25 highest peaks in the ACT

The ACT has big mountains, by Australian standards, but none of them are in Canberra. Reading the article “Hill climbs of interest in the suburbs”, it is worth remembering that Canberra was built where it is because it is so flat.

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Hill climbs of interest in the suburbs

Some love hills. There is satisfaction found climbing a hill and the reward of a magnificent view at the top. The ride down is a real thrill. Here are suggested hill climbs that lie in the heart of the suburbs.

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Molonglo Valley to Civic on gravel

Our options are getting limited. Butters Bridge and Black Mountain Peninsula are closed. Cycling must go on. Try a Arboretum and Black Mountain gravel ride instead of the LBG CBR Cycle Route.

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Butters Bridge closure

Namarag Molonglo Special Purpose Reserve construction works have closed the Butters Bridge at its north end. Bridge access is possible from the south end (Denman Prospect) just for the view. (Stand 6 February 2021)

More about Namarag Molonglo Special Purpose Reserve found here and here.

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West ACT: riding on gravel

It has been said there is good riding in the ACT. Namadgi National Park and behind that Brindabella National Park are close to Canberra. That makes them interesting, however, none of the rides are short. The ACT Environment website provides information about the management trails.

Update 24 April 2021 Namadgi National Park

Namadgi National Park has been closed for over a year and now some sections have opened again. The gravel section of Boboyan Road is in poor condition and a 4WD is recommended. Orroral Valley Road is closed leaving just Apollo Road open.

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More talk about torque

E-bikes have an electric motor. The regulation is measured in power (Watts) but its performance, particularly for mountain bikes, depends on torque (Nm). Making sense of this is not easy. Everybody gets confused. Some understanding will help with your e-bike shopping.

The simple answer is that for flat country torque is not so important but the steeper it gets the more torque counts. At maximum torque on a hill, the bike will stall, and from that point, you will be pushing. That’s why cargo bikes and mountain bikes are sold with motors with the highest torque.

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Piccadilly Circus calling

There is a good gravel, publicly accessible road there, as well as a nice picnic area with facilities close by. In winter you may find snow. Paradise and bliss! It is one of the most civilised, high up places in the ACT at the top of a 600m continuous rise. What is not to like?

Admittedly, fitness may be a problem. The round trip from Stromlo Forest Park is around 73km and it’s a total climb of around 1700m. Here is a little information about getting there.

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