Just to the south of Sydney is a cycling community that’s both flourishing and welcoming. Every day of the week there’s a bunch ride departing from the Mezza Bar in Bowral. It’s an early start and the roads of the NSW Southern Highlands await. This is where champions are made thanks to testing terrain… but it’s okay to take it all in at your own pace.
Point your bike in any direction from Bowral or any of the other hamlets in the area and you’ll find great roads for cycling. With the help of a few of the locals, here are a few rides that are regularly done in the area…
Ride #1 – Four Peaks
This is the staple ride for the Southern Highlands. It’s a morning heart-starter and one of the most popular ones for cyclists of all abilities. There are hills, thus the name, but none of them are brutal mountain passes.
Difficulty: 727 metres of elevation gain.
Ride #2 – Cardiac (aka. Hard Cheese)
This is essentially a graded ride option. Departure times vary depending on which group you want to ride with: fast or slow… or anything in-between. (Check with Mezza Bar, McGee Cycles or the Southern Highlands Cycling Club Facebook page for more specific information).
Difficulty: 818m of elevation gain.
Ride #3 – Kangaroo Valley
Using backcountry dirt roads to jump from canyon to canyon, this ride takes you on many of Boulder’s paths less travelled.
Ride #4 – Twilight Loop
This is for the summer months and offers a good loop around the Highlands at a pace that averages out to be around 28km/h. A good arvo workout…
Difficulty: 469m of elevation gain.
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