Length: 52km with 396m ascent.
You will head out of Grenfell and get onto your first gravel road pedalling along Abbotts Lane. Soon after you will be on the paved road which heads out to Holy Camp National Park but you will turn left well before reaching the Park.
After ~8.5km turn left on Stock Route Rd where you will be back on gravel – enjoy this ~12.5km section and just imagine what it would be like following a herd of cattle as they meander through Weddin Shire along the Stock Route Rd.
At the end of Stock Route Rd ~21.5km, you will turn left on the paved Mary Gilmore Way and then soon after turn right onto Old Forbes Rd, paved as well. Follow this road until ~26km when you will turn left Birches Ln and along a straight quiet paved farm road.
Just before ~30km you will veer left onto Arramagong Rd and back onto gravel. Pedal along this road as it weaves left and right taking you northward, back towards Grenfell.
At ~39km you will veer left and pedal along Henry Lawson Way (HLW), paved. Please use caution along this ~1.5km section and keep left.
Turn off HLW at ~42km and onto your last gravel section along Schneiders Lane before turning right onto Mary Gilmore Way, which is paved. Keep left as your ride back into Grenfell to complete this lovely loop.
Start and finish : Grenfell Visitor Information Centre, 88 Main Street Grenfell – https://goo.gl/maps/uwVUUU1UsKtSptGC6
Bathrooms : Grenfell Visitor Information Centre, 88 Main Street Grenfell
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 : 70% v’s 30%
Highest Elevation on ride : 411m above sea-level at 4.3km
Lowest Elevation on ride : 308m above sea-level at 27.5km
Rating : 3.5 / 5 riding on some busier roads
Estimated Ride Times : @ 15kph : ~3:28 hours // @ 25kph : ~2:04 hours
Cuesheet : turn by turn instructions can be found on the Ride with GPS Link
Notes : There are some sections along busier roads including Mary Gilmore Way, Old Forbes Rd and 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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