CAMWEST: Cyclists’ Action Movement West

Previous Rides

We love riding

A number of rides are organised by CAMWEST. The major rides are listed below. Have a look at our Photo Album to see us in action!

8:30 AM, Sunday 10 November — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:30 AM; Parramatta Park, Tudor Gates entrance (George St).
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:

There will be a couple of new inclusions in this ride.

It’s an easy 20km ride that takes about three and a half hours, which will give you a great insight into the Parramatta story, a first-hand view of its beautiful old buildings, and its fascinating characters. There’s no better way to see Parramatta and its history!

There are plenty of stops and we finish at the Park Café.

If you haven’t done it before, or even if you have, come along!

Hope to see you there!

Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8:30 AM, Sunday 29 September — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:30 AM; Parramatta Park, Tudor Gates entrance (George St).
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Sample the tremendous heritage in the Parramatta area on a ride that links up the historical people and places from the early colony. Parramatta boasts Australia’s three oldest buildings, a myriad of delightful sandstone structures, and a compelling story. You'll be amazed at what you see and learn. Regular stops and commentary are provided. The ride takes around three and a half hours with coffee at the finish at the Park Cafe.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8:30 AM, Sunday 26 May — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:30 AM; Parramatta Park, Tudor Gates entrance (George St).
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Sample the tremendous heritage in the Parramatta area on a ride that links up the historical people and places from the early colony. Parramatta boasts Australia’s three oldest buildings, a myriad of delightful sandstone structures, and a compelling story. You'll be amazed at what you see and learn. Regular stops and commentary are provided. The ride takes around three and a half hours with coffee at the finish at the Park Cafe. This ride includes a short tour of Old Government House and costs $10. Bookings are essential at www.trybooking.com/CFYO.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8:30 AM, Sunday 28 April — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:30 AM; Parramatta Park, Tudor Gates entrance (George St).
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Sample the tremendous heritage in the Parramatta area on a ride that links up the historical people and places from the early colony. Parramatta boasts Australia’s three oldest buildings, a myriad of delightful sandstone structures, and a compelling story. You'll be amazed at what you see and learn. Regular stops and commentary are provided. The ride takes around three and a half hours with coffee at the finish at the Park Cafe. This ride includes a short tour of Elizabeth Farm and costs $10. Bookings are essential at www.trybooking.com/CFYN.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

Sunday 5 May — Ride2Riverstone

A few of us from CAMWEST are helping the Rivertone Lions Club once again organise the Ride2Riverstone event which is scheduled for Sunday May 5th 2013. The ride takes place around the semi-rural areas of the Hawkesbury and Hills area of North-Western Sydney and raises funds for the The Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation.

All rides are loop rides, starting and finishing at Riverstone, and the distance choices are approximately 30, 50, 80 and 100 km.

If you'd like to help promote the event, an A4 poster can be downloaded and printed from the A4 flyer (PDF). These could be displayed in local coffee shops, bike shops, uni campuses, work places.......where ever you think bike riders might see them. Please make sure you're allowed to display them first though!

For more details and on-line registration see ride2riverstone.com.au.

Rob Kemp
www.robkemp.id.au — Trying to live more sustainably
Ph (h) 02 9864 8797 (w) 02 9296 1561

8:30 AM, Sunday 24 February 2013 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:30 AM; Parramatta Park, Tudor Gates entrance (George St).
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Sample the tremendous heritage in the Parramatta area on a ride that links up the historical people and places from the early colony. Parramatta boasts Australia’s three oldest buildings, a myriad of delightful sandstone structures, and a compelling story. You'll be amazed at what you see and learn. Regular stops and commentary are provided. The ride takes around three hours with coffee at the finish at the Park Cafe.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8:30 AM, One Sunday in August 2012 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

While the exact date in August is not yet fixed, we'd like to inform you that this ride is coming so that you can plan for it.

If you’re interested in knowing when it’s organised, please send Paul Bowyer an email — note his new address: pbowyer@au1.ibm.com

Start:
8:30 AM; Parramatta Park, Tudor Gates entrance (George St).
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Sample the tremendous heritage in the Parramatta area on a ride that links up the historical people and places from the early colony. Parramatta boasts Australia’s three oldest buildings, a myriad of delightful sandstone structures, and a compelling story. You'll be amazed at what you see and learn. Regular stops and commentary are provided. The ride takes around three hours with coffee at the finish at the Park Cafe.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

9 AM, Sunday 27 May — Parramatta Heritage Ride — with Elizabeth Farm

Start:
9:00 AM; Parramatta Park, Tudor Gates entrance (George St). Note that this is one hour later than previous rides; the tour will last about three hours in total.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Sample the tremendous heritage in the Parramatta area on a ride that links up the historical people and places from the early colony. Parramatta boasts Australia’s three oldest buildings, a myriad of delightful sandstone structures, and a compelling story. You'll be amazed at what you see and learn. Regular stops and commentary are provided. The ride takes around three hours with coffee at the finish at the Park Cafe. This ride is part of the National Trust’s Heritage Festival and includes a short tour of Elizabeth Farm. It costs $10 and bookings are essential at www.trybooking.com/BJGB. Note the later starting time than previous Heritage Rides; the ride will take about three hours.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8 AM, Sunday 29 April — Parramatta Heritage Ride — with Old Government House

Start:
8:00 AM; Parramatta Park, Tudor Gates entrance (George St)
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Sample the tremendous heritage in the Parramatta area on a ride that links up the historical people and places from the early colony. Parramatta boasts Australia’s 3 oldest buildings, a myriad of delightful sandstone structures, and a compelling story. You'll be amazed at what you see and learn. Regular stops and commentary are provided. The ride takes around 4 hours with coffee at the finish at the Park Cafe. This ride is part of the National Trust’s Heritage Festival and includes a short tour inside Old Government House. It costs $10 and bookings are essential at www.trybooking.com/BAAJ.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8 AM, Sunday 25 March — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM; Parramatta Park, Tudor Gates entrance (George St)
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Sample the tremendous heritage in the Parramatta area, using some of the new bike paths. Parramatta boasts Australia's 3 oldest buildings, a myriad of delightful sandstone structures, and a compelling story. You'll be amazed at what you see and learn. Regular stops and commentary are provided. The ride takes around 3.5 hours with coffee at the finish at the Park Cafe.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

10:00 AM, Sunday 25 September — Olympic Park Meander

Start:
10:00 AM; Lilies on the Park Cafe, Bicentennial Park (Entrance off Australia Ave, near Homebush Bay Drive)
Distance:
17 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Bike hire available. (If hiring, please arrive a few minutes early).
If notified before hand, I can meet people at Olympic Park Railway station around 9:25 AM (otherwise I'll go straight to Bicentenial Park). Hang around for lunch after the ride — BYO picnic, or grab something to eat from Lilies on the Park Cafe. If you have one, bring a bike lock in case we decide to do some meandering on foot as well!
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 0415 902 708
Confirm:
Please call, text or email robkemp@tpg.com.au to confirm attendance.

10:15 AM, Saturday 24 September — 350.org Ride around Parramatta Park

Start:
10:15 AM, Dairy Precinct, Parramatta Park
Distance:
15 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly
Suggestion::
Meet at 10:15, in time for large group photo at 10:30, and then ride around Parramatta Park between 11:00am and 12 noon, then join in the picnic lunch.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 0415 902 708
More information:
See http://www.parracan.org/events/53-350org-bike-ride-round-parramatta-regional-park.html for full 350.org event timetable.
Confirm:
Please call, text or email robkemp@tpg.com.au to confirm attendance.

8 AM, Sunday 18 September — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM; Parramatta Park, Tudor Gates entrance (George St)
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Sample the tremendous heritage in the Parramatta area, using some of the new bike paths. Parramatta boasts Australia's 3 oldest buildings, a myriad of delightful sandstone structures, and a compelling story. You'll be amazed at what you see and learn. Regular stops and commentary are provided. The ride takes around 3.5 hours with coffee at the finish at the Park Cafe.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8 AM, Saturday 27 August — Rooty Hill to Kurrajong Loop (Tentative date and route)

Start:
8 AM at carpark on the north side of Rooty Hill Railway Station (bottom of pedestrian ramp)
Distance:
90 km
Pace:
Slow/Medium
Grade:
On road, Medium – Difficult Ride, A few good climbs
Description:
Stop for Coffee/Food at Kurrajong and Windsor
Contact:
Rob Kemp on Ph 9864 8797 or 0415 902 708

10 AM, Sunday 21 August — Olympic Park Meander

Note:
This ride has changed from the previously advertised date of 14 August to the new date 21 August.
Bikely.com Route:
Approximate route
Start:
10:00 AM; Lilies in the Park Cafe, Bicentennial Park
Distance:
17 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Slow ride around Olympic Park. Meet at 'Lilies on the Park' Cafe, in Bicentennial Park (Entrance off Australia Ave, near Homebush Bay Drive) at 10am.
Bike hire available.
If notified before hand, I can meet people at Olympic Park Railway station around 9:40am.
Hang around for lunch after the ride — BYO picnic, or grab something to eat from Lilies on the Park Cafe. If you have one, bring a bike lock in case we decide to do some meandering on foot as well!
Contact:
Rob Kemp on Ph 9864 8797 or 0415 902 708

8 AM, Sunday 31 July — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM; Parramatta Park, Tudor Gates entrance (George St)
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Sample the tremendous heritage in the Parramatta area, using some of the new bike paths. Parramatta boasts Australia's 3 oldest buildings, a myriad of delightful sandstone structures, and a compelling story. You'll be amazed at what you see and learn. Regular stops and commentary are provided. The ride takes around 3.5 hours with coffee at the finish at the Park Cafe.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

10 AM, Sunday 17 July — Western Sydney Parklands Track and M7

Start:
10:00 AM at carpark on the north side of Rooty Hill Railway Station (bottom of pedestrian ramp)
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
A fairly easy ride, mostly on shared path. Note that there is approximately 1 km of gravel track, which is not recommended for bikes with skinny tyres (hybrid bikes okay though).
Coffee/Snack break at Quakers Hill.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on Ph 9864 8797 or 0415 902 708

9 AM or 10:30 AM, Saturday 9 July — Mitchell Park Ride (31 and 67 km options)

Bikely.com Route:
Start:
Two starting points:
  • Shorter option (31 km): 10:30 AM at Vineyard Railway Station.
  • Longer Option (67km): 9:00 AM at carpark on the north side of Rooty Hill Railway Station (bottom of pedestrian ramp).
Distance:
31 km or 67 km
Pace:
Slow – Medium
Grade:
Some Traffic / Unsealed Roads
Description:
Slow – Medium paced ride on mostly quiet sealed semi-rural roads. Several short sections of good quality unsealed roads. Medium difficulty (Some hills). If riding from Rooty Hill, there is a short section on Richmond Rd which carries some traffic. There's a somewhat adequate shoulder on this stretch of road.
BYO nibblies: Coffee shops are somewhat limited. Toilet (and sometimes water) at Mitchell Park
Contact:
Rob Kemp on Ph 9864 8797 or 0415 902 708
On-ride contact number
0415 902 708. Please email/call/txt to confirm attendance.

Sunday 26 June — Guildford – Prospect Reservoir Loop

Bikely.com Route:
Map, Cue Sheet
Start:
10:00 AM; Start of Prospect Canal Path, Cnr Trenton and Military Roads, Guildford West.
Distance:
22 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
An easy ride, almost entirely on shared path. Car parking available along Trenton Rd, or a short ride on shared path from Guildford Railway Station.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on Ph 9864 8797 or 0415 902 708
Note:
No trains due to planned trackwork between St Marys/Richmond and Granville on that day.

8:00 AM, Sunday 6 March 2011 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths / Uses On-road Cycleways
Description:
Parramatta has never looked better! Sample the tremendous heritage in the Parramatta area, the best way possible — by bike! Parramatta boasts Australia’s 3 oldest buildings, a myriad of delightful sandstone structures, and a compelling story. You’ll be amazed at what you see and learn. Regular stops and commentary are provided, as are some of Parramatta’s best vantage points. The ride takes around 3.5 hours with coffee at the finish at the Park Cafe.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8:00 AM, Sunday 28 November 2010 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths / Uses On-road Cycleways
Description:
2010 marks 200 years since the start of Lachlan Macquarie’s 11 year governorship. A specially themed Heritage ride will run, highlighting the fabulous buildings and achievements of Macquarie. It will also include a short tour through Old Government House. The ride will cost $10 and places are limited. Please contact Paul Bowyer to book on 0438 856 880.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8:00 AM, Sunday 29 August 2010 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths / Uses On-road Cycleways
Description:
2010 marks 200 years since the start of Lachlan Macquarie’s 11 year governorship. A specially themed Heritage ride will run, highlighting the fabulous buildings and achievements of Macquarie. It will also include a short tour through Old Government House. The ride will cost $10 and places are limited. Please contact Paul Bowyer to book on 0438 856 880.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8:30 AM, Saturday 17 July 2010 — Rouse Hill Family Ride

Start:
8:30 AM, Town Square, Cnr Main St and Civic Way, Rouse Hill Town Centre
Distance:
10 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy, some traffic
Description:
10 km ride around Rouse Hill area. May provide an additional 8 km option for those who would like a slightly longer ride. The route is mainly along shared paths and residential streets. There are a few busier roads to cross, but these are mainly done at intersections controlled by traffic lights. Start/Finish at the main Town Square (cnr Main St and Civic Way), Rouse Hill Town Centre.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797 or 0415 902 708
More information:
Push On

8:00 AM, Sunday 13 June 2010 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths / Uses On-road Cycleways
Description:
2010 marks 200 years since the start of Lachlan Macquarie’s 11 year governorship. A specially themed Heritage ride will run, highlighting the fabulous buildings and achievements of Macquarie. It will also include a short tour through Old Government House. The ride will cost $10 and places are limited. Please contact Paul Bowyer to book on 0438 856 880.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8:00 AM, Saturday 17 April 2010 — Riverstone 80 km Loop;     11 AM — Rouse Hill 26 km Loop

Bikely.com Route:
The 80 km route
Start:
08:00 AM, Riverstone Vet Hospital (80 km loop), or
11:00 AM, Rouse Hill Town Centre (26 km loop)
Distance:
80 km, or 26 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Average speed around 15 kph
Description:
Starting at Riverstone Vet Hospital (4 Garfield Road West, Riverstone — Beside railway station), ride the 80 km Ride to Riverstone Loop. There is also a shorter 26 km option, starting and finishing at Rouse Hill Town Centre. The ride is on sealed roads and shared paths
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 0415 902 708
The shorter 26 km loop:
If you are coming on the shorter 26 km loop, please contact Rob for the exact time and location.
More information:
Push On (80 km loop), Push On (26 km loop, Sydneycyclist.com

8:00 AM, Sunday 28 March 2010 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths / Uses On-road Cycleways
Description:
Parramatta has never looked better! Join this ride and sample the tremendous heritage in the Parramatta area, using some of the new bike paths. Parramatta boasts Australia's 3 oldest buildings, a myriad of delightful sandstone structures, and a compelling story. You'll be amazed at what you see and learn. Regular stops and commentary are provided. The ride takes around 3 hours with coffee at the finish at the Park Cafe.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8:00 AM, Sunday 24 January 2010 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths / Uses On-road Cycleways
Description:
Parramatta has never looked better! Join this ride and sample the tremendous heritage in the Parramatta area, using some of the new bike paths. Parramatta boasts Australia's 3 oldest buildings, a myriad of delightful sandstone structures, and a compelling story. You'll be amazed at what you see and learn. Regular stops and commentary are provided. The ride takes around 3 hours with coffee at the finish at the Park Cafe.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

6:00 PM, Friday 04 December 2009 — Friday Evening Ride 2 Eat

Start:
06:00 PM, bottom of pedestrian over-bridge, north side of Rooty Hill Railway Station
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:

Part of a series of evening rides visiting restaurants near the M7 shared path. Most of the ride is on shared path. Heading for a pizza restaurant in Horsley Park this evening. If the weather looks dodgy, the fallback is the Rooty Hill Indian Restaurant. Please get in touch by Thursday 3rd December so I can book seats.

Bike lights essential.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797 — Call to confirm
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6:00 PM, 21 November 2009 — Saturday Evening Ride 2 Eat

Start:
6:00 PM, bottom of pedestrian over-bridge, north side of Rooty Hill Railway Station
Distance:
34 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:

Part of a series of evening rides visiting restaurants near the M7 shared path. Most of the ride is on shared path. Heading for the Fountain Vegetarian Restaurant in Bella Vista this evening. If the weather looks dodgy, the fallback is the Rooty Hill Indian Restaurant. Please get in touch by Friday 20th November so I can book seats.

Bike lights essential.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797 — Call to confirm

8:00 AM, Sunday 15 November 2009 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths / Uses On-road Cycleways
Description:
Parramatta has never looked better! Join this ride and sample the tremendous heritage in the Parramatta area, using some of the new bike paths. Parramatta boasts Australia's 3 oldest buildings, a myriad of delightful sandstone structures, and a compelling story. You'll be amazed at what you see and learn. Regular stops and commentary are provided. The ride takes around 3 hours with coffee at the finish at the Park Cafe.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8:00 AM, Sunday 20 September 2009 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
A leisurely tour of discovery of Parramatta's many historical jewels — some well known, many less so! Pass by the Female Orphan School, Elizabeth Farm, Old Government House, Lancer Barracks and Hambledon Cottage to name a few. Paul provides a very interesting and informative commentary throughout the ride. Coffee in Parramatta Park at the finish. Suitable for all ages and abilities; children must be supervised by a responsible adult and are quite welcome.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8:00 AM, Sunday 17 May 2009 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
A leisurely tour of discovery of Parramatta's many historical jewels — some well known, many less so! Pass by the Female Orphan School, Elizabeth Farm, Old Government House, Lancer Barracks and Hambledon Cottage to name a few. Paul provides a very interesting and informative commentary throughout the ride. Coffee in Parramatta Park at the finish. Suitable for all ages and abilities; children must be supervised by a responsible adult and are quite welcome.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

Ride to Riverstone Festival — 8:00 AM Saturday 16th May

Online registration for Ride to Riverstone Festival

Start:
8:00 AM, Rooty Hill Railway station
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Most of the ride is on off-road cycleways
Map of the Route:
The full route at Bikely
Description:
  • The Riverstone Lions Club and CAMWEST are holding a bicycle ride to coincide with the Riverstone Festival.
  • It will start at Rooty Hill Railway station at 0800h and proceed along cycleways of the M7, Sunnyholt Road and Old Windsor Road to Junction Road at the Living Planet nursery.
  • There will be pick-up points along the way, the last being on the corner of Junction and Windsor Roads for families that might like to ride the last few km into the festival. Thus most of the ride is on off-road cycleways.
  • The riders are invited to join the Festival Parade and afterwards there is valet bicycle parking for a gold coin donation so the riders can make the most of the Festival's many attractions.
  • Children under 16 years old are welcome in the company of a responsible adult rider.
  • All riders must observe the road rules including helmets, working brakes and bells etc.
  • Each individual or group should also have basic tools for repairing punctures (pump, spare tube, patches, spanner, tyre levers as needed) though assistance will be available if needed.
  • A shorter led ride back to the M7, and then Rooty Hill station will leave Riverstone in the afternoon. Alternate train or car pickup are to be arranged by participants.
Start locations and distance:
Start LocationRegistrationStart TimeDistance
Rooty Hill station northern commuter carpark7:00 AM8:00 AM28 km
Quakers Hill station SW side7:45 AM8:15 AM20 km
Shell Service station Sunnyholt Rd, Parklea8:00 AM8:30 AM15 km
Ettamogah Pub carpark, Kellyville8:15 AM8:45 AM10 km
Junction Rd opposite Living Planet Nursery8:30 AM9:00 AM3 km
What to bring on the ride:
  • a bike in good mechanical condition suitable for the ride
  • an approved safety helmet which is adjusted to fit correctly and is properly fastened
  • a water bottle filled with water
  • sunscreen applied, and for re-application
  • material for fixing a puncture consisting of spare tube(s), pump and patching kit
  • appropriate clothes suitable to riding and the weather conditions
  • any medication necessary to cover known medical conditions.
Contact:
John Holstein on 0410 662 390 and Geoff Gibbons, Riverstone Lions on 9627 4011
Online Registration:
Online registration here
Download a PDF form and information sheet for posting:
postal registration form and information sheet as an alternative to the online form
More information:
See mylocalguide.net.au — look for Riverstone Festival

Four-day Ride — Rooty Hill to Canberra — 6:30 AM Monday 6 April – 3:00 PM 9 April 2009

Hi everyone,

I'm planning a 4 day ride from Rooty Hill to Canberra starting 6:30 AM Monday April 6th. Route chosen with pub accommodation in mind, however camping is also an option.

Would anyone like to join me for all or part of the ride?

See sydneycyclist.com for more details.

Since Rob has some future updates to make, he said:

Probably best just to add the link to the Sydeny cyclist site, rather than copying all the text. This way the info is in only one place, so is easy to update!

8:00 AM Saturday, 21 March 2009 — Rooty Hill to Riverstone Loop

Bikely.com Route:
The route
Start:
Starts: 08:00 AM; Rooty Hill Station car park, Station St, beside Skate Park
Distance:
41 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
This route highlights some of the great shared paths in the Blacktown area. (Alongside the M7, Sunnyholt and Old Windsor Roads). Note that the route also entails a few kms of riding along shoulders of moderately busy roads. Morning-tea break at the Living Planet Cafe in Riverstone
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797

Saturday Evening Veg-out ride — 5:30 PM to 10 PM, Saturday 21 February 2009

Bikely.com Route:
The route will be similar, but a little different to this
Start:
Bottom of ramp on the northern side of Rooty Hill station.
Distance:
34 km
Pace:
Slow
Description:
Relaxed ride to the Asian-based Fountain Vegetarian Restaurant in Bella Vista for dinner before an evening ride back to Rooty Hill. Meal price approx $30 per person. Click on the above link to see menu options and prices. Around 70% of the route is along shared paths.

Note: Lights essential, although flashing LED front light is probably adequate. Nearly all of return journey is along well lit shared path.

Ride will be run subject to weather and interest.

Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
More information:
sydney cyclist.org

8:00 AM, Sunday 8 February 2009 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
A leisurely tour of discovery of Parramatta's many historical jewels — some well known, many less so! Pass by the Female Orphan School, Elizabeth Farm, Old Government House, to name a few. Includes commentary. Coffee in Parramatta Park at the finish.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8 PM Wednesday 31 December 2008 — New Years Eve Fireworks Night-Ride

Start:
8:00PM Rooty Hill (call for details)
Distance:
77 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Meet for dinner before-hand at the Indian Restaurant around 6:30 PM (optional). Ride starts around 8 PM, with a ride up to Moonrise lookout to watch the 9 PM fireworks around Sydney. Then do a 50 km ride along parts of the Orphan School Ck path, Liverpool-Parra T-way and M7 path, and back up to Moonrise to see the midnight fireworks. Be back at Rooty Hill around 1:30 AM. Lights essential. Flashing LED front light adequate for around 80% of route, but better lights needed for some dark sections.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797; Call to confirm
On-ride contact number:
0415 902 708

8:00 AM, Sunday 21 September 2008 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
A leisurely tour of discovery of Parramatta's many historical jewels — some well known, many less so! Pass by the Female Orphan School, Elizabeth Farm, Old Government House, to name a few. Includes commentary. Coffee in Parramatta Park at the finish.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8:00 AM, Sunday 13 July 2008 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
A leisurely tour of discovery of Parramatta's many historical jewels — some well known, many less so! Pass by the Female Orphan School, Elizabeth Farm, Old Government House, to name a few. Includes commentary. Coffee in Parramatta Park at the finish.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

10:00 AM Saturday 5 July 2008 — Seven Hills to Kings Langley Loop

Start:
10:00 AM; Seven Hills Railway Station (North side, bottom of ramp)
Distance:
13 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Explore some of the recently completed shared paths in the Blacktown area. An easy ride, almost entirely on shared paths.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On-ride Contact:
0415 902 708

10:30 AM Sunday 29 June 2008 — Sunday Lunchtime Veg-Out

Start:
10:30 AM; Rooty Hill Railway Station Car Park (North side)
Distance:
35 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Relaxed ride to the Asian-based Fountain Vegetarian Restaurant in Bella Vista for lunch before a mid-afternoon ride back to Rooty Hill. Click on above link to see menu options and prices. Around 70% of the route is along shared paths.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On-ride Contact:
0415 902 708

8:00 AM, Saturday 21 June 2008 — Around the World in 90Ks

Start:
08:00 AM; Rooty Hill Railway Station Car Park (North side)
Distance:
90 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Winter Solstice Ride — Around the (Gastronomical) world in 90 ks. Sample some of the cuisines of the world as we cycle the shared paths and back streets of Sydney's Greater West and South West. Enjoy a quick snack in the Philippines, before Morning Tea in the Middle East and Lunch in Asia. Join us for dinner afterwards in India (Family and friends welcome too). About 2/3 of the ride is along shared paths, and most of the rest on back streets. The last 30 kms is along shared path, but bring lights in case darkness catches up with us. A number of railway stations are passed en-route, so there are ample opportunities to bail-out. Please let me know numbers if you'd like to join us for dinner afterwards.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On-ride Contact:
0415 902 708

Brief Ride report

6 Riders experienced a wonderful sunny Sydney Winter's day. There was a bit of a headwind for part of the return leg. The 'middle eastern' cultural experience in Auburn was heightened due to the fact that Turkey had just won the Euro 08 qualifier the night before. Heaps of people lined the streets wearing Turkish flags and red & white hats. Plenty of cars cruising the streets, draped with flags and horns blaring. The scenic route was taken to Bankstown where we enjoyed lunch in Asia. A few of us were feeling a little tired towards the end. An additional stop at Abbotsbury recharged the batteries for the climb to Moonrise lookout in Western Sydney Regional Park and then the (mostly) downhill run along the M7 path back to Rooty Hill. The ride ended up being about 98 km in length, and we made it back to Rooty Hill around 5pm.

Rob Kemp
22 June 2008

8:00AM, Saturday 24 May 2008 — Western Sydney Parklands Explorer

Bikely.com Route:
The ride will be based around the M7 shared path and the Western Sydney Parklands Track.
Start:
8:00AM; Rooty Hill Railway Station Car Park (North side)
Distance:
56 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Uses Off-road Cyclepaths / Unsealed Roads
Description:

An alternative start location is under the Quakers Hill Parkway bridge on the M7 shared path at 8:30 am. Please contact Rob for other later start and shorter distance alternatives.

Ride to explore the Western Sydney Parklands Track and the Greenway Loop. Some course gravel track in the first part of the ride, however there are alternative routes for getting around this. A few good hills — up and down, steady and short sharp pinches (the latter being quite walkable). Rest stop in Austral.

Ride dependent on level of interest and the weather.

Call to confirm:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On-ride contact number:
0415 902 708
Here is a photo taken at Sugarloaf Ridge picnic
               area in Western Sydney Regional Park last Saturday.

We had 11 riders take part in the ride. We decided to rename the ride ‘The Western Sydney Parklands Rocky Road ride’. The first few kms of the Parklands track was quite ‘rocky’. At the lunch stop at Austral home-made Rocky Road was available. We didn't go hungry! The only problem on the ride was a puncture....my rear tyre.

Rob Kemp
28 May 2008

8:00 AM, Saturday 10 May 2008 — Castle Hill Gourment Food Markets Ride

Start:
8:00AM; Rooty Hill Railway Station Car Park (North side)
Distance:
40 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Most of the ride is along reasonably quiet streets and shared paths, although there are a few short sections of busier roads. Some up-hill on the way there, and down-hill on return. A shorter ride option would be to start/finish at Seven Hills Railway Station.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On-ride contact number:
0415 902 708

Monday–Friday 14–18 April 2008 — Five Day Outer Western Sydney Tour

Bikely.com Route:
Full route details
Start:
8:30 AM, Monday 14 April 2008; Rooty Hill Railway Station Car Park (North side)
End:
Friday 18 April 2008
Distance:
246 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Some Traffic / For experienced riders only / Significant Hills / Unsealed Roads
Accommodation
Needs to be booked at least a couple of weeks in advance.
Description:

I'm doing this ride as a self supported tour. However, feel free to invite family/friends to either carry luggage and/or camp overnight with us.

There are options for doing part of the ride — See the above link for further info. Please also note that accommodation needs to be booked at least a couple of weeks in advance.

The route has short sections of corrugated unsealed roads and some good hills (all walkable!)

Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On-ride contact number:
0415 902 708

8:00 AM, Sunday 13 April 2008 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
A leisurely tour of discovery of Parramatta's many historical jewels — some well known, many less so! Pass by the Female Orphan School, Elizabeth Farm, Old Government House, to name a few. Includes commentary. Coffee in Parramatta Park at the finish.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday 8 April 2008 — Seniors Week Return to Cycling

Date:
Tuesday 8 April 2008
Time:
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Details:

As part of Seniors Week, DADAHC have provided funding for a Seniors Return to Cycling Event. Instruction will be provided by members of the NSW Police Cycle Squad on bicycle selection, Road Rules, where to ride, basic cycling skills and stretching exercises.

The event is free, and lunch & morning & afternoon teas will be provided. Numbers are limited to 25 participants and bookings are essential.

Contact:
John Holstein on 9686 2391

7:00 PM, Friday 21 March 2008 — Nightrider Rooty Hill to Kellyville Loop

Start:
7:00PM; Rooty Hill Railway Station Car Park (North side)
Distance:
35 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
Ride the northern section of the M7 shared path, as well as shared paths along Old Windsor & Sunnyholt Rds. May involve some local streets in Dean Park if that section of M7 path is still closed. A few short hills.
Dinner:
For any wishing to partake in a pre-ride dinner, meet at Sasha's Curry House in Rooty Hill Nth at 5.30pm. (Vegetarian & non-vegetarian Indian dishes).
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On-ride contact number:
0415 902 708

1:00 PM, Sunday 16 March 2008 — Kids 'n Bikes

Article on page 7 of 12 March Parramatta Advertiser about this Kids and Bikes Ride.
Bikely.com Route:
The route
Start:
1:00 PM; Walpole St Park, Merrylands (nr playground). Also known as Holroyd Gardens, not Central Gardens.
Distance:
12 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:

Starts with a BYO picnic lunch from 1.00 PM to 1:30 PM. The lunch provides an opportunity to meet and chat to and for the kids to play and get to know each other. Meet near the huge adventure playground and kids cycle training area.

Kids ‘bike rodeo’ from 2 PM. Suitable for children of all ages accompanied by a cycling adult, most suitable for children under 14 years. A ‘bike rodeo’ is bicycle skills practice such as riding, stopping, restarting quickly, gear changing, and sharp turning.

Ride itself begins at 3:00 PM sharp. Leisurely ride along path under M4 to Auburn and back. Since the ride is an “out and back” route you can simply stop when your kids have had enough and either return yourself or wait for us to return.

All children under 16 must be accompanied by a cycling adult. All cyclists must wear a helmet and should bring, at least, a spare tube that fits their bike (including the kids bikes), sunscreen and a water bottle.

All welcome even if you don't have kids. Ride advertised on page 7 of 12 March Parramatta Advertiser with story and photo, so I don't know if we'll get 5 or 50.

Contact:
Mark Robson Mark.Robson@australwright.com.au on 0402 435 541

9:00 AM, Saturday 8 March — Guildford Prospect Loop

Bikely.com Route:
The route
Start:
9:00 AM; Start of Prospect Canal Path, Cnr Trenton & Military Rds, Guildford West.
Distance:
22 km
Pace:
Slow pace
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
An easy ride, almost entirely on shared path. Car parking available along Trenton Rd, or a short ride on shared path from Guildford Railway Station.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On-ride contact number:
0415 902 708

Saturday 23 February — NighT-way M7 loop

Start:
7:00 PM, Rooty Hill Railway Station (North Side)
Distance:
Pace:
Slow/Medium pace
Description:
M7 and Parra-Liverpool T-way loop. Not the most exciting ride during the day, but reasonably well-lit at night and almost all on shared paths. AND it's normally cooler riding than during hot summer days. LED Front bike-light (or other that will last for several hours) essential. Expected ride duration approx 3 hours.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On-ride contact number:
0415 902 708

Hello all who did the Night ride along the M7 and commiserations to those who missed it.

Enjoying a meal at Sasha's

Special thanks to Rob Kemp for the organisation of the ride, pre ride dinner at the Rooty Hill Indian Restaurant and his role as Ride Leader. 15 Riders turned up for what became a 48 km ride along part of the M7, Liverpool/Parramatta TWay and back on to the M7. We started about 7:30 PM and finished about 11.45 PM. There were all types, a recumbent, some nice road bikes, a few tourers and hybrids and a couple of mountain bikes.

Cheerful night riders, some laid back.

The weather was perfect. Nature provided us with a still, cool night and an almost full moon. The track was in good condition and there was no other competition, except for three older blokes on pocket motorbikes who were gone as fast as they arrived. We attracted some comments from motorists where we crossed paths, mostly good natured heckling.

A special mention for Adrian from BNSW who decided to join the ride at the last minute, made a cracking pace along the M2 and M7 to join us less than half an hour into the ride. What was your average time Adrian, before you joined us?

Thanks also to Mark from Colyton, our novice rider in the group. He persevered with a few mechanical problems until Rob and a couple of others fixed them and then was able to enjoy the rest of the ride. You were NOT a burden; please come and ride with us again.

To the rest of the riders, thanks for your company, interesting conversation and pleasant attitude throughout the ride. You all reminded me of the reasons why we venture out on these group rides at times, to enjoy a nice ride and even nicer company.

Don't forget Rob's next couple of rides.

John Holstein
25 Feb 2008

7:20 AM, Saturday 9 February 2008: Western Sydney Parklands Explorer

Bikely.com Route:
The route (Note that the return leg back to and along the M7 is not shown.)
Start:

7:20am, Rooty Hill Railway Station (North Side).

An alternative start location is under the Quakers Hill Parkway bridge on the M7 shared path at 7.50 am. Please contact Rob for other later start and shorter distance alternatives.

Distance:
65 km
Pace:
Slow/Medium pace
Description:
Ride to explore the Western Sydney Parklands Track and the Greenway Loop. Some course gravel track in the first part of the ride, however there are alternative routes for getting around this. A few good hills — both up & down, steady and short sharp pinches (the latter being quite walkable). Rest stop in Austral.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On-ride contact number:
0415 902 708

Sunday 20 January 2008 — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00AM; Tudor Gates, Parramatta Park (nr George St entrance)
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths / Uses On-road Cycleways
Description:
A fascinating 3 hour ride into Parramatta's rich history. See some of Australia's oldest and most beautiful buildings, many of which are tucked away in hidden places. They will surprise and delight you! Hear the story of the vital role Parramatta played in the survival of the European colony, and of some of its colourful characters. Let your imagination take you back! Elizabeth Farm, Old Government House, the Female Orphan School, the Parramatta Gaol are just some of the more than 40 sites that we will pass by. Finishing at the Park Cafe in the Park. Frequent stops and commentary provided.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer pbowyer@qantas.com.au on 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.
Cheerful cyclists outside the Mens Ward of Old Cumberland Hospital.

23 riders partook of the 10th(?) Heritage Ride, including CAMWESTies Peter Gilbert (the ever-reliable tail rider), and John Holstein. It was a good mix of adults and children.

We had good publicity beforehand, appearing in PushOn, the Parramatta WhatsOn, Parramatta Sun (p2 with photo), Advertiser (small article in the back section), as well as the ABC WhatsOn. Not sure if it made it into the Telegraph Weekender.

The weather wasn't good on the Saturday and a few people probably made up their minds when they went to be not to participate. (I know at least one person from Parramatta City Council did). However the gods were kind to us, with no rain and the sun even breaking through to make it a surprisingly hot day.

Paul Bowyer telling how it is.

The route was changed slightly and worked much better, doing the Elizabeth Farm section before going the Female Orphan School, crossing the Elizabeth St bridge and including Barrack Lane. The ride took about 2.5 hours, and we'd arrived at the Park Cafe by about 10:50 AM, having set off around 8:20. No incidents were observed. The portable microphone worked faultlessly (yes I still have it Ian, and anyone else that's interested!)

John gave a good talk at the end about the reinvigorated CAMWEST.

General feedback on the ride was good. The participants were locals and there's always surprise at some of the terrific buildings tucked away in Parramatta.

Rear view of the happy crew.

We finished up at the Park Cafe in Parramatta Park. We've done this several times before, but when I was booking it, the new manager there, Steve, had a lot of difficulty showing interest in this business (wanting pre-ordered or set menus). No bookings on Sundays etc. etc. In the end he took a booking for 25 max. Luckily that worked out to be the right number. Vicki seemed a more human person who was keen to keep our business next time! I was sufficiently annoyed to work out a new route that could end elsewhere and may introduce this next time.

Cheers Paul

PS. I noticed a photo in this week's Advertiser of the ride also. Thanks John! Would love to see the photos!

Paul Bowyer
30 Jan 2008

Sunday 5 August 2007 8:00 AM — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow pace: Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Grade:
Description:
A leisurely tour of discovery of Parramatta's many historical jewels — some well known, many less so! Pass by the Female Orphan School, Elizabeth Farm, Old Government House, to name a few. Includes commentary. Coffee in Parramatta Park at the finish.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880 (Note the update to the phone number)
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

Sat 23 – Sun 24 Jun 2007 — Winter Solstace Madness Tour

Bikely.com Route:
The route
Start:
09:30 AM; Water-wheel on George St Mall, Windsor, Saturday, June 23, 2007
Distance:
92 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Some Traffic / Unsealed Roads
Description:
2 Day loop tour from Windsor to Colo, camping overnight at the Upper Colo Reserve. Camping costs $5 per person. Day 1 distance is about 44km, Day 2 is around 48km. The ride is meant to be self supported, however there may be a vehicle available to carry luggage to the camping ground. Starting time may vary from that specified — Call to confirm.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797 — Call to confirm.
On-ride contact number:
0415 902 708

Sat 7 Jul 2007 — Guildford — Prospect Reservoir Loop

Bikely.com Route:
The route
Start:
10:00 AM; Start of Prospect Canal Path, Cnr Trenton & Military Rds, Guildford West.
Distance:
22 km
Pace:
Slow
Grade:
Easy / Child Friendly / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
An easy ride, almost entirely on shared path. Car parking available along Trenton Rd, or a short ride on shared path from Guildford Railway Station.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797 — Call to confirm.
On-ride contact number:
0415 902 708

Sunday 18 March 2007 8:00 AM — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Start:
8:00 AM start from the Tudor Gates, George Street entrance to Parramatta Park.
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow pace: Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Grade:
Description:
A leisurely tour of discovery of Parramatta's many historical jewels — some well known, many less so! Pass by the Female Orphan School, Elizabeth Farm, Old Government House, to name a few. Includes commentary. Coffee in Parramatta Park at the finish.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

10 AM, Sun 11 Mar 2007 — Olympic Park Seniors ride

Bikely.com Route:
The route
Start:
10 AM, Lilies on the Park Cafe, Bicentennial Pk, Homebush Bay.
Distance:
18 km
Description:
Easy ride (Child friendly) around Sydney Olympic Park. 3 km of route is along quiet roads and the rest is along shared paths. Some road crossings.
Car parking available:
near the Cafe (Access from Australia Ave, near Homebush Bay Drive).
Bike hire available:
beside the cafe and at the information centre opposite Olympic Park Station.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On ride contact:
0415 902 708

9 AM, Sat 3 Mar 2007 — Guildford – Prospect Reservoir Loop

Bikely.com Route:
The route
Start:
9 AM, at the beginning of the Prospect Canal Path, Cnr Trenton and Military Rds, Guildford West.
Distance:
22 km
Description:
An easy ride (Child friendly), almost entirely on shared path. Some road crossings.
Car parking available:
along Trenton Rd, or a short ride on shared path from Guildford Railway Station.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On ride contact:
0415 902 708

9 AM, Sat 17 Feb 2007 — Olympic Park loop

Bikely.com Route:
The route
Start:
9 AM, Lilies on the Park Cafe, Bicentennial Pk, Homebush Bay.
Distance:
18 km
Description:
Easy ride (Child friendly) around Sydney Olympic Park. 3 km of route is along quiet roads and the rest is along shared paths. Some road crossings.
Car parking available:
near the Cafe (Access from Australia Ave, near Homebush Bay Drive).
Bike hire available:
beside the cafe and at the information centre opposite Olympic Park Station.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On ride contact:
0415 902 708

8 AM, Sat 10 Feb 2007 — Castle Hill Gourmet Food Market ride

Route:
Rooty Hill — Castle Hill Showgronds and return
Start:
8 AM, Rooty Hill Railway Station Car Park (North side of line).
Distance:
Approx 45 km. Shorter option of starting/finishing at Seven Hills Railway station also available.
Description:
Most of the ride is along reasonably quiet streets and shared paths, although there are a few short sections of busier roads. Some up-hill on the way there, and down-hill on return.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On ride contact:
0415 902 708

Fri 26 Jan – Sun 28 Jan 2007 — Australia Day Wheeny Creek Tour

3 Day self-supported tour.

Please call/email to confirm whether ride is on and starting times.

Links to Bikely routes & descriptions:
Day 1, Friday 26 January:
Rooty Hill – Windsor, Windsor – Wheeny Ck 55 km total. Coffee/Munchie break at Windsor
Day 2, Saturday 27 January:
Wheeny Ck – Sackville — 43 km. Water/limited food available at a service station about 21 km into the ride.
Day 3, Sunday 28 January:
Sackville – Rooty Hill — 43 km. (Only section to Windsor shown on this map).
Start:
8:00 AM; Rooty Hill Railway Station
Distance:
141 km
Pace:
Moderate
Grade:
Slow-Medium paced ride on mostly quiet sealed & unsealed semi-rural roads. Medium difficulty (Some good hills).
Description:
Some Traffic / Unsealed Roads
Contact:
Rob Kemp Call to Confirm on 9864 8797
On ride contact:
0415 902 708
Camping
First Night:
Wheeny Ck. Toilets, but no showers. Swimming in creek. BYO drinking water, or filter/purifier if wanting to drink from creek. No fee. BYO nibblies & meals — No access to shops.
Second Night:
Sackville Gardens Caravan Park. Access to Kiosk, toilets, drinking water & undercover BBQ area. Cost $4 per person + small extra charge for hot shower.
Notes:
  • An alternative starting/finishing point is Windsor. This would shorten the distances on days 1 and 3 by 24 km.
  • For those wishing to leave cars at Rooty Hill, limited off-street parking is available at my house near Rooty Hill station.
  • If you'd like to come but don't want to carry your gear, please arrange your own support vehicle. Other non-riding friends & family welcome to camp one/both nights as well.
  • Please call/email to confirm whether ride is on and starting times.

Sunday 3 December 2006 7:30 AM: Parramatta River Explorer

Bikely.com Route:
The route
Date:
Sunday, December 3rd
Start Time:
7:30 AM sharp, registration from 7:15 AM.
Detailed Plan:
A table showing the times for each stage, (Microsoft Word)
Meeting Point:
Walpole Street Park, Walpole Street, Merrylands Departure from the Car Park.
Distance:
About 35 km, but it's all flat
Ride Description:
Flat cyclepaths alongside the banks of the Parramatta River through Bicentennial park to Concord West with views of the river from Silverwater and Ryde Bridges. Return via M4 shaded cyclepath.
Finish Time:
Approx 11:30 AM
Call to Confirm
Contact:
Mark Robson ph 9604 2110

A report on the Parramatta River Ride

Whilst I got wet on route to the start before 7 AM, once the official ride commenced there was no actual rain, though the conditions were quite wintery.

By the time we got to Concord the conditions were perfect for cycling: cool and dry.

No-one lost, no flat tyres, one injured pride — an MTB rider tried a gutter jump and missed in the mess that is the Rhodes redevelopment.

A good fun morning.

Mark Robson
5 Dec 2006

25 November – 26 November 2006: Rooty Hill – Cattai Two Day Tour

Please contact Rob Kemp on 9864 8797 by Wednesday 22 November to confirm as Rob needs to pre-pay camping fees.

Two-Day ‘introductory’ self-supported tour

Confirm by:
Wednesday 22 November as Rob needs to pre-pay camping fees. See contact below.
Bikely.com Routes:
Day One, Saturday, 25 November 2006:
Day One — 46 km. Coffee/Munchie break at Windsor
Day Two, Sunday, 26 November 2006:
Day Two — 38 km
Start:
9:00 AM Rooty Hill Railway Station
Distance:
84 km
Pace:
Slow – medium
Grade:
Some Traffic / Unsealed Roads
Description:
Slow – medium paced ride on mostly quiet sealed semi-rural roads. Several short sections of good quality unsealed roads. 400 m of not-so-good road. Medium difficulty (Some hills).
Camping and Food:
Camping overnight at Cattai National Park. Camping fee $5 per person. Water, hot showers and large picnic shelters provided. BYO nibblies & meals (No access to shops from the campground).
Travel to start/finish by train:
Planned trackwork on Western lines this weekend. I can accommodate several people on Friday and/or Sunday evening for any wishing to avoid the trackwork hassles.
Travel by car:
There is off-road parking for several cars, and on-road for more at my place (400 metres from starting/finishing point).
Non riders welcome:
If you'd like to come but don't want to carry your gear, please arrange your own support. Other non-riding friends and family welcome to camp overnight as well. Note there are additional charges for cars entering the National Park.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On-Ride Contact:
0415 902 708

Sunday 12 November 2006 8:00 AM — Parramatta Heritage Ride

Starts:
08:00 AM; Parramatta Park, Tudor Gates entrance (George St)
Distance:
20 km
Pace:
Slow pace: Easy / Child Friendly / Some Traffic / Uses Off-road Cyclepaths
Description:
A leisurely tour of discovery of Parramatta's many historical jewels — some well known, many less so! Pass by the Female Orphan School, Elizabeth Farm, Old Government House, to name a few. Includes commentary. Coffee in Parramatta Park at the finish.
Contact:
Paul Bowyer Ph 0438 856 880
More information:
Please see details of the Parramatta Heritage Ride.

Saturday, 21 October 2006 7:30 AM — Mitchell Park Ride (longer option)

Bikely.com maps showing description of route:
Part One:
Rooty Hill to Windsor — Follow this route as far as Vineyard Railway Station (Point 56 of 71).
Part Two:
Vineyard – Mitchell Loop
Two Starting Points:
Shorter Option (31 km):
9:00 AM at Vineyard Railway Station
Longer Option (67 km):
7:30 AM at carpark on the north side of Rooty Hill Railway Station (bottom of pedestrian ramp)
Distance:
Longer Option: 67 km
Pace:
Slow–Medium paced ride
Grade:
On mostly quiet sealed semi-rural roads. Several short sections of good quality unsealed roads. Medium difficulty (Some hills).
Food:
BYO nibblies — No coffee shops. Water and Toilet at Mitchell Park.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On-ride contact number:
0415 902 708

Saturday, 21 October 2006 9:00 AM — Mitchell Park Ride (shorter option)

Bikely.com map showing description of route:
Vineyard – Mitchell Loop
Two Starting Points:
Shorter Option (31 km):
9:00 AM at Vineyard Railway Station
Longer Option (67 km):
7:30 AM at carpark on the north side of Rooty Hill Railway Station (bottom of pedestrian ramp)
Distance:
Shorter Option: 31 km
Pace:
Slow–Medium paced ride
Grade:
On mostly quiet sealed semi-rural roads. Several short sections of good quality unsealed roads. Medium difficulty (Some hills).
Food:
BYO nibblies — No coffee shops. Water and Toilet at Mitchell Park.
Car Parking:
No formed carpark at Vineyard station, but large gravel verge near corner of Riverstone Pde and Bandon Rd suitable for parking.
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797
On-ride contact number:
0415  902  708

Sunday 15 October 6:00 AM: Hills Fitness Ride

Bikely.com Route:
The route. Make sure that you check the elevations button!
Start:
6:00 AM sharp
Distance:
54 km
Pace:
Fast. For the fit only. 54 km in 3 hours.
Grade:
Continual uphill and downhill. Check the elevations button at bikely.com above!
Bring:
A spare tube that fits your bike
Description:

Western Sydney has a number of suburbs with ‘Hill’ in the name, we visit them all: Pendle Hill, Seven Hills, Quakers Hill, M7, Baulkham Hills, Winston Hills,…. Never a flat kilometre but the downhills make the climbing worthwhile.

This is a 3 hour, 50 to 60 km ride of continual uphill and downhill. Suitable for fit adults with some hill riding experience. Almost completely on-road with typical suburban traffic situations.

This ride through the hills is an annual ride that I do to make sure my legs and our bikes are fit for the 5 November ’Gong ride, and is not intended to attract beginners, it's too difficult a ride.

The 6:00 AM start reflects that it is for a ride for committed experienced riders, and for that you'll either get out of bed, or not. Sunrise is 5:00 AM that day; I know from the Geoscience web site that calculates it for you, so by 6 am conditions for riding will be absolutely perfect, and roads traffic free.

I'm not running this to attract new cyclists as the other rides are intended, I'm doing the ride anyway, so I thought I'd throw it open to others that might like to attend.

Contact:
Mark Robson on 9827 0738.

Saturday 7 October 2006 9:00 AM — Blacktown Tour

Bikely.com Route:
The route
Start:
9:00 AM at the carpark on the North side of Rooty Hill Railway Station. Finish at the same place.
Distance:
Approx 27 km.
Pace:
Slow–Medium.
Grade:
Easy, but some Traffic (Shared path and some local roads, with crossings of major roads. Ride along the Great Western Hwy shoulder for a short distance).
Contact:
Rob Kemp on 9864 8797

Call Rob Kemp on 9864 8797 if the weather looks dodgy.

Saturday 23 September 2006 1:00 pm: Olympic Park Fountain

Please bring a spare tube with you. And yes, it should be the right size :-).

Please note that the recent SASS magazine (a new Parramatta magazine put out by Cumberland newspapers) had coverage of this ride and it showed a start time of 1:30 PM, but that is no longer correct.

Here is a Detailed plan of the ride.

Meeting Point:

Veron St Wentworthville, car park at the end of cyclepath at Northern end of Lytton St Park

Where we went

Wentworthville to Olympic Park and Muffin Break via Jones Park, M4 cycleway and Adderley St.

Return via Duck River, Granville Park and Merrylands Pool.

Nature of the ride

About 28 km. A leisurely ride along fairly flat cycleways with a relaxing coffee stop.

Grade: Medium. Lots of cyclepaths and some quiet back roads.

Expected finishing time: 5:00 PM.

Saturday 26 August 2006 1:30 pm: Abbotsbury for Coffee

Meeting Point:

Veron St Wentworthville, car park and end of cyclepath at Northern end of Lytton St Park

Where we went

Wentworthville to Abbotsbury coffee shop via rail trail and Orphan School Creek

Return via Cowpasture Rd cycleway and T-Way cycleway

Nature of the ride

About 32 km. A leisurely ride along fairly flat cycleways with a relaxing coffee stop.

Grade: Medium. Almost all cyclepaths

Two people had punctures on the ride, and had no gear or spare tube to solve the problem, which delayed things for everyone else. So—please bring a spare tube of the right size with you!

Ian's Rides 2006

Ian Macindoe led a number of rides this year, including a ride to Olympic Park on 12 March 2006 and a third Parramatta Heritage ride.

Date of ride: 9/4/06

Day of week: Sunday

Grade: Easy

Name of ride: Parramatta Heritage Ride

Distance: 17km

Contact: Ian Macindoe

Phone: 9639 4654

Group: CAMWEST

Starts at: Tudor Gates, George St entrance to Parramatta Park, 10 am

Description of ride: A gentle ride around the historical sites of Parramatta on quiet streets with commentary. See also CAMWEST's new Parramatta Heritage Ride website.

More Parramatta Heritage rides coming up!

Enjoy Parramatta Heritage — on Your Bike!

Ian Macindoe led the 2006 Parramatta Heritage Ride B on 9 April. My six-year old son and I joined in the fun! Some notes on the ride. PDF format of above: ride, notes. I'm coming for the next one, Ian!

Where is the bath house Governor Brisbane built himself to soothe his arthritis? Where are two of the five clocks given to the colony by King George IV in 1822? Where is Australia's oldest publicly-owned building? Where did Governor Fitzroy's wife die, after her carriage overturned when the horses bolted? Where can you find Australia's (arguably!) oldest licensed hotel? The answer to all these is Parramatta, a place wonderfully rich in history in the very heart of Sydney. And you can visit all these places on your bike, with a little help from your friends at CAMWEST, and their brand new Parramatta Heritage Ride website.

Full Article

Parramatta Heritage Ride - Sunday 9th April 2006, your third chance if you missed the second ride on 5th February. It includes sites not visited on the previous two Heritage rides. It will feature a free lunch if you contact Ian Macindoe a few days beforehand.

Parramatta Heritage Tour

A gentle ride around the historical sites of Parramatta on quiet streets with commentary, held on a Sunday in May. Easy 17 Km. More Info, photos

Bay to Mountains Ride

[Not held in 2004]. Follows a circuit between Homebush and Fairfield. It is held yearly, on October. A great free lunch was kindly provided by Bankstown Council. It is sponsored by Auburn, Bankstown and Holroyd councils. More Info, photos

Dawn Riders

Relatively flat but fast paced (average 25 Km/h or better) ride to Richmond, Windsor and return in the early Sunday morning. More Info

Along the Bay to
      Mountains ride
Along the Bay to Mountains ride

Chipping Norton Ride

Robert Catford led a ride to Chipping Norton in June 2004.

Tizzana Rides

CAMWEST has gathered large numbers to the Tizzana Winery Rides in the past.

Other Past Rides

CAMWEST has a proud history of running very successful rides over the years. Here are a few:

Free Sydney CycleWay Maps

Call 1 800 060 607 to get your copy of these FREE cycleway maps. Otherwise, get an electronic version right now from the RTA. There are seven available for the metropolitan area:

  1. Sydney (lower north shore, CBD, inner west and eastern suburbs)
  2. Parramatta
  3. Liverpool
  4. Penrith - Windsor - Blue Mountains
  5. Pittwater
  6. Campbelltown
  7. Sutherland
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