The Bullsheet      Sunrise 6:32am

Sunday, 18 Aug '13, Somersby "Bellbirds" Peats Ridge anti-clockwise:
   7:45am from Hornsby  125km  -  ETR Hornsby   3:10pm
   8:00am from Berowra 103km  -  ETR Berowra   2:45pm

Or turnaround at Mt White - 70km round trip from Hornsby with 2nd Nosh Stop at PitS  -  ETR 11:50am

Cyclists should target arriving at 1st Nosh Stop at Mt White at 9:20am. 

If driving to the Berowra optional Start, take 2nd off-road from Freeway, and turn R into Old Pacific H'way to Berowra station carpark 900m further north


Ride Organiser Phil Johnston aka Bank Teller [1st Responder] 0434 715.861, Pete aka CampyAficinado visiting from Armidale [2nd Responder] Jean aka ChiliDog [3rd Responder] Syd aka MotorMechanic [4th Responder] ,  David aka CricketTragic and  are starting from Hornsby station carpark @ 7:45am. 
Pete aka CampyAficinado is turning back at Mt White, 'cause he's got the long drive back to Armidale with his 'good wife' that arvo. 

John aka BakerBoy who rode last Sunday has volunteer work with his local Rotary Club this Sunday at their arboretum.

If you think you are >80% of joining us, can you e-mail Scribe and he will add your moniker above.

Nosh Stops:
1st    Mt White Village Store                  from    9:20am         30 min 
Somersby General Store                from   11:10am        30 min
3rd   Pie in the Sky                                from    1:50pm     
    20 min
Sag Stops:
1st    Roundabout to Kariong                from   10:25am        
 5 min
Mt White Village Store                 from   12:50pm         10 min

King of the Mountain climbs:
  Cherro Point Rd sign to 20m past 2nd Mt White sign                                          7.55km
2nd   300m past Mooney Mooney Bridge to KOM                                                         3.65km
Brooklyn Rd aluminium light poll to 10m before entrance to Pie in the Sky        3.85km

1st Leg: Hornsby to Mt White Village Store - 35km - 95 min

Park in Jersey St Hornsby street-side car-park 80m Nth of Railway Hotel - N/W side of Hornsby station

Rollout by 7:45am depending on your speed -

2nd Leg: Mt White to Somersby General Store - 24.5km (59.5m) - 75 min

9:55am -

  • Nth up Old Pacific H'way for 6.2km to Calga Interchange

  • R twds Gosford along the "Scenic Route" for 4.3km to Mooney Mooney Creek

  • Ahead uphill for 6.5km to "Wisemans Ferry / Gosford Roundabout" for Sag Stop (5 min) off-the-road

  • L into Wisemans Ferry Rd for 7.5km to Somersby General Store (4372.1269ph) for a 2nd Nosh Stop (30 min) - good burgers from 11:10am.

3rd Leg: Somersby General Store to Mt White - 30.1km (89.6m) - 80 min

By 11:40am -

  • L along Wisemans Ferry Rd for 200m

  • L down "on-ramp" along Peats Ridge Rd for 9.3km to United Gas Peats Ridge.

  • Sth down Peats Ridge Rd for 14.5km to Calga Interchange

  • L (at "Scenic Road" sign to Brooklyn) and continue 6.1km returning to Mt White Village Store for Sag Stop [10 min] from 1:00pm.

4th Leg: Mt White to Pie in the Sky - 16.1km (106km) - 40 min

1:10pm descend Old Pacific H'way, cross Brooklyn Bridge over Hawkesbury River, pass Brooklyn Rd [103km] and ascend 3.9km for 3rd Nosh Stop at Pie in the Sky [25 min] from 1:50pm.


5th Leg: Pie in the Sky to Hornsby - 19.3km (125.5km) - 55 min

2:15pm Sth down Old Pacific H'way -

  • pass Berowra [115km] around 2:30pm, and

  • return to Hornsby, taking R fork at Asquith, continuing along Old Pacific H'way [125.5km] at 3:10pm.

Risk Warning
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 a metre clearance.  If you can't, or are passing on the inside, you MUST call out loudly eg. "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.

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

     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

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

1.     We return to ride the M2 on 1 Sept - Turramurra station 7:15am Browns Waterhole, 7:35am Vimiera Rd, Epping Rd, M2, M7, Quakers Hill Pky, Riverstone, Windsor, Richmond, Springwood, Penrith, exit M2 at Pennant Hills Rd   OR return from Windsor via via Cattai Ridge to Hornsby and Turra'

2.     We haven't descended Galston Gorge or Bobbin Head since mid June 'cause "too cold".  We will be starting our rides lots "dropping down/up them" now that it is warming up, starting with 'Tour de Wisemans Ferry and Cliftonville' on 25 Aug

3.     Pics from Palm Beach ferry to Wagstaffe, thence cycle to Woy Woy  -  74km  -  8 crew


Lion Island in the background on a 'Corker' of a late Winter's morn'

Eight of us at the Mary Byles Lookout, McMasters Beach


Last Sunday's route map, although we all 'piked-out' on the final 27km from Brooklyn to Hornsby, via PitS.

Scribe    12 Aug 2013                 Jean aka