The ride is ON like DONKEY KONG. Go here for the latest information What: I'm organising a ride for an excursion through some of the best twisties south of Sydney. Usually, these kinds of rides end up going through the Nasho, Mount Keira, Macquarie Pass, through the pass that leads to KV, then loop down to the Princes Highway to head back up to the city. Usually, this means that once we're on the highway, the group just splits up and everyone goes home from there - on mostly boring, cage infested roads and highways in the middle of the day. This ride will take us from Loftus, all the way down to Kangaroo Valley through those same great twisties where we will have lunch, turn around, and do it all again in reverse order! When: Saturday, 11th of December, 2010. It can take about 7 hours to do that route without significant stops, but I will have us stopping regularly for a few minutes each time to regroup and recover, so it will probably be closer to 8 or 9 hours, with a 45m stop in KV for lunch. I estimate that we'll be back in South Sydney by no later than 5pm. I will ride this exact route before the day and get some more exact timings and update this post. Where: Meeting from 7:30 at Loftus Oval Carpark - the car park just before the turn for the Royal National Park, departing at 7:50am sharp. (So we can just breeze through the entrance). The route is as follows, with approximate departure times from each milestone. 7:50am Loftus Oval Carpark(start) 8:50am Bald Hill (regroup) 9:25:am Picton Road (regroup) 10:10am Dapto Mobil (fuel, regroup) 10:55am Robertson Pie Shop (regroup only) Lunch - arrive in Kangaroo Valley around 11:30am 1:00pm Kangaroo Valley (depart) 1:40pm Robertson Pie Shop (regroup) 2:25pm Dapto Mobil (fuel) 3:00pm Picton Road (regroup) 3:45pm Bald Hill (optional regroup and finish) 4:30pm Sylvania Maccas (optional regroup and finish) Note: The times above are approximate only. If we reach the point early, and everyone that was at the previous point catches up before the leave time, we might end up leaving a few minutes early from that point. So, if you're meeting us after Loftus, make sure you're there a bit earlier. Bring some water so you don't dehydrate while waiting Main fuel opportunity is Dapto, but there is also fuel available in KV (albeit expensive fuel) if you feel you need a top up at that point. Make sure you are fully fuelled before meeting up with the group, as we will not be able to turn around and get fuel at Loftus. There are plenty of fuel stations coming from any direction to starting point, so you just need to get it done a little early. We'll head out of KV by no later than 1pm (hopefully earlier) and retrace our steps back to Loftus. Those who want to peel off home at any point after that can do so, just let the TEC or me know. I'm deliberately trying to avoid the Freeway as much as possible. There are sections where it is unavoidable. Most of the roads are 90km/h or lower, with only a few sections above that, so if you're a learner wanting to stretch your legs, or you're on your Ps, you'll find most of this route will be good. There are a lot of tight corners so you absolutely need to make sure you go around at your own pace, and not overcook things trying to follow someone else. The surface for most of the route is pretty good, except for some dodgy bits between Dapto and Mac Pass, and some bits after Robertson on the way to KV. Route condition report is here Weather Forecast will be here Confirmed chrome tiggersarse hromero89 Hornet (dapto) lornetkowiec waedwe mav+1 (+1 more tentative) Brmmm OneStar dan chee teodons pmcdermo NiteKreeper Disturbed Parker alexanderino skumbag GnomeOomps Blaise Luigi Finn (+ pillion) Robs_Triumph noob + 3 Simon Lockington Tentative Osiris gongrider Rules: Standard NR rules for group rides. If this is your first time on a group ride, or through twisties, then you should read it carefully. Changes: - Changed the meeting point to Loftus as thats better than the Sylvania Maccas. Anyone who wants a snack before we start just needs to grab something on the way - Added an extra regroup point between Bald Hill and Dapto just before the Mt Keira turnoff.