Freemantle Hills

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Freemantle Hills

Gowan, Killongbutta, Billywillinga, Peregrine and Mt Rankin

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Distance

106.8km

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Sealed

106.8km

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Unsealed

0 km

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Difficulty

Punishing

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Terrain

Hills

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Time

5 hours

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Average Speed

22

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Climb (m/km)

17.8

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Climb

1,899

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Descend

1,899

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Min Elevation

590

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Max Elevation

964

At a Glance

A really challenging metric-century climbing ride on sealed roads over the rolling hills above the Macquarie River northwest of Bathurst.

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

This is a pretty tough road ride.  Actually, I find it really hard these days as a bigger rider.  It can take me up to 6 hours to ride this course, depending upon bike choice and the number of times I stop to take a few photos.  That said, it’s rewarding.  There is a heap of climbing, but the views are outstanding from what seems like the top of the world.

This is road bike territory.  I back off the tyre pressure to between 80 to 90psi in my 28mm tyres, just for a little extra comfort on these country roads.  I also ride my gravel bike out this way, loaded up with some bikepacking bags for training.  I’m really comfy on this bike which has disc brakes, 42mm tyres and 30psi.

This page describes my full Freemantle Hills route description (about 107km).  These are my links to my Ride with GPS maps for the shorter out-and-back routes to Gowan (80km), Billywillinga / Peregrine (57km), and Mt Rankin (45km), which I also ride depending on my time limitations on any day.

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Highlights

- Views, views, views

- Enjoyable ride through mixed farming country

- Coasting or fast open descents

- Remnant woodlands for shade

Traps For Young Players

- Wildlife – kangaroos and wombats

- Fast descents

- No resupply points

Camping & Accommodation

- Bathurst and surrounds have so many options

- No recognised bush camping areas on these roads

Food & Water

- No supplies on this route 

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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 turning left on to Gilmore Street which leads me to the Eleven Mile Drive (4km).  Again, I turn left and this time ride past Tyers Park and the turf farms towards Eglinton (10km).

Continuing along Wellington Street, I ride between the Eglinton RFS shed and two large radio towers as I leave the edge of suburbia on the Freemantle Road.  No turns are necessary as I stay on this road for about 30km before I need to turn around.  I ride past historic homes, new homes, farms, woodlands, a glider airfield, and the Freemantle fire shed as I grind my way up seven climbs and through 750m of climbing.

The turnaround point at Gowan Road (about 40km) isn’t even halfway.  I fuel up and start to return towards town, knowing that I’ve still got over 65km to go with about 1,100m of climbing.  Ouch!

I enjoy the descents and get back into a rhythm on the climbs before I turn left into Billywillinga Road (58.5km) to enjoy the rolling hills and the spectacular views from the top of Peregrine Road (68.5km).  I stop here for some photos and a bit more fuel.  It’s then time to enjoy a 6km descent down to King’s Creek on the Freemantle Road before climbing up to Willow Tree Lane (78km mark).

This is the last climb of the ride.  I’m happy about that.  6.5 km of up to go, which sees me notch up another 180m of elevation to the turnaround point (intersection with Green Gully Road).  I’m relieved to get there, and I know that I’ve busted the back of the big climbing.  Only 22km to go back to town, it’s basically down hill from here.  I return to Eglinton and then to town to refuel with lots of food and fluids, and … a rest.

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