A group rides favourite
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Flat/ Coastal/ 2 short sharp climbs
- 65km’s (40 miles) Return
- Best start time 5:00-6:00am
- Start from Hard Coffee, Tedder Ave, Main Beach
- Finish at Hard Coffee, Tedder Ave, Main Beach
- Time allocation allow 1:30 hrs each way (Based on approx average pace 30km’s/hr (18.8/mls/hr)
- Flat riding until Point Dangers short sharp climb
- Hazard: Traffic Build up on return to coastline
- Hazard: Coastline on return: Tourists/pedestrians often cross anywhere without looking.
- Hazard: Hedges Avenue has a 2 way bike lane and a one way vehicle lane. Runners, skateboarders, pedestrians, prams often with headphones, illegally use this lane…be very careful especially with large groups of cyclists moving in both directions.
- Hazard: Car doors opening on to Cycle lanes
- Remember this is a tourist region where people can become overly relaxed and lax on road rules. Typically everything flows very well with minimal cycling incidents
- Take 2 bottles and energy bar
- Drinking Water is available via drinking fountains along the beach front parks at regular intervals
- Toilets similar intervals along beach front parks.
- Note: This route involves a short section of cycling on the footpath (sidewalk) on the return trip, where the road returns to the Gold Coast highway between North Burleigh & Miami. Click here to see map section
- Note: If you see a group when out cycling and want to join it, always join from the rear and left hand side of the road, let them know you are there, most groups expect visitors to tag along and are very helpful.
- Note: Do you know your cycling hand signals? Click here to view video
- Note: Ride in straight lines and be predictable to other road users cyclist and vehicles
Jewel Oceanway Ride Event
Saturday 9th September
Enter this fantastic and classy cycle event featuring Phil Liggett and Kate Reilly here on the Gold Coast
RideGC rates this event “5 star Family” + ” 5 star Classic Iconic GC”
Key route observations:
- Opposite the Tallebudgera Surf Club you turn inland. Click here to view. For safety purposes, it is a good idea to take the “free’ left turn into the Surf Club Car Park and use the intersection lights to either cross with the traffic exiting the car park of simply use the pedestrian cross lights. Local riders who know the road well, normally stay on the road using the far right lane at the intersection and cross the right indicating arrow. So please be careful approaching this intersection as traffic is often moving very quickly as you attempt to position you and your bike into the right turning lane.
- On the return trip as you pass the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary, and begin to climb a short hill, you will need to be aware of a sharp left hand turn that you will need to make just before the crest of this hill. Click here to view Take the sharp left and you will then be climbing a very short and sharp 10% (approx.) for 2oo metres and then descend down a winding road to rejoin the original route that you were originally cycling. From there you can retrace your steps back home.
A Cycling Hot spot
Tedder Avenue Main Beach
So what is so good about the Oceanway Express Ride?
If you are new to the Gold Coast or visiting, this ride is a fantastic ride route and is predominantly flat. This route is busiest on Saturday and Sundays by most of the social group riders and also serves as a base to access the hill climbs.
If you are on the Gold Coast holidaying then you will enjoy the views, the cafes and pristine coastline views
Key Points to look for are
- Burleigh Car Park; A very popular starting/finishing point for group rides. The Oceanway Express route takes you through the car park – entry is opposite the tavern, continue riding south toward the Surf Club where you will find the exit back onto the highway. Continue on through the intersection and over a hill across the Tallebudgera Creek.
- Tallebudgera Creek/ Talle Surf Club intersection; There is a safer inland route to Currumbin via residential streets with good bike lanes. (See #1 Key Route Observations above)
- Currumbin Village; Currumbin’s is a magical coastal beach front Cafe strip, where I am sure you will be very tempted to stop and enjoy. You will cycle through this strip and turn left at a roundabout as you approach the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary, where you head to Tugan Village (expect a nice little kicker of a hill to climb over 50mtrs)
- Tugun Village to Kirra; As you move through Tugun you will be cycling on a parallel internal road to the highway which moves south to the Coolangatta (Gold Coast Airport on your far right). This internal road will take straight through to Kirra as you continue to hug the coastline. Most local cyclists take a left turn at “Gibson Street” which will take you to Pacific Parade, The Parade hugs the Beach (magnificent views) and will deliver you into Kirra. If you are looking for coffee, watch out for Kirramasu Cafe – a cyclist favourite.
Kirra is the entry point the to Coolangatta. When you reach the end of the Cooloongatta Beach strip there is a T intersection and a sharp left up a hill, you are nearly there, just one more climb, short but sharp, and you will be at the car park on top of Point Danger . Check out Cafe d’Bar which is a popular cafe.
All cafes see here
Most levels of fitness are suitable for this ride, although the 2 climbs into Point Danger are very steep and challenging.
There is also a flatter back door (less steep) option around to the right of Point Danger.
The Oceanway Express is a fantastic ride to get your Gold Coast Cycling bearings and a great tourist experience as it can be a scenic amble or a flat out pace…totally your choice.
Gold Coast’s and the climate here allows you a very good cycling experience all year round. T
Some Reference reading on this Ride