The Berry Odyssey Challenge 2018 Ride Details

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Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Three ride options all with road captains so we can show you the best of the region. This is a club ride, we won’t have support vehicles. You ride at your own risk and you are your own responsibility. We guarantee some of the best cycling you will find anywhere and we will love showing you around it, but please choose your ride carefully and in consideration of your experience and ability and most importantly take care on the road.

‘3 Mini Peaks’ – 35km with 350m elevation

8am departure from Berry Mountain Cycles, Albany Street , Berry NSW

This is a beautiful little ride with a couple of out and backs from Berry down some of our favourite roads – with, of course, optional coffees in-between in town.

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Berry Challenge 35km ride

 

‘Kiama Block’ 90km with 1800m elevation

7am departure from Kiama Train Station, Kiama

For those coming from Berry get the 6:36am local train from Berry Station to Kiama arriving at 6:55am

This route is stunning from start to finish exploring the South Coast, Southern Highlands, Kangaroo Valley and Berry. It skips the brief highway riding at the start of ‘The Big Block’ ride and Saddleback Mountain. The ride contains 2 solid climbs in Jamberoo pass (6.5km 8.5%) to the Southern Highlands and Berry Mountain (5.2km 7.5%). With coffees enroute, we expect the ‘Big Block’ riders to catch us at some point in the day. 

Recommended coffee stops (we will be stopping at)

  • @10km King’s Patisserie & Cafe, Shop 1/ 18 Allowrie Street, Jamberoo – Early coffee, after all, we did ride 30km in a train.
  • @33.7km Robertson Pie Shop 4400 Illawarra Hwy, Robertson – Much needed fuel after Jamberoo.
  • @67.8km The General Cafe, 151 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley – Good coffee and excellent scones before the final Berry Mountain climb.

Click here to download the GPX file

 

‘The Big Block’ – 120km with 2500m elevation

7am Departure from Berry Mountain Cycles, Albany Street, Berry NSW 

A local favourite when in need of a testing day on the bike. We start with a short burst on the new highway interspersed with the now deserted old highway. After riding the Kiama bends (caution) we head up into some of the best cycling in Australia. The ride contains 3 solid climbs in Saddleback (5.5km 7%), Jamberoo pass (6.5km 8.5%) up to the Southern Highlands and Berry Mountain (5.2km 7.5%). On the morning we will self-grade groups of around 20 people for safety on the road.

Recommended coffee stops (we will be stopping at)

  • @37km King’s Patisserie & Cafe, Shop 1/ 18 Allowrie Street, Jamberoo – Quick fix post-Saddleback.
  • @61.3km Robertson Pie Shop 4400 Illawarra Hwy, Robertson – Much needed fuel after Jamberoo.
  • @95.4km The General Cafe, 151 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley – Good coffee and excellent scones before the final Berry Mountain climb.

Click here to download the GPX file

Food on the Road

We will be providing bananas and homemade energy filled muesli bars to put in your pocket in the morning. Please remember this is a club ride, bring money for the cafes and bring appropriate clothing, suncream, water and anything else you require. At 7am the sun is up but we recommend a rear flashing light. There will not be a support vehicle but there will be regular villages and cafes for stops.

Lunch – 1pm-5pm – 356 Woodhill Mountain Road

We will be providing an optional lunch at the end of the ride. Please RSVP if you wish to join us – Food is 30AUD per person, partners welcome. We need to lock in numbers by Friday 17th February so please RSVPASAP and deposit 30AUD for lunch into the Bike Odyssey account below:

RSVPhello@bikeodyssey.cc 

Bike Odyssey Pty Ltd

BSB: 082-637 Acct No: 42-813-2565

Reference: Your Name

We have hired Made in Italy – Wood Fired Pizzas to set up and cook for everyone at our place on Woodhill Mountain Road – look for the Bike Odyssey sign at the bottom of the drive (3.6km out of Berry, about 1km up from the bottom of the hill). We would love you to join us. We have soft drinks people can purchase, alternatively please BYO if you wish. We are lucky enough to have a lovely spot to relax on the grass eat some pizza, drink a beer and appreciate your achievements so do come and join us – please just RSVP if you are coming so we can ensure there is enough food.

Please note: You are welcome to drive up to our place, there is somewhat limited parking but we will fit you in. If you ride, our driveway is the final challenge! 100m fresh bitumen @ 20% – take care and there will be a finishing line!

Thanks to our local supporters:

 

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