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Sunday, 5 Nov '17, 7:00am from St. Ives carpark for "Brunch at Warriewood- return via Wakehurst Parkway  -  94km  -  ETR 1:00pm

WHO, WHEN, WHERE:

Ride Organiser, Phil Johnston aka Bank Teller  0434 715.861 [1st Acceptor], Justine aka Trumpeter [2nd Acceptor], Tony aka Publican [3rd Acceptor], John aka Auckland [4th Acceptor], Jean aka ChiliDog [5th Acceptor], are starting from St. Ives at 7:00am.

Bill aka Glasgow  [3rd Responder], Chris aka RecalcitrantBankTeller [7th Responder] are starting from Nth Turra' around 7:40am

Jane ala NeoLuddite, [2nd Responder], Bill aka Glasgow  [3rd Responder], Eric aka PapaBear  [4th Responder], Pete aka CampyAficinado [5th Responder], Chris aka RecalcitrantBankTeller [7th Responder]

Alan aka PharLap [6th Responder] plans to meet us along McCarrs Creek Rd or along the West Head road.

Terry aka Navigator, Alan aka PharLap,  Ron aka Draughtsman, Tony aka Publican  and wife, Amy, Jean aka ChiliDog     Lea aka SlowLea,  

APOLOGIES:

If you are >80% of joining us, contingent upon a fine morn', please e-mail Scribe and he will add you in the above.

Rollout from St Ives car park  for Terrey Hills, Duffy’s Forest, West Head (1st Nosh Stop – pack nibbles), Church Point, Warriewood (2nd Nosh Stop)
Return Wakehurst Parkway and Forest Way.

NoshStops:

1st:    West Head Lookout                                                (15 min)

2nd:   Sunrise Cafe overlooking Warriewood Beach       (35 min)

 

1st Leg: St Ives to West Head, via Duffy's Forest - 41km - 120 min
Depart
St Ives carpark by 7:00am depending on your ride speed:

  • E along Mona Vale Rd for 6.2km;

  • L into Myoora Rd passing Forest Way - at Terrey Hills Fruit Barn;

  • 3km along Myoora Larool Rd until Tepko Rd which is 70m before Booralie Rd;

  • L into Tepko Rd (70m short of Booralie Rd) for 400m;

  • L into Booralie Rd and pedal like "shit out of Shanghai" 6.7km flat/fast stretch past Terrey Hills Golf Course and rifle range to Duffy's Forest (amidst real pigs, goats, horses 'n cows);

  • "U" turn at the dead-end of Cow Corner – slower cyclists must turn around as soon as they see lead cyclists returning to via same route Terrey Hills neighbourhood shops;

  • Left into McCarrs Creek Rd immediately passing Terrey Hills Fruit Barn and entering Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park for 3km to "V" (dual entrances to the park);

  • R at the "V" anti-clockwise and descend to McCarrs Creek;

  • L over small timber bridge for 1.8km to "T" juncture (Akuna Bay Marina is 2.8km on LHS);

  • Ahead 12km along West Head Rd to our 1st Sag Stop at West Head Lookout from 10:10am.  Read below Risk Warning about a dangerous 'Blackspot'.

Pack lots of nibbles, ‘cause we take our Sag Stop (15 min) from 9:00am for a snack and a gawk at the majestic, shimmering blue peninsula and The Greenies blocked the proposed McChucks on the headland.

2nd Leg: West Head Lookout to Sunrise Cafe, Warriewood - 28km - 90 min 
9:15am -

  • Return 12km to "T" juncture with Akuna Bay,

  • Ahead descending 1.8km to McCarrs Creek small timber bridge [55km],

  • L into McCarrs Creek Rd for 8.8km past Church Point around 10:15am, Bayview Marina to Cabbage Tree Rd,

  • R into Cabbage Tree Rd with Bayview Golf Course on LHS);

  • Ahead for 1.5km leads into Samuel St and crosses Mona Vale Rd at roundabout,

  • Ahead into Ponderosa Pde veering Left becoming McPherson St for 2km to Warriewood Rd

  • R into Warriewood Rd 200m crossing Pittwater Rd at traffic lights and immediately climbing up Hunter St [dog-leg L, then R] which leads to views of Blue Pacific overlooking majestic Warriewood Beach [around 10:45am - 69km] for Nosh Stop (35 min) at the Sunrise Cafe.

 

A neighbourhood, strip-front shopping centre is immediately on RHS in Narrabeen Park Pde. Nautilus Café is about 4 shops along.  Sunrise Cafe, on the corner makes grouse burgers.

3rd Leg: Warriewood beach cafés to St Ives, via Wakehurst Parkway - 26km - 95 min

 

11:20am -

  • Sth adjacent to the coast for 2km - initially along Sydney Rd which becomes Ocean St;

  • R into Malcolm St for 50m;

  • L into Lagoon St for 1km;

  • R into Waterloo St for 300m; 

  • R into Pittwater Rd for 100m crossing bridge over Narrabeen Lakes;

  • veer L into Wakehurst Parkway for a toughish 9.9km (initially flat past Narrabeen Lakes thence a constant climb) for Sag Stop (5 min) approaching crest of climb under shade of trees 100m prior to traffic lights at French Forest Rd or at the lights, so long as you get off the road

  • R into French Forest Rd at lights for 800m;

  • R into Rabbett St for 200m decent;

  • L into Adams St for a 200m "real tough" grind/climb;

  • R onto Forest Way for 5.3km; and

  • L into Mona Vale for 6.2km to St Ives.

ETR 12:55pm - 94km.

Risk Warning
Blackspot Warning.  The road section approx 250m prior to the West Head Lookout veers awkwardly to the right.  It is narrow with very little camber to enable cyclists to hold the narrowing corner.
Bank Teller has documentary evidence of 5 bad accidents when inexperienced cyclists descended that road section too fast and spun off to the LHS.  One cyclist remained in a comma for 3 months.
Descend to the West Head Lookout slowly and warn others to do likewise. 
RTA, which is responsible for West Head Rd, has been negligent in ignoring my Three Letters
dated 11 Jan 08, 8 Feb 08 and 29 March ’08 and Annexure to -
a)      straighten approx 200m of that road section by widening on the RHS,
b)      build up the camber on the LHS, and
c)      provide dedicated "Cyclists SLOW DOWN" signage.


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"

 

Hornsby to Windsor via Cattai Ridge, return via Old Pitt Town Rd and Annangrove Rd  -  89km - 3 riders

 

 

The Bridge Cafe changed hands a year back - the prices have risen - we might try further into the plaza.  Our return route along Old Pitt Town Rd avoided the nasty climb up Cattai Ridge Rd and shorter than along Pitt Town Rd.

 

 

Scribe    29 Oct '17