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Cycling can be an enjoyable and exciting activity. However, like many recreational activities that require physical exertion, cycling carries with it the risk of physical injury. The risks associated with cycling include the risk that:

  • you may be involved in a collision with people, animals, objects and/or vehicles;
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  • you may fall from your bicycle.

These risks may result in death, bodily injury, disability, property damage and economic loss. There are other risks to which you may be exposed. You should ensure that you wear appropriate clothing and safety equipment, including a helmet.

By participating in the cycling activities provided by the organising Bicycle NSW Affiliated Bicycle User Group, you agree:

  • to obey all Australian and NSW road rules;
  • that your bicycle and equipment is in good mechanical order.
  • to comply with all directions given to you by Bicycle NSW employees or agents of the organising Bicycle User Group;
  • to take full and sole responsibility for any person under the age of 18 years who accompanies you in these cycling activities;
  • that you participate at your own risk; that the agreement for services provided to you by the organising Bicycle User Group does not include any implied or express warranty that the services of the organising Bicycle User Group will be rendered with due care and skill or that any materials provided by the organising Bicycle User Group in connection with the cycling activities will be fit for the purpose for which they are supplied;
  • that the organising Bicycle User Group has no liability to you for personal injury or death arising from the services that the organising Bicycle User Group provides to you; and
    to indemnify organising Bicycle User Group against any claim, loss, damage, liability, cost and expense that may be incurred or sustained by the organising Bicycle User Group in connection with any act, matter or thing done, permitted or omitted to be done by you or which was in any way connected with your involvement in the cycling activities.

An approved Australian Standards helmet is required to be worn on all rides. No helmet, no ride. No exceptions. Please ensure your bike is in good working order and bring a spare tube, a pump, tyre levers, a full water bottle and any other tools you may require. It is also recommended you bring money for food and/or fares and your mobile phone.


Children – these rides are not a child minding service. Every rider under the age of 18 must be under the direct supervision of a parent/guardian. The parent/guardian must watch and control their children for the duration of the ride. The parent/guardian agrees to take full and sole responsibility for their children’s safety. Please contact the Ride Leader in advance to discuss the suitability of a ride for your children.

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Hornsby – Ettalong – Palm Beach – City

November 2, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 12:30 pm

Following a regular training ride route from Hornsby to Mt White (for a quick stop), we continue further north and east beyond Calga to Kariong. This stretch road is very quiet with only a handful of cars and quite a number of motor bikes. We rejoin ‘civilisation’ at Kariong and speed down a fantastic hill into West Gosford. Following the train line and the shores of the Brisbane Waters, we head south via a flat/rolling stretch to Woy Woy (early exit option) and then Ettalong. Our aim is to make the 11am ferry to Palm Beach and have a well-earned coffee/ and brunch in Palmie. Then we head south via a long and challenging ride with rolling hills via either Pittwater Road or quiet back street options via Mona Vale to Seaforth and crossing the Spit Bridge (or an exit option available to catch Manly ferry to Circular Quay). We return via the hilly back streets of Mosman, Neutral Bay, and Kirribilli.

This ride is rated VERY HARD due to hills and distance; yet it is well worth it as much of the ride is through national parks (over 80km) and the majority of the remainder follows Sydney’s northern beaches. Riders must be confident riding in traffic and as part of a group. Bring two water bottles, mid-ride snacks, energy gels, plus the usual spare tube etc. You will need to bring some cash/card for coffee/brunch and the ferry fare is $11.80 + $3 bike (cards accepted). The ferry is operated by a private travel company and OPAL cards are NOT accepted. The following link covers a similar route in reverse (anti-clockwise): https://www.strava.com/activities/1215797210 Early exit options are available to catch the train back from Woy Woy. After that point, exit options are extremely limited; with the Manly ferry being the only other realistic option.

Start: 7:30am sharp at Hornsby Station (western side)
Catch Train to Start: Central Coast Network train to Wyong – Leaving Central platform 8 (TBC). Stops at Strathfield and Epping only. Arrive at Hornsby 7:25am. Option also exists to ride from Observatory Hill (contact ride leader if interested)
Distance: approx. 130km
Grade: Very hard (due to hills and distance) but also very scenic
Suitable for: Road bikes


November 2, 2019
7:30 am - 12:30 pm


Sydney Spokes


Ride Distance
130 km
Riding Environment