11OctAll DayRide the RangeA day out thru the Lockyer Valley for riders of all abilityToowoombaState:QLDDiscipline:Climb,RoadTerrain:Mixed,Mountainous,UndulatingDistance:41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational
Ride the Range is a ride through the lush Lockyer Valley with some challenging climbs if you want them! Ride
Ride the Range is a ride through the lush Lockyer Valley with some challenging climbs if you want them!
Ride the Range is a charity ride through the Lockyer Valley and along the Great Dividing Range. This event starts in Toowomba, a small city that sits on the top of the Range. Toowoomba is about a two-hour drive west of Brisbane CBD and the airport. It is serviced by planes, bus and trains. There is also private shuttle bus that goes directly to the CBD or the Brisbane Airport, just make sure you book ahead to make sure they have space for your bike.
Ride the Range is organised by the Rotary Club of Toowoomba to raise funds for different charities throughout the local community. Each year they choose a different beneficiary.
You’ll find five rides on offer to suit cyclists of all ability: the 100 Mile Challenge, The Classic 112, The 85, The 79 Without the Climb, and the Nifty Fifty (no climb). There is also a Corporate Challenge where you can make up a team from your workplace or cycling group. So whatever your fitness level or challenge you wish to do, there is a ride to suit.
The Nifty 50 ride starts at Picnic Point, then rolling down the range and through the backroads until you arrive at Helidon. You then be picked up with your bike and driven back up the to the top of the Range. With this ride it is mainly descents with an average speed of 20km/hr over 2+ hours. Difficulty score for this ride is 5 out of 10.
The 79 Without the Climb ride starts at Picnic Point, then rolling down the Range into the Lockyer Valley. You’ll then be picked up with your bike and returned to Picnic Point (which means no need to climb back up the Range). There is some climbing at the end but it won’t be the final sharp climb to the top of the Range. You can expect this ride to take 4+ hours with 877m of climbing, and an average speed of 25km/hr. Difficulty score for this ride is 6 out of 10.
The 85 ride is the same as the 79km ride, but you won’t be stopping at the bottom. Instead you’ll have a short sharp climb back up the Range via Blanchview Road. You can expect this ride to take 5+ hours with 1177m of climbing, and an average speed of 25km/hr. Difficulty score for this ride is 7 out of 10.
The Classis 112 ride is a challenging ride down the Range from Picnic Point, around the Lockyer Valley and with a final sharp climb back up the range via Blanchard Road. You can expect this ride to take 5+ hours with 1500m of climbing, and an average speed of 25km/hr. Difficulty score for this ride is 8 out of 10.
The 100 Mile Challenge is a challenging ride where you’ll ride 164 km with 1800+ m of elevation gain, and an average pace of 30km/hr. Again the ride descends off the Range and then heads through to Upper Tenthill, over to Mulgowie and back into Laidley and Gatton. Then you’ll have the last sharp climb up Blanchard Road to the top of the Range. The route follows the 112km riders for most of the route but does a extra dogleg south through some undulating farming country along the valley floor. Difficulty score for this ride is 9 out of 10.
This looks like a great day out with some hard rides for those looking for their next big challenge or a goal to train for.
You’ll find other cycling events, like the Ride the Range, in our online Cycling Event Calendar.