Days are getting longer, but slowly and coldly
Sunday, 1 July '18 - 8:40am from
carpark for "Brunch at Warriewood" -
via Wakehurst Parkway - 94km
- ETR 2:15pm
WHO, WHEN, WHERE:
Organiser: Phil Johnston aka
Pete aka CampyAficinado
are starting by
St. Ives carpark.
George aka Englishman
Kev aka TexDubbo
[3rd Acceptor], Jane aka NeoLuddite, [6th Acceptor],
Barry aka Bazza [6th Acceptor],
Grant aka BeanCounter ,
Lea aka SlowLea,
Ron aka Draughtsman,
Tony aka Publican,
Eric aka PapaBear,
ChiliDog, [4th Responder],
If you want to join us, please e-mail
and he will add your moniker above.
Rollout from St Ives car
for Terrey Hills, Duffy’s Forest, West Head (1st Nosh Stop – pack nibbles),
Church Point, Warriewood (2nd Nosh Stop).
Return Wakehurst Parkway, Forest Way and Mona Vale Rd.
Sunrise Cafe overlooking
Warriewood Beach (35
Terrey Hills Thai Restaurant (5 min)
Lookout (15 min)
Leg: St Ives via traditional route along
Booralie Rd to
Duffys Forest, thence to West Head - 41km - 120 min
carpark by 8:40am
depending on your ride speed:
E along Mona Vale Rd
Myoora Rd passing Forest Way - at
Vale Fruit Barn;
3km along Myoora Larool Rd until
Tepko Rd which is
70m before Booralie Rd;
Tepko Rd (70m short
of Booralie Rd) for
L into Booralie Rd
and pedal like "shit out of
Shanghai" 6.7km flat/fast stretch past Terrey Hills Golf Course
and rifle range to Duffys Forest (amidst real pigs, goats, horses 'n cows);
turn at the dead-end of Cow Corner –
slower cyclists must turn around as soon as they see lead cyclists returning to via same route Terrey Hills neighbourhood shops
and pull-up opposite
Terrey Hills Thai Restaurant - 1st Sag Stop
Left down McCarrs Creek Rd
and entering Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park for 3km to "V" (dual entrances to the park);
at the "V" anti-clockwise and descend
over small timber bridge for 1.8km to "T" juncture
(Akuna Bay Marina is
2.8km on LHS);
Ahead 12km along West Head Rd to our 2nd
Sag Stop at
Risk Warning about a dangerous
'Blackspot' 150 metres before the Lookout.
Pack lots of nibbles,
‘cause we take our 2nd Sag Stop (15
10:40am for a snack and
a gawk at the majestic, shimmering blue
peninsula where The Greenies blocked the proposed McChucks on
Head to Warriewood - 28km - 80 min
12km to "T" juncture with Akuna Bay,
descending 1.8km to McCarrs Creek small timber bridge [55km],
McCarrs Creek Rd for 8.8km past Church Point around 11:20am, then Bayview Marina to
Cabbage Tree Rd,
R into Cabbage Tree Rd from 11:30am with Bayview Golf Course on LHS);
Ahead for 1.5km leads into Samuel St and crosses
Mona Vale Rd at roundabout,
Ahead into Ponderosa Pde veering Left
becoming McPherson St for 2km to
into Warriewood Rd 200m crossing Pittwater Rd at traffic
lights and immediately climbing up Hunter St [dog-leg
which leads to views of Blue Pacific overlooking majestic
Warriewood Beach [around 12:15pm -
for 1st Nosh Stop (35 min)
A neighbourhood, strip-front shopping centre is
immediately on RHS in Narrabeen Park Pde.
Nautilus Café is about 4 shops along. Sunrise
Cafe, on the
corner makes grouse burgers.
beach cafés to St Ives, via Wakehurst Parkway - 26km - 85 min
adjacent to the coast for 2km - initially along Sydney Rd which
becomes Ocean St;
R into Malcolm St for 50m;
St for 1km;
R into Waterloo St
Pittwater Rd for 100m crossing bridge over Narrabeen Lakes;
veer L into Wakehurst Parkway for a toughish 9.9km
(initially flat past
Narrabeen Lakes thence a constant climb) for
crest of climb under shade of trees 100m prior to traffic lights at French Forest
Rd or at the lights, so long as you get off the road;
into French Forest
Rd at lights for
R into Rabbett St
for 200m decent;
L into Adams St for a 200m "real tough" grind/climb;
R onto Forest Way for 5.3km; and
L into Mona Vale for
6.2km to St Ives.
ETR 2:15pm -
Blackspot Warning. The road section approx 250m prior to the West Head Lookout veers
awkwardly to the right. It is narrow with very little camber to
enable cyclists to hold the narrowing corner.
Bank Teller has documentary evidence of 5 bad accidents when
inexperienced cyclists descended that road section too fast and spun off
to the LHS. One cyclist remained in a comma for three months.
Descend to the West Head Lookout slowly and warn others to do likewise.
RTA, which is responsible for West Head Rd, has been negligent in
Three Letters dated 11 Jan 08,
8 Feb 08 and 29 March ’08 and
Annexure to -
a) straighten approx 200m of that road
section by widening on the RHS,
b) build up the camber on the LHS, and
c) provide dedicated "Cyclists SLOW DOWN"
forms of cycling are dangerous.
An ave of 38 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
third 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
(I) did not have public liability insurance cover; and/or
(II) did not possess valuable assets.
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
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
Muggs is predicated upon notifying
Bank Teller if you
materially disagree with any clause(s) in Muggaccinos'
"Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgment"
Last Sunday's sortie to the
'n back - 54km - 4 riders
The weather started out beaut as we sailed up north
to Berowra, then hooked a left down to the punt and up the other side. In
fact, all the way to Glenorie (36km), but got seriously cold 'n overcast on our
Only 54km, but we were all knackered après.
The chap on the LHS,
Kevin aka TexDubbo,
a veritable uncultured Hillbilly himself, thought that BankTeller's
colourful, blue legwarmers, that he picked-up 'Brand Spankers' (not
pre-loved) at Vinnies for $4, looked 'dorky'.
The brews 'n grub at the
Glenorie Bakery are beaut and 'fill a hole'. The joint was
'packed to the rafters' with locals that can't sleep-in on a Sunday morn', but
we sat outside to sit close to our jalopies
19 June '17