Published on May 10, 2022
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 farm buildings and sheds.
This is a route that doesn’t get ridden by a lot of locals but it’s worth the effort if you’re looking for an alternative to the Pinnacle.
The road condition is rough just after crossing the Northern Distributor, particularly the section around Suma Park Dam but it does improve once you ride over Summer Hill Creek.
Watch Out For
Road Condition: As with most Orange roads, the condition varies. There is quite a lot of patching on this route. The rest of the route is OK.
Traffic: A quiet-ish route for the most part, but it can get busier close to town. Be careful crossing the Northern Distributor and on Dalton Street near the railway crossing & Leeds Parade.
Variations / Extensions
Extra Climbing: Instead of turning around at the pine forest, keep heading out along Icely Road until you reach Lewis Ponds. You’ll be rewarded with some fast downhills which must then turn into steep climbs heading back.
Lewis Ponds: Turn this route in to a 2hr loop including an 8km gravel section by continuing along Icely Road to Lewis Ponds then turning left on to Dry Creek Road.