Popular local cycling route
At a Glance
Flat road ride 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, 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.
- Enjoyable ride through mixed farming county
- Coasting or fast open descents
Traps For Young Players
- Wildlife – kangaroos and wombats
Camping & Accommodation
- Bathurst and surrounds have so many options
Food & Water
- Shop and pub at Perthville if needed
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.
I turn right after the bridge 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.