The Two Gorges

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Community News -

This ride has been pub­lished in this spe­cific is­sue, be­cause read­ers will no­tice a marked in­crease of cy­clists along this route through­out Oc­to­ber. Most are train­ing for ei­ther the Bowral Clas­sic, or the MS Syd­ney to Gong char­ity fundraiser ride, where 9500 cy­clists raised Au$2.2 mil­lion last year.

The safest, and most en­joy­able way to ride the 42km cir­cuit is an­ti­clock­wise: Gal­ston > Hornsby > Pa­cific High­way > Berowra Wa­ters > Ar­ca­dia > Gal­ston (via Blacks, Bay­field, Knights, Be­van and Cross­lands Roads) An av­er­age cy­clist on a good road bike, stop­ping only for the ferry, will man­age this in 2- 2.5hours. The pros do it in just 1.5 hours!

Both Gorges, and sec­tions of the Pa­cific High­way have ex­quis­ite scenery and all the road sur­faces are ex­cel­lent, ex­cept for the pot­holes along Bay Road be­tween Chilcott and Ar­ca­dia Roads. If you are lucky and early, you may even en­counter a Lyre­bird on the climb up to Chilcott from the ferry, or en­joy some friendly ban­ter with the RMS fer­ry­men on duty. The ferry ac­tu­ally mod­er­ates the traf­fic, so it is not un­com­mon to reach the horse pad­docks with­out any cars squeez­ing past you.

As­cend­ing or de­scend­ing the Gorges to Berowra Wa­ters or the his­toric Tunks Bridge truly tests one’s skills, fo­cus and fit­ness. But once out of Gal­ston Gorge, there are bi­cy­cle lanes along Gal­ston Road where one can re­lax and so­cialise, then in­ter­mit­tent bike lanes and good road shoul­der all along the Pa­cific High­way, and ex­cel­lent new bike lanes along the sub­ur­ban parts of Berowra Wa­ters Road.

Two Gorges is chal­leng­ing in many ways, at­tract­ing Ly­cra-clad week­end war­riors in their hun­dreds from all over Syd­ney. Dur­ing the week, pro­fes­sional cy­clists who rep­re­sent our coun­try, or vis­it­ing ath­letes from over­seas, use this route for event train­ing and race sea­son prepa­ra­tion and a few hardy, brave souls ac­tu­ally cy­cle com­mute to work and back via the Gorges !

DID YOU KNOW? If Strava is to be be­lieved, the fastest male and fe­male times to cy­cle up Gal­ston Gorge switch­backs from Tunks Creek to Montview Road, Hornsby Heights, are around 6 min­utes !

DIF­FI­CULTY and DIS­TANCE: 42km: Be­cause of mo­tor ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic and gra­di­ents of the roads, this route is un­suit­able for in­ex­pe­ri­enced or ca­sual road cy­clists. 3 GORGES: Add Bob­bin Head (+22km) af­ter rid­ing Gal­ston Gorge, by tak­ing Edge­worth David and Burns Road from Hornsby CBD and turn­ing left into Bob­bin Head Road.

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