I've been developing the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation Land's End to John o'Groats Cancer Cycle Challenge (www.fmcfoundation.com.au/ukcycle)
I'm putting together a training schedule for our participants and am looking for interesting routes us to train.
Obviously, I'll be including routes and events such as Amy's Ride 120km, Ride Like Crazy, and the Cancer Voices LIVESTRONG Day Ride route up Norton Summit and through the hills which a couple of us did on the weekend.
The UK Cycle will see us riding an average of 115km per day for 14 days - a grand total of 1600km! Some of the hillier days will see the total elevation gain around 1800m over a 90 odd km ride - which seems to me to be roughly double the elevation of the Norton Summit 67km route we did on Sunday! The longer days have less hills but we'll be riding up to 135km.
Any suggestions of rides over 60km would be appreciated, particularly if you could also include information about the best place to meet and park cars.
Thanks very much
The Gully Grinders have their home in the hills. Feel free to check out some of our past rides (search past events here on AC), or even better, come out and join us on a Sunday morning.
Leave from home, ride to Tower Hotel and go up Norton, through Ashton and onto Lobethal, stop at Bakery for Custard pie and ride back through Gumeracha and down through Rostrevour.
Will total around 85Km's dep[ending where u come from.
Or, from the tower Hotel on Magill rd up nortons and wind way up to Lofty, down old freeway to cross-road and to Glenelg than do outer harbour and back and will pip you to 90k's depending where you start from.
Alternatively, do repeats up Nortons say 3 times and than a leg roll to Glenelg and back.
The mass participation rides you mentioned are fine but not for me, too many riders that never ride if you know what I mean.
Check out the Grand Slam routes on the bike sa website:
Also, to get acclimatised to UK weather, whenever the weather turns wet or windy, get yourself out in it and go for a ride. You will get wet in England even in June!
Great suggestions, thanks all! I appreciate the ideas.
Wow, Land's End to John O'Groats is one famous ride.
Magill, Norton Summit, Mylor, Strath and back or Lofty to Meadows, McLaren Vale and back via the Veloway or Norton Summit, Forest Range, Lobethal out to Mt Compass etc and back to Birdwood and the Gorge Rd