The Bullsheet

Xmas Eve, Monday 24 Dec '07 - "Tour de Old Bathurst Rd, Blaxland, Springwood, Yarramundi, Richmond"

(i)            Turramurra rollout 6:20am via Browns Water Hole, (or park at Vimiera Rd carpark, Marsfield) for 6:35am pick-up, Epping Rd, M2 to Seven Hills station to catch 7:39am train to Emu Plains, then ride to N/E up Old Bathurst Rd, Blaxland, Springwood, NE  along Hawkesbury Rd, Springwood Rd, thru Yarramundi to Richmond to catch train to Riverstone or Seven Hills and ride M2, Browns Waterhole - 93km - ETR 12:50pm

(i)(a)     Avoid very steep 2.33km Old Bathurst Rd by catching 8am train from Blacktown (don't alight at Emu Plains) for 3 more stops and alighting at Blaxland station for 9km flattish ride to Springwood Nosh Stop; or 

ii)            Dural by 6:30am via Old Northern Rd, Seven Hills Rd to meet Turra' starters at Seven Hills station for 7:39am train or Blacktown station for 7:44am train.  Eventually returning to Riverstone station to cycle via Annangrove Rd 88km - ETR 12:30pm

Separate Turra' and Dural start routes meet at Seven Hills station for 7:39am or Blacktown station for 7:44am train on the Western Line arriving Emu Plains at 8:11am

If you are skipping the Old Bathurst Rd KOM Climb, catch the 8am from Blacktown station on the Blue Mountains Line and alight Blaxland at 8:33am.

If you want a longer route, ride back from Windsor for 120km route

Print explicit street directions for both start spots at URL for Distance on 'Ride Calendar 2007 - Oct-Dec' page, or by clicking on 92.8km or 91km

Andrew aka TugBoat, Anthony aka Froggy, Eric aka PapaBear and Scribe are definite starters if fine weather.  TugBoat may be dragging a few of his Macarthur Collegians club mates along.


Ø    Ride Organiser:  Phil Johnston  9114.6689  0412 045.224

Ø    On the return route, be careful entering Abbott Rd from Prospect Highway, as traffic veering Left up Seven Hills Rd isn't partial to cyclist veering across right into Abbott Rd

Ø    Hardcopy these directions and bring on Monday

Ø    Expend 10 mins studying your UBD/Gregory's to familiarize with below, 'cause this is a complex route

Ø    RTA paints a solid centre-line on single lane roads when there isn't sufficient vision to overtake.  'Ipso facto' always cycle single-file if an unbroken centre-line.

Ø   Cycling without Public Liability cover is as asinine as driving without 3rd Party - join Bicycle NSW for $20m PL insurance, so that all Muggs are better protected

Ø   Click on: Risk Warnings which warns of the dangers of cycling on public roads with motor cars, potholes and over bridges with vertical timber planks with gaps, and of the prospect of being sued for big bucks if your negligence causes a 3rd party to be seriously injured

1st leg:  Start 6:20am in Rohini Street carpark NE side of Turramurra station to Seven Hills station - 23km - 60 min
Cycle 200m up Rohini St to Pac H'way, R for 100m, L down Kissing Point Rd, to Browns Water Hole and Vimiera Rd entrance by 6:35am. 
Or park at Vimiera Rd carpark, Marsfield for 6:35am pick-up.
Ride West along Epping Rd for 1km to Epping street front shopping centre onto M2 for 14.4km, 1.4km along Abbott Rd passing Johnson Ave on RHS.  Continue 700m on Prospect H'way to Seven Hills station in large transport terminal on LHS arriving by 7:20am for 9 min wait for train to Emu Plains departing at 7:39am arriving Emu Plains at 8:11am.


1st leg (alternate):  Start 6:30am Porter Scenic Lookout carpark before Dural Country Club  -  60 min -  23km



Right down Old Northern Rd for 11.5km


Right into Seven Hills Rd for 6.5km


Ahead into Prospect Highway for 450m;

Right after 450m into Lucas Ave for off-road Sag Stop [5 min] outside Seven Hills Primary School

Ahead Morris St Cnr along Lucas Ave for 2.2km; 

Ahead into Sackville Rd for 1.5km;

Left into Prince Rd for 800m;

Right George St for 200m to Blacktown station arriving 7:30am for 14 min wait for train to Emu Plains departing at 7:44am.

Two 2nd Leg options:
Hard 2nd Leg:  17km from Emu Plains station up mega precipitous Old Bathurst Rd to Blaxland station, thence Warrimoo and on to Springwood for Nosh Stop at delightful Aroma Cafe in Raymond Rd on LHS of Macquarie Rd

Alight train at Emu Plains station at 8:11am on southern side and take path under rail line entering Old Bathurst Rd from Mackellar St for a level 2km stretch to a short but really steep KOM Climb starting 15m past traffic lights at Bus Stop sign and ending 2.05km later at Bowaga Ave.

Easy 2nd Leg: Blaxland station thru Warrimoo and on to Springwood for Nosh Stop at Aroma Cafe in Raymond Rd on LHS of Macquarie Rd - 9km
Alight train three stations later at Blaxland station at 8.33am and wait for cyclists in Wilson Way (300m after we turn Right from Old Bathurst Rd) on our route to Warrimoo and Springwood.  Thence on roads which hug the Great Western H'way to Springwood arriving 9am for 1st Nosh Stop [30 min] at Aroma Cafe 300m down Raymond Rd on LHS of Macquarie Rd after 41.2km. 

3rd Leg:  26km from Springwood to Richmond station alighting at either Seven Hills or Riverstone station - 70 min

9:30am retrace 250m back down Macquarie Rd;

Left following signs NE to Richmond, along Hawkesbury Rd, Springwood Rd, thru Yarramundi pulling-up at Hawkesbury Heights Lookout on RHS after about 12km for 5 min Sag Stop whilst gawking at the awesome view.  Thence descend from the Hawkesbury Heights Lookout to Richmond to catch train half hourly service at 10:31am, or 11:01am or 11:31am for 41 min trip to Seven Hills station arriving 11:12am, 11:42am or 12:13pm

4th Leg:  25km from Seven Hills station to Turramurra station - 70 min - ETR 12:50pm

Alight at Seven Hills at 11:42am  -

Left into Terminus Rd for 300m

Left into Prospect Highway for 700m (care two lanes but no shoulder, so try and cycle with another cyclist beside you to occupy the entire lane);

Right into Abbott Rd/M2 for 15.6km being careful as some traffic roars up Seven Hills Rd;

Left at Light Tower into Browns Waterhole for 1.45km;

Ahead up Kissing Point Red for 3.7km with a 65m section just before the apex which is killer;

Right onto Pacific Highway for 200m; and

Left into Rohini St for 250m to carpark - ETR 12:50pm.

4th Leg (alternate):  Riverstone station to Dural - 23.7km - 65 min - ETR 12:30pm

Alight at Riverstone at 11:24am  -

NE along Garfield Rd East for 3.2km,

R into Windsor Rd for 2.2km, 

L into Annangrove Rd for 10.5km,

R into Kenthurst Rd for 1km,

L into Pellit Lane which soon veers R for 180m,

L into Wirrabara Rd for 600m,

L into Derriwong Rd for 500m,

R into Langford Rd/Davey Rd for 1.9km,

R into Wyoming Rd for 850km

R into Old Northern Rd for 1.2km to Porter Scenic Lookout - ETR 12:30pm.

Scribe's rap-up of Palm Beach, Wagstaffe, McMasters Beach, Woy Woy, Mt White, Hornsby - 131km - 12 crew, albeit all bar DishPig, ToothFairy and PapaBear only cycled 80km to Woy Woy, and Samurai did a Uie at Palm Beach

PapaBear and Samurai in the foreground

Vic aka BigBusDriver, James aka SmallBusDriver 'n ToothFairy amongst the Palm Beach ducks prior to aboarding the 9am ferry to Wagstaffe

James and Vic                                                                                  Arno and Eric          

Martin aka Architect and James ordering drugs at Mina's Cafe McMasters Beach

Mary Byles Lookout Nth Killcare

John from Pearl Beach assisting Martin show off his $190 saddle                Jean, PacificPete, Ann and The Kaiser sussing out the route          

Pics from 21 Dec 2007 Solstice Ride

Pics from 19 Dec '07 Vimiera Rd carpark Marsfield, Eastwood, Meadowbank, Homebush Bay to Sydney Fish Markets 'n back

Scribe's rap-up of Tour de Woy Woy - 7 crew - 93km

Can the verdant grassy knoll under the unnamed leafy tree at Mt White get any greener?

L to R above - James aka SmallBusDriver, Ann aka ToothFairy, Matt aka Printer, Martin aka Architect, Scribe & Vic aka BigBusDriver

Printer, Lawyer and Architect at Calga Interchange

Which one of these three doubtfuls could be in the Sicilian mafia?

Check out the grub you can pig-out on when you work hard - Woy Woy Cafe after 75km

Scribe   23 Dec '07