Bike North

Tallawong, Kurrajong, Kellyville

Tallawong Metro Station, , AUSTRALIA
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This Ride is based on the popular BN Ride, "Footloose in the Foothills", which is a clockwise loop from/to Windsor. This ride adds Windsor access from and to Metro stations, mainly via backroads (total 37km). Leaders may choose to expedite that access via Windsor Rd shoulder or SUP. Starts at the outermost Metro station, Tallawong, and uses backroads through semi-rural and some new suburbia to Mulgrave (12km). Then 2km on shoulder of busy Hawkesbury Valley Way, passing through Windsor to the lowlands of grass farms and polo fields. Sealed roads, but some dodgy surface in places. Through Richmond then North Richmond, and into the mountain foothills, a mixture of farms and bush. Undulating quiet-ish country roads, peaking at 200M altitude before Kurrajong, with cafe options. Then east on a pleasant 10km ridgeline, before descending to Freemans Reach, more lowland grass farms, and into Windsor and other cafe options. We then head to nearby McGraths Hill and use various backroads and moderate roads on the opposite side of Windsor Rd versus earlier, through semi-rural and new suburbia: Oakville, Box Hill and Nelson, to Rouse Hill. More food options, plus optional viewing of architecture-award winning town centre. The ride, or riders, could end at Rouse Hill Metro Station, missing the pleasant 4km wind-down on flat parkland paths to the next Metro station, Kellyville. Riders who parked at Tallawong can return there via Metro (two stops from Kellyville) or ride back some 2km from Rouse Hill via Schofields Rd SUP. There are rail-bail options early and late. That train (from Richmond terminus) stops at Schofields, which is 4km from Tallawong Metro via SUP. This ride suits fit road cyclists who are OK with fast cars sometimes passing close in countryside.

Notes: We will skip Cornwallis (lowlands) area, reducing route to 90km. Other route adjustments for flood water/damage will be determined beforehand.Riders parked at Tallawong can return there via Metro from Rouse Hill (1 stop) or Kellyville (2 stops), or by riding 1+km on Schofields Rd SUP from Rouse Hill.2 refreshment stops envisaged, but bring nutrition just in case.

Pre-registration is required through the Bike North website link

Ride LeaderRichard Kelly
Distance (km)98
approx. 19-22 kms/hr
Metres Climbed 887.688
GradeMedium Hard
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SuitabilitySuits fit, country-road riders, used to fast traffic sometimes passing close
Featureshorses, cattle, sheep, grass farms, polo fields, hilltop vistas, Hawkesbury River, art plaques of Hawkesbury Artists Trail
Coffee stopVarious options at Richmond, Kurrajong, Windsor
Expected duration6.5 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: 17/04/2022
Time:  08:30:00

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  Tallawong Metro Station, 
0428 640 975