About

How good is it to exit the tarmac? Away from the traffic, and connected with what is real. Or how about a quiet country road for a quick city escape? Luckily, I live in a country and city where that is pretty easy to do.

My home town of Canberra has some amazing cycling. Iconic rides like Cotter Uriarra, Fitz’s, and the Centenary Trail.  But there is so much more – discovered by many but not necessarily easily found by those less familiar with what is around our great city.  Particularly if you are prepared to go beyond the tarmac, but not exclusively so.

I started this site because I found it hard to find information about rides I wanted to do. I would love you to take my cycling routes, tailor them as you wish, and head off on your own adventure.  I’ve used Komoot for the maps as it is brilliant for this – you can copy the ones I’ve put online and then shorten, lengthen or adapt to your heart’s content.  I’ve also made recommendations on cafes, wineries, hotels and other things I like – all based upon having visited at my own expense. At the very least I hope the rides and other information on this site provide #cyclinggravel inspiration!

And, if there is something you think I could help with, please comment and get in touch.

See you out there!

4 thoughts on “About

  1. I’ve been looking for some new gravel rides and stumbled across your site. After a year of adapting to Covid-19, dealing with being diagnosed with Melanoma cancer, significant home renos and a busy workload, I need to refresh mentally and physically and your site has just inspired me to plan my gravel rides around Canberra. I also ride a fair bit around Cootamundra, Temora and Wagga and now Canberra is definitely on my list of destinations when I escape Sydney !

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    1. Hi Tim – thanks so much for your comments. I had hoped that the site would be useful to people planning rides, so hopefully you’ll have a great time in the region.

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  2. Hi,
    I just want to thank you for such an excellent and informative site.
    Yesterday I rode the Piccadilly Circus Pipeline loop and I used Kamoot and followed your suggested directions.
    What a ride and bloody tough especially the Pipeline Road. The water at the Cotter River Crossing was nearly up to my knees but I was able to walk the bike across. If I did not have your map guidance I would have probably got a little bit lost.
    I live in Canberra as well and have previously mainly been Road Bike riding.
    I am keen to do many of your other suggested rides around Canberra now.
    Thank you again for your great work on this site.
    Regards Brent Fraser

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    1. Hi Brent,
      Thank you very much for your kind words and feedback. I’m glad it was useful – particularly since this was the first article I published! Off-line maps for komoot, particularly with the mode set so it does not auto re-route, are super helpful in making sure you stay on track. I also share a route like this with my wife so she knows where I am going.
      I hope you enjoy another gravel adventure soon!

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