We start this ride at Meadowbank Wharf and cruise along the northern shore of the Parramatta River following the Parramatta Valley Cycleway (PVC) route. We deviate off the route travelling via some back roads to enter Parramatta Park. After less than an hour and a lap of the park return via Parramatta. (If you are keen there is always time for 2 or even 3 laps of the park.)
After leaving the Park we travel east directly through Parramatta City to a choice of coffee shops in the city or at the Parramatta Wharf, then some more back roads through Harris Park to join the M4 cycleway. This "cycleway with a roof" runs under then alongside the M4 motorway and provides a low stress route back to Homebush.
The ride may choose one of two ways back to the beginning.
The first is to follow the cycleways all the way back to Sydney Olympic Park where a long deviation to the river's edge and than around the shore of Homebush Bay ensures that the full distance is covered.
The second route heads north through the back streets of Silverwater to cross Silverwater Bridge and reverse the route to the starting point.
The ride normally takes about 3 and a half hours at a steady pace.
The PVC route has gradually been upgraded over many years by both Ryde Council and Parramatta Council using grant funding. The goal is to provide a series of off-road cycleways all the way into Parramatta Park. Currently the only uncompleted section is between Wilde Ave and Parramatta Park.
Notes: Cancelled if raining. Please call if in doubt
Pre-registration required through the Bike North website link