Feel like a ride averaging 40km/h ?
Get yourself up to Coffs Harbour and ride the new section of highway from Sawtell to the Bellingen turnoff. On a decent road bike, and a day with no wind, you should be able to get the average speed up above 35 km/h; anyone a bit fitter than me should be able to get close to a 40 average or higher; on my 12 yr old mountain bike I got the average above 30.
The bike track on the side of the road is smoooooth as and plenty wide. I'd recommend hitting it before it ages and fills up with stones. Do this downwind, then for the upwind route, you can use the old highway for a hilly heartstarter.
Magic stuff.

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Comment by Dabba on December 28, 2008 at 8:21am
What's the section from Sawtell to Coffs like? I seem to recall that the last time that I was through there it was busy light industrial area (can't remember the road shoulders) with a bit of a cycleway up the last hill into Coffs, and Coffs looked to be not as bike friendly as it could be.
Comment by bnicho on December 29, 2008 at 7:05pm
On the east side, there's cycleway for most of the way from Sawtell to Coffs I think, but I seem to remember it ducking in tyhe short way from the windmill restaurant.
Despite that, the shoulder is still adequate for on road riding, just depends on whether you want to deal with the suicidal speed traffic of the of the highway or the frequent slowing down to cross each road of the cycleway.
Comment by bnicho on December 29, 2008 at 7:08pm
UPDATE:have just discovered that I was using my wife's speedo and she has 720C wheels, to my 26". Please take that into account when reading about average speeds.

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