Question : Any good riding options/suggestions around Bathurst and surrounds ?

A couple of mates are planning a getaway in this area.

I had previously sampled Blayney  to Bathurst in 2013  but didn't ride Mount Panorama loop , so that will be on this list .

One ride is probably a modified Bathurst - Blayney - Mt Panorama  

(I'm trying to work that out with same start / end point - Is Mid Western Hwy decent to ride up from Bathurst to Blayney? ) 

But, anyway, that's the limit of my exposure to the area.

Are there other options or suggestions for what could be good for other ride(s)? 

Doesn't have to start at Bathurst as transport would be available although a ride starting/ending at the same spot is pretty much needed.

Starting locations of up to say Orange/Mudgee if there is a strong recommendation!

Ideally distance say in the 60-100 km with scenic views and happy to hear of recommended rest/eat locations! 

 

Thanks!

Ps: Road bikes will be in use ie no cyclocross/MTB routes please. Thanks

 

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Limekilns and Glanmire roads - both pretty quiet, with interesting terrain. More of the "rolling hills" variety than climbing mountains, but some good riding on offer.

Glanmire is now sealed, it used to be gravel. You could probably ride the full length without seeing a car.

Limekilns is busier, but the traffic diminishes the further you travel from bathurst.

Limekilns to Wattle Flat has a few kms of ok dirt at the northern end then back down Peel Rd, bit less than 100kms, PS don't turn off to Mt Horrible !

Thanks... just did a check and Oh wow

Mt Horrible  has a certain ring to it! 

Keep an open mind.

Not sure whether that "Horrible" road is sealed or not but it looks like one I would love to ride because it would probably carry near-zero motor traffic.

If unsealed, wider tyres, or an **MTB**, would make easy work of it, I'd say.

Unsealed, some deep sandy dirt especially on the climbs, it's a bit like a journey of self discovery, Mt Horrible then Dark Corner and if you survive through to Sunny Corner!

I am sooooo going there.

One day.

BTW, Bill, have you ridden the Escort Way west of Orange? It looks reasonably cycle friendly on street-view with a mostly wide shoulder, at least near Borenore.

Yes, all the way in the uphill direction, Eugowra, Cudal, to the Peabody Rd to Molong then Amaroo Rd to Borenore and then Orange. It is OK but can have a bit of traffic, some heavy, shoulder mostly good but a few sections where they have installed wire rope barriers to stop the stupid drivers going off the edge have reduced the shoulder width and roughened the previously good surface. Outside Cudel, on a completely straight level section for kms and nothing coming the other way a Rail Bus tried to remove some of its paint on me, I was not impressed and said rude words my mother would not have allowed. It's one of those roads that they keep "improving" to make it easier (faster) for vehicles and it is approaching unpleasant in some parts but there aren't any real alternatives so you just have to HTFU, Cargo Rd to Canowindra better

Yes, noticed the wire-rope barriers. What's wrong with good old Armco on the edge of the road shoulder?

Street-view does show quite a bit of traffic so I guessed it might be busyish. I thought it might be useful to avoid some of the highway before the turn-off at Molong and the back way (Obley St) to Dubbo.

Orange, Cargo Rd to just past Nashdale, Borenore Lane to (strangely enough) Borenore, cross Escort Way then Amaroo Rd joining the Mitchell a little outside Molong. This follows the train line. Obley Rd careful of those animals

Hi Bill, in the interest of not riding the same road twice (where possible) ; from Orange (up a Gratitious Pinnacle) , Nashdale.... would it be better to do Borenore/Escort/Peabody descent to Molong then Amaroo /Borenore /Cargo ascent ? 

Or is Escort/Peabody  simply a no-no ?

What do you think of  https://www.strava.com/routes/1522341 ?

Or  if Escort/Peabody (which I just noticed has an evil pinch) isn't a good option - is Mitchell (descending) https://www.strava.com/routes/1525171 better? 

Or just do Amaroo twice ?

The question has to asked Peter , why aren't you going all the way, to the top of Canobolas instead of wimping out with a Pinnacle only ascent. Yes there is a little bit of dirt but it is good dirt and surely worth it to meet the challenge in mastering Canobolas for only a couple of hundred extra metres (vertical) . (ps in the interest of full disclosure I have not done this myself on the bike)

Otherwise, Escort Way is OK, I might have exaggerated the issue as it was hot the last time I did, my saddle was VERY uncomfortable, I was on my own and pushing the time limit, it was getting dark and the earlier close bus pass spoiled my zen like riding state for some hours after.

Peabody is fairly quiet, good road, nice hill. Mitchell from Orange-Molong is acceptable but I just don't like sharing my road with overly fast cars & trucks when there are quieter alternatives.

On the back roads you can ride in the middle of the lane, look at the scenery, relax a bit whereas on the busier roads you are in the shoulder or riding the white line and have to pay too much attention to the rapidly varying road surface / edge while vehicles wiz past too close

Up Canobolas eh ? Modified : https://www.strava.com/routes/1522341

Like this ?  - is Old Canobolas rideable / safely descend-able on 23mm road tires ? 

Thanks and noted about Escort Way and Mitchell.

PS : Borenore Caves Reserve looks pretty interesting for a visit too, probably without road bikes/shoes! 

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