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Welcome Note: Phoebe Dunn

 

      Welcome to the 9th Amy's Share the Road Tour...read more from Phoebe

 

 

 

 

    

Tour Dates

 

10 November - 17 November 2017

 

Tour Itinerary

 

The Share the Road Tour is a showcase of the Australian ride.  Iconic Australian vistas will challenge the riders on stages designed for the tenacious and brave.

Our spectacular course will start in Coolangatta and press on to Sydney. Our goal is to highlight to the NSW Government the importance of making 'a metre matters' law as their trial period of minimum passing distances draws to a close.

The 2017 Share the Road Tour is your chance to ride with celebrity pro’s, fantastically accessible who will share tips, skills and their ongoing passion for the ride on each of the challenging stages.

 

Inclusions

Eight nights accommodation

Daily breakfast, lunch and all dinners
Daily rides
Professional Ride Hosts and celebrity guests
Professional mechanic and staff on all rides
Support vehicle on all rides
Sports nutrition/fluids water and spares
AGF 2017 STRT Kit
Hotel transfers


Exclusions

Meals and snacks other than those specified
Drinks other than those specified
Bikes and all equipment required to ride safely
*Insurance

 

*Under our agreement with Cycling Australia, all participants must have a current Cycling Australia membership covering the duration of the event. If you do not have one, we will organise a temporary Cycling Australia membership on your behalf.


Friday 10 November 2017 


Welcome to Coolangatta.  Your accommodation tonight is at the Mantra Twin Towers,
Griffith St & Wharf Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485
Check in:  anytime after 1400
Your Tour starts at 1600:  Bike set up and welcome  
Join us in the Lobby at 1900 for the AGF_2017Share the Road Tour Welcome meal.  

For more details ...(insert link)

 

 

Saturday 11 November 2017, Day 1

 

 

Today's Ride: 116km

Ride Link:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22600945

 

Today is our first day and the 2017 Share the Road Tour will adhere to traditions. We will hit the ground riding with a scheduled distance of 116km and elevation aggregates of 1500metres.

 

There are many traditions in cycling, one of which is the grupetto ride.  The first 8kms of today’s ride is relatively flat and will be a group ride out of town.

 

Each day the groups will break up and roll out on a self-selected basis. While your commitment to the journey is unquestioned, it is challenged at times by our schedule, and so we will provide as many options as we can to make the ride better for you.

 

Today at the 8km point we have our first climbing test, and it is here that we expect the peloton to break up into the groups that will possibly form the nexus of our rides for the remainder of the tour.

 

We bypass Byron Bay for a hilly finale en-route to Lennox Heads and our new accommodation for the night.

 

 

 

Sunday 12 November 2017, Day 2

 

 

Todays Rides: 180km

Ride Link:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22602206

 

Today we leave the tranquillity of Lennox Heads for Yamba, a historic coastal town nestled on the mouth of the Clarence River on what will be the longest ride of our tour.

 

We will roll out in our groups as the most challenging segments of the ride are in the morning session.  The elevation aggregate is not huge but the steep pinches on each of the hills will hurt.

 

We do need to save some energy for the afternoon session.  A bumpy 45kms on the highway will demand concentration, the groups will roll out in sequence with a mind to the traffic.

 

 

 

Monday 13 November 2017, Day 3

 

 

Today’s ride: 147km

Ride Link:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22602725

 

We leave the small port town of Yamba in staggered groups on a ride that will arguably be the most scenic of the tour.  

 

The first half of the ride is relatively flat till Grafton. We will navigate through this busy town resplendent with purple roundabouts, into a changing hilly terrain. Undulating hills will bisect the bush, farm land and magnificent rainforest where the tall white gums create an amazing silhouette in the green shadow of the canopied road.

 

The rolling hills will continue after lunch, each short and sharp, and will precede a gorgeous descent into Coffs Harbour.

 

 

Tuesday 14 November 2017, Day 4

 

 

Today’s ride: 172km

Ride Link:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22572776

 

A long hilly day will present riders with classic hinterland riding. Short, sharp undulating hills characterize the route as we progress south, skirting the Pacific Highway and heading inland through the Bongil Bongil National Park. We stop in Gladstone, a surprisingly pretty town nestled on the banks of the Macleay River for lunch from where, recovered we continue our journey along the scenic Belmont River as we head back to the coast.

 

There will be some challenges: bike paths, busy roads, highways and the obligatory gravel segment before finally a ferry crossing as we approach Port Macquarie. Overall, the day will be one of brilliant riding in addition to the simply sensible option of ending the ride at Crescent Head, bypassing the gravel and to have an early massage in town.

 

 

Wednesday 15 November 2017, Day 5

 

 

Today’s ride: 172km

Ride Link:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22572279

 

Leaving Port Macquarie, we start with the obligatory heart thumping warm up.  It's a hard ride out of town but worth the effort as we roll into a lovely 80km segment of relatively flat riding that includes a segment of gravel.

 

We pass through the dense paperbark coastal forest of the Crowdy Bay National park before skirting the mouth of the Manning River and heading slightly inland through forest and farmlands.

 

Returning to the Manning River, we stop for lunch and a slight reprieve in our riding tempo before the long and hilly push to our destination hotel in Bluey's beach.

 

 

 

 

Thursday 16 November 2017, Day 6

 

 

Today’s ride: 178km

Ride Link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22603863

 

We push kilometres out again today, and while the day’s ride will also be one our hilliest to date, it will be a beautiful road.

 

 

The central coast is full of waterways, lakes, national parks and is heavily forested rural zones.  Stage one of today’s journey will be through the Myall Lakes National Park.  The early kilometres will surely pass too quickly, the tranquillity of the scene easing the pain of tired muscles.

 

It really will be a day of changing scenery.  The first and longest segment will be on quiet scenic roads through strangely named towns.  We will even be confronted by one of the oddest urban installations you are likely to encounter on the road from Bulahdelah.

 

 

We will give Newcastle a wide berth, and as our journey ventures south, the ride will skirt Lake Macquarie.  Busy roads and a scene reminiscent of Sydney’s urban beachscapes and roadways will prepare us for the final day into Sydney tomorrow. 

 

 

Friday 17th November 2017, Day 7

 

 

Today’s ride: 131km

Ride Link:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22630264

 

Our last day is not as long as it would seem with a 10km ferry commute approximately half way.  With that in mind, we do have to bury ourselves to make it to the bus stop for the lunch time sailing.

 

 

We start at a good tempo and on smaller roads, but as much as we have avoided the Pacific Highway for many days, today we do have to cope with our fair share of it; it will be busy concentrated riding.

 

 

The turn onto urban Sydney side beach roads breaks the tone, but the day will be one of riding in traffic, and we will ride together.