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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