The Bullsheet    Mothers' Day Short Ride    SUNRISE IS 6:44am

Sunday, 13 May '18, “Quatre Demi Montagnes” – clockwise from Hornsby by 7:40m – 83km   ETR 12:30pm    If road is damp, we skip the 2.5km steep descent to Crosslands Res.

Main Route:

From Hornsby, Somerville Rd down to Crosslands Reserve, Galston Gorge, Crosslands Rd thence backroads to Arcadia Rd, descend to Berowra Waters, Brooklyn Rd to PitS, Hornsby


300m Nth of Hornsby Stn West side, Jersey St.

Nosh Stops:

Berowra Waters Marina Cafe                  35 min
Pie in the Sky                                        25 min


Ann aka ToothFairy [1st Acceptor], Pete aka CampyAficinado [2nd Acceptor],   [3rd Acceptor], from Hornsby at 7:40am. 
Bill aka Glasgow John aka Auckland, George aka Englishman [7th Acceptor] , Tony aka Publican, Barry aka BackPacker [5th Responder], Ron aka Draughtsman [6th Responder], Chris aka RecalcitrantBankTeller [6th Responder],
 Jean aka ChiliDog

Ride OrganiserPhil aka BankTeller  0434 715.861 returns from WA for next Sunday's ride on 20 May

If you are confident of joining us, contingent upon a fine morn', allot a minute to e-mail Scribe, and he will add ya in the above, 'cause Scribe allots a lot more time to 'jolly Muggs crew'.  If your short term memory is now a struggle, when it didn't fail you in the past, this You Tube will help you.


1st Leg:  Hornsby station carpark via Crosslands Reserve to Berowra Waters Marina Cafe  -  43km  -  120 min
Rollout 7:40am 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 4.1km NNW twds Hornsby Heights.

*    R into Somerville Rd at traffic lights and pedal 4km on undulating, wide residential road to narrow entrance of Crosslands Reserve.

*    Descend narrow, steep bitumen pathway 2.5km to Crosslands Reserve at creek level for 1st Sag Stop (10 min).

*    Return up precipitous, steep narrow pathway 2.5k for 2nd Sag Stop at Crosslands KOM (5 min).

*    R into Somerville Rd for 4.1km to Galston Rd

*    R back into Galston Rd and descend 4.5km to Galston Gorge timber bridge.

*    Climb 4km to Crosslands Rd.

*    Right into Crosslands Rd for 3.3km to dirt road. 

*    Return 3km and right into Bevans Rd for 700m.

*    Left into Knights Rd for 850m

*    Right into Bayfields Rd for 1.7km which veers Right into Blacks Rd for 900m to familiar Arcadia Rd which becomes Bay Rd at pastoral Berrilee, where a few km later after passing the former Koppers Log KOM descend to picturesque Berowra Waters for our 1st Nosh Stop (35 min) at Berowra Waters Marina Cafe arriving from 9:40am. 

2nd Leg: Berowra Waters Marina Cafe  to Pie in the Sky  -  21km (agg 64km) -  60 min

10:15am take ride on the punt and climb 4km East from Berowra Waters where we usually regroup at 3rd Sag Stop (5 min) under cover at Former Pool Shop, before 3km later turning Left from Berowra Waters Rd. onto Old Pacific H'way and cycle Nth past Cowan station and Pie in the Sky and descend to Brooklyn Rd and 'U turn' cycling 3.85km back up to Pie in the Sky at 11:15am for 2nd Nosh Stop (25 min).

3rd Leg: Pie in the Sky to Hornsby 19km  (agg 83km) - 50 min
11:40am commence return home Sth down Old Pacific H'way to Hornsby - ETR 12:30pm.

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 emailing Bank Teller, and vociferously articulating your disagreement with gusto and dexterity at a Nosh Stop/s, if you materially disagree with any clause(s) in Muggaccinos' "Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgment".  All hail 'Free Speech'.

Further embellishment to clause (ix) of the Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgement to assist us all defer Early Onset Dementia and ensure that any unfortunate suffers will not endanger other Ride Participants, the Ride Organiser, other cyclists, motorists, even a single mother pushing a pram with the usual occupant.

Last week's Bullsheet notified Ride Participants of new clause (ix), in the Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgement, as well as the need to always 'call out loudly' when passing a fellow Muggs cyclist, unless providing safe clearance.

Sunday, 7 May '17 - St Ives via Eric's 'backroads' to Duffy's Forest, thence Illawong Bay, Akuna Bay, Church Point 'n back - 65km - 8 riders

Small thingos amuse GIANT minds

Four of us "pigged-out" at the Stanley St Cafe post-ride

Bank Teller   7 May '17