bought two fancy ice blocks there and
taken a pic of the joint, "So a week is a long time in cycling".
We may have to source a 2nd Nosh Stop somewhere along
Halcrows Rd/Cattai Ridge Rd 'cause after that Killer climb from Cliftonville, it
is a long haul back to Porters Lookout. Separately, Leigh and Richard
found a beaut short cut along Post Office Rd from Cattai Ridge Rd and recommend
the ambience at the Glenorie Bakery and Deli
for a post-ride Nosh.
rap-up and pics from 4th
Berry "King of the Mountain Challenge Series"
21 Climbers over 7 glorious days
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