Durty Peel and Mt Rankin Loop

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Durty Peel and Mt Rankin Loop

Rolling hills and speccy views

distance

Distance

66.7km

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Sealed

53.3km

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Unsealed

13.4km

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Difficulty

Tough Gig

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Terrain

Hills

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Time

3 hours

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Average Speed

22

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Climb (m/km)

12.5

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Climb

834

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Descend

834

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Min Elevation

613

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Max Elevation

837

At a Glance

A challenging ride on the rolling hills to Peel, along the Winburndale Rivulet and up Mt Rankin to the north of Bathurst.

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

This is a ride that can be done on any day of the week, but I tend to ride it on weekends when I can relax and enjoy the vistas on quiet country roads.  I ride my gravel bike or hard tail MTB on this route.  I cruise, slowly and it’s fun.

That said, I have been known to ride with a bikepacking load as it gives a great workout on the rolling hills and on the gravel.

I always see native animals out here.  Wallabies and kangaroos are the most common.  Keep an eye out for them, and their mates that will be following, as they are always unpredictable.   There is also plenty of stock on the unfenced roads between Peel and the Turondale Road.

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Highlights

- Gravel, and open valleys following creeks

- Views

- 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

- No services outside Bathurst limits

- No services at Peel

Useful Links

Course notes

I head north from the Bathurst CBD, cross the Great Western Highway and then the Macquarie River on Hereford Street.  I ride past the rugby league and union fields on the river flats before reaching the roundabout at Trinity Heights shops and then ride up Marsden Lane.  It’s a double-kicker rise on Marsden Lane, before a slight downhill into the left turn at Limekilns Road about 5.5km from the CBD.

Limekilns Road goes all the way to Wattle Flat.  It’s about 42km from the start which for many riders isn’t that far, … but there are 3 really good climbs before I get there.  The first climb is about 2km long and starts just after Yarras Lane.  Near the crest, it has a short lung burner of about 200m.  Then it’s a nice open 4km downhill spin to recover.

Clear Creek is the bottom of the next climb, about 17km after leaving Bathurst.  After a short climb, I turn left onto Pymont’s Lane and ride 5km towards Peel before I reach the Sofala Road.  I turn left on the main road where there is a good shoulder, and then after crossing Clear Creek again, I turn right onto Dempsey St and then ride through Peel village.

I turn right on to Church Street, cross Clear Creek for the third time and ride away from the village On Rivulet Road.  This is a really pretty 10km section of the ride, and I often stop along the way to take photos.  I ride though box woodlands and unfenced farm country.  Just after 34km of riding, I’m disappointed to reach the tarmac of the Turondale Road.

I turn left onto Turondale Road and get into a tempo.  There’s a steady 7km climb in front of me, with a little ski jump gradient right at the end for good measure.  At the crest, I rest.  I eat.  I drink.  Then, I start again.

The “rollers” of tree-lined Duramana Road are fun, and before I turn right onto the lovely quiet gravel of McGregor’s Lane.  This is another cool section of the ride.  Beware the causeway around the 48km mark … it can be deep if there has been recent rain.

There’s a quick left and right on Mt Rankin road before the deceptive gravel climb up to Willow Tree Lane.  Stop and have a look around here, because there are some great views all around.  It’s the last of the big climbing for the day too.

I ride south on Willow Tree Lane and then east on Freemantle Road.  There’s a long descent almost all the way to Mill Lane (turn right) before the downhill run to Logan St and then Wellington St in Eglinton where I turn right.  It’s been a great ride, and I jump onto the bike path and cruise back into town.

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