The Bullsheet


Mon, 26 Apr '10 Cinque or Trois Montagnes clockwise  -  1st Nosh Stop Andy's Cafe, Arcadia from 8:50am 

¨     "Cinque Montagnes" - clockwise from Nth Turra’ by 7:30am94km     ETR 1:05pm

¨     “Trois Montagnes”  clockwise from Hornsby    by 8:05am65km   ETR 12:25pm

Cyclists from the longer departure point of Nth Turramurra do not pass the shorter Hornsby departure spot - usually meet after ascent of Galston Rd just before Andy's Cafe, Arcadia

Main Route:

Nth Turra’, Bobbin Hd, Galston Gorge, Berowra Waters punt, Brooklyn, Bobbin Hd, Nth Turra’


500m past Burns Rd in Bobbin Head Rd Nth Turramurra; or
300m Nth of Hornsby Stn West side, Jersey St.

Nosh Stops:

Andy's Cafe, Arcadia                  30 min
Pie in the Sky                             30 min


Ride Organiser: Phil aka BankTeller  0434 715.861, Jane aka Neo-Luddite, Harry aka KayakMan and David aka CricketTragic are starting from Hornsby at 8:05am.
If you think you are >80% of joining us, can you e-mail Scribe and he will add ya in the above.

1st Leg: Nth Turra' 31km or Hornsby 16km to Andy's Cafe, Arcadia

¨        Longer Ride - Cinque Montagnes [94km] - 31km 1st Leg
Park in Valley Park Cres carpark
on LHS (700m past Burns Rd) in Bobbin Head Rd Nth Turramurra to rollout by 7:30am from outside the Corner Cafe, for down/up Bobbin Head, arriving 1st Sag Stop (5 min) Kalkari Reserve
 after 9.9km.  Thence 4km along Bobbin Head Rd. 
into Belmont Pde.
[becomes Royston Rd] hugging Asquith Golf Course on LHS. 
Pacific Highway after R into Baldwin St and cross over railway line at Asquith train station, then veer R at traffic lights continue SW on Pacific Highway and shortly R into Galston Rd and pedal twds Hornsby Heights.


¨        Shorter Ride - Trois Montagnes [65km] - 16km 1st Leg
Rollout 8
:05am Hornsby car-park [100m Nth/West of Railway Hotel in Jersey St]  -
Nth up Jersey St for 500m, 
*    L into Bridge Rd 40m to lights at Old Pacific H’way, 
*    R and pedal 700m Nth; and 
*    L at lights at Galston Rd and cycle twds Hornsby Heights.

Route now becomes common for both start points.  NNW thru Hornsby Heights and descend to Galston Gorge and climb 3km to Crosslands Rd. Then left for 1.1km and Right at roundabout into Arcadia Rd for 4km to Wylds Rd and 100m further on Andy's Cafe, Arcadia for 1st Nosh Stop (30 min) arriving from 8:50am. 

2nd Leg: Andy's Cafe, Arcadia  to  Pie in the Sky - 30km

9:20am pedal Nth along Galston Rd/Arcadia Rd which changes to Bay Rd at pastoral Berrilee, where a few km later after passing the familiar Koppers Log KOM descend to picturesque Berowra Waters for our 2nd Sag Stop (10 min) - ride on the punt. 
After another familiar climb, take a 3rd Sag Stop
(10 min) under cover at Former Pool Shop, before re-entering the Old Pacific H'way from Berowra Waters Rd. at 9am and cycle N past Cowan station and Pie in the Sky before descending to 'U' turn at Brooklyn Rd before climbing 3.85km back to Pie in the Sky at 11am for our 2nd Nosh Stop (30 min).

3rd Leg: Pie in the Sky to Hornsby 19km or Nth Turra' shops - 31km

11:30am commence return home Sth down Old Pacific H'way -

¨        enter Bobbin Head to Nth Turra' shops - ETR 1:05pm; or

¨        continue Sth onto Hornsby - ETR 12:25pm.

Risk Warning

Ø   Do not cycle over the metal girders on the ramp at the Berowra Waters ferry, if you opt to cycle off the ferry, 'cause you will come down hard, like many before you.

Ø   Hardcopy these directions and bring on Sunday

Ø   Expend 5 min studying your street directory for this route, if you haven't ridden it before

Ø   Don't ride two abreast on single lane roads with an unbroken centre line and descend corners on wet roads as though you are skating on ice

Ø   When passing a fellow Mugg, always provide at least a metre clearance.  If you can't, or are passing on the inside, you MUST call out loudly eg. "passing inside" etc

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.

Ø    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

Ø    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

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

Scribe's wrap-up of Somersby Bellbirds - 128km -  11 cyclists

Eight crew completed the arduous 128km anti-c/w loop with three of them Jane aka Neo-Luddite, David aka CricketTragic and Ron aka Draftsman registering their longest Muggs rides.  The burgers at Somersby General Store were half the price of the rip-off joint, Bayview Marina, and the service from two young staff was 1st Class.  Another three cyclists (Navigator, CampyAficionado and Whippet) turned-around at Mt White.

If it wasn't the foggiest morning ever for a Muggs' ride, it was amongst the murkiest, with the final three clicks to Mt White a veritable "pea-souper".  Scribe's 'scientific noggin" reckoned it was due to the volcano blurting ash in Iceland, but the credence to his theory suffered some rebuke when the fog mysteriously lifted north of Mt. White.  Scribe retorted such deriding criticism, "Guys it is a long way from Iceland to Somersby".

Above 'n below pics from Mt White after 35.5km


Above 'n below pics from Somersby General Store after 60km


Management at Somersby General Store was offering tantalizing "matured" Freebies, but BankTeller declined.

Martin aka Architect, Pete aka Pelvis and Trevor aka Tornado had already departed PitS when the above five arrived there on a balmy Autumn arvo after 107km

Scribe   18 Apr '10