Glen Innes

goodnessgravel Glen Innes 690 x 206 

Glen Innes 7 hours from Sydney & 4:30 hours from Brisbane

Come join us for a double dose of goodnessgravel

 

Bring your gravel or e-Gravel ... or ... if you don't have a gravel bike, do the loop on your MTB or e-MTB 

  


 

Event Dates : Sat 9 & Sun 10 April 2022 : 7:30am


 

Bookings Close Monday 4 April 2022 at 12:00pm

 


 

Welcome to the 2022 goodnessgravel Glen Innes Saturday and Sunday Gravel Fondo events.

 

Thank you for being a part of these inaugural events. We cannot wait to show off another beautiful area. 

 

We must continue to thank our riders for your support as without you, these events would not be possible.

 

We must also thank those who are volunteering on the day and over the weekend. There have been many fantastic individuals and local clubs who offered support and helpful hands. You may not see them all over the weekend but there are literally dozens out there who will be helping make Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2022 a huge success.  

 

The last thank you must go to those who are our sponsors, Glen Innes Council and PEARL iZUMi are the Major Sponsors and Bont being Gold then Bombtrack, Panaracer, Lazer and SMOOVE Lube being Silver. 

 

Let us make this event a sell out in its first year.

 


 

Now for a little write up on the four courses : two courses on the Saturday and then another two on the Sunday:

 

Saturday Gravel Fondo : 100km with 1,300m of ascent

 

Glen Innes > Mt Mitchell > Red Range > Glen Innes

 

This Loop will keep those doing the 100km on their toes. Some glorious gravel including Costellos Road, a few decent climbs and visit to Red Range.

 

7:30am : Saturday morning, when leaving King George V Park in Glen Innes - 1059m above sea-level (ASL) - riders will tic tac through town, crossing the New England Highway, before heading east along the paved Glen Legh Rd. 

 

There is a bit of tarmac to chew up in the first 20+ km. You will be thankful to see one particular climb at ~25km coated in black tarmac. The toughest part of this climb is roughly 2+ km in length, please remember that this is just the beginning so do not blow up this early. The climb is up the aptly named Mt Mitchell Rd with some sections over 12%.  Some people think it is better to get the tough stuff out of the way early ... this is not the only climb of the day but it would have to classify as the toughest.

 

Soon after the gravel starts and @ ~32km we have a Rest Stop 'Lite' here there will be First Aid and water if needed. At ~33km will be at your highest point on today's ride at 1,314m ASL. 

 

Continue along Mt Slow Road before turning on Costellos Road. These two sections are magical pieces of gravel. Enjoy the quiet roads and rolling terrain as you ride along to ~54km. Then you are at the lowest point of the day (1,041m ASL) and the only way from here is up. 

  

Included in this section is the paved Pinkett Rd. There is a solid double edged climb from ~54km through to ~60km, there is a little reprive during this section but continue along and pedal your way to the second Rest Stop of the day at Red Range @ ~66km (1,159m ASL).

 

Here you will find music, a place to fill your water bottles and grab your drop bag. There will also be first aid, bananas and mechanic to assist if necessary. Please say hello to the volunteers and treat the area with respect when it comes to litter and general behaviour, we thank you. 

 

It may seem like you only have ~34km still to go but there are some ups and downs during the final kilometers. There is also some fantastic sections of gravel along Donnelly and also Linwood Rd as you head back to King George V Park in Glen Innes

 

Registered riders will be emailed the Strava and Ride With GPS link including GPX file the week of the event

   

Join our Strava Club for the Gravel Fondo 100km

 

goodnessgravel Glen Innes Saturday 100km Map

 

goodnessgravel Glen Innes Saturday 100km Profile

 

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Saturday Gravel Fondo : 65km with 750m of ascent

 

Glen Innes > Lambs Valley > Red Range > Glen Innes 

  

This 'Shorter' Loop will show off some great countryside during the 65km course. To being riders will climb through Lambs Valley followed by a visit to Red Range and to finish, enjoy the pedal along Donnelly  and Linwood Roads.

 

7:45am : Saturday morning, when leaving King George V Park in Glen Innes - 1059m above sea-level (ASL) - riders will tic tac through town, crossing the New England Highway, before heading east along the paved Glen Legh Rd. 

 

After 10km riders will turn LEFT, diverting away from the 100km course. Soon you will be on gravel going through Lambs Valley. This ~6km section begins with a nice ~4km descent but what goes down, must go up. The toughest part of the climb is ~1km which has some +5% gradients. 

 

Once you turn RIGHT on Pinkett Rd you will be back on paved road for ~10km and heading towards Red Range. Along this section @ ~25km you will be at your highest point on today's ride at 1,204m ASL. 

 

When you ride through Red Range, you will find the Rest Stop @ ~31.5km (1,159m ASL).

 

Here you will find music, a place to fill your water bottles and grab your drop bag. There will also be first aid, bananas and mechanic to assist if necessary. Please say hello to the volunteers and treat the area with respect when it comes to litter and general behaviour, we thank you. 

 

When leaving Red Range, you will be back on paved road until Donnelly Rd. Keep an eye out for the trig on the right hand side as you pedal along this glorious section of gravel. The other good news is that you are heading in a predominately descending fashion. Along this section @ ~42.5km you will be at your lowest point on today's ride at 1,032m ASL. 

 

After you turn LEFT on Shannon Vale Rd you have a very short climb and then descent to cross the Mann River @~46.5km. From here to ~53km you will be gently climbing on mix of paved and gravel roads. Before you get to Glen Innes you will turn LEFT on Linwood Rd. This is another fantastic stretch on gravel, going through beautiful Australian Countryside on your way back to King George V Park in Glen Innes.

  

Registered riders will be emailed the Strava and Ride With GPS link including GPX file the week of the event

  

Join our Strava Club for the Gravel Fondo 65km

 

goodnessgravel Glen Innes Saturday 65km Map

 

goodnessgravel Glen Innes Saturday 65km Profile

 


 

—Post Ride : Riders receive a complimentary sausage sling (vegan option available) and cold drink in Glen Innes. 

 

Please remember to ride responsibly, this is a ride not a race. Always ride within your limits and respect the road rules. Say “hello” to other riders while out on course and let them know you are passing by saying “rider right” – it makes a huge difference. 

  


 

Sunday Gravel Fondo : 99km with 1,300m of ascent 

 

Glen Innes > Red Range > Pretty Valley > Glen Innes

 

More goodness in Glen Innes - for those who did the Saturday Gravel Fondo, hopefully you are still fresh from the  Kings Loop? Bring on Sunday for another loop with that bit of everything, more great climbs, descents, gravel, tarmac and riding through some private land.

 

7:30am : Saturday morning, when leaving King George V Park in Glen Innes - 1059m above sea-level (ASL) - riders will once again pedal along Grey St, the 'Main Street' with beautiful period buildings, before heading east along the paved Meade St / Gwydir Hwy. This is where the climbing begins, riders will crest the hill ~2.4km and then head towards Shannon Vale and over the glorious Beardy Waters Woodland Park.  

 

After ~13km you will start to ride on gravel sections and at ~14km you will turn right onto Nutrition Station Road which is gravel. Soon after there is a left and then right which takes you through 5km of  private farming land. We have gained permission for riding along this section for the event. Outside of today, it would not be possible to ride on these 'g-roads'. Along this section @ ~17.8km you will be at your lowest point on today's ride at 1,028m ASL. 

 

This section is 'double track' and goes over a pristine creek and through glorious farm land. Depending on the recent weather, there may be some sections which are damper than others. Enjoy the serenity as you head towards Red Range.  

 

At the end of this private land, riders will turn on Coopers Rd and begin a steep little ~1km climb, average 8% on the way towards the Rest Stop.

 

When in Red Range, the roads are paved and you will find the Community Hall which is hosting the Rest Stop @ ~28.8km. Here you will find music, a place to fill your water bottles and grab your drop bag. There will also be first aid, bananas and mechanic to assist if necessary. Please say hello to the volunteers and treat the area with respect when it comes to litter and general behaviour, we thank you. 

  

Once leaving Red Range, the road turns back to gravel for a short section before turning on Pinkett Road. Then the roller-coaster begins. From 1,190m you will descent down to 1,036m above sea-level in 6km, then back up to 1,154m before turning left to see a Pretty Valley (Rd) and back onto gravel. This a great little loop which continues along Ryans Rd through some top shelf farming land before coming back onto Pinkett Rd and paved roads once again. 

 

Then you ride the roller-coaster in reverse, so expect a solid climb, on paved road, all the way up to Square Range Rd. Here you will turn left @ ~62km and back onto gravel to complete this little add-on loop. Along this section @ ~67km you will be at your highest point on today's ride at 1,206m ASL. 

 

You will go over Pinkett Road and stay on gravel and pedal back onto the tarmac to take you back into Red Range. Here you will once again find the Community Hall hosting the Rest Stop @ ~74km. Everything will still be there, the music, a place to fill your water bottles and grab your drop bag. There will also be first aid, bananas and mechanic to assist if necessary. Please say hello to the volunteers and treat the area with respect when it comes to litter and general behaviour, we thank you. 

 

Once you leave the Rest Stop, you are then pedalling back towards Glen Innes along the paved Red Range Rd. This section includes a little descent and solid ~3km climb before you turn on Linwood Rd where you are back onto gravel for the last section of goodness. 

 

When you come to the end of the road, you will be back on tarmac and on Shannon Vale Rd. Ride back the same way you came out of Glen Innes, over Beardy Waters and back to King George V Park.

 

Registered riders will be emailed the Strava and Ride With GPS link including GPX file the week of the event

 

As this area is not a major city or massively travelled region, most of the course is not Strava-segmented but that does not mean it is void of logged sectors. Here are three from the 99km ride:

 

’Yarrow Creek to Pretty Valley rd' https://www.strava.com/segments/7087110 : Stats Distance 3.31km / Avg Grade 3% / Low Elev 959m / High Elev 1,073m / Elev Diff 114m / Current KOM 8:36 and QOM None at this stage.

 

’climb out of the yarrow river' https://www.strava.com/segments/7080840 : Stats Distance 2.69km / Avg Grade 4% / Low Elev 1,031m / High Elev 1,145m / Elev Diff 115m / Climb Category 4 / Current KOM 8:01 and QOM 19:44.

 

’Linwood Road North' https://www.strava.com/segments/25931735 : Stats Distance 4.90km / Avg Grade -0.2% / Low Elev 1,126m / High Elev 1,159m / Elev Diff 33m / Current KOM 9:14 and QOM 16:14.

  

Join our Strava Club for the Gravel Fondo 99km

 

99km Glen Innes Sunday Map 2021

 

99km Glen Innes Sunday Profile 2021

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Sunday Gravel Fondo : 55km with 700m of ascent 

 

Glen Innes > Red Range > Glen Innes

 

A slightly shorter option of goodness in Glen Innes - for those who did the Saturday Gravel Fondo, hopefully you are still fresh from the  Kings Loop? Bring on Sunday for another loop with that bit of everything, more great climbs, descents, gravel, tarmac and riding through some private land.

 

7:45am : Saturday morning, when leaving King George V Park in Glen Innes - 1059m above sea-level (ASL) - riders will once again pedal along Grey St, the 'Main Street' with beautiful period buildings, before heading east along the paved Meade St / Gwydir Hwy. This is where the climbing begins, riders will crest the hill ~2.4km and then head towards Shannon Vale and over the glorious Beardy Waters Woodland Park. 

 

After ~13km you will start to ride on gravel sections and at ~14km you will turn right onto Nutrition Station Road which is gravel. Soon after there is a left and then right which takes you through 5km of  private farming land. We have gained permission for riding along this section for the event. Outside of today, it would not be possible to ride on these 'g-roads'. Along this section @ ~17.8km you will be at your lowest point on today's ride at 1,028m ASL. 

 

This section is 'double track' and goes over a pristine creek and through glorious farm land. Depending on the recent weather, there may be some sections which are damper than others. Enjoy the serenity as you head towards Red Range.  

 

At the end of this private land, riders will turn on Coopers Rd and begin a steep little ~1km climb, average 8% on the way towards the Rest Stop.

 

When in Red Range, the roads are paved and you will find the Community Hall which is hosting the Rest Stop @ ~28.8km. Here you will find music, a place to fill your water bottles and grab your drop bag. There will also be first aid, bananas and mechanic to assist if necessary. Please say hello to the volunteers and treat the area with respect when it comes to litter and general behaviour, we thank you. 

  

Once leaving Red Range, the shorter course turns RIGHT @ ~30.5km on Greenhouse Road. This is your highest point on today's ride at 1,181m ASL. Greenhouse Rd takes you back up to the paved Red Range Rd. These last kilometres are not flat, there is a descent and solid ~3km climb before you turn on Linwood Rd where you are back onto gravel for the last section of goodness. 

 

When you come to the end of the road, you will be back on tarmac and on Shannon Vale Rd. Ride back the same way you came out of Glen Innes, over Beardy Waters and back to King George V Park.

 

Registered riders will be emailed the Strava and Ride With GPS link including GPX file the week of the event

 

As this area is not a major city or massively travelled region, most of the course is not Strava-segmented but that does not mean it is void of logged sectors. Here is only one segment for the 55km ride:

  

’Linwood Road North' https://www.strava.com/segments/25931735 : Stats Distance 4.90km / Avg Grade -0.2% / Low Elev 1,126m / High Elev 1,159m / Elev Diff 33m / Current KOM 9:14 and QOM 16:14.

 

Join our Strava Club for the Gravel Fondo 55km

 

55km Glen Innes Sunday Map 2021

 

55km Glen Innes Sunday Profile 2021  

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Why Glen Innes?

 

As mentioned in the About Us Section, COVID has a lot to answer for. 

 

Due to not being able to travel OS for our tours, we contacted various NSW Rural Councils to see about visiting their regions to consult on their cycle tourism opportunities. 

 

Just what is in our very own Australian backyard?

 

We found even more gold in the Glen Innes Area. Enjoy the drive to this glorious area and get ready to head out on their beautiful roads.

 

We cannot wait to share even more goodnessgravel with you and looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2022 and show off this glorious and high altitude region. 

 


 

  

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