Cycling in Sydney Australia
Forgive my ignorance in adnance, if I'm posting this in the wrong section.
I came in Sydney 15 days ago, to visit friends and plan to stay for 3 months.
I am from Athens, Greece and for the past 4 years have been training without breaks for 1000-1200km per month. Last month preparing for the trip i did only 300km and I am worried.
I brought my road bike with me but I'm only going to Centennial Park doing boring cirlces and managing to do only 30-40km before I'm bored to death.
I have tried getting some kms in the city but the fact that I constantly have to stop and check where I'm going, or the heavy traffic I encounter doesn't let me keep a good steady tempo.
So I would be grateful if someone would ride with me or even suggest in tourist-friendly instructions some longer training routes .
Thank you in advance
Tassos, welcome to Australia..sorry about the weather at the moment...it will get better I'm sure...Mate I live about 1.5 hrs north of Sydney where most of the roads are slightly less busy and bike friendly, if you want we could arrange to meet up and I'll take you for ride how far are you looking to ride and at what pace I generally ride solo at about 28k /hr, get back to me if you are interested ? maybe its too far for you to travel.....do you have or can you get hold of a mountain bike also ?
The ride out to Windsor is nice and most of it is on shared bike path from Parramatta.
You can also try Homebush Bay. www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au
Where in Sydney are you staying? Generally the best riding in Sydney is out of Sydney, i.e. getting beyond the suburbs. I'm biased, but the best variety of riding is generally to the north, either out towards Akuna Bay & West Head, or north of Hornsby such as up the Old Pacific Highway, or out to the north-west (through Galston Gorge).
For many of these rides check out my club's website for details (under the "our rides" tab). You might also want to contact a local club or BUG (bicycle user's group) in your area.
In addition to the previous suggestions you can find many routes on GPS mapping websites such as mapmyride. This is what I use when I want to find new rides, it lets you filter and sort by distance and elevation. Unfortunately you will still need a map and check where you are going
But I think your best bet is to join a group ride organised by a local cycling group then you can meet some Aussies as well. This is the bike north calendar
This site lists rides for many cycling groups
The 'loop the lake ride' is on in Lake Macquarie this Sunday (March 11)
85kms, costs $50 to enter, money goes to local community group, good chance to see a new part of the country and ride along with a bunch of other riders with some drink/rest stops along the way.
Trains running from Sydney to the start, return by train at the end.
Could be a nice day out if the weather holds off....
Also the upcoming yet-to-be-run-but-already-deemed-to-be-a-classic Bobbin Head Cycle Classic.
You beat me to it.
You'll probably beat me at it, too.
Not that it's a race.
C'mon, you know the definition of a bike race...
I'm doing that thing where you make excuses early ;-) Until Red Hill two days ago, the last hill I'd climbed was Tawonga Gap in January... Darwin for a month... not a hill in sight. So prepare to see a slow unfit Kylie in town!
Hey, that's a lot of really useful info !
thanks a lot ,gotta study 'em all!
PS I live in Darlinghurst area
Catch a train at Central to Riverstone on 6/5/12.Start not far from station for 100km ride. See this site? Good charity ride.