After an awesome but somewhat brutal inaugural Grove Grind 100, our Autumn edition will be a little different. On May 18th, join us for a more subdued gravel loop around the Colo River, located about 1.5 hours’ drive north-west of Sydney’s CBD.
For Grove Grind Colo we’ve put together two route options to suit riders of varying ability. Both routes start together with a flat 5km of tarmac before we hit the glorious gravel. 13km in the 64km Chillers Loop tackle their big climb of the day while the 82km Hitters Loop ventures up Comleroy Rd for a scenic 18km out & back with an extra 500m of climbing. The Hitters pace will be fast because their mission is to catch the Chillers before they finish!
This is not a sanctioned event, just a group of like-minded individuals going for a ride together. The ride is unsupported, so you'll need to be self-sufficient and well prepared. Key things you should consider are:
Appropriate bike. Gravel/CX bikes will be optimal. MTBs are welcome though may be slow on the road sectors. Road bikes are not recommended.
Suitable tyre set up. Sections of the route encounter corrugated, rocky and sandy surfaces. We recommend a minimum tyre width of 32mm, but you’ll have more fun, control and flat-free speed with 40mm or more. Tubeless is highly recommended.
Food & water. Expect to be riding for 3 to 5 hours. There is no water refill opportunity, so you need to carry enough water and food to get you through the ride.
Know the route. This ride is not guided and groups will likely spread out. It is your responsibility to know where you are and where you’re going. The routes can be found on Strava (above) and the GPX files can be downloaded here. If you need help getting the route on your GPS device, please send us an email and we’d be happy to help.
Be safe & courteous. The roads are open, there is no route signage and you should expect to see some vehicles. Road rules apply. Don’t be a knob.
PARKING: Enter the field through the gate on the left of Colo Riverside. Follow the Grove Grind Parking signs.
START TIME: From 08:00 for coffee & lunch order, roll out 09:00
WATER: There are NO water refill points during the ride. Bring enough water and food to get you through.
LUNCH/FINISH: Colo Riverside have a special lunch menu for Grove Grind riders. To assist their prep, please put in your meal preference at the cafe before starting the ride. Upon your return, pay for your meal at the bar (out the back) and share stories from the ride over milkshakes, burgers and beers.
VOTE: There should be plenty of time to hang out together after the ride and still make it home to vote.
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Cycling Tips' Tech Editor and self-confessed tool hoarder, David Rome, put the Grove R.A.D Force LTD through its paces for three months before dropping an incredibly insightful review on cyclingtips.com