Lake Lyell Ride
37km w/735m ascent
There are some fantastic lakeside camping sites on offer at Lake Lyell Recreation Park. If you are not camping there, you will notice the boom gates as you descend down to the water. You need to pay a $7 to enter (2023) the Recreation Park. Paying allows you to park securely and have access to the bathrooms and possibly have a swim at the lake post ride.
When you leave Lake Lyell Recreation Park, go around the boom gate, up the hill and turn right on Magpie Hollow Road. There is a solid climb with sections of +10% waiting for you. The first ~3km is on tarmac and then you veer left on to a much quieter gravel road. Then at ~5.5km turn left, direction Hampton and continue past Cuthill Road at ~10.5km.
Then at ~12.3km turn right off Hampton Road onto Norman Lee Road which turns to All Flats Road.
At ~17.6km you veer onto Jerrys Meadow Road. Enjoy this gravel section as you ride past beautiful Australian cattle farms. Then you begin to descend. Please use caution as there are some fast corners and sections may be corrugated.
At ~27km turn right on Sodwalls Road and begin to head back to the start.
The climbing has not finished. You go over the train line twice and over Antonio Creek before the start of a ~2.2 km climb which averages ~5%.
At the top of Sodwells Road complete a quick right and then left and then it is predominately all downhill all the way back to Lake Lyell Recreation Park.
Start and finish: Lake Lyell Recreation Park
NOTE: This is a ~12km drive or ride from Lithgow – not part of the actual course.
Accommodation Information : To see a range of accommodation available in the Seven Valleys, click here.
There is also camping at Lake Lyell Recreation Park
Bathrooms/Facilities: Start & Finish
Food & Water: None on this loop
Renshaw’s Bikes Lithgow: 199 Main Street, Lithgow NSW Ph: +61 2 6355 5500
Phone Reception: There is very limited coverage in the remote areas including the National Parks. (See ‘Cycling Check List’ which lists the major mobile phone carriers coverage maps.)
Bikes: Gravel/MTB/Hybrid Flat Bar/ e-versions of these bikes with suitable gravel tyres
Paved v’s un-paved: 54% v’s 46%
Highest & Lowest Elevation: 1197m above sea-level at 16km / 795m above sea-level at start and finish
Level: Intermediate and up
Timing: 1:50 @ 20 kph/2:00 @ 18 kph/2:20 @ 16 kph/2:40 @ 14 kph
Cue-sheet: turn by turn instructions can be found on the Ride with GPS
Notes : The first ~16km is a climb and there are some very fast gravel and road descents on this loop.
Please make sure you go through the ‘Cycling Check List’ below.
- Your own cycling safety is your responsibility so stay aware and take stock of your surroundings
- Follow the road rules at all times
- Check your bike and equipment before you depart, i.e. tyre condition, well lubed chain, helmet condition etc. Make sure it is all in good working order and if in doubt take it to your local bike shop before you venture out
- Always tell someone where you are going and your estimated time of return
- If you open any gates, please close them immediately once you pass through them
- Check the weather forecast for the area where you will be riding
- Carry maps &/or a well charged GPS device for the area you are riding in
- Carry spare tubes, tyre levers, pump and multi-tool at a minimum
- Always carry enough water, food and suncream as you will be in remote areas
- It is highly recommended that you do not ride alone in remote areas
- Always be aware that roads and conditions regularly change, especially in NSW Forestry, National Parks and on country gravel roads
- Check the Live Traffic website for information about Road Closures: https://www.livetraffic.com/
- Phone coverage is not always available, but a well charged phone should be carried in case of emergency
- Mobile phone coverage providers:
Telstra : https://www.telstra.com.au/coverage-networks/our-coverage
Optus : https://www.optus.com.au/living-network/coverage
Vodaphone : https://www.vodafone.com.au/network/coverage-checker
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