Road Rides

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

NOTE RE ROAD CONDITIONS

Works on Fogartys Gap Rd near Woodbrook Rd make this section of road often impassable for road bikes, especially after heavy rain.

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 digital map

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 digital map

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 digital map.

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 digital map. This ride can be done in either direction – check the wind first. The country to the west of Cairn Curran is quite open.

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, and a digital map.

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, and a digital map can be downloaded. The map is the same one as the R5 map.

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 digital map are available. There is also a Google Earth (KMZ) map for this ride.

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 digital map 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 digital map 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 digital map can be downloaded.

R10. Maldon – Malmsbury and return

A longer ride of 102 km with a total climb of 1,070, 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, and a digital map can be downloaded.

R12. 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 digital map can be downloaded.