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13th annual cycle climbing from Berry Showground - Wed. 23rd Nov '16 to mid-arvo Sunday 27th Nov '16 -  5 listed climb days, with optional "flat rides to the coast" 

This year's Indicative Attendance Schedule lists cyclists who attended last Nov.  The names in GREEN BACKGROUND have confirmed attendance this Nov., subject to fine weather and no 11th hour catastrophe. 

Muggaccinos cyclists invite you to 13th annual King of the Mountain Challenge with nearly everyone again camping at the verdant, bucolic Berry Showground which adjoins the 20 yards Berry Swimming Pool Our camp ground is 250m from Berry train station.  Trains take 3 hours from Central Railway to Berry station and cost $6.70 single fare.

Camping fees at the Berry Showground are $10 per head p/n for an Unpowered Site and $13 per p/n for a Powered Site if you have a mobile home/caravan.  Hence, no bookings req'd. It doesn't cost you anything if you have to bail-out at the 11th hour.  

All attendees will pay the Caretakers, Phil Monaghan or Julia, 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.  Make sure you don't drive back to Sydney not having paid for all you days, 'cause the camp ground caretaker has access to Indicative Attendance Schedule which I will update over the 5 ride days.  

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


23rd 11am climb Berry Mountain to Kangaroo Valley, climb Woodhill Mountain descend to Berry 2 47.1

  Day 2


24th 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 3  Fri 25th

8:45am cycle 17km down main drag to Bomaderry for coffee at cafe outside train station or catch 9:06am train arriving Bomaderry 9:18am, climb Cambewarra Mtn to Kangaroo Valley, climb Cambewarra Mtn from Kangaroo Valley, return Tourist Rd to Berry



  Day 4


26th 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 



  Day 5



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



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

Directions to Berry and camping at Berry Showground

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

Pics taken at previous annual Berry KOM Challenges

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

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

Pete's pics of 2009 KOM Challenge

Pete's 2009 Berry KOM movie

Bank Teller's pics of Berry 2009

2010 7th Berry KOM Challenge pics

2011  8th Berry KOM Challenge pics

2012  9th Berry KOM ride pics as well as pics of three dodgy road sections (550m 'in toto') that Bank Teller is asking Shoalhaven Council to resurface

2013  10th Berry KOM rides, pleasantries, cemetery and 'potholes' 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 9 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.

Cinque Montagnes rap-up  -  94km - 11 cyclists (Bazza turned up later)

Above three pics from a smoky Andy's Cafe, Nth Galston

Above three pics at a 'hazy/dusty' Berowra Waters ferry

Two erstwhile Muggs, Grant aka BeanCounter and Martin aka Architect, at Berowra Sag Stop

Above three pics at the Berowra Sag Stop after scaling from the ferry, with Chris aka RecalcitrantBankTeller centre stage above

Above two pics at PitS - 2nd Nosh StopScribe   0434 715.861