At a Glance
An enjoyable ride on the rolling hills to the outskirts of Peel to the north of Bathurst.
Why I choose this course and the bike(s) I prefer to ride
I choose this course as an alternative course to the Peel Loop. Although it’s slightly longer, it means I don’t have to ride on the Sofala Road, which can get a trifle busy at times. Limekilns Road is a well-maintained sealed country road, with good width and wide vision for motorists to watch out for cyclists.
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 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.
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 turn around at the Sofala Road and head back the same way I came out. On the way back, I’m rewarded with a fantastic view to the south over Bathurst.
Soon enough, I’m back into town and riding the river flats before finishing my ride with a coffee at a local cafe.