Challenge Rides Series 2019

Kangaroo Point Cycling Club invites you to challenge yourself in 2019 with our Challenge Rides Series.

These relaxed rides are an extension to our weekly Club Sunday Ride program and will inspire you to get on the bike and try something different, all with a great group of club mates and all guaranteed to be the most memorable rides of the year.

The Challenge Rides are all-inclusive, non-drop rides so no one is ever left behind or dropped off the back. They are designed only to challenge riders - not break them. At some points on some of these rides, i.e. longer climbs or descents, the group will be allowed to break up so riders can go at their own pace but will regroup at a pre-designated point to continue on together. Numbers permitting, some Challenge Rides may also feature two or more groups - i.e. a easy paced group as well as the option to form a faster group for a harder hit out.

If you are new to the Club, please contact the Club Captain prior to attending these rides. 

  • We strongly recommend that you purchase yourself a  Cycling Australia Recreational (Ride) - 3 Month Membership ($30) for your own insurance purposes before your ride, which will also give you 3 months of access to the full range of Membership benefits.

  • Our rides are designed for road bikes, and the use of mountain, triathlon (tri-bars and rear disks) and fixed geared (brakeless) bikes are not permitted on our group rides, primarily for safety reasons.

  • Riders under the age of 16 are to be accompanied by a parent, and should contact the Club Captain beforehand to discuss suitability of the ride. 

  • You should advise the Ride Leader of any relevant medical conditions / special requirements that you might have prior to departing.


26 January | Mt Glorious for Australia Day (or just Mt Nebo if you prefer)

Brisbane Cyclists traditionally challenge themselves with the climbs of Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious for Australia Day where Australian flags, jerseys and national pride is de-riguer. Start your #kpchallengeridesseries with this rewarding climb featuring a quick stop at the Rainforest Cafe atop Mt Glorious (or at one of the cafes in Mt Nebo Village if you decide not to go all the way) before returning for an Australia Day pavlova at My Sweetopia!

  • Departs: 5:30am Goodwill Bridge, South Bank side

  • Distance: 85.3km / +1811m (or Mt Nebo 61.4km / +1195m)

  • Time: 4.5 hours return (or Mt Nebo 3 hours return)

  • Difficulty: 4/5 (moderate ride, difficult climbs) (or Mt Nebo 3/5)

RideWithGPS route link: Mt Glorious (or Mt Nebo)

Contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.


17 February | Nerang to Binna Burra via Beechmont

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Our second Challenge Ride of 2019 is to the mountain retreat of Binna Burra in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland.

The ride takes us from our starting point at Nerang through the settlement of Beechmont and gorgeous scenery to Binna Burra which is 800 metres above sea level. There are long sustained climbs before we reach this lovely mountain getaway where we will take a short cafe break before a magic return down the mountain to Nerang.

  • Departs: 6:30am Hope St, Nerang (park near the Nerang Velodrome)

  • Distance: 73.4km / +1347m

  • Time: 4.5 hours return

  • Difficulty: 4/5 (Easy pace. Hilly, sustained climbs. Moderate-Hard difficulty)

RideWithGPS route link: Nerang to Binna Burra via Beechmont

This is a lovely ride with awesome scenery. While there are sustained climbs, they are generally not difficult. The first climb of 15km averages an easy 4% gradient with the hardest climb being the last 2.5km into Binna Burra at 8.3% (think Mt Coot-tha back) and then you are at the Binna Burra cafe!

Like our other Challenge Rides, this is run as a 'no drop' ride but the group will break up in the last climb as everybody climbs at their own pace. On the earlier climb, we can set the overall pace to keep everybody as close together as possible.  Nobody gets left behind.

We encourage members to car pool to get to/from Nerang on the day. Use TeamApp or Facebook to let others know if you have space in your car for others.


17 March | Sunny Coast Double Loop

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The lovely Sunshine Coast hinterland is the location for our 17 March Challenge Ride.

The Sunny Coast double loop starts at Buck’s Bakery (opposite the train station) commencing with a southern loop out of Landsborough through Peachester and up onto the range.

After a fast, steep descent back down off the range, we’ll pass close by our starting point at Landsborough before completing a northern loop that includes Palmwoods and the climb up to near Monteville on the range.

We finish back at the starting point where the Landsborough Pub awaits you for refreshments.

- Departs: 6:00am Buck’s Bakery, 26 Cribb St, Landsborough
- Distance: 95km. +1685m
- Time: 4.5 hours
- Difficulty 4/5 Easy pace, Undulating with sustained climbs, Hard difficulty

RideWithGPS Route & GPX download:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26966932


22 April (Easter Monday) | Ronde van Brookfield-gem-beek-berg

The Ronde van Brookfield-gem-beek-berg is the Club's annual Spring Classic inspired by the classic races of the World Tour. If you can't make it to the cobbles of the Arenberg Forest for Paris-Roubaix, or to Koppenberg for the Tour of Flanders you should be a part of Ronde van Brookfield-gem-beek-berg!

This ride is a good bit of fun for all Club Members with a parcours that features twisty roads, gravel, 3 infamous climbs; Goud Kreckberg (Gold Creek Rd), Savengberg (Savages Rd) and Opper Brookfieldberg (Upper Brookfield Rd), creek crossings and out-and-back opportunities to have a 'hit out' for bragging rights amongst your club mates on three fingers of the Forest of Brookfield.

Be sure to wear your best / worst retro kit to pay homage to the ‘Classics’ kings; Merckx, De Vlaeminck, Coopi, etc., and bring out your hand-built alloy wheels and steel framed bike from the back of the shed. Refer to the 2013 and 2014 write ups.

Distance options:

  • 3 fingers: 79.9km / +965m (or just 1 finger: Upper Brookfield Rd - approx. 58km)

  • Time: up to 4 hours return

  • Difficulty: 3/5 (moderate ride, easy climbs)

Route link: Ronde van Brookfield-gem-beek-berg

IMPORTANT

Due to well publicised tensions with some Brookfield residents please ensure that the road rules are obeyed at all times, and behavior is considerate of residents that may still be in bed on their Sunday morning:

  • stay to the left hand side of the road at all times and do not cross the center line

  • ride no more than 2 abreast and 'single up' to allow cars to pass

  • refrain from making excessive noise while riding or stopped at each dead-end

RideWithGPS route link: Ronde van Brookfield-gem-beek-berg

Contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.


23 June | Point Lookout, Straddie

This Challenge Ride will take you a little further beyond the boundaries of Brisbane - an extended ride by bike and ferry to Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island.

Timing:

6:15am    Departing the Goodwill Bridge to ride to Cleveland for the ferry
8:00am    Sailing on the Minjerribah Ferry (air-conditioned with licenced cafe on board) to Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island
8:50am    Disembark and ride 23km ride to Point Lookout. This 23km does have some climbing but our path is fully paved. Verge is narrow or non-existent.   

Brunch will be served at The Blue Room upon our arrival. We'll have approximately 1hr:40 mins of leisure time at Point Lookout before we need to start our ride back to the ferry. Get the Speedos wet at Main Beach or take a walk on the "Whales Way" to spot any Humpbacks on their way past from Antartica.

1:00pm    Big Red Cat return to Cleveland then ride to South Brisbane
3:20pm    Approximate arrival at South Brisbane

RideWithGPS route link: Point Lookout, Straddie 

The full route return to South Brisbane is circa 98km of cycling and the rest is via Ferry. The ride should be considered 'medium' difficulty due to the distance and just over 1,000 metres of climbing.

Note this ride is close to a full day out, returning to South Brisbane after 3pm. Be prepared by carrying additional food, electrolyte tabs and sunscreen.

Contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.


14 August (Ekka Wednesday) | O'Reilly's from Canungra

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O'Reilly's climb is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable climbs in South East Queensland. Ride out as a group from the township of Canungra through 10km of farmland, before you reach the first of the grid crossing indicating the start of the climb. The road narrows and winds itself up into the clouds at an average gradient of 4% with views to the Pacific Ocean and Beaudesert. Settle into a comfortable pace and spin your way up the climb before reaching Kamarun Lookout with it's panoramic views after 26km. Either turn around and roll back down the mountain, or venture onto the O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat where the road gets rough and steepens to pinches of 15%. Head back down taking your time to enjoy the decent and regather at the Outpost Café for a coffee and brunch.

RideWithGPS route links: Canungra to O'Reilly's Kamarun Lookout / Canungra to O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

Contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.


30 September | Mt Mee

The beautiful spring weather provides the perfect opportunity for a longer ride to one of the most picturesque climbs in South-East Queensland. The route takes us out through Petrie to Dayboro after which we commence the Mt Mee Road climb at a steady 6-7% for approximately 7km. Loop back via Ocean View Road with a flowing descent and regroup with your club mates at the Dayboro Bakery for a quick bite and drink. We then return via Samford to South Brisbane for rewarding coffee and brunch at MySweetopia.

  • Start: 5:45am Goodwill Bridge, South Bank side

  • Distance: 110km

  • Elevation: +1,506 metres

  • Time: 4.5 - 5 hours

  • Difficulty: 4/5 (long ride, undulated terrain with a moderate climb at Mt Mee)


RideWithGPS route link: Mt Mee

Contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.


TBA (October) | Club Century

The Club Century is a long standing tradition of the Club. It's the one time each year that the full Club rolls out together for a leisurely 100km.

  • Departs: 6:00am Goodwill Bridge, Southbank

  • Distance: 100km (2018 route TBA)

  • Time: 4.5 hours return

  • Difficulty: 3/5 (long ride, flat to undulating)

RideWithGPS route link: TBA

Contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.


11 November | Currumbin - Numinbah Valley Loop

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We have a new route variation for our Numinbah Valley ride this year. We depart from the Currumbin Surf Club carpark at the southern end of the Gold Coast, initially heading north on the Esplanade past Burleigh Heads to Broadbeach. We then turn west through Nerang  and towards dairy flatlands, sugar cane and country charm on the border of New South Wales.  The Numinbah Valley is a gorgeous ride, climbing to a breathtaking border crossing in the shadow of O'Reilly's before descending inside an extinct volcano culdera to the quaint town of Chillingham for a Chocolate Frozen Banana. After a break we continue down the Tweed Valley in to Murwullimbah before making the challenging Tomewin climb to cross back in to Queensland.  We regroup at the top of Tomewin at the border gate before heading back to the coast via the Currumbin Valley and enjoy a beer and burger at the Currumbin Surf Club.

  • Departs: 6:00am Currumbin - at the car park near Currumbin Surf Club

  • Distance: 122km / +1762m

  • Time: 6-7 hours return

  • Difficulty: 5/5 (very long ride, very difficult climbs)

Please RSVP for this ride, and contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.

RideWithGPS route link: Numinbah Valley Loop


8 December | Christmas Lights Ride

Adorn your bike with tinsel and fairy lights; dress up in you best festive cycling kit (KPCC Christmas socks are a must); and strap on your Christmas bells for a ride past some of the best decorated homes in the south east.

The proposed route will be approx. a 36km round trip that should take us around 2 hours including a few stops to admire the lights (click here to see the 2017 route). This route is currently based on last year's 4KQ Christmas Lights Competition entrants and will be updated closer to the date to feature the best of 2018.