A ride through the Lagoon and Perthville
At a Glance
A picturesque loop over rolling hills.
Why I choose this course and the bike(s) I prefer to ride
I love this ride. I ride this course on my road bike for a good workout on rolling hills, and because of the scenery. These are roads that are often ridden by local cyclists either alone or in groups. There is plenty of native wildlife on these roads, so I am always mindful on the fast descents. Keep an eye out for koalas in the woodland country on Ryan’s Road.
I rate this ride as 4 on a scale out of 10, only because of the distance and a couple of the climbs on the Lagoon Road and Ryan’s Road. A climb gradient of 8.8 metres for every kilometre ridden means this is a good ride for experienced cyclists or, further to my notes above, for me to build endurance when I am training for multi-day bikepacking rides with long days in the saddle.
- Enjoyable ride through mixed farming county
- Coasting or fast open descents
- Fabulous views over the Lagoon
- Chance of seeing koalas on Ryan’s Road
Traps For Young Players
- Wildlife – kangaroos and wombats
Camping & Accommodation
- Bathurst and surrounds have so many options.
Food & Water
- Service station at Perthville
Leaving Bathurst and travelling near the railway precinct of the city’s historical industrial heart, I’m soon riding past the local soccer fields and Mackillop College in Gorman’s Hill. Recently sealed, the road reaches the river flats before rising to cross the rolling hills whilst providing some gorgeous views to the farms in the valleys below.
I turn left on the Lagoon Road and ride towards Ben Chifley Dam. There is a gentle rise up to the ridge above the Lagoon, before a fast descent into the irrigation farmlands of the area, some of which have trotting tracks that are actively used to train horses for events locally and in Sydney.
I turn right onto Ryan’s Road, and immediately feel like I’m riding through someone’s farm. The house, sheds and stables are right next to the road. I keep going, and ride past the old school and a tribute to the great Hondo Grattan, winner of two Interdominion trophies back in the day.
Ryan’s Road rises steadily towards the ridge above the Perthville valley, with two short punchy climbs along the route before a short descent to the Rockley Road. I turn right and power down the hill to Perthville and then back into Bathurst on the Vale Road.