This will be about 30kms, with a tad under 400m elevation gain (which isn’t much worse than the Everton to Beechworth rail trail hill). There is only two, very short (couple of hundred metres distance max each), steep pinches.
Essentially this ride goes out of Beechworth, takes a quiet route (off the main road) toward Stanley, does a bit of riding through the forest past some points of interest (e.g. Fletcher’s dam), heads into Stanley and out to the South (past the orchards), before looping back around and in again, and then back to Beechworth. It has some similarities to the ‘Stanley intro loop’ here (https://gravelmob.com.au/day-routes/), but it’s a tad longer and takes in some of my favourite places.
I’m thinking we’ll have a (late?) lunch at the park/pond in Stanely – so byo lunch.
There are some sections of really horrible rocky gravel so this is not suitable for road bikes. Hybrids should be fine (we’ll go slow on these rough bits), but if you have a mountain bike (even cheap/old) with slightly thicker tyres then great.
The route I’ve planned is >95% off the main Beechworth/Stanley road, and covers the best scenery I can do around Stanley without adding more hills in. If you’ve done the Everton/Beechworth rail trail hill (or similar) and handled it ok, or any of Ian’s recent 60km rides on the rail trails, then you’ll be fine on this.
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