So, one of my goals this season is to complete a Super Series (200, 300, 400 and 600) on top of the Year Round Randonneur. Partially for its own sake, I've been wanting to push beyond the 200km mark, and partially due to the fact that it will be necessary for entering the Sydney to Melbourne 1200 in November.

Looking forward across the rest of the season, the following is the list of all rides 300km or longer in NSW

Date

Distance

Name

Start

Time

Sat March 2

300

Animals on Bikes 300

Parkes

06:00

Sat March 2

400

Animals on Bikes 400

Parkes

06:00

Sat March 2

600

Central West Slopes and Plains

Parkes

06:00

Sun March 3

300

TTT Triple

Parkes

06:00

Sat March 9

300

Lower Hunter Randonnee

Gordon

06:00

Sat March 9

400

Coal Valley Randonnee

Gordon

06:00

Sat March 23

300

First Names

Terrigal

07:00

Sat March 23

600

Canberra/Yass 600

Dapto

05:00

Sat April 6

300

Singleton Tour

Hornsby

06:00

Sat April 6

400

Singleton Tour

Hornsby

06:00

Sat April 6

600

Big Black Crow

Wagga Wagga

05:00

Sat April 20

600

The Border Ride

Inverell

06:00

Sat April 27

300

Mudgee Classic

Mudgee

05:00

Sat May 18

300

Wing It West

Parramatta

06:00

Sat May 18

400

The Mad Cow

Terrigal

07:30

Sat May 25

300

Brutal but Fair

Hornsby

06:00

Sat May 25

600

Brutal but Fair

Hornsby

06:00

Sat June 15

300

Festum Prophetae

Hornsby

06:00

Sat June 15

400

Festum Prophetae

Hornsby

06:00

Sat June 15

600

Festum Prophetae

Hornsby

06:00

Sat June 22

300

Highlands 300

Dapto

06:00

Sat July 20

400

Gunning 400

Dapto

05:00

Sat July 27

300

Winery Wander

Berowra

05:45

Sat August 24

600

Southern Highlands Wanderer

Dapto

05:00

Sat August 31

300

The Longer Loop

Waitara

06:00

Sat August 31

400

The Longest Loop

Waitara

06:00

Sat August 31

600

The Two Day Loop

Waitara

06:00

Sat September 7

300

The Queen Stage

Gordon

06:00

Sat September 28

300

The Cowra Weekend

Cowra

06:00

Sat October 5

300

Cessnock Constitutional

Waitara

06:00

Sat October 5

600

Singleton Saunter

Waitara

06:00

Sat October 19

300

Woy Woy Rd Rd Trip Trip

Dee Why

10:00

Sat October 26

300

Brutal but Fair

Hornsby

06:00

Sat October 26

600

Brutal but Fair

Hornsby

06:00

A number of these rides can be done as permanents:

300 - Woy Woy Rd Rd Trip Trip, Winery Wander (also Hawkesbury Valley Randonnee and a ride to Cessnock)

400 - Singleton Tour (also a different Singleton Route).

600 - The Two Day Loop

At this point I'm looking at doing the Lower Hunter Randonnee (300km) on March 9 and Singleton Tour (400km) on April 6. I would have liked to do the Wing It West 300 for a change of scenery, not to mention Rob is organising it, but I've got concert tickets that day.

That then leaves me with all of the North Sydney options for the 600. My preference would be to do either the Festum Prophetae or Two Day Loop as both will have riding through the west of Sydney as well as the north, for a bit of variety without having to get to a non-Northern Sydney start. Anyone else in?

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if you are riding the racer you mentioned earlier you may want to slow down for me then.

A good idea to be with someone on those no mobile phone coverage areas late in the evenings.

I don't know how much, if any, difference the bike change will make. Over 600km I imagine comfort is a fairly important characteristic to have in a bicycle and the tourer is definitely more comfortable than the racer. I'll see how the fast bike handles this weekend's 200.

I signed up for the Brutal But Fair 600 on Monday pm. Not too worried about the first day. Sunday though... I suspect the climb to Kulnura and Brooklyn are going to hurt. Have booked annual leave for Monday.

If I finish in time and decide that there might be further multi-day riding in my future, I might treat myself to dynamo lights and setup my Van Nic permanently as an audax bike. This will obviously mean I will have to buy a carbon roadie too :)

Good on you Si. I look forward to reading your report next week. Rubber side down, mate.

good luck and good riding Si.

You know you want to go down to Melbourne in November ;) Hope it goes well.

enjoy the Saturday/Sunday ride Si. Plenty of people to ride with, should be good.

I hit the deck on last weeks ride, only doing 25km/h when I went down, I might have been able to take the corner but by that stage of heavy braking I was just looking for the exit route.

Anyone know the recommended speed at that point? I don't recall seeing it.

Had a look on streetview, no signs around that bend at all.

That's the tight right hander on the way down to Cattai Creek, heading west? A few years ago I did Tour de Hills and saw a few people who had gone down/wide there. I tend to go through very gingerly, probably something like 15 km/h. It's an unfortunately tight bend on an otherwise good decent. 

At the time I did Tour de Hills the bridge over the creek was old, crappy timber. That also claimed some riders. 

It was a tricky bit of road for people who hadn't be through there before.

PS. the garmin should have some indication of orientation i.e. is the device horizontal, or vertical or on it's side. The line on the map could change colour when the garmin has moved past a certain number of degrees past horizontal. ;-)

that's the bend Michael.

Thank's Rob.

So essentially if you are descending this part and don't see a recommended speed sign the recommendation is doing Michael's suggested speed, 15km/h, a nicer speed to fall from.

FP 600 riders, speaking to a guy at lunch that does 4WD a fair bit. He says the road between Bucketty and St Albans was as smooth as a paved road when he went through earlier this year.

Bad news, he went through last weekend and it was very rough.

Good news, he saw graders and grading so hopefully by mid June it will be smooth again.

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