Last month, a group of volunteer bike riders celebrated finishing their task of riding and mapping out the Central West Cycle (CWC) Trail.
The 400km CWC makes its way through the rolling landscape of woodlands and wheatlands of the Central West of NSW, the land of the indigenous Wiradjuri nation. Cornerstones of the trail include Mudgee, Gulgong, Dunedoo, Mendooran, Ballimore, Geurie, Wellington and Goolma.
A subcommittee of the Mudgee Bushwalking and Bike Riders trail have been working on creating this route through backroads of the local area for many months. They succeeded in ensuring that only 36km of the 400km are on ‘busy’ roads.
No leg between settlements is more than 65km (around 4 hours of riding). Gravel roads with arching eucalypts in some sections and sealed roads in others – the CWC really explores all the central west has to offer. For the more adventurous there are side trips with creek crossings, loose rocks and sharp climbs which link up to the main route again.
Central West Cycle Trail Route
Trail sections include:
- Mudgee to Gulgong (30km)
- Gulgong to Dunedoo (55km)
- Dunedoo to Mendooran (51km)
- Mendooran to Ballimore (60km)
- Ballimore to Dubbo (55km)
- Dubbo to Geurie (28km)
- Geurie to Wellington (30km)
- Wellington to Goolma (48km)
- Goolma to Mudgee via Gulgong (60km)
“We congratulate everyone involved in mapping out this tremendous route. It will be a pleasure for local and traveling bike riders to explore the hidden treasures of the central west,” commented Kim Lavender, Bicycle NSW Communications Manager.
With regional communities struggling and many restrictions on interstate and international travel, it’s a perfect time to #RideTheBush.