Bike North

Meadowbank to Bobbo

Meadowbank Wharf, end of Bowden St, Meadowbank, , AUSTRALIA
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This ride is an introduction to hills. We will ride medium hills at a medium pace and give you the opportunity to learn the correct techniques. However this is NOT a beginners ride. Try a ride like Pie in the Sky first.

This ride is suitable for road bikes, hybrids or mountain bikes. The ride takes about 3.5 hours, which is 2.5 hours riding time and an hour in stops including coffee. We regroup at several points along the route.

We start from the busy waters near Meadowbank Wharf to visit the peaceful waters of Bobbin Head. In between we take a hilly but relatively low stress route along the regional north-south corridor. We ride north via West Ryde, Eastwood, Marsfield and Turramurra before entering Ku-ring-gai National Park for a brief visit. We return by retracing our route except for a slight variation around Turramurra to avoid traffic.

The route highlights include the Browns Waterhole link which is the only road bike link for travelling north/south between De Burghs Bridge and Pennant Hills Road. This is a concrete pathway but take care of overhanging vegetation and some debris on the path. This section can be flooded and impassable during or after heavy rain.

You will need to have the fitness and appropriate gears to climb Kissing Pt Rd and both long hills through Bobbin Head each about 4km in length. One is a nice steady pull out of Bobbin Head but the other has some quite steep sections.

What goes up must come down and there are three major descents as well. You need to have good descending technique and this ride is a good one for building up confidence both up and down hills.

Apart from the Browns Waterhole cycle path we ride on the roads, but most of them will generally have low traffic at the times we ride. However the roads are narrow and do not have cycle lanes marked so you must be confident when riding with cars passing close by.

Notes: Pre-registration is required. This ride includes long hills. Please bring proof of double vaccination, a mask, and follow current COVID-19 related protocols. In the event of poor weather the ride may be cancelled, please check the Bike North website.

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 LeaderAndrew Elliston
Distance (km)49
approx. 19-22 kms/hr
Metres Climbed 656.324
GradeMedium Hard
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SuitabilityFor riders with some experience who want a challenge on some long hills
FeaturesBrowns Waterhole, Kuring-gai National Park
Coffee stopUsually at N. Turramurra after the main climbs
Expected duration4 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: 08/01/2022
Time:  07:30:00

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  Meadowbank Wharf, end of Bowden St, Meadowbank, 
0414 224 138