Tour of the West

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lindsay
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Postby lindsay » 01 Jun 2010, 21:08

This flyer was given to me from an old cyclist, it's from a race held in 1951. It looks like a good touring route?? Any takers for a winter tour? I've never done a five day professional jubilee cycling marathon before. I notice that leading citizens are involved of all towns en route. Perhaps they'd give us free cream buns??



We can make a plan...

Lindsay

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Postby NOOG » 01 Jun 2010, 22:05

Count me in...if it's in school holidays that is.

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Postby Eleri » 01 Jun 2010, 22:10

So Lindsay, let me get this clear - you liked that route from Lithgow to Mudgee so much you want to do it again?

I'm attracted by the Bourke to Sydney tour. 2000 pounds (I can't make the sign) - that would be good. That was alot of money then I'm figuring.

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Postby orphic » 02 Jun 2010, 09:33

I'm interested. Guess it depends on when it's planned for. I seem to have an decreasing amount of free time :(

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Postby christian » 02 Jun 2010, 09:39

I'm in depending on when it is.

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Postby jimmy » 02 Jun 2010, 10:20

I'm interested.

I don't have any big rides planned for this year, so something like this could be good.

James

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Postby Julio » 02 Jun 2010, 10:49

pencil me in

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Postby timyone » 02 Jun 2010, 11:19

how many km is it? i reckon 300 a day and we will be all good :D cut that 700km thing down

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Postby T-Bone » 02 Jun 2010, 17:05

Looks good, though i'm not sure i can fit it in. I put the 5 day tour into google, and it came out at 966km
Of course you have to get to and from Lithgow, and you may as well ride, so there's another 280km...

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Postby jimmy » 02 Jun 2010, 18:33

I quickly knocked together two different timetables for a possible ride.

5 day

Day 1 - Lithgow to Gulgong - 182km
Day 2 - Gulgong to Dubbo - 208km
Day 3 - Dubbo to Peak Hill - 194km
Day 4 - Peak Hill to Canowindra - 203km
Day 5 - Canowindra to Lithgow - 176km

7 Day

Day 1 - Lithgow to Mudgee - 154km
Day 2 - Mudgee to Gilgandra - 171km
Day 3 - Gilgandra to Narromine - 104km
Day 4 - Narromine to Peak Hill - 154km
Day 5 - Peak Hill to Forbes - 126km
Day 6 - Forbes to Orange - 117km
Day 7 - Orange to Lithgow - 117km

I prefer to the idea of a 7 day tour. I would assume that this would be unsupported, so the idea of averaging about 180km for 5 days with all of your own stuff doesn't appeal. Plus, my brother lives in Orange, so I wouldn't mind stopping there for a visit.

Just my 2 cents.

James

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Postby timyone » 02 Jun 2010, 21:25

I quickly knocked together a possible 3 day ride.

3 day

Day 1 - Lithgow Dubbo - 390km
Day 2 - Dubbo to Peak Hill - 194km
Day 3 - Peak Hill to Lithgow - 379km


I prefer to the idea of a 3 day tour. I would assume that this would be unsupported, so the idea of averaging about 280km for 3 days with all of your own stuff appeals. Plus, i cant be arsed having to sit around talking to people when i could be riding or passed out asleep, so I wouldn't mind not really stopping.

Just my 2 cents.

Tim

(whats better, some long first and last riding? or more even 200 and some thing km days? i thought of that, but would have required more than copy and pasting on my part, with some editing.)

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Postby Rainbow » 02 Jun 2010, 22:57

I am interested in 3 and 5 day tours but would prefer more cafe hopping distances. Not at all interested in backing up 200k+ days.

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Postby Camilla » 03 Jun 2010, 21:56

I'm interested irrespective of school holidays, number of days or kilometers per days, just so long at the leading citizens of each town en route give us cream buns!

And I want to go to the Dubbo zoo. And see that little animated woman in the Cowra museum who wanders about in the display cases. And have a milkshake in Canowindra. And meet a gentleman from the NSW League of Wheelmen.

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Postby orphic » 04 Jun 2010, 12:17

Cream buns? I want cream buns!

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Postby shrubb face » 04 Jun 2010, 12:53

Count me in. As disscussed already with lindsay, I will be doing this fixed. Gear suggestions will be taken.

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Postby timyone » 04 Jun 2010, 13:37

fixed gear 3 day :D

hey i dont think im actually in for this unless its on during my one week off :P, not sure when that is

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Postby tedrobin » 09 Jun 2010, 16:55

You guys are mad. It's going to be freezing out there at this time of year.

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Postby yewenyi » 09 Jun 2010, 19:43

September or october like those rides would be the better time of year, not so cold and not roasting hot. I think the last time I was out near parks in the middle of winter it was still only a mild -4 degrees at 10PM.

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Postby Adrian E » 10 Jun 2010, 10:46

Thats a cool pic Lindsay. Love to see a bit of history coming back to life.
I'm very interested. Let me know when you're thinking. James 5 or 7 day options are fine. I'm also happy to cafe hoop as well.

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Postby orphic » 10 Jun 2010, 11:18

I think it's do-able in the colder months if you're staying places and not camping. Once you're moving on the bike it's ok - surely? I mean you still train through winter right? I am rarely cold while moving provided I'm wearing some warm gear.

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Postby Karzie » 10 Jun 2010, 11:41

Hmmm...

It'll probably need a bit of advance warning so people can organise leave and make sure it's not an important race week.
I notice that the original race was at the mid/end of September. Perfect time for that neck of the woods.

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Postby Camilla » 10 Jun 2010, 21:58

September is far too far away. If it comes to that we can always have 2 tours. And I'm not camping in winter. I'm sure there are a plethera of cheap dodgy pubs and caravan parks along the way that we can avail ourselves of. Places that will also have FOOD (and red wine and scotch to keep us warm if all else fails). Plus we'll get to meet the locals! That's always a blast.

Oh, and I'm not in the country in September so couldn't go then anyway. Not to make it all about me...

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Postby jimmy » 11 Jun 2010, 07:11

I hate to tell you this, but alcohol cools you down.

As far as "once your moving you warm up", last year I was on the bike at about 6:30am leaving Aileron, it was about 1 or 2 degrees once we were away from the roadhouse. I didn't warm up for about an hour or so. Despite the thick winter gloves, my hands (particularly my fingers) were frozen, my toes weren't much better. This was despite Shoe Covers, Thermal Socks, Arm Warmers, Buff and Thermal Vest.

The only saving grace was that once the sun rose, the temperature did start to rise (dramatically), once I reached Morning Tea (8:30am) I was down to Summer Riding kit. You wont get that out West.

My preference is for something towards the end of September when it is starting to warm up and the days are quite a bit longer.

James

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Postby tedrobin » 11 Jun 2010, 09:30

Let's kick a few facts: average July temperatures from the BoM website.

Orange Maximum 9.7 Minimum 0.3
Lithgow Maximum 10.4 Minimum 0.7
Mudgee Maximum 14.3 Minimum 1.3
Gilgandra Maximum 15.6 Minimum 2.5
Parkes Maximum 14.0 Minimum 4.0
Bathurst Maximum 11.7 Minimum 1.0

I.e. much, much colder than Sydney. And we're allowed to roll over and go back to sleep when it's raining (or snowing) on Saturday and Sunday morning.

HTFU you may well say. Fair enough, but this looks like a ride for September/October or March/April, unless you've been very bad and feel a strong need to self-flagellate.

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Postby orphic » 11 Jun 2010, 09:47

I want to tour now so I can eat all day :(

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Postby Sputnick » 11 Jun 2010, 11:04

Hi All,

I would love to join you for a tour! I have LOTS of long distance cycling experience, toured all over Oz and other countries...
Camping, pubs, caravan parks, I’m ok with any/all...
Just give me country rds, good coffee, wine and nice conversation, THEN, you got me...


Cheers,

Glenn

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Postby Camilla » 11 Jun 2010, 11:08

There are really cheap tickets to Byron and Cairns around at the moment ...

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Postby Karzie » 11 Jun 2010, 14:28

If it wasn't busy, you might be able to go up to Kuranda in the cable car with your bike and then ride back down or somewhere else on the table land. There's some lovely places.

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Postby orphic » 11 Jun 2010, 15:26

Touring around Cairns sounds awesome. How cheap is cheap?

In one week we could ride to Melbourne...

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Postby williamd » 12 Jun 2010, 19:32

I need a bit more than a free cream bun in every town.

Now maybe if there was a tart in every town.

As Ted said its going to be freezing this time of year.


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