The Bullsheet   Sunrise 6:51am      

After Duffy's Forest, loop thru Illawong Bay/Akuna Bay - we skip West Head and ride to Bayview Marina - 73km   

Sunday, 28 July '19  8:15am from St Ives carpark for "Brekkie at Bayview Marina - skipping return for Brunch at Akuna Bay" -  92.6km -  70km - ETR 1:35pm

Ride Organiser Phil aka Bank Teller  0434 715.861 [1st Acceptor], Pete aka CampyAficinado [2nd Acceptor], Ann aka ToothFairy  [3rd Acceptor],  are starting from St Ives at 7:45am.

John aka Auckland, Tony aka Publican   Chris aka RecalcitrantBankTeller   


If you are 80% confident of starting, contingent upon being greeted by a fine morn', please e-mail Scribe and he will add your moniker above - so you don't turn-up at one of the optional start spots and find you are on your Pat Malone.

8:15am rollout St Ives carpark to Terrey Hills, Duffy's Forest, Illawong Bay/Akuna Bay. Return to McCarrs Creek and turn Left down McCarrs Creek Rd to Bayview Marina Café [LHS two clicks past Church Point] for 1st Nosh Stop (30 min).  Return via Akuna Bay.

Nosh Stops:
.   Bayview Marina Café  (30 min)
2.   Akuna Bay  (30 min)

1st Leg:  St Ives carpark via Duffys Forest to Terrey Hills Thai Restaurant Sag Stop - 20.5km - 60 min


8:15am -

*       E along Mona Vale Rd for 6.7km,

*        L [opposite Forest Way - at Mona Vale Fruit Barn] into Myoora Rd and take a 1st Sag Stop (3 min),

*        Ahead 3km along Myoora Larool Rd,

*        L into Tepko Rd (75m short of Booralie Rd) for 400m,

*        L into Booralie Rd, 'n pedal 6km on a flat/fast stretch past Terrey Hills Golf Course and rifle range to Duffy's Forest (amidst real pigs, goats, horses 'n cows),

*        "U"- turn at the dead-end of Cow Corner NOTE: turn around as soon as you see faster cyclists returning.  Continue past Terrey Hills neighbourhood shopping centre, thru roundabout and take 2nd Sag Stop (5 min) from 9:15am outside Thai Restaurant at top of McCarrs Creek Rd - muster on LHS of white road line under tree cover.

2nd Leg: Thai Restaurant to Bayview Marina Kiosk - 24km (agg 44.5km) - 75 min



9:20am -

*        Retrace 13.4km to McCarrs Creek bridge,

*        L into McCarrs Creek Rd for 7.5km passing Church Point arriving at Bayview Marina Kiosk from 10:35am for 1st Nosh Stop (30min). 

4th Leg: Bayview Marina to Akuna Bay  - 12.8km (agg 57.3km) - 50 min

At 11:05am, cycle 7.4km up McCarrs Creek, turn R to Akuna Bay anti-clock, a further 4.5km for Brunch 3rd Nosh Stop (30 min) at Akuna Bay from 11:55am.

5th Leg: Akuna Bay to St Ives - 19.4km (agg 77km) - 70 min

12:25pm -

Climb anti-clockwise from Akuna Bay to Terrey Hills and re-enter Mona Vale Rd via -

*        Myoora Larool Rd after passing the Mona Vale Fruit Barn, or 

*        the tunnel under Mona Vale Rd.  

*        R into Mona Vale Rd for 6.6km to St Ives from 1:35pm.  

Relive route movie using Google Maps

Risk Warning
Ø    Hardcopy these directions and bring on Sunday

Ø    Expend 5 min studying your street directory

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"


Hornsby, St Ives, Church Point, Palm Beach ferry to Wagstaffe, Marie Byles Lookout, Woy Woy train to Hornsby - 74km - 4 riders

The next generation of cyclists putting the Old Folk to shame with their maneuvers

Will anyone 'pitch-in' to buy BankTeller a new pair of specs?

Adding to the pics at Marie Byles Lookout that date back almost 20 years


Hornsby, Windsor, Richmond - train from Scofields  -  74km, although ToothFairy and Auckland cycled 90km - 7 riders

Pete aka Yamaha's amazing two daughters, Sarah and Sam, bolstered Muggs number on a patently foggy morn'

Auckland, Yamaha, ToothFairy, ChiliDog and Bank Teller at Thompsons Square, Windsor after a marvelous foggy, nippy 43km from Hornsby, where there was a heck of a crowd on the terrace.

Some of our bicycles at Thompsons Square, Windsor

Annual Boxing Day 'catch-up' ride - Hornsby, Sommerville Rd, Galston Gorge, Berowra Waters, Brooklyn Rd climb ride - 74km - 12 riders

The Whippet, 83 years 'young', raced BankTeller up the climb from Galston Gorge, passing each other twice.  But 110 metres from the apex, Whippet, threw in a surge to claim the KOM.

There was some unwanted conjecture at the Sag Stop at Cnr of Crosslands Rd and Galston Rd. from the sole who thinks he is Elvis reincarnated, ably supported by a former Printer, when BankTeller announced that Four Old Farts were going to take the flatter route to Berowra Waters, and not the lumpy backroads route scheduled in The Bullsheet.  Ever 'risk averse' BankTeller was concerned that The Whippet might suffer a cardiac arrest and Publican then litigate BankTeller for negligence, upset 'cause Tony had lost his midweek riding partner.

But notwithstanding taking the easier traditional main roads route, it wasn't all smooth sailing through Galston, Arcadia and Berrilee.

BankTeller headed Brian early on the descent to Berowra Waters. But after descending past the verdant meadows with the horses, Brian passed Phil and exclaimed "Race you to the bottom."

BankTeller retorted a voluminous NO. Fortunately, Whippet eased off the accelerator.  Do all of us get wiser, as we get older?


St Ives, Duffy's Forest, Illawong Bay, Akuna Bay, Bayview Marina St Ives - 70km - 3 riders on a HOT morn'

Xmas Eve, Monday 24 Dec '18 - 12th Annual "Tour de Old Bathurst Rd, Blaxland, Springwood, Yarramundi, Richmond"  - 86km  -  6 riders which included Pete aka Yamaha and his two daughters, Sarah aged 12 and Samantha aged 10

Apologies for Scribe's below four pics, 'cause he had Flash set to On, when he should have had Flash set to Auto.  Whereupon the flash would not have made the bright sun light even brighter.

Above 'n below pics at Yarramundi Lookout which was 'wetter than wet' and 'bluer than blue' down the valley

Relaxing at the Richmond Record Store Cafe after scaling the humongous Old Bathurst Rd, and then 22km Nth to Richmond

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.

Sunday, St. Ives, Duffy's Forest, Illawong Bay, Akuna Bay, Bayview Marina 'n back to St. Ives  -  84km  -  4 riders

Bank Teller    21 April '19