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Cyclist Magazine - Australia

Cyclist Magazine - Australia

7:29 AM on Thursday, October 24, 2019

More gravel Tablelands goodness

Our second ride amidst the Tablelands region took us to the gorgeous little town of Jugiong, just off the Hume Highway. This 85km route has a serious amount of kick for a ride that reaches its high point at 500m above sea level.

With more than 1,500m of climbing to be tackled across the loop, you'll do well to stop in Harden (we chose the Barnes Store Emporium and Cafe) for a mid-ride refuel before taking on the back half. The bike of choice is anything that can take tyres of at least 30mm in width but you don't need the full adventure specification for these gravel roads. Most of the time they are fast rolling but expect the odd bit of rough along the way.

Full feature to come and link to route below (elevation is actually 1,500m).

https://www.strava.com/routes/22356630

Before the final descent into town. Everyone loves a downhill finish.

Do yourself a favour and look up the private art galley in Garangula. It's only open to the public a couple of times a year – when the Polo is on.

We would have seen a handful of cars the entire day.

The gravel roads were always nice and fast.

Keeping it smooth and speedy on the Trek Domane.

If you're looking for a superb meal in town, the Sir George gets it done.

This little bridge was just off the side of the main road but with wide rubber, it's safe to go a little off-piste.

Just when you thought you'd reached the top.

Shimano's RX8 is a gravel shoe that is purpose-built for slick adventuring.

That gravel drop.

Lots of open road our here and close to no traffic.

The average gradient of these little climbs seems to tickle around the 9-10% mark.

What goes up.

Never ending rollers.

They call this BITS (Bontrager Integrated Storage System). Bye bye saddle bag.

Expansive views on all sides.

You know you're close to Garangula when you see this chap.

Stay... we rode the all-new Trek Domane with Bontrager R3 tyres in 32mm (tubeless compatible)

Picture-perfect day in late October but you'll do well to pack plenty of water.

The Barnes Store Emporium and Cafe is the place to stop in Harden (see the route link for short out and back in town).