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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Mount Stromlo to the Murrumbidgee River

A rideable corridor to the Murrumbidgee River came up again with the release of “The best of Canberra mountain bike experience” report this week. Here is the proposed route. 

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Canberra Centenary Trail without the suburbs

The Canberra Centenary Trail (CCT) is a nice ride with the exception that so much is through the suburbs. Without directional signage through the suburbs, Komoot will be required to find our way. Canberra.bike suggests that we may as well stay on dirt roads.

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Much to like about Stromlo

Mount Stromlo and Stromlo Forest Park are favourites for many Canberrans. Here are a few reasons to head that way soon. Stromlo Forest Park is an easy ride if you live in the Woden Valley and Weston Creek. For those in the north, surprisingly even Civic and Belconnen are surprisingly distant.

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The Spine, Isaacs Ridge

In 2015 a study was carried out for the ACT Government reviewing mountain biking in Long Gully Pine Plantation. The report is attached and holds many interesting details. The Spine has been mentioned previously as it is accessible to everybody. It is certainly worth a look. The route “Isaacs Ridge peak from Woden Bus Station” follows The Spin up the hill.

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Isaac Ridge peak from Woden Bus Station

Take the bus to Woden. Ride to the peak of Isaac Ridge ride and back. First a gentle climb along a good bike path to the southern end of the ridge before doubling back for the second half of the climb and the ascent to the ridge along The Spine singletrack. The ridge is then mostly flat until just before the peak.

Descend from the peak to the bike path and back to the bus. The descent is steep but is a good road. If you do not like steep, turn around at the peak and ride back to the bus station the way you came up.

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Long Gully Pine Plantation, Isaacs Ridge

Ride a good bike path, flat and fast gravel, climb a hill or singletrack, and combine it as you wish. There are advanced downhill routes, too, but that is for another day. These rides centre around the Long Gully Pine Plantation at Isaacs Ridge.

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Recreational cycling close to home

Why not cycle from home? There is a Canberra Nature Park within 500m from home for 75% of Canberrans. CyclOSM helps you find a ride at your doorstep by highlighting all the bike paths.

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ACT Environment’s advice to cyclists

The ACT Environment is very accomodating. I think it’s worth noting their advice to cyclists. I will highlight interesting information from ACT Environment in the coming weeks. 

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