Bike North

Gong Ride Adjusted

Tempe Station, , AUSTRALIA
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Commencing at Tempe Railway Station, west side, we use bike paths and quieter backroads to make our way to the Captain Cook Bridge, where we use Taren Point Road and The Kingsway to make our way to Loftus then along the shoulder for a short toilet and coffee stop at Heathcote McDonalds, or bring your own snack for this stop. Following this, we move south to Waterfall, mainly on the shoulder, then descend into the Royal National Park for an almost traffic free ride, mid-week, through this magnificent bushland. After our toilet stop, and time to appreciate the view from Bald Hill, Stanwell Tops, we take on the challenging Lawrence Hargrave Drive, with fantastic views, great descents and challenging rollers on our way to Thirroul. After coffee at Bulli Surf Club (option also to continue to Wollongong Harbour), we leave the bike paths behind and use wide roads through the back of Bulli, Bellambi, Corrimal and Fairy Meadow where we again re-join the path. We catch the train back from Coniston, which is easier and safer to access than Wollongong Station, but still provides an express service through to Wolli Creek where we disembark and ride the 1.5km back to the start. Regroups are minimal after Loftus.

Notes: This ride replicates the Gong Ride with a few modifications at the start to avoid some busy roads. Riders must be comfortable with passing traffic and be able to sustain a constant pace over a number of kilometers. The last time this ride was held we averaged 24kph but with flat sections being in the high 20's to low 30's.We plan to catch the 11:38am train back from Coniston which will have us back at Tempe by around 1:00pm.If you have not done this ride at this pace and are unsure, please contact the ride leader.

This is a Bike North MEMBERS ONLY ride. Click HERE to join Bike North

Pre-registration is required through the Bike North website link

Ride LeaderBrian Lynne
Distance (km)88
approx. 22-25 kms/hr
Metres Climbed 1063.9
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SuitabilitySuitable for strong riders comfortable riding near fast moving traffic
FeaturesThis is a slightly adjusted version of the annual Gong Ride from Sydney to Wollongong. It features open road riding, including through the Royal National Park and along the scenic Illawarra Coast.
Coffee stopBulli Surf Club
Expected duration5 hour(s) (estimate only - ride may be longer due to on the day factors)
For more information including ride map and profile, and any pre-registration options please check the Calendar Entry on the Bike North Website


As a participant in this dangerous recreational activity, you may be exposing yourself to a significant risk of harm. Bike North, the ride organisers and leaders wish to warn you of the risks and hazards that are an inherent part of cycling, and to take care to prevent putting yourself, your fellow participants and/or others into danger. By signing onto this ride, you accept the warning as to risk, and you agree to ride in a safe and responsible manner and to obey all Australian Road Rules.


Event date: 10/12/2020
Time:  06:30:00

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