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Sunday, 9 Dec '07 - SOUTHERN START OPTION Tour de Windsor, Richmond, Hawkesbury Heights, Springwood, Mitchell Pass  - ETR Turramurra station 2:45pm

*     Scribe will be at Turramurra station carpark  7:15am for 124km route via Browns Water Hole, (7:35am from Vimiera Rd, Marsfield), Epping Rd, Pembroke St, M2, M7 exiting at Quakers Hill Parkway and follow rail line to Windsor to meet cyclists who commenced from Hornsby or Dural for 1st Nosh Stop (35 min) from 9:40am.  Harry aka KayakMan is meeting Scribe on M2.

*     Or ride from Turramurra station carpark 8:00am for 91km route via M2 to Seven Hills station to aboard 9:20am train arriving Windsor at 9:52am (reducing 1st Leg to Windsor by 27km) (Let Scribe know if you want to ride this abridged route, otherwise you might be the only cyclist in Turra' carpark then)

Thence from 10:15am onto Richmond, up Yarramundi to Springwood to 2nd Nosh Stop at Springwood, thence descend Mitchells Pass to -
*        Emu Plains train to Blacktown station; or
*        Penrith train to Seven Hills

Thence M2, Browns Water Hole, Kissing Point Rd  - ETR Turramurra 2:45pm

    Due to trackwork, we need to catch a bus from Penrith to Blacktown this Sunday

    If driving from Inner West, park at most Northerly Point in Vimiera Rd Marsfield to join ride

    Ride Organiser: Phil Johnston 9114.6689 or 0412 045.224

    Hardcopy these directions, expend 10 min studying the street map to familiarize with the below and bring on Sunday

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    Click on: Risk Warnings 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

    Cycling with Muggs is predicated upon notifying Bank Teller if you materially disagree with any clause(s) in Muggaccinos' "Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgment"

Snapshot:

Long Route:  Start 7:15am from Turramurra station carpark and cycle to Windsor via Browns Water Hole, (7:35am from Vimiera Rd, Marsfield), Epping Rd, Pembroke St, M2 onto Marayong, Riverstone, Vineyard by following rail line to Windsor.
Shorter Route to Windsor using train:  Start Turramurra station between 8:05am for 24km to Seven Hills station (3.7km on Kissing Point Rd, 1.45km thru Browns Water Hole, Vimiera Rd, Epping Rd, Pembroke St, 17km on M2/Abbott Rd/Prospect Highway) to climb aboard 9:20am
train arriving Windsor at 9:52am
2nd Leg is Challenging 31km to Richmond, SW up Hawkesbury Heights to Yarramundi for 2nd Nosh Stop at Springwood.
3rd Leg descends mountain incorporating scenic Mitchells Pass to Emu Plains station to catch train back to Blacktown station (or Penrith station to Seven Hills) followed by 24km cycle back to Turra' station. 
-  ETR 2:45pm.
Nosh Stops:
(i)(a)  Macquarie Square, Windsor (30 min) from 9:40am for the 7:20am START ie. Longer Route cyclists.
(i)(b)  On train for the 8:00am START ie. the Shorter Route cyclists.
(ii)     Aroma Cafe Springwood (35 min)
(iii)    Train from Emu Plains to Blacktown station for 19 mins or train from Penrith station to Seven Hills station for 25 mins

KOM Climbs:
Shaws Creek Bridge to veer R sign approaching Hawkesbury Heights Lookout                     4.1km
Shaws Creek Bridge to 'Old Stone Cottage' at crest of Hawkesbury Heights                           2.6km

a)       Longer Route cycling from Turramurra  station Rohini St car park via M2 to Marayong, Riverstone, Vineyard following rail line to Windsor 50.4km 

Rollout 7:15am:

*   R            Sth 200m up Rohini St to traffic lights on Pacific H'way
*   R            200m W on Pacific Highway to traffic lights
*   L            Sth down Kissing Point Rd for 3km - very steep early
*   Ahead    SW thru Browns Water Hole for 700m - caution steep decent with sharp turns
*   R            W thru 30m tunnel under the M2
*   L            SW into Vimiera Rd for 20m to meet-up with other cyclists who parked at Vimiera Rd
Sag Stop (3 min).
*   Ahead    SSW along Vimiera Rd for 700m
*   R            W into Epping Rd for 1.3km
*   Ahead    W into Pembroke St for 100m
*   R            NW into Essex St for 300m
*   L            W into Chester St for 150m
*   R            N into Cambridge St and follow signs into/thru Beecroft Rd bus/rail underpass
*   Ahead    on new cycle path along Beecroft Rd to the M2
*   L            at intersection of Beecroft Rd and M2 to enter M2 breakdown lane.

*   Ahead    along
M2 for 11km

*   Continue ahead onto M7 for 9.7km to Quakers Hill Parkway where we Left at off ramp and turn R at lights onto Hambledon Rd.  750m later L into Bali Drive (through housing estate) R at "T" junction into Walker St and 600m L into Burdekin Rd and follow this for 600m when it becomes Railway Terrace.  Follow railway line to Schofields and continue to Riverstone along Railway Tce. 

Where Riverstone station level crossing is on your LHS, turn R then immediately L and follow the railway line on your LHS.  Riverstone Parade take us to Vineyard Station.  At Vineyard station road veers to the R.  Turn L into Wallace Rd after 50m. 

Follow railway line along where Wallace Rd ends at a "T" intersection.  Turn L and cycle over a level railway crossing, and turn R into Railway Rd and remain on it for about 1k to Mulgrave Station where we R onto Mulgrave Rd and follow until you reach Windsor Rd.  Turn L into Windsor Rd, and follow it 3km to Windsor.  Continue on main drag of Windsor/Richmond Rd for 5km for 1st Nosh Stop (35 min) from approx 9:40am at Macquarie Square Windsor where U meet cyclists (for 1st Nosh Stop) who started from Hornsby station who are riding back.

Start    Shorter Route catching train from Seven Hills station:
Turramurra station
Rohini St car park via above explained new access onto M2 to Seven Hills station, thence train to Windsor station 22.4km:

            Rollout 8:00am and follow above directions in yellow background to end of M2/Abbott Rd which is at traffic lights with Johnson Ave. 

D          Continue ahead 700m along Prospect Highway to Seven Hills station on LHS, enter via Terminus Rd.  Quickly buy a snack and catch 9:20am train for 35 min journey to Windsor arriving 9:52am and exit Windsor station to meet cyclists who cycled all the way to Windsor.

2nd Leg:  Windsor to Richmond, Yarramundi, Springwood -  31km

 

10:15am:

  • R

Windsor

5.0

~

NWW

Richmond

  • R

Market St

0.1

~

NWW

March St

  • L

March St

0.6

~

SSW

Bosworth St

  • R

Bosworth St

0.3

~

SWW

Castlereagh Rd 

  • R

Castlereagh Rd 

4.0

~

SWW

Springwood Rd 

  • L

Springwood Rd 

11.4

/

SWW

  Hawkesbury Heights Lookout

  • R

Hawkesbury Road 

9.1

~

SWW

Macquarie Rd 

  • R

Macquarie Rd 

0.2

~

W

Raymond Rd

  • L

Raymond Rd

0.1

~

S

Old Post Office caf, Springwood

Arrive at Springwood at 12:10am for 2nd Nosh Stop (30 min) at Aroma Cafe.

 

3rd Leg: Springwood, Mitchell Pass, Emu Plains station - 16.2km

Remount 12:40pm and descend the mountain avoiding Great Western H'way except for 800m section when we cross it, including a beaut one-way descent along Mitchells Pass to -
*        Emu Plains station
for hourly train at 33 min past hour - arriving Blacktown
station 52 mins past hour; or
*        Penrith station for half hourly train at 19 min and 49 min past hour - arriving Seven hills
station 17 and 47 mins past hour:

 

  • L

Raymond Rd

0.1

~

N

Macquarie Rd 

  • R

Macquarie Rd 

0.2

~

SEE

Hawkesbury Road 

  • R

Green Pde/Macq. Rd 

4.0

~

SEE

Green Pde/Macquarie Rd 

  • R

Great Western Highway 

0.8

~

SEE

Great Western Highway 

  • L

Wilson/Railway Pde  

4.4

~

SEE

Wilson/Railway Pde  

  • L

Mitchells Pass

4.3

\

E

Great Western Highway 

  • L

Great Western Highway 

2.3

~

NE

Station St

  • A

Station St

0.1

~

N

Emu Plains station

4th Leg: Alight train at Blacktown station at 1:52pm and cycle to Turramurra station carpark - 27km

(If your train stops at Seven Hills station, exit at Seven Hills station, because you are immediately on Prospect H'way/Abbott Rd/M2)

  • Ahead into Boys Ave 200m,

  • R into Second Ave for 400m,

  • L into Sunnyholt Rd for 800m,

  • R into Sackville Rd for 1.2km

  • Ahead in Lucas Rd for 1.4km

  • L into Prospect H'way for 400m

  • Ahead at Johnson Ave traffic lights into Abbott Rd/M2 (take extreme car as lots of traffic proceed leftish along the Prospect H'way, and one of those Red Necks could wallop ya!) for 15.6km,

  • L at Optus Tower at crest (1.6km after passing thru 400m tunnel) down/up Brown's Waterhole for 1.8km,

  • Ahead up Kissing Point Rd for 3.7km

  • R into Pacific H'way for 250m

  • Left into Rohini St for 200m

  • Left into Turramurra station carpark.

ETR Turramurra station 2:45pm.

Greg aka ArchitectToo's report after completing his 2nd 160km Lake Taupo Cycling Challenge, NZ - Sat 24th Nov 2007

Greg recently again completed an annual ride which has risen to the top of the Must Do: endurance rides for Die Hard Ozzie cyclists.  It is Across the Ditch and attracted 10,000 cyclists, to both the individual and team categories.  Read Gregs account at Architect Too. And U 2 may want to plan for 2008 cause the scenery over the 160km loop is marvelous, and our Kiwi neighbours always turn-on a tough workout

Rap-up of Tour de Central Coast  -  108km  -  6 starters

DishPig, BeanCounter 'n Guy aka Lawyer at Terrey Hills Fruit Barn Sag Stop after a spirited 12km from our Hornsby rollout.

Happy Snap from outside Church Point Sag Stop aprs 27km from hornsby

Ann 'n DishPig 'grubbing-up' in Palm Beach Cafe before aboarding the ferry to Wagstaffe

Above 'n below snaps of Paul aka Prague, DishPig and ToothFairy and Bank Teller 'en route' to Wagstaffe

A veritable, 'genuine' Bentley by George at the Killcare Lookout

May not look steep, but Golly Gosh Paroo Rd KOM Climb sure as hell is precipitous - just ask DishPig and ToothFairy.

Ann aka ToothFairy getting a running start up the dreaded Paroo Rd KOM Climb

Two victors of the Paroo Rd KOM Climb

After pigging out at the Lisarow Subway we were ready to aboard the train to Hawkesbury River (Brooklyn) station for the final 25km leg back to Hornsby station.

Scribe   2 Dec '07