The Bullsheet     Sunrise 5:41am

Xmas Eve, Monday 24 Dec '18 - 12th Annual "Tour de Old Bathurst Rd, Blaxland, Springwood, Yarramundi, Richmond

Turramurra station carpark rollout 6:15am via Browns Water Hole, (or park at Vimiera Rd carpark, Marsfield for 6:35am rollout to Blacktown station to catch 8:22am train arriving 8:39am at Emu Plains station, 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 Seven Hills and ride the below M2 alternate route, Browns Waterhole - 93km - ETR 2pm

(Avoid very steep 2.33km Old Bathurst Rd by catching our 8:22am train from Blacktown but not alighting at Emu Plains, but remaining on for 3 more stops and alight at Blaxland station at 8:46am for 9km flattish ride to Springwood Nosh Stop 


Eric aka PapaBear is starting at 6:15am from Turramurra station carpark
Ride Organiser:  Phil aka BankTeller
 0434 715.861 is starting at 6:30am from top of Vimiera Rd carpark, Marsfield meeting us at top of Pennant Hills Rd off-ramp at 6:50am.

Andrew aka Tugboat, George aka Englishman,  Pete aka Yamaha and his daughter Sarah, are meeting us at Emu Plains station at 8:40am. 
Peter aka AnotherBeanCounter,
Matt aka Printer,   and Ron aka Draughtsman may also be starters.   Bill aka Glasgow

If you think you are >80% of joining us, obviously contingent upon a fine morn', can you e-mail Scribe, and he will add ya.

Prologue:  Start 6:15am in Rohini Street carpark NE side of Turramurra station to Nth Vimiera Rd carpark - 4km - 8 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 arriving by 6:35am. 
Or park at Nth Vimiera Rd carpark, Marsfield for 6:35am roll-out to arrive Blacktown station to catch 8:22am train to Emu Plains station arriving 8:39am.


1st Leg:  Start 6:50am Nth Vimiera Rd carpark to Blacktown station - 23.2km - 75 min




Please read NorthConnex bicycle diversion as we need to catch the train at 7:59am, so no stuff-ups:

"The westbound detour starts at the Hills M2/Pennant Hills Road interchange, follows Pennant Hills Road 200m, Murray Farm Road, North Rocks Road, Windsor Road, Kleins Road, Moxhams Road and Junction Road before rejoining the Hills M2 near Cropley Drive (Winston Hills)."



"The eastbound detour is approximately 11km and starts at the Hills M2 motorway near Cropley Drive (Winston Hills), follows Windsor Road, Northmead Avenue, Kleins Road, Moxhams Road, Reilleys Road, Willmott Avenue, Model Farms Road, Junction Road, New North Rocks Road, Jennie Place, Haines Avenue, Murray Farm Road before rejoining the Hills M2 at Pennant Hills Road. Cyclists are advised to allow extra travel time for their journey."

  • Take Pennant Hills Rd off ramp for 300m

  • Right into Murray Farm Rd for 300m

  • Left into Oakes Rd for 400m

  • Right into North Rocks Rd heading SWW for 6.4km

  • Right into Windsor Rd for 300m

  • Left into Francis St for 250m

  • Right into Kleins Rd heading Nth for 350m

  • Left into Moxhams Rd for 350m

  • Right into Reilleys Rd heading Nth for 350m

  • Right into Lanhams Rd for 90m

  • Veer left into Willmott Avenue for 300m

  • Left into Model Farms Road for 400m

  • Left into Junction Rd for 330m

  • Right into  for 30m

  • Right onto M2 just past Cropley Drive (about 1.5km before Abbot Rd)

  • Veer left onto Abbot Rd

  • Ahead on Prospect Highway

  • Right onto Lucas Rd for 900m

  • Lucas Rd veers slightly right at the dip and becomes Sackville St for 400m

  • Left into Sarsfield St for 230m

  • Right into Gordon Rd for 190m

  • Left along 'bike path' adjacent to Sunnyholt Rd for 200m

  • Right at pedestrian traffic lights into Prince St for 400m to Blacktown station.

Arrive Blacktown station 8am for 22 min wait for train to Emu Plains departing Blacktown station at 8:22am arriving Emu Plains at 8:39am.

Two 2nd Leg options:

*        Hard 2nd Leg:  Emu Plains station up precipitous Old Bathurst Rd to Blaxland station, thence Warrimoo and on to Springwood for Nosh Stop at The Subway - 17km (60 min)

             Alight train at Emu Plains station at 8:39am 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 for 1st Sag Stop  (10 mins). Continue West to Springwood arriving 9:40am for 1st Nosh Stop [30 min].

*        Or Easy 2nd Leg: Blaxland station thru Warrimoo and on to Springwood - 9km

Alight train three stations later at Blaxland station at 8.46am 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 9:40am for 1st Nosh Stop [30 min] at The Subway, Macquarie Rd after 41.2km. 

Click on 'Morning Ride' for  Relive Google maps ride footage

3rd Leg:  26km from Springwood to Richmond station, thence alighting at either Seven Hills or Blacktown station - 85 min

10:10am re-trace 250m back down Macquarie Rd;

Left following signs NE to Richmond, along Hawkesbury Rd, Springwood Rd, thru Yarramundi pulling-up at Hawkesbury Heights Yarramundi 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 11:41am for 41 min trip to Seven Hills station arriving 12:11pm or 12:41pm.  Or Blacktown station.

4th Leg:  25km from Seven Hills station to Turramurra station - 70 min - ETR 12:51pm

Alight at Seven Hills station at 12:41am  -

*   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 11km being careful as some traffic roars up Seven Hills Rd;

*   Left off M2 at Pennant Hills Rd off-ramp;

*   Retrace 1st Leg above along Seven Hills Rd, Barclays Rd etc to Vimiera Rd

*   Down/Up Browns Waterhole

*   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 2:01pm.

Risk Warning
Take the early steep descent of Kissing Point Rd slowly, as one lass who rode with Peloton Racing Club had a very nasty bingle 5 years ago, and David Hatley aka Radar broke two collar bones, and wrote-off his carbon bike, when a lady backed-out, and Radar's radar couldn't react in time to avoid a nasty rear-end whack

Ø      Hardcopy these directions and bring on Sunday

      Expend 5 min studying your street directory for this route, if you haven't ridden it before

      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

      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"

Sat 22nd Dec - St Ives, West Head, Akuna Bay - 62 km - 3 riders on a damp morn, particularly on the West Head leg

Last Sunday Hornsby, Windsor, Richmond Choo Choo to Riverstone, thence Garfield East Rd, GG n back to Hornsby - 96km - 3 riders

We took an extended ride in the pristine, lush, verdant Cornwallis, Nth Richmond Lowlands trying to clock up the ton and cause the next train East was still a ways off.

Scribe   22 Dec '18