The Bullsheet      Sunrise 5:57am         Sydney 'metro area' is forecast to reach 30o max

Sunday, 4th Jan '15:

¨     "Cinque Montagnes" - clockwise from Nth Turra’ by 6:50am  –  91km   ETR 12:40pm  OR

¨     “Trois Montagnes” plus Sommerville Rd  –  clockwise from Hornsby    by 7:15am  –  73km   ETR 12:00pm  OR

¨     “Trois Montagnes” excluding Sommerville Rd  –  clockwise from Hornsby    by 7:35am  –  65km   ETR 12:00pm

At the crest of the climb from Galston Gorge, we Right into Crosslands Rd for 800m, then Left into Bevans Rd for 'backroads lumpy route' to top of the descent to Berowra Waters Cafe

Cyclists from the longer departure point of Nth Turramurra do not pass the shorter Hornsby departure point. 
Shorter route from Hornsby at 7:15am includes 8km 'flatish' out/back along Sommerville Rd,
but not the 2.5km descent to Crosslands Reserve.
Route from Nth Turra' does not ride
Sommerville Rd.
Both groups usually meet approaching
1st Nosh Stop at Berowra Waters Marina Fish Cafe from 8:45am


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

Nosh Stops:

Berowra Waters Marina Fish Cafe                  from  8:55am  - 30 min
Pie in the Sky                                                  from 10:40am - 25 min


Ride Organiser: Phil aka BankTeller  0434 715.861 [1st Responder], Jane aka NeoLuddite  [2nd Responder], Bill aka Glasgow, [3rd Responder], are starting from Nth Turra’ at 6:50am.

..................... are starting from Hornsby carpark at 7:15am and including Sommerville Rd, but not the 2.5km descent to Crosslands Reserve.    Martin aka Architect David aka TreeHugger Dave aka CricketTragic,


Jean aka ChiliDog is driving a bus to 'keep the wolves from the door' and assist pay for his fondness for a nightcap(s) of Chivas Regal.   

If you think you are >80% of joining us, please e-mail Scribe and he will add ya in the above.

1st Longer Leg: Nth Turra' 39km (120min) to Berowra Waters Marina Fish Cafe

Park in Valley Park Cres carpark on LHS (700m past Burns Rd) in Bobbin Head Rd Nth Turramurra to rollout by 6:50am from outside the Corner Cafe, for down/up Bobbin Head, arriving 1st Sag Stop (5 min) Kalkari Reserve after 9.9km.  Thence 4km West along Bobbin Head Rd. 
into Belmont Pde. [becomes Royston Rd] hugging Asquith Golf Course on LHS. 
Pac. Highway after R into Baldwin St and cross over railway line at Asquith train station, then veer R at traffic lights continue SW and shortly R into Galston Rd and pedal 4km NNW twds Hornsby Heights to
Sommerville Rd.  Then continue ahead.


1st Shorter Leg: Hornsby carpark 32km (80min) to Berowra Waters Marina Fish Cafe

Rollout 7:15am Hornsby station carpark in Jersey St - 100m north of Railway Hotel and 300m Nth of  Hornsby station on west side of train line  -

*      Nth up Jersey St for 500m 

*      L into Bridge Rd for 40m to traffic lights at Old Pacific H’way 

*      R and pedal 700m Nth

*      L at lights at Galston Rd and cycle 4km NNW twds Hornsby Heights to Sommerville Rd

*      Turn R into Sommerville Rd and cycle 4km to start of descent into Crosslands Rd

*      Re-trace 4km along Sommerville Rd to Galston Rd and turn Right.

Route now becomes common for both start points: 

*      From Sommerville Rd lights cycle 600m NNW thru Hornsby Heights

*      Left and descend 4km to Galston Gorge

*      Climb 3km to Crosslands Rd.

*      Right into Crosslands Rd for 800m

*      Left into Bevans Rd for 400m

*      Left into Knights Rd for 600m

*      Right into Bayfield Rd for 900m

*      Veer Right into Blacks Rd for 700m

*      Ahead into Arcadia Rd for 1km

*      Ahead descending Bay Rd passing the familiar Koppers Log KOM  for 5km to picturesque Berowra Waters Marina Fish Cafe on West side of ferry arriving from 8:55am for 1st Nosh Stop (30 min).

2nd Leg: Berowra Waters Marina Fish Cafe to Pie in the Sky - 22km - 75 min

9:25am ascend Berowra Waters Rd up familiar 4km climb and take cover at crest outside Former Pool Shop for 3rd Sag Stop (5 min). 

Then flat 3km to re-enter Old Pacific H'way from Berowra Waters Rd.

Left up Old Pacific H'way for 4.1km to Cowan station

Ahead along Old Pacific H'way for 4km passing Pie in the Sky

Descend 3.9km to Brooklyn Rd

'U turn' and ascend 3.9km to Pie in the Sky for 2nd Nosh Stop (25 min) from 10:40am.

3rd Leg: Pie in the Sky to Hornsby 19km (55 min) or Nth Turra' shops - 30km (95 min)

11:05am commence return home Sth down Old Pacific H'way -

¨        enter Bobbin Head to Nth Turra' shops - ETR 12:40pm; or

¨        continue Sth onto Hornsby - ETR 12:00pm.

Risk Warning
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 10 min reading this invitation and 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 and call out loudly as you approach an upcoming rider "Passing your right", so s/he can drift to their Left to allow you even more clearance.  If you can't, or are passing on the inside, you MUST call out loudly eg. "Passing your inside" or "Passing your left".

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"

Pics from annual New Year's morn' ride to Nth Wollongong and back thru RNP  -  7 riders  PapaBear and Andrew aka TugBoat rode 'there and back' for 110km


A tad difficult to work out "Who-is-who" in above pic at Ruby's Cafe, Bulli Beach after 45km on a Veritable Corker of a new Year's morn'.  But easier in below pic.

Nth Wollongong train station was again Chockers with teenagers travelling to Central for a Music festival.  They were all in good spirits and 'stone cold sober'. 
Given that the average age was 16, that is comforting.

Scribe   1 Jan '14