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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;
- you may lose your balance;
- you may suffer from the effects of heat, cold, wind, rain and other weather conditions;
- you may suffer from physical exertion;
- you may become separated from the cycling group; and
- 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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Training Ride: Akuna Bay + Cottage Point
February 8 @ 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Leaving Observatory Hill we ride across the Harbour Bridge and head north through Mosman and a speedy descent into The Spit. We climb up the north side of Middle Harbour before a quick descent along Burns Bay Road and ride adjacent to Sydney’s northern beaches, joining Pittwater Road at Brookvale. As enter the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park after Mona Vale and quick water stop at Church Point. From here we climb and descend and climb and descend on one of Sydney’s most picturesque and accessible rides. A short and sharp climb takes us to the top of West Head gates where we regroup before a long undulating descent into Akuna Bay and we continue climbing, regrouping again as we do an optional sharp right to Cottage Point. Labelled by some as one of Sydney’s toughest climbs, it’s an out-and-back that is less than 10km with gradients reaching up to 20% – good fun on the way down; hard work on the way back. As a result of your efforts, you will be rewarded with the most amazing view of Ku-ring-gai National Park and Cowan Waters you could ever imagine. It will be hard to believe that you’re just 35km from the Sydney CBD. We climb a little further to Terry Hills, refill our biddons and then head along Mona Vale Road, meeting the Pacific Highway at Gordon. In a tight group, we descend down the Pacific Highway to North Sydney and then via Milsons Point across the Bridge and back to our starting point. An option available is to leave the ride at Gordon (~90km) and catch the train to your destination.
What to expect:
All riding will be on sealed roads, some of which have wide shoulders with marked bike lanes; others where we ride in peleton formation claiming a lane of traffic in a tight knit group. There are a few ‘pinch points’ where your ride leaders will call you to ride in single file. The pace will be approximately 25km/h, with maximum speeds of 65-70km/h anticipated on the downhill runs. This is a training ride, meaning that our goal is to ride collectively as a group; no one will be racing, however, we understand that some riders may be more nimble, especially on hills. These riders will wait at agreed locations for the rest of the group to catch up. No one will be dropped or left behind. The ride is suitable for experienced cyclists with an above average fitness level above to maintain an average pace of 25km/h on the flat for at least four hours; and who are used to riding in peleton formation. Please bring a spare tube, tyre levers, CO2 cannisters, food, energy gels/drinks/sachets, and sunscreen.If you need further info please contact the ride leader(s) who will be happy to answer questions.
There is also the option to join the ride in North Sydney/Mosman, if that suits you better. Please advise the ride leader on registration.