The Bullsheet  SUNRISE: 5:43¼am   Pics from 2016 Boxing Day 'catch up' Trois  Sommets  - 19 riders - 62km

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 - 17th Annual Boxing Day 'Catch-up' - Trois Montagnes clockwise 7:10am from Hornsby car-park  –  63km  -  ETR 11:30am

Or start 7:30am and skip the 8km on Sommerville Rd - (4km out and 4km back)

Or skip 2nd Nosh Stop at Pie in the Sky and return Hornsby 10:10am.

1st Nosh Stop Berowra Waters Marina Fish Cafe from 8:35am

Main Route:

Hornsby, Somerville Rd, Galston Gorge, Crosslands Rd, Bayfields Rd, Berowra Waters punt, Old Pacific H'way, Brooklyn Rd to Pie in the Sky, thence return to Hornsby


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

Nosh Stops:

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


*        7:10am from Hornsby station carpark: Ride OrganiserPhil aka BankTeller  0434 715.861 [1st Acceptor], Eric aka PapaBear [2nd Acceptor], Ann aka ToothFairy [3rd Acceptor], Brian aka Whippet, [4th Acceptor], Pete aka Yamaha [5th Acceptor], Terry aka Navigator [6th Acceptor], Pete aka Pelvis [7th Acceptor], Matt aka Printer [8th Acceptor],  Tony aka Samurai [9th Acceptor], 
 Grant aka BeanCounter 
[4th Acceptor],Kerry aka Miner [6th Acceptor], Arno aka The Kaiser and Sarah [8th Acceptor],   [10th Acceptor],  Jane aka NeoLuddite [13th Acceptor],

             Rick Pope aka, HillMonster,     Caroline aka Princess,  Greg aka ArchitectToo,  John aka Auckland; Chris aka RecalcitrantBankTeller  [3rd Acceptor], ,  , ,  and  Bill aka Glasgow,  ,  


Tony aka Publican will likely be in Armidale with family.

Arno aka Heineken, Sarah and the kids are holidaying at Pearl Beach.

Martin aka Architect is also away on hols.

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

1st Leg:  Hornsby to Berowra Waters Marina Cafe  -  31km 1st Leg - 85 min

Rollout 7:10am 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 into Galston Rd and cycle 4.1km NNW twds Hornsby Heights to Sommerville Rd on RHS.

*    R into Sommerville Rd for 4km to entrance to national Park

*    'U turn' back along Sommerville Rd to Galston Rd

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

*    Climb 4km to Crosslands Rd.

*    Right into Crosslands Rd for 800m. 

*    Left 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 familiar Koppers Log KOM descend to picturesque Berowra Waters for our 1st Nosh Stop (35 min) at Berowra Waters Marina Cafe arriving from 8:35am. 

2nd Leg: Berowra Waters Marina Cafe to Pie in the Sky  -  21km (agg 52km) - 65 min

9:10am 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. into Old Pacific H'way and cycle Nth past Cowan station and Pie in the Sky and descend to Brooklyn Rd where we 'U turn' cycle 3.85km back up to Pie in the Sky at 10:15am for 2nd Nosh Stop (25 min).

3rd Leg: Pie in the Sky to Hornsby - 19km (agg 71km) -  50 min

10:40am commence return to Hornsby south down old Pacific H'way - ETR 11:30am.

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 e.g.. "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"

Xmas Eve, Monday 24 Dec '18 - 12th Annual "Tour de Old Bathurst Rd, Blaxland, Springwood, Yarramundi, Richmond"  - 86km  -  6 riders which included Pete aka Yamaha and his two daughters, Sarah aged 12 and Samantha aged 10

Apologies for Scribe's below four pics, 'cause he had Flash set to On, when he should have had Flash set to Auto.  Whereupon the flash would not have made the bright sun light even brighter.

Above 'n below pics at Yarramundi Lookout which was 'wetter than wet' and 'bluer than blue' down the valley

Relaxing at the Richmond Record Store Cafe after scaling the humongous Old Bathurst Rd, and then 22km Nth to Richmond.

Tiny pics from 11th annual Emu Plains up Old Bathurst Rd to Springwood, Richmond 'n back  -  4 riders

Bank Teller accidentally deleted the pics, but managed to find tiny thumbprints of 'em in a Windows temp file.  He tried to make 'em larger, with limited success


We returned to the Aroma Cafe in Springwood, in lieu of Subway 'cause wees so-pis-ticated

L.H. pic is Eric and Bill aka Glasgow at The Yarramundi Lookout (you will have to believe me).  R.H. pic is George aka Englishman

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'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.

Scribe   22 Dec '16 updated