Bike North

Pie in the Sky

Hornsby Park, northern end, opposite Council Chambers, , AUSTRALIA
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This is an old favourite and very useful Bike North ride involving varied traffic conditions and some stunning Hawkesbury scenery. Essentially, the ride involves cycling along the old Pacific Highway from our start point to about 2 kms past the old railway township of Cowan for a coffee stop at the Pie in the Sky cafe. Here patrons are treated to some great views overlooking the Hawkesbury River and Brooklyn. After the coffee stop we retrace our route back to Hornsby. This is an excellent ride for people wanting an introduction to undulating terrain and a change to something more challenging than flat riding. It is also a good drill for coping with traffic. At the outset we run the gauntlet of light suburban traffic volumes as we traverse the northern suburbs of Asquith, Mt Colah, Mt Kuringai and Berowra to emerge into more and more bushland areas with much fewer cars. The traffic situation on the return journey is a gradual return to the heavier vehicle volumes encountered at the beginning of the ride (though for much of the route in both directions we use the on road cycleway either side of the Pacific Highway wherever it exists).

Notes: Brisk effort

Pre-registration is required through the Bike North website link

Ride LeaderGreg Boyd
Distance (km)39
approx. 22-25 kms/hr
Metres Climbed 525.134
GradeMedium Hard
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SuitabilitySuitable for riders who find that the easy rides are not a challenge.
FeaturesHawkesbury River, quiet main road, scenic views
Coffee stopUsually at Pie in the Sky
Expected duration3 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 registering for 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: 22/11/2022
Time:  08:00:00

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  Hornsby Park, northern end, opposite Council Chambers,