The Bullsheet     SUNRISE: 5:23¼am

Sun, 13 Dec 2020 - Duo Montagnes clockwise - 59km - Only Nosh Stop is Berowra Waters Marina Fish Cafe from 9am when it opens
Start 8am from Hornsby car-park and ride the 8km out/back along Sommerville Rd, but skip the 2.5km steep descent down to Crosslands Reserve and the 2.5km back out, thence Galston Gorge and lumpy route to Berowra Waters Marina Fish Cafe - 59km -  ETR 10:50am

Main Route:

Hornsby, Somerville Rd, Galston Gorge, Crosslands Rd, Bevans Rd, Bayfields Rd, Berowra Waters from punt, Brooklyn Rd to Brooklyn Wharf, thence return to Hornsby


300m Nth of Hornsby Stn West side, Jersey St.

Nosh Stops:

Berowra Waters Marina Cafe             35 min


7:15am from Hornsby station carpark: Ride OrganiserPhil aka BankTeller  0434 715.861 [1st Acceptor], Eric aka PapaBear [2nd Acceptor], Barry aka BackPacker [3rd Acceptor] are starting at 7:15am. 

Pete aka CampyAficinado has family commitments

Ann aka ToothFairy is hiking in Launceston

1st Leg:  Hornsby to Berowra Waters Marina Cafe, incl Sommerville Rd but not Crosslands Reserve -  41.3km 1st Leg - 105 min

Rollout 8am Hornsby car-park 100m Nth/West of Railway Hotel in Jersey St

*    Nth up Jersey St for 500m, 

*    L into Bridge Rd 40m to lights at Old Pacific H’way, 

*    R and pedal 700m Nth; and 

*    L at lights into Galston Rd and cycle 4.1km NNW twds Hornsby Heights.

*    R into Somerville Rd at traffic lights and pedal 4km on undulating, wide residential road to narrow entrance of Crosslands Reserve.

*    R into Somerville Rd for 4.1km to Galston Rd

*    R back into Galston Rd and descend 4.5km to Galston Gorge timber bridge.

*    Climb 4km to Crosslands Rd.

*    Right into Crosslands Rd for 3.3km to dirt road. 

*    Return 3km and Right into Bevans Rd for 700m.

*    Left into Knights Rd for 850m

*    Right into Bayfields Rd for 1.7km which veers Right into Blacks Rd for 900m to familiar Arcadia Rd which becomes Bay Rd at pastoral Berrilee, where a few km later after passing the familiar Koppers Log KOM descend to picturesque Berowra Waters for our 1st Nosh Stop (30 min) at Berowra Waters Marina Cafe arriving from 9:45am. 

2nd Leg: Berowra Waters Marina Cafe to Hornsby  - 18.5km (agg 59.8km) - 75 min

10:15am take ride on the punt and climb 4km riding East from Berowra Waters where we usually regroup at 2nd Sag Stop (5 min) under cover at Former Pool Shop, before 3km later turning Left from Berowra Waters Rd. into Old Pacific H'way and cycle Nth past Cowan station and Pie in the Sky and descend to Brooklyn Rd where we 'U turn' cycle 3.85km back up to Hornsby at 11:30am.

Risk Warning

Ø   Do not cycle over the metal girders on the ramp at the Berowra Waters ferry, if you opt to cycle off the ferry, 'cause you will come down hard, like many before you.

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 at least 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.

Ø    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

Ø    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

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



Annual Christmas Eve Emu Plains to Springwood up Nasty Old Bathurst Rd, thence Nth to Richmond and onto Tallawong Metro station - 81km  - 3 riders




BankTeller close to death at the apex of the Old Bathurst Rd climb where sections were +15%



The above data included a train from Tallawong Metro to Epping station



Relaxing in Springwood




Above 'n below pics of Yarramundi Lookout on a dry day





Hornsby to Woy Woy, via Mt White - 65km - 5 riders

Pete aka CampyAficinado is admiring some poor large fish on sale

We were joined at Fisherman's Wharf by Ann's brother who hails from The Lakes District in England

Hornsby to Mt White - 70km - 5 riders


With a Highland Mist 'dripping' at Mt White at 7:10am, we opted to avoid the drop to Galston Gorge, but rather head Nth on the Old Pac H'way.
'no-doze' kicked in over the 19km from PitS to win the final sprint.



Muggs two Audax Alpine Classic Reps




Annual New Year's Day ride from Sutherland to Nth Wollongong - 59km - 4 riders, although three riders cycled some more clicks


Hard to identify 'who' is 'whom' in above pic, so PhotoShop brightened it up


New Year's Eve ride to Mt. White  -  70km  -  4 riders

BankTeller, ToothFairy, Glasgow and PapaBear at Pie In The Sky

Ann aka ToothFairy recently returned from cycling 7,320km thru seven countries (listed above).  Ann cycled 360km in the initial three days. Her longest day was 180km.

Most participant riders rode two or three countries, but only two riders cycled the entire route, both ladies. 

Within 50 years, women will be ruling the world, and males will be reduced to the role of the 'male bee'. 
Presently, the Prime Minister of England, Chancellor of Germany and Prime Minister of NZ are women, so is the Premier of NSW and Qld. 
We might not have endured two World Wars, with 71m fatalities, had women taken control a hundred years ago.


Immediately before the 6.7km climb up Mt. White is Cherro Point Rd on the RHS.  Muggs riders have collectively cycled past Cherro Point Rd over 2,000 times over the last 21 years.  Today BankTeller wandered into the 1.7km Cherro Point Rd and took a few pics.






Hornsby, Berowra Waters, Galston Gorge, Bobbin Head, thence backroads to Hornsby  - 61km - 3 riders

It was a pristine, late Winter morn', although the Saturday traffic was appreciable greater and less friendly.  The variety of food in the Galston Gourmet Deli and their prices are 'beaut'. 

Next time we will sit in the Bus Shelter, cause it was hard standing back up for Ann and BankTeller.

Nth Turramurra via Bobbin Head to Mt, White and return  -  92km  -   9 riders, although Jean aka ChiliDog 'bailed-out' at Pie in the Sky


Scribe   22 Dec  2019