Two Roads

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Two Roads

Quarry and Skippy Return

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Distance

50.9km

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Sealed

50.9km

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0 km

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Difficulty

Cinch

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Terrain

Flat

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Time

2.25 hours

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Average Speed

23

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Climb (m/km)

7

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Climb

354

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Descend

354

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Min Elevation

655

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Max Elevation

813

At a Glance

A relatively flat road ride around Georges Plains to the south of Bathurst.

Why I choose this course and the bike(s) I prefer to ride

These are roads that are often ridden by local cyclists either alone or in groups at all times of the day, as well as a race route used by the Bathurst Cycling Club. I ride this course to gently spin my legs, or if I want to warm up on the way out before a fast-paced return to Bathurst from “Skippy” on either my road bike or my TT rig.

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Highlights

- Views

- Enjoyable ride through mixed farming county

- Coasting or fast open descents

Traps For Young Players

- Wildlife – kangaroos and wombats

- Quarry trucks – they are good to cyclists

Camping & Accommodation

- Bathurst and surrounds have so many options

Food & Water

- Service Station and pub at Perthville

Useful Links

Course notes

Leaving Bathurst and travelling near the railway precinct of the city’s historical industrial heart, I’m soon riding in picturesque farm country in the valley between the hills after I pass the Farmer’s Arms Hotel and the local dog pound on Lloyd’s Road.  

The Vale Road was once part of the original motor racing circuit of Bathurst.  I ride past the new velodrome of the Bathurst Cycling Club opposite the intersection with the Lagoon Road (to Chifley Dam) at Orton Park and then through two beautiful avenues of poplars.  The change in seasons and the variations of light during the day always promote thoughts in my mind that I am riding country roads in Europe or the UK.

The pub at the historic village of Perthville is a good marker, and I’m now about 10km out of town.  I cross the railway line and the wide open farming valley means I’m now enjoying riding away from the domestic mundane.  The village of George’s Plains no longer has a pub, but the building still stands in between the next railway crossing and the bridge over George’s Plains Creek.

The road narrows as I turn left onto Cow Flat Road and ride past horse studs and heritage houses, before crossing the single bridge over Queen Charlotte’s Creek and then start to climb up towards the Quarry.  It’s not that far, and not that steep, but the gradient is enough just to slow my speed and increase my heart rate on the short climb past the church and the koala sign on my way through the native vegetation up to the entrance to the quarry.

Once I turn at the quarry’s gate, I’m always mindful of the fast descent back to George’s Plains as there are many kangaroos, wallabies and wombats on this road at any time of day.

I ride straight past the turn back to Bathurst once back in George’s Plains and continue on the road to Trunkey Creek and Goulburn.  It’s only about 6km further out to “Skippy”, a road sign that has been there for decades and is a known turning point for cyclists in the district.

Once I turn at the sign, it’s a gentle 20km downslope ride back to Bathurst through George’s Plains and Perthville.

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