On the 28th of February 2016 Wayde has 2 rides out of Lithgow, Lithgow Panorama and Le Panorama Horreur. Both rides are 200km, the horreur incorporating some dirt (35km) and some climbing (3500m). A climb up Mt Horrible, sounds horrible.

I've organised to bookend the 28th with rides to and from Lithgow. The 27th we leave from Penrith and head over the mountains to Lithgow. On the 29th a ride heads back from Lithgow to Penrith. Michael S and I did this series (with Lithgow Panorama) of rides on touring bikes in 2014, I see it as one of the highlights of my Audax experiences.

The above 3 rides are on the Audax calendar.


This post is to ask if anyone is interested in extending this series.

While riders head back to Penrith on the 29th, I intend to ride further out west. So:


27 Feb, Penrith - Lithgow 100km (Audax), + 1953 / - 1096 m

28 Feb, Le Panorama Horreur 200 (Audax mixed surface), 3551m

28 Feb, Lithgow Panorama 200 (Audax), 3178m

29 Feb, Lithgow - Penrith 100km (Audax), + 712 / - 1592 m


29 Feb, Lithgow - Bathurst Sth route 70km, + 1006 / - 1261 m

1 Mar, Bathurst - Parkes Sth route 200km, + 1812 / - 2159 m

2 Mar, Parkes 200 (Audax Permanent, Wayde) or rest day.

3 Mar, Parkes - Bathurst Nth route 200km, + 2287 / - 1950 m

4 Mar, Bathurst - Mt Victoria Nth route (some dirt) 132km, + 2393 / - 2001 m


At this point I am not sure I will put these on as calendared rides (they would be BA, not BRM rides). Would anyone be interested in doing these as Audax rides? The 70km day would not be an Audax day, take as long as you like, sleep in, catch a bus. No support will be offered but I am sure Parkes Audax residents will be most welcoming when we get there.


You can use the 2nd of March as a day off. I'm hoping to take care of the March YRR attempt on that day.

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Looks like an audacious week of riding. I haven't done rides longer than 200 but enjoyed a ride with Chris Walsh from Hornsby to Singleton (200) and then the next day ride to Maitland, train to Newcastle, ride to Belmont and return to Newcastle on theFrenleigh Track ( total of a bit over 100) and train home.

By northern route do you mean Icely / Ophir Rd, very nice country but a lot of ups and downs in the overall downhill from Orange to Bathurst.

There is also the daily (very early morning) train from Bathurst to Sydney, no boxing required but also no special bike facilities and might be crowed some days as it is only a 2 car set, only takes 3 hours though.

As you hoping the have the rivet broken in by then?

that would be the north route Bill. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11190996

A multiple day ride like this will be more achievable than a single 1000km ride, I hope. Should be a nice 8 hours sleep a night.

If the Rivet is not comfortable by then I'll add it to the pile of saddles that don't like me.

Our saddle trials pale into nothing compared to Debra's road to recovery http://rivetcycleworks.com/1200k-to-recovery/, bit of inspiration there.

a long read. maybe I should just ride circles in the back yard. Scary.

Just think Rob, if you'd bought one of these, you could have used the cash that you saved as padding if needed!  :-)

I have one on both my Sportive and Backroad tourer, and both have been comfortable from the go-get.  My distances aren't as long as yours, but I've done 100k's without any problem, nor the extended weeks in the saddle riding back from Adelaide earlier this year.  Not only that, their price is not a PIA either!  They're certainly cheaper to consign to the scrap heap if they don't work than the ones that you seem to have bought previously!  :-)

I don't recall spending any more than $60 on any saddle, and they've satisfied my needs.  I've trashed a few into the bargain as well.

And you could put an $11 Brooks rain cover over it and everyone would think it was an expensive, uncomfortable leather saddle that you were protecting from the elements. Dabba, if my most recent saddle "investment" does not pay off them it might come to that.

I didn't think that you'd be a saddle snob Bill!  :-)

got something like that on one of my bikes. Don't need special shorts. You might have the answer Dabba.

Should be some rather nice days on a bike in all that. So, has Mt Horrible been sealed yet or is it still dirt? (been a while for me and haven't felt the urge to hurt rush back and check it out....)

Dirt, is the best of it, otherwise deep sand in places, especially uphill

can't be any worse than climbing Mountain lagoon Rd to Bilpin, can it?

Yes indeed, I recall that sand. Sand is a four letter word.


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