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New Year's Eve, Saturday, 31 Dec, 7:45am Sutherland Leisure Centre - Tour de Stanwell Tops, Garie Beach & Bundeena Beach - 96km – ETR 1:40pm
*         Join a 6 year tradition of Muggs' assembling en masse in Royal National Park on New Year's w'end, 'cause the traffic is quiet        
*         Ride Organiser:     Phil Johnston  9498.3684 hm
*         Hardcopy these directions and bring on ride

Snap Shot:
At sparrow fart on a Sunday morn' it is only 45 minutes drive from Chatswood [38km] to the Sutherland Leisure Centre at Waratah Park off Rawson Ave (approx 1km south of Sutherland shop).  Assemble at bottom RHS in carpark immediately outside the swimming complex to rollout 7:45am sharp Sth down Princess H'way past Waterfall. 
After 21.6km on the main drag, L into Lawrence Hargraves Drive and R into Lady Wakehurst Drive descending Stanwell Tops to
Stanwell Park.  Thence Nth initially up a killer 2.9km KOM Climb to Bald Hill and onto Otford KOM crest, thence 400m to Otford Pie Shop for 1st Nosh Stop (30 min).
Thence Nth 10km to 2nd 4.55km
KOM 
Climb from McKell Ave (LHS) to Garie Beach RdThen brief descent to Garie Beach for 2nd Nosh Stop (20 min). 
3rd 2.65km
KOM Climb from Garie Beach, then R heading Nth to Audley Weir then up to our cars.  ETR 1:40pm.
Nosh Stops:

Otford Pie Shop                           from   8:55am        25 min
Garie Beach                                from  10:40am        25 min
Sag Stops:
Lawrence Hargraves Drive          from  8:25am           5 min
RTA barrier at Coalcliff                from  9:50am           5 min

KOM Climbs:
2.9km from Stanwell Park Start to Stanwell Tops/
Otford KOM
4.1km from McKell Ave to Garie Beach Rd KOM

2.65km from Garie Beach to Sir Bertram Stevens Drive

1.55km 5.5% from Audley Weir to TollBooth

 

Directions from North Shore, either –

Ø         Homebush Bay Drive / Centenary Drive / Roberts Rd / Wiley Ave / King George's Rd / Princess H’way; or

Ø         Pacific Highway over Harbour Bridge onto Princess H’way at Broadway, remaining on Princess H’way crossing George’s River Bridge and passing thru Sylvania and Gymea. 
Then -

    (a)     continue straight into The Grand Pde (when most of the traffic turns L into Arcadia Rd.)

    (b)     250m later veer L into Old Princess H'way which 250m later, after passing President Ave on LHS, becomes Rawson Ave.

    (c)     150m later L into carpark at Waratah Park and park down the bottom on RHS in front of the Swimming Centre. 

1st Leg: Sutherland via Princess H'way and Stanwell Park to Otford Pie Shop -  33km - 83 min

7:45am:

Left St along Rawson Ave for 1.1km;

Ahead Sth down Princess H'way for 22km;

Left after 23km (Sambio Animal Gardens sign) into Lawrence Hargraves Drive for 1st Sag Stop (5 min) 50m off Princess H'way;

Ahead due E for 3.2km to juncture of Lawrence Hargraves Drive and Lady Wakehurst Drive Sign Post [26km] at Bald Hill;
Left 2.7km Sth descending from Stanwell Tops along
Lady Wakehurst Drive to Stanwell Park to steel fence and re-group;

Then retrace 3.8km Nth (including 1st KOM Climb of 2.9km) to 1st Nosh Stop (30 min) at picturesque
Otford
Apple Pie Shop overlooking the Blue Pacific
from 9:20am with spectacular views Sth twds Wollongong

2nd Leg: Otford Pie Shop to Garie Beach - 18.3km (agg 51km) - 59 min

9:50am:

Nth 10.1km up Lady Wakehurst Drive which changes to Sir Bertram Stevens Drive at McKell Ave;

Nth for 2nd KOM Climb of 4.1km to Garie Beach Rd KOM;

Right into Garie Beach Rd for 2.7km descent to quaint Garie Beach 2nd Nosh Stop (10 min).

3rd Leg: Garie Beach to Bundenna Beach -  18.7km (agg 70km) - 53 min

11:00am:

East retracing 2.7km up 3rd KOM Climb at gate before to Sir Bertram Stevens Drive;

R Nth 4.6km along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive to Wattamolla Drive;

Ahead Nth 1.1km to Bundeena Drive;

Right East 10.5km eventually descending Bundeena Drive to Bundeena Beach for 3rd Nosh Stop (25 min)

4th Leg: Bundenna Beach to Audley Weir - 20.3 (agg 90.3km) - 57 min

12:15pm:

West retracing 10.5km up to Sir Bertram Stevens Drive;

R 9.8km Nth along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive passing Flat rock and descending Artillery Hill to Audley Weir for 4th Nosh Stop (10 min)

5th Leg: Audley Weir to Waratah Park -  5.7km (agg 95.6km) - 18 min

1:30pm:

Cross Audley Weir for Start of 5th KOM Climb from Audley Weir NE up Sir Bertram Stevens Drive to TollBooth;

Ahead 2km along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive/Farnell Ave to Princess H'way;

Right Nth 1km up Princess H'way;

Ahead Nth into Rawson Ave for 1.1km returning to Sutherland Leisure Centre, Waratah Park - ETA 1:40pm.



Scribe's
rap of Sunday,

 

Scribe      _  Dec '05