RIDE #58 Caffeine Culture – Noosa

Caffeine Culture – Noosa: Raw Energy ride

Departs from: Sunday: Raw Energy – Gympie Terrace, Noosaville (5:45am). Tuesday: Greencross Vet – Hilton Terrance, Tewantin (5:15am). Thursday: Noosa Junction Roundabout (5:15am).

Distance: Sunday, 100-134km; Tuesday, 30km; Thursday, 42km.

Additional rides: Raw-Nambour-Marcoola-Raw: 93km. Raw-Cooroy-Eumindi-Raw: 62km.

Notes: Three bunches leave Raw Energy on Sunday morning: two at 5:45am (one covering around 60-80km, the other over 100km) and a larger group at 6:30am with a broader mix of riders.

Caffeine Culture – Noosa: Fire Station Saturday

Departs from: Noosa Fire Station – Langura Street just off Cooyar Street Roundabout, Noosa Heads (6:00am).

Difficulty: Brisk tempo riding South to Mudjimba turnaround. Very quick run North, often with headwind and splits forming from Sunshine Coast Airport onward.

Notes: If you’re staying anywhere off the David Low Way you can let the bunch come to you. It’s a simple matter of picking up the ride as it passes Sunrise Beach (6:05am), Marcus Beach (6:15am) or Coolum Beach (6:30am).


Caffeine Culture – Noosa: Cooroy Hills

Departs from: Thursday: Bus stop on Cooroy-Noosa Road near BP petrol station, Tewantin (5:25am).

Distance: 70km (Finishes at Raw Energy, Noosaville).

Difficulty: Overall average speed 35km/h, Boreen Point to Raw Energy segment typically ridden at an average of over 45km/h.

Additional rides: Thursday: Boreen Point Loop from Noosa Bike Shop (6:00am).

Notes: Riders concerened by the average speeds listed here may elect to set off early, allowing more time for the initial climbing section of the ride over Black Mountain.


Caffeine Culture – Noosa: Eroica

Departs from: Eroica and ‘Show and Shine’ – Noosa Marina, Tewantin.

Distance: Noosa Eroica: 115km. Mini Eroica: 40km.

Dificulty: Riders should have a high level of fitness and be confident climbing and descending on technical, unsealed roads.

Notes: Mechanical support is limited to spare tubes but the ride stops regularly for natural breaks, water and coffee and riders are able to enjoy a counter lunch at the pub in Kin Kin. Organiser Andrew McKellar advises against imbibing at this point: “a couple of drinks will make the last 40km of the ride pretty interesting.”

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Author: greg@ride

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