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33 minutes ago, ironpo said:

How far is Wivenhoe from Ipswich?

were do you swim EX?

 

Wivenhoe's about 30mins from Ipswich, down the Brisbane Valley HWY through Fernvale. Plenty of decent campgrounds at the lake. Small towns nearby, but not sure if there's much accom in them. They used to run an OD there a few years back and just used the roads at the lake, but there are plenty of country roads around to go longer.

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there is a good loop we from port down to Lauriton, out to kew, along the freeway for 5k or so, in through wauchope and out to telegraph point then back into port, which is about 160k, if you added in an out and back to Lorne and out and back to Papinbarra you're getting up around 230-240k.  That would test a lot of people and you could easily find the extra 40k required when coming back into town or by adding an out and back at the start and finish to settlement point would get it close.

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43 minutes ago, ironpo said:

How far is Wivenhoe from Ipswich?

were do you swim EX?

 

bRace provided the details around location. Excellent riding options either on the main road or off on the side roads. Some of them are very quiet.

I swim at Enoggera Reservoir. It's only 8km from the Brisbane CBD, so accom isn't an issue. Getting a good ride could be an issue, though if they don't mind starting the ride with a mountain climb, they could head straight away from Brisbane on rural roads. You could always specify MTB, and trail running, then their are few better places around.

If you did a loop course in the lake you'd get 5 to 6km.

 

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1 hour ago, Paul Every said:

Lake Keepit was first that I thought of. Did Tamworth Tri there in 1985.

Tamworth isn't short of accommodation either.

What are some of the minor roads leading up into the Great Dividing Range like?

It's still Tamworth though, if there, no need for a penalty box as the competitors have been punished enough already

Roads up there, particularly along the Tamworth stretch over the range are windy.  If coming from Sydney / Newcastle would be better going through Muswellbrook, from Brissie up Cunninghams gap or through Casino and down the NE Highway.  Tamworth (and Armidale) does have a decent airport with it though which many of the other options mentioned so far don't.  Don't know how the regional planes would handle too many bike boxes though

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Might be getting too far south, but Mudgee seems to put the same type of yuppies that get attracted to Noosa in a spin when they think country.  Lake Windameyer just south could be an option for the swim.  Fair bit of accomodation around town

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58 minutes ago, Paul Every said:

There is some brilliant cycling on quiet roads in that area. You just have to think west of the Pacific Highway.

Swim in the river at Wauchope. The road up to Comboyne is a decent climb. Is it sealed all the way to Wingham?

 

1 hour ago, RunBrettRun said:

fair enough, maybe it says a bit that I haven't been on the road in port in almost 3 months.  But there is a few decent rides we have done where while the road surface isn't great I've never felt particularly unsafe.

There must be some good safe roads around and out past  wauhope 

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2 minutes ago, ironpo said:

 

There must be some good safe roads around and out past  wauhope 

Yes, that's the area both RBR and I were referring to.

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6 minutes ago, Cottoneyes said:

It's still Tamworth though, if there, no need for a penalty box as the competitors have been punished enough already

Roads up there, particularly along the Tamworth stretch over the range are windy.  If coming from Sydney / Newcastle would be better going through Muswellbrook, from Brissie up Cunninghams gap or through Casino and down the NE Highway.  Tamworth (and Armidale) does have a decent airport with it though which many of the other options mentioned so far don't.  Don't know how the regional planes would handle too many bike boxes though

I was thinking of the roads over the range for a cycle course, rather than a driving route.

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4 minutes ago, Paul Every said:

I was thinking of the roads over the range for a cycle course, rather than a driving route.

Go west, rather than over the range, still some hills that way but far less traffic

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3 hours ago, ironpo said:

This would be great 

just a bit too far from everywhere 

Closer than Gundi HoW, which gets people from all over.  Inverell also has a Tri Club who could assist.  Inverell also now has an air-service from Brisbane on Fly Corporate (fairly small planes though - 20 seats?).  Copeton Dam is really nice freshwater - with huge murray cod and yellowbelly to be caught when the racing is done.  Also has quite an extensive camp ground with nice cabins.  And an MTB track close by.

1 hour ago, Paul Every said:

Lake Keepit was first that I thought of. Did Tamworth Tri there in 1985.

Tamworth isn't short of accommodation either.

What are some of the minor roads leading up into the Great Dividing Range like?

Yup, have also done one there.

46 minutes ago, Cottoneyes said:

It's still Tamworth though, if there, no need for a penalty box as the competitors have been punished enough already

Roads up there, particularly along the Tamworth stretch over the range are windy.  If coming from Sydney / Newcastle would be better going through Muswellbrook, from Brissie up Cunninghams gap or through Casino and down the NE Highway.  Tamworth (and Armidale) does have a decent airport with it though which many of the other options mentioned so far don't.  Don't know how the regional planes would handle too many bike boxes though

NE Highway from Sydney (4.5hrs) or Brisbane (7hrs).  Tamworth has the larger Qantas Link planes compared to Armidale.  You can fly direct from Syd or Brisb to either though, though the planes into Armidale (and Inverell) from Brisb are smaller and could hold limited bikes.

Malpas Dam 20km north or Armidale is another option (they row & sail on it) but only if the ride was on MTBs not roadies/TTs.  Keepit and Copeton both give great opportunities for an off-road tri with MTBs.

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IP I just mapped out the ride I was talking about, it is 240k with 2500m of climbing on some of the roughest roads in australia ;)

 

not sure if this will work....   http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1860669731

i think you have to sign up to be able to view it.

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22 minutes ago, RunBrettRun said:

IP I just mapped out the ride I was talking about, it is 240k with 2500m of climbing on some of the roughest roads in australia ;)

 

not sure if this will work....   http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1860669731

i think you have to sign up to be able to view it.

 Can't see the route but I'm sure it's a good one 

main issue is road safety , shoulders , traffic volume etc and also road conditions 

seriously how tough are they once you get away from port , probably typlical country nsw roads which are the roughest roads in oz by my experience 

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34 minutes ago, RunBrettRun said:

come for a weekend on your way home from Um and we can go explore.

 

Or just ask Shuffla

Will do

he will be here in a few days

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10 hours ago, Ruley said:

Lennox heads or balina is great for open water swimming 

Dorsal Alert is my favourite app, whenever I go to ballina for work, i go for a swim in the surf  at lighthouse beach very early, I go out the back, Im having very dark thoughts the entire time and thank god when I come in in one piece. 

 

the river would be good though, need to get the tides right i suspect

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3 hours ago, Oompa Loompa said:

Dorsal Alert is my favourite app, whenever I go to ballina for work, i go for a swim in the surf  at lighthouse beach very early, I go out the back, Im having very dark thoughts the entire time and thank god when I come in in one piece. 

 

the river would be good though, need to get the tides right i suspect

Your to big for them to eat

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18 hours ago, Ruley said:

Lennox heads or balina is great for open water swimming 

Agree. Lennox head

great spot. Fly into Gold Coast. 30 min drive. 

 

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15 hours ago, ironpo said:

seriously how tough are they once you get away from port , probably typlical country nsw roads which are the roughest roads in oz by my experience 

Yeah but....no but.  Is it UltraMan or PussyBoy? :wink1:

On that, my Mrs & her friends did that Syd to Gong MS ride the other week.  They'd heard horror stories about how hard the hills were blah blah.  Said it was a piece of piss, easiest 83kms they'd ridden.  But all these fit looking blokes with expensive gear and shaved legs walking their bikes up the hills :rolleyes:  Typical NSW country roads are character building.

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1 hour ago, ComfortablyNumb said:

On that, my Mrs & her friends did that Syd to Gong MS ride the other week.  They'd heard horror stories about how hard the hills were blah blah.  Said it was a piece of piss, easiest 83kms they'd ridden.  But all these fit looking blokes with expensive gear and shaved legs walking their bikes up the hills :rolleyes:  Typical NSW country roads are character building.

Exactly.  The typical bloke doing the Gong ride  probably sits in groups of 30 rolling around the smoothest, flattest roads they can find and then tell their work mates about their epic ride on the weekend. 

Disclosure that I haven't ridden more than 50k in about 5 years :lol:

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1 hour ago, ComfortablyNumb said:

Yeah but....no but.  Is it UltraMan or PussyBoy? :wink1:

On that, my Mrs & her friends did that Syd to Gong MS ride the other week.  They'd heard horror stories about how hard the hills were blah blah.  Said it was a piece of piss, easiest 83kms they'd ridden.  But all these fit looking blokes with expensive gear and shaved legs walking their bikes up the hills :rolleyes:  Typical NSW country roads are character building.

Who said it's an ultraman ??.

 Nuffin to do with hills , hills are good , it's more the unsafe surface , shoulders etc 

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