Mt Colah - Bobbin Head

Group:
C
Distance:
50km
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, Pymble, Turramurra and Warrawee. At the intersection of Cumberland Hwy & Pacific Hwy, turn right and continue to follow the Pacific Hwy to Hornsby, cross over the train line and continue through Asquith until the turn off to Bobbin Head at Yirra Rd. Turn right onto Yirra Rd, over the railway line and right on Belmont Parade. At Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Rd, turn left, follow Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Rd down to 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 it 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:
Like most of the Renegade Rides, this follows the Pacific Highway north. This early in the morning there are few problems with traffic. Just after the Mona Vale Rd intersection, you will have to ascend Pymble Hill. Because of the hill and the traffic lights, it is possible for the stronger climbers to open a gap on the slower climbers. It may be necessary for these stronger riders to stop briefly soon after the hill to allow the group to reform.

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. Please take care, especially if the road is wet.

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 at the entrance to the National Park, 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.