Bobbin Head - Berowra Waters - Bobbin Head

Group:
A
Distance:
84km
Climbs
Route Description:
Leave Renegade and head towards Epping Rd via Rosenthal Ave, Birdwood Ave and Longeuville Rd. At Epping Rd, turn right and head towards the Pacific Highway. Turn left on to the Pacific Highway.

Follow the Pacific Highway through Chatswood, Roseville, Lindfield, Killara, Gordon and Pymble. Turn right on to Bobbin Head Rd. Follow Bobbin Head Rd through North Turramurra and into Bobbin Head and ascend on the North side via Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Rd.

Follow Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Rd until it meets Belmont Pde, turn right and then follow it over the Railway Bridge back to the Pacific Highway.

Turn right on the Pacific Highway and follow it through Mt Colah, Mt Kuring-Gai and into Berowra. At Berowra, turn left onto Berowra Waters Rd. At the second roundabout, turn right to continue along Berowra Waters Rd, and then at the next roundabout, turn left to again continue on Berowra Waters Rd.

Follow Berowra Waters Rd to the Ferry Crossing at Berowra Waters, perform a U-Turn and ascend back into Berowra Heights. Follow Berowra Waters Rd back to the Pacific Highway and turn right. Follow the Pacific Highway back through Mt Kuring-Gai and Mt Colah.

At Belmont Pde, turn left, cross the railway bridge, and turn right. Then at Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Rd, turn left. Follow Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Rd back into Bobbin Head, and ascend on Bobbin Head Rd.

Follow Bobbin Head Rd back through North Turramurra and then turn left and right to get onto Bannockburn Rd (this is the second left after crossing Burns Rd at the traffic lights). Follow Bannockburn Rd back to the Pacific Highway. There is a right and then left required just after the roundabout at Pentecost Ave to stay on Bannockburn Rd.

At the Pacific Hwy, turn left and follow this back through Pymble, Gordon, Killara, Lindfield, Roseville and Chatswood. At Epping Rd turn right, and then turn left onto Longeville Rd. Take the first right onto Birdwood Ave and follow this back to Burns Bay Rd, Renegade and the Cafe.
Ride Description:
This is a good ride for the A Group, it takes in both sides of Bobbin Head, as well as beautiful Berowra Waters. As Berowra Waters on this ride is an in and out climb, it is possible to omit it to cut out one of the climbs on the ride.

Like most of the Renegade Rides, this follows the Pacific Highway north. This early in the morning there are no problems with traffic. Just after the Mona Vale Rd intersection, you will have to ascend Pymble Hill. Just past the top, is the right hand turn onto Bobbin Head Rd. Because of the hill and the traffic lights, it is possible for the stronger climbers to open a gap on the slower climbs. It may be necessary for these stronger riders to stop briefly soon after turning onto Bobbin Head Rd to allow the group to reform.

The descent into Bobbin Head is a nice fun descent, most of the corners are quite gentle, but there is the odd tighter corner. The road surface is in quite good condition as well.

After climbing out on the North side and regrouping at the Toll Booth, the group will rejoin the Pacific Highway at Mt Colah. This section of the Pacific Highway has some rolling hills, the stronger riders need to be aware of this so that the group can keep together.

At Berowra, the group will take the left onto Berowra Waters Rd. This road takes several turns, if you are unsure of the route to Berowra Waters, follow the signs, there is one at each of the critical corners.

The descent into Berowra Waters is another favorite. Nice and bendy with good corners, generally fast on a good surface. There is a hairpin towards the bottom to be aware of, but that is pretty much it. At the bottom, perform a U-Turn and then climb back out.

As this is an in and out climb, it is possible to leave it out if you want to. This would reduce the distance by about 7km or so and save your legs for the ride back.

After regrouping at the top of the climb, the group will return to the Pacific Highway. At the Service Station just before the Highway, the group will often pull in to top up water bottles.

As before, the highway back to Mt Colah will take in the rolling hills. When riding back towards Bobbin Head along Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Rd, some of the stronger riders may start pushing the pace. The road is slightly downhill here and so there is an opportunity to ride faster. If you dont' want to ride at this pace, the group will regroup on the South side of Bobbin Head.

The North side of Bobbin Head is the steeper side, so it is possible to get quite a turn of speed on the descent. Unfortunately, some of the road is quite rippled and it can make this speed a bit unsafe at places. There are also two tighter corners, one just past the Kalkari Visitors Centre, and the other near the bottom.

There is a toilet block on the South side of the bridge which can allow for a brief stop over before climbing out on Bobbin Head Rd.

After reforming after the climb, the group will return to the Pacific Highway via Bobbin Head Rd and Bannockburn Rd. The turn onto Bannockburn Rd is a left then right just past the traffic lights at Burns Rd. Also, there is a right then left on Bannockburn Rd just past the roundabout at Pentecost Ave.

After rejoining the Pacific Highway, the group will descend back down Pymble Hill and follow the Highway back to Lane Cove, Renegade and the Cafe.