Length: 50km with 365m of ascent
This ride starts outside of Grenfell. Riders can start wherever they please on this loop but we suggest beginning near Ochre Farm – links below.
NOTE : these ride notes are based on starting from Ochre Farm.
The first ~7km riders will be going along Goodes Lane which is gravel, heading towards Henry Lawson Way (HLW).
When at HLW you will turn left and go along this section for ~3km. Use caution and keep left.
Soon after, you will turn left onto Mortary Road. Along this paved section, which goes for ~10km, you will ride past Maudry State Forest and then turn right onto Pinnacle Rd ~20km.
Meander along this section for ~4km before turning onto the gravel road of Pinnacle Driftway.
After turning left onto Ballendene Rd ~32km you will sight off in the distance of the Weddin Mountains National Park.
At ~36km turn left onto Gap Road and back onto gravel. From here all the way back to the start, the ride is on 99% gravel roads. You will also ride on Mittons Ln (~40 > 44km) and Hectors Rd (~44km > 47km) before arriving on Pinnacle Rd for a very short time before your left turn back onto Goodes Ln and back to where you began.
Start and finish : Ochre Farm – +61 2 6343 5105 – 761 Goodes Lane, Pinnacle NSW 2810 – https://g.page/ochrearch?share.
Ochre Farm is 24km / 25 min drive from 88 Main Street Grenfell – https://goo.gl/maps/m2Lbaz6nnUa2bZz68.
Bathrooms : Available if Ochre Farm is open
Phone : Very limited access when you away from town
Bikes : MTB / Gravel / Flat Bar / e-versions of these bikes with suitable gravel tyres
Paved v’s un-paved : 57% v’s 43%
Highest Elevation on ride : 358m above sea-level at 2km
Lowest Elevation on ride : 251m above sea-level at 25km
Rating : 2 / 5
Estimated Ride Times : @ 15kph : ~3:20 hours // @ 25kph : ~2:00 hours
Cuesheet : turn by turn instructions can be found on the Ride with GPS Link
Notes : The busiest road you will be riding on is the Henry Lawson Way. Use caution and keep left. Make sure you go through the Cycling Check List below.
Cycling Check List
- Your own cycling safety is your responsibility so stay aware and take stock of your surroundings
- Follow the road rules at all times
- Check your bike and equipment before you depart, i.e. tyre condition, well lubed chain, helmet condition etc. Make sure it is all in good working order and if in doubt take it to your local bike shop before you venture out
- Always tell someone where you are going and your estimated time of return
- Check the weather forecast for the area where you will be riding
- Carry maps &/or a well charged GPS device for the area you are riding in
- Phone coverage is not always available, but a well charged phone should be carried in case of emergency
- Carry spare tubes, tyre levers, pump and multi-tool at a minimum
- Always carry enough water, food and suncream as you will be in remote areas
- It is highly recommended that you do not ride alone in remote areas
- Always be aware that roads and conditions regularly change, especially on country gravel roads
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