Barker College to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
146km | 1686m 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
104km | 880m Elevation
Day 2 takes riders through picturesque vineyard country before finishing at Calais Estate where a relaxed long lunch awaits.
This is a beautiful route through two wine country regions – the road is bumpy in sections but the scenery is unforgettable. Riders will see the Hunter Valley in all its glory, heading out through the heart of the vineyards, Central Pokolbin and onto the Broke Fordwich region. Our scenic tour loops through the rural town of Bulga and then back into Broke via Fordwich, before heading to one of the most picturesque estates in the Hunter Valley. Riders will stretch their legs and break for morning tea before hitting the road back to Pokolbin, taking in more of the local vineyard scenery on the way.
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 Estate.