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9th annual King of the Mountain Challenge in Illawarra & Southern Highlands - Saturday 10th Nov '12 to mid-arvo Sunday 18th Nov '12  -  9 ride days 

This year's Attendance Schedule lists 34 cyclists thus far who have provided a probability of attending on particular days. 

Packing for Berry  –  Checklist

Muggaccinos cyclists invite you to the 9th annual King of the Mountain Challenge with nearly everyone camping at the verdant, bucolic Berry Showground which adjoins the 20 yards Berry Swimming PoolCamping fees are in Berry Showground.  No bookings req'd. It doesn't cost you anything f you have to bail-out at the 11th hour.  All attendees pay the caretakers (Tony & Vicki) their camping fees within 4 hours of arriving. If you are unsure of how many nights you intend to camp, then pay up until your earliest departure date, and pay later for any extra days if you stay longer. 

Cycle up to nine 65km approx Hilly Day Rides (Sat. to Sunday inclusive) in the Mecca of scenic cycling country, the Southern Highlands, which include all 12 KOM Climbs in the Illawarra Climb RegionCyclists are encouraged to log a Climb Time at Each day's ride heads Westish to the escarpment/mountains

On five of the nine morns' we can catch a train, or drive, from Berry to nearby -




*        Sun. - Albion Park to climb Macquarie Pass and Fountaindale Rd to Saddleback Mtn

*        Tues. - Kiama station to climb Jerrara Mtn and Saddleback Mountain Rd;

*        Thurs. - Albion Park station to climb Macquarie Pass, SWW to descent from Fitzroy Falls and Climb Berry Mtn; and

*        Fri -  Bomaderry to climb Cambewarra Mountain from both sides, and also up to the pristine Cambewarra Mountain Lookout Cafe

*        Sat. - Kiama station to climb Albion Park station to climb Saddleback Mountain up Saddleback Mountain Rd and Jamberoo Pass

If you aren't up to serious climbing, shorter / flatter routes are available between Berry:

*        East quiet countryside to Seven Mile Beach's National Park, picnic area and surf and return - 16km

*        Bomaderry via Sth down Wharf Rd, Ahead into Coolangatta Rd, R into Bryce's Rd, R into Back Forest Rd, R into Bolong Rd to Bomaderry and retrace - 44.4km

*        picturesque Gerroa Beach - a few flat kms away. 

*        rustic Gerringong and Shoalhaven Heads.




Routes & Maps



  Day 1


10th 11am climb Berry Mountain to Kangaroo Valley, climb Woodhill Mountain descend to Berry 2 47.1
Day 2


11th 8:37am train from Berry arriving Albion Park 9:26am, climb Macquarie Pass to Robertson Pie Shop, descend Jamberoo Pass, climb Fountaindale Rd to Saddleback Mtn, descend Saddleback Mtn Rd to Kiama station for train to Berry



  Day 3


12th 9am climb Woodhill Mountain descend via Wattamolla Rd to Kangaroo Valley, climb Cambewarra from Kangaroo Valley, descend to Bomaderry, then Back Forest Rd 2 64.5

  Day 4

Tues 13th Catch 8:06 Berry train arriving Kiama 8:24am. Climb tiny Jerrara Mtn, then sheer Saddleback Mtn up Fountaindale Rd, tour flatlands of Sth Kiama and Gerringong. Catch return train from Gerringong back to Berry  NEW ROUTE 2 72.7

  Day 5



8:15am Start Berry Showground, climb Berry Mountain to Kangaroo Valley, climb Barrengarry Mtn to Fitzroy Falls, climb Berry Mountain to Berry



  Day 6


15th 8:06am train from Berry arriving Albion Park 8:55am, climb Macquarie Pass to Old Cheese Factory, Robertson.  SWW to Fitzroy Falls. 
SE down Moss Vale Rd to Kangaroo Valley.  Climb Berry Mtn



Day 7  Fri 16th

7:45am cycle 17km down main drag to Bomaderry for coffee at cafe outside train station or catch 8:47am train arriving Bomaderry 8:57am, climb Cambewarra Mtn to Kangaroo Valley, climb Cambewarra Mtn from Kangaroo Valley, return Tourist Rd to Berry



  Day 8



Drive to Kiama or catch 8:37am train from Berry arriving Kiama at 9:00am. Climb Saddleback Mtn Rd to entrance, then to Lookout, descend Fountaindale Rd, climb Jamberoo Pass to Plateau, then up to the Famous Robertson Pie Shop, descend Macq Pass to Albion Park station



  Day 9



8:30am climb Berry Mtn, Tourist Rd, The Lookout Tea Rooms.  Descend to Bombaderry, Back Forest Rd to Berry





Extra  route




Click on:  Train timetables for South Coast:
a)       in case anyone wants to catch a train from/to Sydney and Berry, and
(b)       on 3 of the days we catch a train from Berry to commence from Albion Park Rail, Kiama and Bomaderry.  Due to the local train being only 2 carriages, we will drive a few cars with bike racks to those train stations, and catch the trains back there after the rides to pick-up their cars.

Our camp ground is 200m from train station.  Trains take 3 hours from Central Railway to Berry station and cost $4.70 single fare.

Click on:  Mon to Fri where trains depart Central at 7:57am, 9:27am, 11:28am, 12:28pm and 1:28pm arriving Berry station approx 3½ hours later

Saturday morn' - Departing Central station at 6:40am arriving Kiama station 9:13am (just in time for 9:18am train coming from Berry)

Sat & Sun -   Berry station to Central station             

                    Berry station 1:40pm to Central Railway station 4:57pm Berry station 4:58pm to Central Railway station 7:58pm

Click on: Accommodation in Berry if you don't want to camp at quaint Berry Showground or the weather turns nasty


Click on: Directions to Berry and camping at Berry Showground

Click on: Meals at night for an array of fine restaurants befitting the quaint Berry township - toast of the Southern Highlands

Click on: Pics taken at first three annual Berry KOM Challenges

Click on: Pacific Pete's movie of Fri 17-18th Nov 2006 Berry "King of the Mountain" Challenge produced by Peter Tyson

Click on: Scribe's rap-up and pics from 4th Berry "King of the Mountain Challenge Series"  -  21 Climbers over 7 glorious days

Click on: Pete's pics of 2009 KOM Challenge

Click on: Pete's 2009 Berry KOM movie

Click on: Bank Teller's pics of Berry 2009

Click on: Pics from Berry 2010

Click on: 2011 KOM Challenge pics


Download below poster for Berry KOM Challenge and invite your bike shop to display it, because more good road cycling "product", such as this annual 7 day assault on all the marvelous mountains in the Southern Highlands and Kiama, will induce more people to road cycling the best concentration of serious climbs in NSW:


*        Word version


*        HTM version


Risk Warning:  King of the Mountain Challenge is targeted at road cyclists who have climbed lots of hills.  The ride schedule between Sat. to Sunday week entails climbing and descending 11 marvellous KOM Climbs.  Take the descents slowly, even if the cyclist ahead is ripping down the mountain.   One badly taken corner in concert with a motorist coming up the other way, could result in a bad accident...............for you, where they may need paint scrappers and blotters to get you back up.  The challenge is in the climb, not the descent.

Attendance for 9th Berry KOM Challenge now up to 36 climbers, with Bill aka Glasgow the last to nominate attending

Seek Shoalhaven City Council to repair dilapidated/dangerous road sections (for road cyclists) on Kangaroo Valley Rd. and Tourist Rd.

Rail trackwork on Sat 17th Nov (where buses replace trains between Bombaderry and Wollongong) on the South Coast line

Without South Coast trains on Sat 17th,  we will ALL need to drive to the Kiama station start.  Our Sat. ride traditionally finishes at Albion Park station after descending Macq Pass.

It may be difficult to get a bus (with bikes) back to Kiama station to collect our cars, whereupon you would need to ride 17km from Albion Park station to Kiama after 71km already. 

Another option after ascending Jamberoo Pass, is to retrace back down Jamberoo Pass to Kiama station carpark.

Hence, riders for the traditional Sat ride up Saddleback Mtn Rd and Jamberoo Pass have the following options:
i)      Retrace back down Jamberoo Pass to Kiama; or

ii)     Catch a bus from Albion Park to Kiama; or

iii)    Ride 17km from Albion Park to Kiama?

Bank Teller has been busy writing articles in this month's Push On pdf:

*        Annual Call-To-Arms to Passionate Hill Climbers - page 8

*        Change road rules to enable increased cycling - pages 10 & 11

Pay your camp fees promptly

Please pay the showground caretakers (Tony & Vicki) your camping fees within 4 hours of arriving. If you are unsure of how many nights you intend to camp, then pay up until your earliest departure date, and pay later for any extra days if you stay longer.  Make sure you don't drive back to Sydney not having paid for all you days, 'cause Vicki/Tony have access to Attendance Schedule which I will be updating over the 9 days.

IGA Berry has bunged-on a bargain for our 9th KOM Challenge:  SPC 425 ml baked beans with ring pull lid only $0.99c

Pics from Cinque Montagnes C/W  -  9 crew  -  94km

Andy's Cafe on a veritable Corker of a late Spring morn'

On the Berowra Waters 'punt' where the FerryMaster waited for two Mugg 'stragglers'

Back at PitS


Tony aka Yorkshire is training to scale the sails on the Sydney Opera House or swing between the southern pylons


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