The Bullsheet       Sunrise 6:21am     Hot day forecast - so early start - early finish

Sunday, 5th Feb '17, 6:40am from Hornsby Jersey St carpark or 7:10am from St Ives car park Mona Vale Rd for Eric's "Bushlands route thru Terry Hills and Duffy's Forest, clockwise descent to Illawong Bay & Akuna Bay, ride initial lumpy 2km in/out of Cottage Point to the lookout, for Brekkie at Church Point - return up McCarrs Creek Rd - ETR St Ives 11:05am - 70km  or  Hornsby 12:10pm - 89km

Ride Organiser: Phil aka BankTeller  0434 715.861 [1st Responder], Justine aka Trumpeter [2nd Responder], Pete aka CampyAficinado [3rd Responder], John aka ChiliDog [4th Responder], are starting from St Ives at 7:10am.    Barry aka BackPacker Jane aka NeoLudditeJohn aka Auckland  [3rd Responder], Tony aka Publican [4th Responder], , Bill aka Glasgow, , Ann aka ToothFairy ,


If you are 80% confident of joining this ride, predicated upon a fine morn', please let Bank Teller know

Prologue Leg:  Hornsby Jersey St carpark to St Ives car park Mona Vale Rd - 9km - 30 min

6:40am cycle the following route which has low road traffic which follows the street signs to St Ives: 

*        L down Pacific H'way for 800m

*        L into Edgeworth David Ave to F3 Overpass for 2km

*        Ahead into Junction Rd for 1.3km

*        R into Eastern Rd for 700m

*        L into Burns Rd for 2.2km,

*        Ahead into Killeaton St for 2.3km,

*        Right into Memorial Ave for 500m,

*        Left into Mona Vale Rd for 100m. 

If cycling from St Ives back to Hornsby at the tail of this ride, due to increased traffic after church, the back road route listed at the bottom of this ride invitation is recommended.

1st Leg: St Ives, via Bushlands route thru Terry Hills/Duffy's Forest to Sag Stop at Thai Restaurant - 18km - 55 min
7:10am -

*        E along Mona Vale Rd for 6.7km,

*        L [opposite Forest Way - at Terrey Hills Fruit Barn] into Myoora Rd and take a 1st Sag Stop (3 min) at least 60m down Myoora Rd,

*        Ahead 1.1km along Myoora Rd passing the Golf Driving Range on LHS,

*        L into Aumuna Rd at dangerous roundabout (ask Martin aka Architect) for 550m - initial steep descent, then big climb,

*        R into Coonawarra Rd for 200m

*        L into Cooyong Rd for 300m

*        R into Boona Rd for 400m

*        L into Tooronga Rd for 1.2km

*        L into Booralie Rd for 2km

*        "U"- turn at the dead-end of Cow Corner – NOTE: turn around as soon as you see faster cyclists returning.  Continue past Terrey Hills neighbourhood shopping centre, thru roundabout and take 2nd Sag Stop (5 min) from 8:05am outside Terrey Hills Thai Restaurant at top of McCarrs Creek Rd - muster off the road.


3rd Leg: Terrey Hills Thai Restaurant via clockwise entrance to Akuna Bay loop,  2km into Cottage Point Rd (and back out), thru Illawong Bay/Akuna Bay, right at 'T' junction, left at McCarrs Creek Rd to Church Point Cafe  -  31km  -  80 min
8:10am -

*  Descend McCarrs Creek Rd

*  Ahead down Liberator General San Martin Drive (left hand/clockwise entrance to Akuna Bay), 

*  Left into Cottage Point Rd for initial 2km of Cottage Point Rd to crest with views down each side to bays - Sag Stop

*  Return 2km out of Cottage Point Rd

*  Left back into Liberator General San Martin Drive passing thru Illawong Bay, Akuna Bay, up to 'T' junction for Sag Stop,

*  Right 1.3km down McCarrs Creek Rd crossing timber bridge,

*  Left into McCarrs Creek Rd 5.3km Church Point Cafe arriving from 9:30am for 1st Nosh Stop (30 mins)

4th Leg: Church Point Cafe back up McCarrs Creek Rd to St Ives - 20.5km  - 65 min
Depart 10:00am arriving back at St Ives for 2nd Nosh Stop at Pattisons Patisserie (25 min) from 11:05am.

4th Leg: St Ives to Hornsby - 9.9km  - 30 min

11:40am - L

Mona Vale Rd


Pentecost Ave


Pentecost Ave


Ku'ring'gai  Ave


Boomerang St


Eastern Rd


Eastern Rd


Bangalla St


Bangalla St


Millewa St


Millewa St


F3 Overpass


Alexandra Pde


Pattisons Ave/Leonard St


Pattisons Ave/Leonard St


Pacific H'way


Pacific H'way


Coronation St   


Coronation St   


Jersey St


Jersey St


Hornsby car park - ETR 12:10pm

Risk Warning

Ř      Take Care descending to Illawong Bay.  About 1.5km past Cottage Point Rd is a hard RH switch-back, known as The Wall, which has claimed several cyclists, including Siggy who was carted off in an ambulance, so take that hard right-hander slowly, particularly if the road is damp

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.

Ř     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

Ř     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

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

 If you have 'Deepish Pockets' and you don't want them lightened

Bank Teller beseeches each rider to again read Muggaccinos' "Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgment" and speak up with gusto at a forthcoming Nosh Stop if you disagree with any clause therein, because by you accepting the 'Ride Invitation' in the weekly Bullsheet, you are agreeing to the lawful obligations therein, and should a fellow rider, or other third party, be seriously injured due to your negligence, your pockets might be materially lightened because pursuant to -

*      Regulation 15 of the NSW Road Rules 'a bicycle is a vehicle'; and

*      Regulation 17 of the NSW Road Rules, 'a rider is a driver'

Ipso facto, the same laws of negligence apply when cycling your bike, as when driving your jalopy.

Below is an extract of the final bullet point in the (further) above Risk Warning:

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".

Below is the pertinent extract from "Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgment"

Cycling protocols:



 (x)          As a Ride Participant, I –

(j          will give as much warning time as possible to enable a rider immediately ahead to give me more clearance when passing him/her by calling-out LOUDLY -
*     "Passing your right"
to warn an up-coming Ride Participant, if I am passing closer than 1˝ metres on their RHS; or
*     "Passing your inside" or "Passing your left"  if I need to pass an upcoming rider on their LHS

31 Jan 16 - Trois Montagnes - 9 cyclists - 75km

Pete aka CampyAficinado wanted a picture of his thumb at Brooklyn Pier Cafe

Tony aka Publican 'Humored the Heathen' with an infantile thumbs-up

3rd Jan '16  - Nth Turra' for Quatre Montagnes  -  70km  -  6 riders  (The below four riders, plus Bill aka Glasgow and BankTeller)

Our initial Sag Stop at Kalkari Reserve after climbing from Bobbin Head bridge

On the Berowra Waters punt on a misty morning which because "Mistier"

New Years Day ride from Sutherland to Wollongong, then climbed Mt. Keira, then caught train to Waterfall -  91km  -  8 riders

George aka Englishman and Chris aka RecalcitrantBankTeller  rode 120km.  Andrew aka TugBoat and Eric aka PapaBear rode back from Wollongong to Sutherland. 

Jane aka NeoLuddite, Chris aka RecalcitrantBankTeller, Eric aka PapaBear (from his best side), Lea aka SlowLea and Lois aka LoisLane

Terry aka Navigator pontificating after scaling Artillery Hill to Gibraltar Rock and then cycling south down the RNP to Ruby's Cafe Bulli

Enjoying glorious sunshine at Ruby's Cafe Bulli after 45km from Sutherland Leisure Centre carpark

Andrew aka TugBoat, Eric aka PapaBear, George aka Englishman and Chris aka RecalcitrantBankTeller back at Nth Wollongong Harbour after scaling Mt Keira

BankTeller handed his phone camera to Tugboat for the above pic

Hornsby to Windsor, via Pitt Town Rd - return via Cattai Ridge Rd  -  4 cyclists  -  93km

Good to see Grant aka BeanCounter back in the saddle.  It was his first ride in six months - He would have slept hard that night

Pics from Boxing Day 'Quatre Demi Sommets'  -  79km  -  8 riders


Pics from 9th Annual Emu Plains up Old Bathurst Rd, Springwood, Richmond ride -  93km  -  6 riders

Above "Selfie" wont go viral on YouTube unless perhaps in the "horror category"

PapaBear and TugBoat celebrating scaling the "SuperSteep" Old Bathurst Rd at the Bowaga Ave KOM

The first nasty climb is Old Bathurst Rd.  The equally precipitous decent is down from Yarramundi Lookout

Outside the familiar 1st Nosh Stop at The Subway at Springwood

The Yarramundi Lookout at where the below pics evidence that the Nepean Catchment is "Chockers" with H2O.

Pics from last Sunday week's 'Hornsby to Mt White to Woy Woy' -  67km  -  7 crew

Eric aka PapaBear cycled back doubling his ride - "I have to train for the Audax!"

It was good to see John aka BakerBoy join our ride at Mt White.

Last Sunday's Duffy's Forest, West Head & Akuna Bay  -  75km -  10 riders


Outside the Thai Restaurant Sag Stop after riding Eric's lumpy 'backroads route' of Duffy's Forest/Terrey Hills

Why would RMS (nee RTA) have a 60km p/h sign on the final descent to the West Head Lookout followed 90 metres later by a 35km p/h yellow sign when the below 'negatively cambered corner' has evidenced a welter of push bikes and motor bikes have Come a Cropper all too often with disastrous injuries?  One cyclist, Jhonnie Blampied, spent three months in a coma after coming off at this infamous Blackspot on 3 Sept. '03.

250 metres after the 35km p/h sign is the above 15km p/h sign

BankTeller    4th Jan '16