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NOTICE October 7, 2021 — Rides and events are going ahead from Monday 11th, following the latest health notices.

The current maximum will be set by the ride organiser up to a maximum of 30. All must be vaccinated. At the moment we are assuming we will have to check vaccination certificates, so please have these available.

As usual, if you are isolating or have symptoms please do not join the ride, or leave the ride.

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Bike Leichhardt is a community group which runs regular bike rides and seeks better cycling facilities in and around the Leichhardt area in Inner West Sydney. We also organize weekend and multi-day tours around NSW and beyond.

Bike Leichhardt warmly welcomes new riders on our rides. We cater for all fitness levels and interests with rides ranging from 20-30 km for beginners to longer and more challenging rides of 50-100 km, to a variety of destinations. Something for everyone! The first Sunday of each month is generally an Easy Ride and is suitable for beginners or those returning to cycling after a break.

All our rides are free, however we kindly request that, if you like riding with us, you become a Paid-Up/Financial Member after a couple of rides with Bike Leichhardt.

Join Bike Leichhardt

Membership is only $10 per calendar year. You can pay anytime by cash to a ride leader or electronically into our account. Details of BSB and account nos (http://www.bikeleichhardt.org/bp/about/)can be found on our website, or ask a ride leader. If you pay after September you get membership for the following year as well. Please email us on info@bikeleichhardt.org to say you have paid, and with your address and phone no plus an emergency contact no for our records.

Some of our rides are listed here: https://www.meetup.com/Bike-Leichhardt/ pages/20328965/Maps_and_Rides (https://www.meetup.com/Bike-Leichhardt/pages/20328965/Maps_and_Rides)

and see them on a map here (scroll down to the bottom): http://www.ridewithgps.com/events/51182-bike-leichhardt-rides

Main website http://www.bikeleichhardt.org . We are on Facebook too, @bikeleichhardt, and tweet us on @Fractal10

Bike Leichhardt Inc is affiliated with Bicycle NSW, the peak body for cyclists in NSW. Bike Leichhardt has been an Incorporated Association since October 2010.

The old Calendar View is here, and the old Pages is here.

Upcoming events (4+)

Freshwater Beach for a swim

Bar Italia

Time: 8:30 AM Bar Italia, Norton Street Leichhardt
Distance: 35 k Grade: Medium.

RESTRICTIONS
- Riders must be double-vaccinated and show proof (phone or printed)
- The ride is limited to 20 riders
- Social distancing applies while riding and during stops
- Bike Leichhardt financial members only (paid $10 in 2021)
- Riders must not attend if sick, have cold or flu or flu-like symptoms

WHAT WE WILL DO
Ride Details. Meet at Bar Italia at 8:20 for an 8:30 start. Ride thru the city and across the bridge to Milsons Point for a second meeting point at 9:15. Ride through North Sydney and the back of Cremorne on quiet streets. Over the Spit Bridge, down past Manly golf course and up and over the hill into Freshwater Beach. Stop for about 40 minutes for a swim and coffee. Then return to Manly before catching the ferry back to the city, with a return ride to Leichhardt.
The ride is medium with a few significant hills - traffic is generally light. Ebikes - be aware of the steps down the north side of the Bridge.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR THIS RIDE: A bike in good mechanical order; helmet; water bottle; and spare inner tube(s) in case of puncture.

REGROUP: We will regroup a number of times on the ride, so please ride behind the Ride Leader to avoid any confusion.

Ride Leader: Bob Dunn[masked]

A Breakfast/Brunch Ride to Balls Head Reserve

Balls Head Reserve

Time: 8:30 AM Bar Italia, Norton Street Leichhardt
Distance: 30k Grade: Medium.

RESTRICTIONS
- Riders must be double-vaccinated and show proof (phone or printed)
- The ride is limited to 30 riders
- Social distancing applies while riding and during stops
- Bike Leichhardt financial members only (paid $10 in 2021)
- Riders must not attend if sick, have cold or flu or flu-like symptoms

WHAT WE WILL DO
There are two options: find your own way to Balls Head and meetup for Breakfast at Balls Head at 10am, or
meet at Bar Italia where two Ride Leaders namely David Halloran and Jamie Honan will lead to Balls Head Reserve via Anzac Bridge and the Harbour Bridge.
The route back will be via the Greenwich Ferry to Woolwich then ride through Hunters Hill, Birkenhead, along the bay and back to Leichhardt.

Bring your own buttered roll or bun and I will provide the eggs, bacon, tomato and onions for a small fee. Our club Treasurer may feel generous and chip in a few $$. I will need helpers to cook.
On our back after breakfast we will drop in for a coffee at the Sustainability Centre.

This will be a fun morning, great views of the city not to mention good Tucker on offer. Got to keep the momentum going, have a sickie or just work from Balls Head. Would love to catch up with a few riders I have not seen for awhile.

The ride is medium - traffic is generally light.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR THIS RIDE: A bike in good mechanical order; helmet; water bottle; and spare inner tube(s) in case of puncture.

We will keep an eye on the weather because the event cant happen if it rains. For any queries ring me.
Contact Mike mob[masked]

Leppington to Penrith, ++?

Leppington Railway Station

Cruise 34 flat-ish km [+250M] Leppington to Penrith, then optionally continue north.

Country feel, NOT suburbia. Panoramic views, including Blue Mtns.

24 km on paths, mostly new paths aside Bringelly Rd and The Northern Rd, both now spectacularly wide. Remainder is on shoulders of busy roads and on backstreets.

Come see where our billions went! https://roads-waterways.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/the-northern-road/index.html

We'll coffee after 16km (10:45?) at Gemma-Lee's, Luddenham.
We'll lunch near Penrith Station (1pm?).

Trains east from Penrith are on the quarter hour, taking 54 minutes to Strathfield and 70 minutes to Central.

RESTRICTIONS
- Riders MUST be double-vaccinated and show proof (phone or printed)
- Social distancing applies while riding and during stops
- Bike Leichhardt financial members only (paid $10 in 2021)
- Riders must not attend if sick, have cold or flu or flu-like symptoms
- Must bring mask

Optionally continue somewhat faster to
East Richmond Rail Station (add 20km, +70M)
Vineyard Rail Station (add 32km, +140M)
Tallawong Metro Station (add 40km, +220M)
(Beware, no trains on Northern Line, e.g. Epping to Strathfield)

Regroups: At traffic lights, approx every km; at photo ops.
Grade: Easy-Medium to Penrith, thence Medium

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36453499

GETTING TO START
Forget the car, we don't return anywhere near start.

Train ONE option:
Ashfield P5 8:25, Burwood P6 8:28, Strathfield P8 8:31, ...
This goes via Granville, arr. Leppington 9:27

OR, repeat OR, Train TWO:
Circular Quay P2 8:28, Central P23 8:37, ... Wolli Creek P2 8:51
Alight at Glenfield (8:16) and cross platform to the above Train ONE.
These trains are synchronised at Glenfield; one waits for the other.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR THIS RIDE
MASK! VAX PROOF!
A bike in good mechanical order; helmet; water bottle; and spare inner tube(s) in case of puncture.

Ride Leader: Richard Kelly,[masked]

Region Freedom: Thirroul to Minnamurra, +?

Martin Place Cafe and book lounge

50km [+310M] cruise-pace Thirroul to Minnamurra; flat-ish, mainly paths.

RESTRICTIONS
- Riders MUST be double-vaccinated and show proof (phone or printed)
- Social distancing applies while riding and during stops
- Bike Leichhardt financial members only (paid $10 in 2021)
- Riders must not attend if sick, have cold or flu or flu-like symptoms
- Must bring mask

START
We catch the 8-car Oscar train leaving Martin Place at 8:07, TH 8:10, Central 8:13, ...

At Thirroul (9:43) riders exit west to nearby "Martin Place Cafe" for a coffee, and await arrival of Prolog riders.

PROLOG option
This option is suitable only for riders OK with fast vehicles passing close, who can sustain 25kph on flat smooth surfaces, and climb OK! 17km [+270M] after alighting at Otford Station (9:13). No time for photography, and no coffee!

MAIN RIDE
About 10:15, we all cross the train-line at Thirroul Station and soon join the "Coast" Path, CRUISING!

We'll lunch in Pelican Park, Lake Illawarra after 37km. BYO or buy at LI Kiosk or nearby Pep's.

We'll aim for the 8-car Oscar train home from Minnamurra at 2:02, else the 4-car Oscar at 3:02. (2 hours to Central).

EPILOG option
Hilly 9km [+150M] on to Kiama Stn via Blowhole (else 7km direct), with some tough short climbs. Trains from Kiama at hh:55.

ROUTES:
Prolog (Otford - Thirroul) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37798955
Main (Thirroul - Minnamurra) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37798974
Epilog (Minnamurra - Kiama) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37799204

Rail-bail options for much of routes.

Please nominate in a Comment whether intending Prolog and/or Epilog, and at which station you intend to join the train.

Please contact leader if concerned about handling this ride (Richard,[masked]).

Past Events

Tour de Balmain 2021

Pioneers Memorial Park

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