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New Year's Day, Friday, 1 Jan '10, 7:50am from Sutherland Leisure Centre - Tour de Wollongong, thence catching Iron Horse from Nth Wollongong back to Waterfall, drop down McKell Ave to cycle up thru RNP to Sutherland - 88.5km ETR 1:50pm

Shorten ride to 60km by staying on the train all the way back to Sutherland station
Ø   No trackwork on the Illawarra Line

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 shopping centre).  Park in middle of largish open-air carpark outside the swimming complex.  Rollout 7:50am sharp down the Princess H'way past Waterfall and left into Lawrence Hargraves Drive and right into Lawrence Hargraves Drive thru Austinmer to Bulli Cafe for 1st Nosh Stop (30 min)
Thence south to
Wollongong Harbour 2nd Nosh Stop (30 min).  3km to Nth Wollongong to catch train to Waterfall. Drop down McKell Ave for 3rd Nosh Stop (10 min), thence 5km to Waratah Park - ETR 1:50pm.
Nosh Stops:

Bulli Cafe
                                                                  from  9:30am           30 min
LeVendi's Seafood, Wollongong Harbour                  from 10:35am          30 min
Audley Weir cafe                                                        from 1:20pm           10 min
Sag Stops:
100m into Lawrence Hargraves Drive off-ramp          from 8:35am             5 min

WHO, WHEN, WHERE

Ride Organiser is Phil Johnston aka BankTeller  9114.6689 or 0434 715.861, Martin aka Architect, Eric aka PapaBearLois Lane PacificPete  and  Terry aka Navigator  have committed thus far. 
If you think you are >80% of joining us, can you e-mail Scribe, and he will add ya above.

Directions from North Shore, either

         Homebush Bay Drive / Centenary Drive / Roberts Rd / Wiley Ave / King George's Rd / Princess Hway; or

         Pacific Highway over Harbour Bridge onto Princess Hway at Broadway, remaining on Princess Hway crossing Georges 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 Leisure Centre via Princess H'way to SeaSalt Cafe Bulli  -  42km - 100 min

7:50am:

Left South along Rawson Ave for 1.1km;

Ahead South down Princess H'way for 21km;

Left after 22km immediately after passing "Sambio Animal Gardens" sign up off-ramp into Lawrence Hargraves Drive for 100m for 1st Sag Stop (5 min) to ensure slower cyclists don't continue down the Princess H'way;

Ahead due E for 3.1km to Bald Hill (juncture of Lawrence Hargraves Drive and Lady Wakehurst Drive) [25km];
Right 2.7km Sth descending from Stanwell Tops descending to Stanwell Park continuing along
Lawrence Hargraves Drive crossing new Bridge, passing thru Coalcliff, Clifton, Cape Horn, Scarborough, Wombarra, Coledale, arriving from 9:30am for 1st Nosh Stop (30 min) at Bulli Cafe.

 

2nd Leg: Bulli Cafe to LeVendi Seafood, Wollongong Harbour - 14km (agg 56km)  -  35 min

10am Sth past Thirroul, Bulli, Woonona Beach to Wollongong Harbour around 10:35am 2nd Nosh Stop (30 min).

A

Lawrence Hargraves Dr.

3.0

McCauley St

~

SW

42

L

McCauley St

0.7

Surfers Pde.

~

SE

43

L

Surfers Pde.

0.2

Craig St

~

E

43

R

Craig St

0.1

Hamilton Rd

~

S

43

L

Hamilton Rd

0.3

Cycleway

~

S

44

A

Cycleway

2.2

Farrell Rd

~

S

46

A

Cycleway

4.7

Murray Rd

~

S

50

R

Murray Rd

0.5

Cawley St

~

E

51

L

Cawley St

0.3

Cycleway

~

S

51

A

Cycleway

4.7

Wollongong Harbour

~

S

56

Arrive LeVendi Seafood, Wollongong Harbour at 10:35am after 56km for 2nd Nosh Stop (30 min)

 

3rd Leg: Wollongong Harbour to North Wollongong station -  1.9km (agg 57.9km)  -  7 min

11:05am -

4th Leg: Waterfall train station to Audley Kiosk 25.4km (agg 83km)  -  65 min

After 57.9km at 12:15pm drop 4.7km down McKell Ave and cross concrete bridge.

Left into Sir Bertram Stevens Drive for 5.5km Nth to Garie Beach Rd.

Ahead for 5.5km for further fleeting 3rd Sag Stop (3 min) at intersection of Bundeena Drive. 

Continue NW another 9.8km for a 3rd Nosh Stop (15 min) from 1:20pm at Audley Kiosk 50m before Audley Weir - excellent coffee 'n maggot sacks.

CARE: Keep well to LHS along the final legs from Bundeena to Audley Weir.  If a cue of cars is behind you, pull over to side of road and allow 'em to pass.

5th Leg: Audley Weir to Waratah Park -  5.5km (agg 88.5km)  -  15 min

1:35pm cross the weir and up precipitous Farnell Ave to Princess H'way and R onto Princess H'way, shortly pass Loftus Oval on RHS.  1km after traffic lights at Rawson Ave turn R into Sutherland Leisure Centre - ETR 1:50pm.

Risk Warning
Some forms of cycling are dangerous. 
An ave of 36 Australian cyclists have been killed annually since 2000.  95% of these fatalities occur on the road
Other cyclists in Australia break bones and incur nerve impairment from falling off their bikes in accidents. 
A cyclist could fall from his/her bike, inter alia, due to -
(i)      being hit by a car or another cyclist; or
(ii)     encountering a pothole;
(iii)    cycling too fast on a wet downhill where the coefficient of friction is much less, particularly at corners; or
(iv)    getting their bicycle wheel caught in a gap in a timber bridge.

A negligent cyclist could -

(a)    be litigated by a seriously injured cyclist, or 3rd party (ie. a woman pushing a pram on a footpath or a car driver) under common law where the damages could exceed $500,000; and

(b)    lose his/her home if he/she did not have public liability insurance which covers their negligence whilst on a push bike.

A negligent cyclist who did not have personal injury insurance (ie self-employed without income protection cover) could struggle to meet regular outgo commitments.

A seriously injured cyclist could be awarded damages which a negligent cyclist could not afford to pay if the negligent cyclist -
(I)     did not have public liability insurance cover; and/or
(II)    did not possess valuable assets.

     Cycling without Public Liability cover is as silly as driving without 3rd Party -
 join Bike NSW for PL insurance, so that all Muggs are better protected

     Click on: Risk Management which warns of 'inter alia', the dangers of cycling on public roads with motor cars, potholes and over bridges with vertical timber planks with gaps

     Cycling with Muggs is predicated upon notifying Bank Teller if you materially disagree with any clause(s) in Muggaccinos' "Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgment"

Pics from Wed 30th Dec, Marsfield to Brighton le Sands, historic Kurnell, Cronulla - 84km  -  7 starters

Above two pics and below pic snapped at Brighton le Sands aprs 41 clicks. 

Our route due south from Vimiera Rd carpark Marsfield, Eastwood, Denistone, Meadowbank, South Strathfield along Cooks River to Brighton le Sands for brunch along the waters of Botany Bay, and on to Kurnell for a train back from Cronulla is not the sort of route for a Muggs' Sunday ride.  However, it is a beaut route midweek, particularly over the holiday season.

Three of us made it out to the Kurnell Lookout, where we added a sightseer to our pic 'cause her brother was taking the snap

A few of the crew took a fleeting dip outside the cafe at Kurnell Village Cafe

Scribe's wrap-up of Turra' station to assault the dreaded Old Bathurst Rd to Springwood, thence descend Yarramundi to Richmond for train to Seven Hills, then home along M2 - 88km - 6 cyclists


 

Four eager beavers outside Emu Plains station full of anticipation to tackle the infamous Old Bathurst Rd 'short-cut' from the Penrith basin up to Springwood

1st Nosh Stop at Aroma Cafe, Springwood having just scaled the 2.05km Old Bathurst Rd KOM Climb which Andrew aka Tugboat and George aka EnglishMan flew up, with TugBoat pushing a 39/26 for all it was worth, and hang the throbbing quads.  Justine ranked the 2.05km short/sharp ascent as 'El Supremo'.  But not having attended an Annual King of the Mountain Challenge at Berry where we climb the bestest cluster of 'real hills' in NSW, this veritable whipper-snapper, who is still wet behind the ears, wouldn't know what a real hill was.

Above 'n below pics en route from East Richmond to Seven Hills station


 

Secret drug intake half way up Kissing Point Rd, 'cause we was 'all on empty'  having cycled 87km out West with the temp still rising

Rap-up of Hornsby, Galston Gorge/Berowra Ferry climbs with Boxing Day meet-up at Andy's Cafe -  6 at Andy's -  44km


It didn't rain at all, but yes there was a persistent Highland Mist, but we didn't care especially as Pete aka Yamaha, albeit a tad larger around the girth than the last time he rode with Muggs at least 3 years ago, was making his comeback ride.  And ToothFairy, who made her comeback ride 9 weeks ago out to Windsor, also joined us at Andy's.

Scribe's camera phone isn't too clear sometimes, but it looks like waiting for the ferry.  Unaccountably, the bottom RHS of this pic has vanished

Above snap shows Yamaha with his bike aloft after successfully climbing his 2nd KOM Climb from the ferry to the Berowra shops, with the first being up Galston Gorge.  Pete was too pooped-out to hold his bike for this pic, so Matt did the lifting for him. 

Post ride back at Hornsby carpark

 

Scribe   _ Dec '09