Yarras Lane

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Yarras Lane

Limekilns Road and Yarras Lane

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Distance

36.6km

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Sealed

36.6km

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Unsealed

0 km

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Difficulty

Vigorous

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Terrain

Flat Hills

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Time

1.6 hours

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Average Speed

23

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Climb (m/km)

8.3

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Climb

502

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Descend

303

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Min Elevation

645

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Max Elevation

745

At a Glance

Flattish road ride to the north of Bathurst

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

I like to ride the Yarras Lane route either for recovery, or for a fast tempo ride.  It is now one of the regular routes for local road riders as it was sealed with bitumen in recent years by Bathurst Regional Council.  This is a road bike route.  I have been known to switch it up a bit and ride my TT, MTB and gravel bikes on this route just for something different.  The TT bike to go fast, or the heavier gravel or MTB tyres so I put in some extra effort.

Like with most of our country roads around Bathurst, keep an eye out for wildlife and stray stock.  Riders regularly report kangaroos and wallabies being seen on Marsden Lane, Limekilns Road and Yarras Lane.

Route Difficulty

I rate this ride as 3 on a scale out of 10 because of the distance and the climbs.  I find it great for a recovery ride, or some faster-paced downhill sections to build speed.  I’m climbing 8.3 metres in every kilometre.

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Highlights

- Enjoyable ride through mixed farming county

- Coasting or fast open descents

- Fabulous views everywhere on this ride

- Old farm buildings

Traps For Young Players

- Wildlife – kangaroos and wombats

Camping & Accommodation

- Bathurst and surrounds have so many options.

Food & Water

- No resupply on this route

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Course notes

I ride into town from home to meet some mates for a cheeky pre-ride coffee before we crisscross through the CBD over to the river and onto the river flats on Hereford Street.  The road is new hot mix with a cycling lane.  Oh, and word of warning about local roundabouts … take care, as it seems just about every local is a race car driver.

Cross the roundabout at Trinity Heights shops, and on to Marsden Lane for a steady climb towards Limekilns Road.  The road surface changes, but the road is still plenty wide enough for cyclists.  Limekilns Road is only about 5km out of town, and the road surface varies in quality.  There are good views to the timbered range in the east as we descend towards Forest Grove and the right turn to Yarras Lane.

Yarras Lane is generally a quiet road, which is perfect for cyclists.  It’s a gentle 8km rise out to the turnaround point on the Great Western Highway at Glanmire.

The return journey isn’t difficult.  It’s much the same as the way out.  I allow around 90 mints to cruise this route on my road bike.  I add or subtract time if I’m on my off-road or TT bikes respectively.  A visit to a local café is usually on the cards once we’re back in town.

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