The Pinnacle

Road

Below you’ll find a selection of road cycling routes around Orange. Most are local favourites, some of which I have modified to avoid busier roads where possible. The start point for most routes is set to Elephant Park in town for simplicity. Please see local info for useful information about riding in Orange before you start. Note: a few routes have gravel sections. These are marked with a gravel distance percentage and a gravel rating.

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle

24km / 550m / 1hr

Elevation Profile

A beautiful loop that passes through vineyards, orchards and forest with stunning views over the Towac Valley to Mt Canobolas. The most ridden route in Orange.

There’s not a lot of flat on the Pinnacle loop. It’s pretty much up or down. For many cyclists in Orange, the Pinn is the default ride and for good…

Airport Loop

33km / 250m / 1hr

Elevation Profile

One of the flatter routes around town. Ride through open farmland, past the airport and loop back to town.

OK so it’s not totally flat with about 250m elevation, but it is one of the flattest routes around town. Very open and exposed so subject to strong winds. For…

Cullya Loop

Cullya Loop

26km / 345m / 1hr

Elevation Profile

A quick punchy loop north of town, passing through farming country along eucalypt-lined roads.

A short loop north of Orange. Includes a few punchy climbs and scenic, quiet eucalypt lined roads. Heads out towards Clergate then East to Ophir Road before heading back in…

Icely Road

Icely Road

40km / 595m / 1.5hrs

Elevation Profile

A rolling out-and-back ride, filled with short punchy climbs. Perfect when an Easterly is blowing.

An up-and-down out-and-back route. Punchy climbs and some long downhills heading out become steady climbs and short downhills on the way home. The landscape is picturesque farmland dotted with old…

Mulyan Road

Mulyan Road

41km / 325m / 1.5hrs / 13% gravel

Elevation Profile

A nice easy out-and-back ride north of town, with some smooth gravel sections thrown in.

Level 1

A flat to rolling ride north of Orange. Mulyan Road is an out-and-back loop that takes you through the new suburbs of North Orange before and on to Clergate Road….

Mt Canobolas

36km / 907m / 1.75hrs

Elevation Profile

A stunning climb to the highest point west of the Blue Mountains through tall eucalypt forests leading to sweeping views over the Central West.

Beautiful… The best on-road climb in Orange. This route follows the The Pinnacle loop, but turns off at the bottom of Stairs Rd climb to head to the top of…

Old Canobolas Road

Old Canobolas Rd

41km / 816m / 2hrs

Elevation Profile

The harder climb up to Mt Canobolas with steeper grades and no flatter section through the middle. This route takes you past Lake Canobolas.

Steep… Strava says there are some sections at around 23% on the climb. I’m not sure if that’s true but it sure feels like it, this climb is unrelenting and…

Lewis Ponds

55km / 978m / 2hrs / 13% gravel

Elevation Profile

A scenic, hilly route East of Orange, with an 8km gravel section through the middle and a sharp climb through the Eucalypts on the way back.

Level 1

A cracking loop East of Orange. Head out the scenic and nicely rolling Icely Road past Suma Park Dam, then it’s a couple of fast descents to Lewis Ponds. A…

Tallwood

Tallwood

63km / 500m / 2.25hrs

Elevation Profile

The choice of weekend bunch rides. About 2hrs long, relatively flat with a few short punchy climbs.

The bunch ride staple… Both Saturday and Sunday group rides normally do some variation of Tallwood. It’s lightly rolling with a few short sharp punchy climbs along the way –…

Back of Mine

Back of Mine

78km / 1135m / 3hrs

Elevation Profile

One of the best routes in Orange. Pine forests then farmland with sweeping views of the rolling hills to the South. Swing around the bottom of the mine and climb back up to the plateau.

A beautiful ride… some of the most stunning scenery around Orange. The route heads out through the radiata pine forests that sweep the southern slopes of Mt Canobolas, before a…

Guyong Loop

Guyong Loop

98km / 824m / 3.5hrs

Elevation Profile

Ride through picturesque rolling hills to the South and East of Orange taking in the open sparse plains of Blayney & historic Millthorpe.

Rolling roads… A route without challenging hills but with a few bumps along the way, this is perfect for a steady endurance ride. The landscape is picturesque grazing country. A…

Euchareena Loop

Euchareena / Molong

112km / 1412m / 4hrs

Elevation Profile

Head North to Euchareena along Burrendong Way, through Eucalypt forests opening out to beautiful grazing country.

Sparse golden rolling hills… This route takes you North from Orange along the lightly rolling Burrendong Way through the tiny villages of March and Mullion Creek. After riding through Eucalypt…

Molong Manildra Cudal BPR

Molong / BPR

113km / 1772m / 4.25hrs

Elevation Profile

Ride through the plains of the Central West, before attacking Bowan Park Road and Lidster Hill climbs on the way home.

Sweeping views… This is a classic Central West loop. From Orange a largely rolling downhill (admittedly with a few steep pinches on the way) takes you out though Nashdale and…

Hobbys Yards Rd near Blayney

Neville

134km / 1648m / 5hrs

Elevation Profile

Stunning landscapes as you head South from Orange, through Blayney and on to Mandurama with Piggery Hill climb on the way home.

Not quite Neville… OK so this route turns right to Mandurama just before you hit Neville, so it’s not quite but near enough. From Orange this route heads South to…

Euchareena / BPR

150km / 2054m / 5.75hrs

Elevation Profile

A route combining the Euchareena and Bowan Park Road routes into one glorious 150km Central West ride.

A long ride with a sting in the tail… A combined version of the Molong / BPR & Euchareena / Molong loops. This route encompasses some of the best scenery…

To come: Waldegrave Rd, FOM, Bathurst, Newbridge, Cumnock?