Road Rides

These rides are on surfaced roads, and are suitable for road bikes.

R1. Hamiltons Crossing Loop

A moderate ‘go to’ loop of 35 km, which gets you on to some quiet rural roads. See a description of the route, a map and a GPX file.

R2. Nuggetty Circuit

An easy, gently undulating ride of 15 km around the Nuggetty Range that offers great views to the west, and some historic features. See a description of the ride, a map and a GPX file.

R3. Bradford Hills

A moderate ‘out and back’ road ride of 32 km on quiet roads through farming land. See a description of the route, a map and a GPX file.

R4. Cairn Curran Loop

A moderately hard, scenic 48 km ride with a lengthy stretch on quiet roads. There is a description of the ride, a map and a GPX file. The country to the west of Cairn Curran is quite open. This ride can be done clockwise or anti-clockwise – check the wind direction first.

R5. Mount Tarrengower Climb

A climbing test of 2 km at close to 10% average gradient.  A great workout if you are time poor or want maximum reward for time invested! There is a description of the ride, a PDF map (the same as for R6) and a GPX file.

R6. Maldon Township Ride

This is a short, relatively easy ride (with a few hills) around Maldon to see some of the historic sites. A description of the ride, a PDF map (the same as for R5) and a GPX file can be downloaded.

R7. Maldon – Maryborough and return

This is a moderate ride to the town of Maryborough, mostly on quiet roads. A description of the ride, a printable PDF map (the same as for R7V & R8) and a GPX file are available.

R7V. Maldon – Maryborough and return (longer variant)

This is a slightly longer version of the Maldon-Maryborough ride. A ride description, a PDF map (the same as for R7 & R8) and a GPX file can be downloaded.

R8. Maldon – Dunolly – Maryborough Loop

A moderate but longer ride of 96 km on mostly quiet roads. A description of the ride, a PDF map (the same as for R7 and R7V) and a GPX file can be downloaded.

R9. Maldon – Bridgewater and return, via Arnold and Llanelly

A longer ride of 107 km with a total climb of 543 m . A ride description, a printable PDF map and a GPX file can be downloaded.

R10. Maldon – Malmsbury and return

A longer ride of 102 km with a total climb of 1,070 m, via Harcourt, and the old Calder Hwy through Faraday, Elphinstone and Taradale to Malmsbury. The return to Maldon via Expedition Pass Reservoir passes through Chewton and Castlemaine. A ride description, a printable PDF map (the same as for R11), and a GPX file can be downloaded.

R11. Maldon – Harcourt – Golden Point – Castlemaine Loop

This is a truncated version of the Maldon-Malmsbury ride via Harcourt, and then Harmony Way through Faraday before returning to Maldon via Golden Point, Expedition Pass Reservoir, Chewton and Castlemaine. The total distance is 64.1 km with an elevation gain of 675 m. A ride description, a printable PDF map (the same as for R10) and a GPX file can be downloaded.

R12. Maldon – Newstead – Guildford – Fryerstown – Castlemaine

An interesting ride through rolling hills to the south of Castlemaine with remnants of the gold mining days.  Good coffee, pies, cakes etc. available at Guildford General Store and several cafés in Castlemaine. The total distance is72.6 km, with an elevation gain of 847 m. A ride description, a printable PDF map (the same as for R13), and a GPX file can be downloaded.

R13. Maldon – Yapeen and return

This is a pleasant 56 km ride of medium difficulty with a total climb of 462 m.  From Maldon you ride along the Maldon-Castlemaine Rd to Muckleford, and head south to Pyrenees Hwy heading for Yapeen.  From Yapeen, the ride returns to Maldon Via Campbells Creek, Castlemaine and Walmer. A ride description, a PDF map (the same as for R12) and a GPX file can be downloaded.

R14. Maldon – Leanganook (Mt Alexander) and return via Castlemaine

This is a more difficult ride of 71.3 km with a total climb of 996 m.  The ride follows Fogartys Gap Rd and Harmony Way towards Harcourt before climbing Leanganook (Mt Alexander) with a 12% gradient in places)  It returns to Maldon via Golden Point, Expedition Pass Reservoir, Chewton and Castlemaine. A ride description, a PDF map, and a GPX file can be downloaded.

R15. Maldon – Daylesford and return

This is a harder ride of 96 km with some steep climbs. From Maldon the ride passes through Newstead and then climbs steadily through scenic grazing and bushland that shows remnants of gold exploration and Swiss-Italian settlement in the 1860s (Yandoit, Hepburn), before reaching the historic gold town of Daylesford. The return route includes a short deviation to Mt Franklin, an extinct cinder cone volcanic crater. A ride description, a printable PDF map and a GPX file can be downloaded.