Riverstone 80km Loop

Event Details

Riverstone 80km Loop

Time: April 17, 2010 from 8am to 3pm
Location: Riverstone
Street: Garfield Rd West
City/Town: Riverstone
Phone: 0415 902 708
Event Type: social, cycling, ride
Organized By: RobK
Latest Activity: Apr 26, 2010

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Event Description

Starting at Riverstone Vet Hospital (4 Garfield Road West,Riverstone - Beside railway station), ride the 80km Ride to Riverstone Loop. There is also a shorter 26km option, starting and finishing at Rouse Hill Town Centre.
The ride is on sealed roads and shared paths.
Riverstone 80km Loop Cue Sheet and Map

Ph (mob) 0415 902 708.

Comment Wall

Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on April 14, 2010 at 9:10am
Rob, I have decided I am going to be too slow for the BNCC this Sunday, so I might try to ride with you on Saturday instead, but I am worried I might be too slow to keep up with you too - depends on the hills......I looked at the profile which shows lots of undulations - but I am not familiar with the route. With all those ups and downs, can you get a bit of a run-up to the next hill, or do you have to get yourself up using muscle power and aerobic fitness alone.....? Also, how many coffee stops are there (if any)? Sorry if you have already answered these questions, I have not started at the beginning of this post, just this page.
Comment by RobK on April 14, 2010 at 10:45am
Hi MB,
In the document below I've listed 4 possible Rest stops - at distances of 20, 45, 52 & 71 kms. All of these sell coffee (but no guarantee of quality).
I've tentatively arranged to meet people doing the 26km option at 11am at Rouse Hill Town Centre (the 45km mark of the 80km ride). Therefore, if we get away at 8am from Rivo, we have 3 hours to do the 45km (ie Av 15 kmph). Those wanting to ride at a faster pace could have a break there and wait for us slowies if they wanted :)
There are a few little pinches to climb, but with most of them you can get a run up (or is that a roll-down?) before hand. There is one climb on Pitt Town Rd (immediately after crossing the creek) which doesn't fit this category. Few steady climbs as well. Second half of the ride is probably easier. There are some great sections that are flattish too. A relative doddle compared to the Tour De Hills or the BNCC :)
Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on April 14, 2010 at 10:53am
Ahh, now you have me RobK - "relative doddle" sounds just like my cup of tea. I will definitely be there - an unforeseen family crisis would be the only thing that will prevent me. See you at Riverstone at 8.
Comment by Andrew on April 15, 2010 at 6:25pm
John, do you know what the numbers are looking like?
Comment by RobK on April 16, 2010 at 9:02pm
Bring some snack food - muesli bars etc. As noted below, there are 4 possible rest stops - At 20, 45, 52 & 71 kms. Servo at 20kms, with the usual fare. The Living Planet Cafe at 52km is normally my preference when in the area, although there's a good range of food at Rouse Hill Town Centre (45 & 71kms), and may tempt me for a lunch stop on the second loop (ie at 71kms).
Comment by aaron pittman on April 17, 2010 at 2:55pm
awesome did the 80k's, ride any day with you guys again :) now for a relax
Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on April 17, 2010 at 5:48pm
Great fun......also tired.....also hungry (or I was before I ate the SubWay 6 inch sub from Riverstone)....one bone to pick with Rob though.......the dictionary .com definition of "doddle" is as follows:
doddle, noun, an easy task
AN EASY TASK???? that's not how I found it!!

OK just joking. Managed to team up with a couple of others going my pace (or at least they had to go at my pace as I was the only one with a map and cue sheet :-) ). So thank you to Deb and Peter for nursing me along and also to Scott for directing us around the last 30km. After me getting us lost a couple of times, my trip metre read 86.2km at the end (average speed 16.7kph - I suppose that is pretty doddly?)

One last query though....did anyone find a small blinakable headlight - surrounded in black silicon and sort of tadpole-shaped to wrap around handlebars? If you did, it is mine and I would be grateful if you let me know. Though I realise spotting a black silicon object on bitumen may be impossible...

Despite all that, as I said, great fun and looking forward to doing the "real thing" next month. Thanks to Rob, John, Geoff and anyone else who helped in the organisation.
Comment by JasonD on April 17, 2010 at 9:54pm
Great ride everyone and nice to meet you all. We had such a good time, didn't even notice the kilometres go by, didn't feel like 80k's. More like 76...
Comment by Ibrahim Elachkar on April 17, 2010 at 10:10pm
Yeah guys, awesome ride, really enjoyed it, looking forward to participating in another ride. One memory ill always have: a hole group of us having to jump a fence as part of our route :P
Comment by RobK on April 18, 2010 at 12:23am
Glad you enjoyed it guys. Yes, the fence had been repatched.....It is 'supposed' to be opened officially before the ride in May.
MB, there were a few more hills than I'd remembered too.
I ended up with around 82 km on the clock for the complete ride.


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