Barker College to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
146km | 1299m Elevation
Day one kicks off at Barker College in Hornsby, with riders travelling under police escort to the iconic Old Pacific Highway where they will begin their descent to the Hawkesbury River from Cowan. Crossing the Hawkesbury Bridge at Brooklyn, riders will start the climb to Mount White before reaching the tiny township of Calga and passing through Peats Ridge. The first coffee stop awaits at Kulnura.
Back on the bike fully charged, riders will travel through the bushland beauty of Bucketty and Laguna to the quaint village town of Wollombi for a well-earned lunch. The last leg of day one takes riders along Wollombi Road to Cessnock, the gateway to the vineyards of the Hunter Valley. The day finishes with massages and a presentation dinner at the stunning Crowne Plaza Resort in Lovedale.
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley to Calais Estate Winery
97km | 1019m Elevation
Day 2 takes riders through picturesque vineyard country before finishing at Calais Estate where a relaxed long lunch awaits.
It may be beautiful, but this is an undulating and challenging course – the road is bumpy in sections but the scenery is unforgettable. Riders will see the Hunter Valley in all its glory, spending the morning cycling through the rolling vineyards of Lovedale, then the townships of Keinbah, Bishops Bridge and Telarah before crossing the New England Highway to the scenic rural country side around Aberglasslyn.
The ride finishes at the one of the showpieces of the Hunter – the boutique Calais Estate winery. Riders will celebrate their epic achievement with family and friends at a relaxed long luncheon with sweeping views of the beautiful vineyard.