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Apr 6, 2021 - That's Tour de Cowra for another year

With 11 of us left at the house and no cycling today, it was a gentle start to the day with a cooked breakfast for a few then some of the guys went to the camp ground to help the Bike North organisers pull down a marquee, as agreed the previous afternoon. When the guys got there at the agreed time they had already taken it down with some help from other club members. The guys had a bit of a chat and then turned around and drove back to the house Meanwhile at the house we were packing up and cleaning before we left. Mandy (house owner)...

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Apr 5, 2021 - Day 4 The traditional house ride - The Chiverton Loop

As has become the tradition for the group staying the Blue Gum Farm Lodge, we all stick together on the last day and ride at the pace of the slowest person. It is a social ride more than anything and the only day we have a chance to ride with everyone in the house. Of course we have some fun too. Leanne B and Helen did not ride out from the house but took the car to the official start point of the ride. Leanne has been gradually increasing her distance ridden since her operation last year so the drive to the start each day was a safety...

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Apr 4, 2021 - Day 3 Wyangala Dam for some.. and not for others

Wyangala Dam is traditionally the difficult ride of the weekend. Tom and Roman had not done it before and so they were keen to attack the climbs to the dam followed by the 7km climb out of the dam, on the 90km loop back to the house. Brian and Goran had done that ride before and nothing was stopping them doing it again. The rest of the riders in the house did the only other ride (56km) on offer today, known as Pine Mount. Not sure if there is a place called Pine Mount but there is certainly a Pine Mount Rd that we followed for quite a bit...

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Apr 3, 2021 - Day 2 Billimari / Goolagong Rides

Another beautiful day in Cowra. Mid to high 20s with clear blue skies. The house group members chose different rides. Goran, Gaylene, Roman, geoff and Leanne M did Goolagong / Billimari loop fir 104km Gerry, Tom did Billimari loop for 71km and Gerry had a flat tyre on the ride back to the house after lunch. Leanne B and I did Billimari there and back for 62km Helen had a rest day Ronnie and Carol enjoyed the local area going their separate ways After light lunch at the Rose Cafe we returned to the house for a rest and a game of Finska...

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Apr 2, 2021 - Day 1 The Woodstock rides

Ride to Woodstock today. Anticlockwise. Some did the shorter route , I did the middle distance as I was testing out how my broken elbow would handle a ride, and others did the longer ride. We all split after the Woodstock Pub. Leanne M, Tom and I rode back together on the middle distance. Lunch at the Rose Garden cafe then a quiet afternoon back at the house. BBQ dinner of lamb chops , sausages, chicken with plum and tomato salad, potato salad and Greek salad. Fresh fruit salad and icecream for dessert!

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Apr 1, 2021 - The clan gets back together again

The good old group get back together again with some newbies to the house and the event, and many ‘oldies’. There are 13 of us in the house this year, and we all arrived at different times and via different routes. Some coming via the blue mountains and Bathurst and the others via Goulburn and Boorawa. With Goran leaving after work and not arriving until 23:00. Tom and I stopped in Blayney for coffee only to find Brian there ,just finishing coffee and an apparently excellent beef and vege pie. Unfortunately no GF snack to be found there...

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Apr 21, 2019 - Day 3 Tour de Cowra Day

Woodstock Loop Distance 60 km. Elevation gain: 540m Nice ride with delightful scenery and great road surfaces Dinner at the Quarry Restaurant with a walking return on unsealed trails through the orchards and vineyards Aziza and wife Larnie joined us at the table

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Apr 19, 2019 - Day 1 Tour de Cowra.

Group ride to Mt Collins distance. 76 km. Elevation gain. 493m As always we split into groups at a pace that felt comfortable. Tom and I mostly rode with Phil B and then a Dutch couple on the way back BBQ dinner with salads and fruit salad and yoghurt for dessert

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Apr 18, 2019 - Uneventful arrival in Cowra

Arrival in Cowra. A late start (after my pilates class) got us to Cowra just after 15:30 followed by paying the balance on the house but forgetting to collect the key at the same time. Uh-oh! Luckily the house was fully open. Meanwhile a quick unload of the car and we left the house to Brian whilst Tom and I (again ) collected the key and did the house shopping until dark 𯘄 Meanwhile geoff arrived followed by Leanne and Goran. We had the traditional first night pizza delivery and others went to bed whilst I stayed up to greet Amanda and...

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Apr 2, 2018 - Day 4 Tour de Cowra

Pinemount Loop with the house group - those left!! Distance : 56km Elevation gain : 530m Punctures : 1 Did our traditional house group ride today along the standard day 4 course. Sandy and Ian left early as did Gracia and David leaving the group ride to Goran, Jim, Leanne, Tom and me Robert and Ian M also joined us. Weather was somewhat cooler with a few clouds. I managed to get a flat in the final 500m back to the house. Oh dear!! Had a lovely afternoon with my friends Helen and Rob who supplied a picnic afternoon tea in the park and we...

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Apr 1, 2018 - Day 3 Tour de Cowra

Wyangala Dam Loop Distance: 92km Elevation 1200m Avg Speed 22kph With Daylight Savings disappearing overnight we set off on the ride today at 7am instead of 8am... whilst most people make use of the extra hour of sleep we chose to benefit from the cooler morning start ! Ian Meller, Jim and I did the Wyangala Dam Loop with all of the climbing whilst the other cyclists in the house wisely did the flatter Greenthorpe It was hot and hard towards the end with a strong headwind that Ian pushed through as we tore back to Cowra for the last 20km....

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Mar 31, 2018 - Day 2 Tour de Cowra

Canowindra Loop Distance: 120km Elevation gain: 540m We all got our bikes and went to ride off only to find that 3 of us had flat tyres... damn 3 corner jack thorns!!! Geoff was fine but decided wisely to rest today. Ian, Tom ,Jim and I rode together. A long ride but not difficult. Jim got another flat during the ride. We all returned home pretty tired and were happy to chill out for the rest of the day. Dinner of roast chicken, salads and roast pumpkin Fruit salad and yoghurt dessert

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