At a Glance
A challenging ride on the rolling hills to Peel and along the Winburndale Rivulet to the north of Bathurst.
Why I choose this course and the bike(s) I prefer to ride
I choose this course for the rolling hills, and for some lovely rural scenery. The Sofala Road can get busy at times, especially during the week but there is good visibility along most of this route between Bathurst and Peel. Pymont’s Lane and Limekilns Road are well-maintained sealed country roads, with good width and wide vision for motorists to watch out for cyclists. Here is a link to an alternate route that avoids the Sofala Road Peel – Pymont’s Lane out’n’back.
I ride my road bike on this course. The climbs mean I can get a rhythm going to my pedal stroke and heart rate, and the open descents mean I can do the same with a bit of speed. Pymont’s Lane includes some rolling hills which is good to break up my riding style for around 10km.
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.
- 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
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 out of town and onto the Sofala Road. There is a steady climb for about 6 kilometres, before cresting and then descending to cross the bridge over Winburndale Rivulet about 12 kilometres from the start.
After a short punchy climb and descent into the village of Peel, I turn right onto the quieter Pymont’s Lane (16km) where I turn to the east for some rolling hills, admire Clear Creek on my right and the mountains and forests on the horizon. I’m riding upstream, so to speak.
There are always native animals on Sofala Road and Pymont’s Lane. Kangaroos are regular sights, and they are often bouncing in front of me as I climb Pymont’s rollers.
I reach Limekilns Road (21km) and turn right towards Bathurst. After a short descent to cross Clear Creek, It’s then a gradual climb through farm country to the highest point of the ride (26km) where I’m rewarded with a fantastic view to the south over Bathurst.
Anther descent as I watch the road and try to keep an eye on that view. I cross WInburndale Rivulet again, and then the last climb of the ride starts around the turn to Yarras Lane. I get into a good tempo here, and keep an eye on the views to the east (on my left) as I rise to the top, and then turn right onto Marsden Lane (33km).
I’m edging closer to town and ever-watching traffic coming out from my left as I pass several cross-streets rolling back into town. Soon enough, I’m back onto Hereford Street and riding the river flats before finishing my ride with a coffee in town.