13OctAll Day14The Bunbury Rove (ended 2018)Test your endurance with this challenging 2 day ridePerthState:WADiscipline:RoadTerrain:Flat,UndulatingDistance:160+ kmType Ride:Multi-day,Recreational,Ultra
Note: Have contacted the event organisers and this year’s (2019) event has been cancelled. Let’s hope this great event can ride again as it will
Note: Have contacted the event organisers and this year’s (2019) event has been cancelled. Let’s hope this great event can ride again as it will be missed.
The Bunbury ROVE is a challenging 2 day endurance ride with distances to ‘redefine the limits’ for new and experienced cyclists.
The Bunbury ROVE is more than just a group ride! It’s a long distance endurance ride from Perth to Bunbury and back over two days.
The ride is a tour from the southern Perth suburbs down to the beach country town of Bunbury. You’ll have time for a quick dip next to the dolphins, before the return journey the next day. The route follows bike paths and country roads with even a bit of compacted crushed limestone. Remember to keep the power on the pedals when on the gravel.
There are a series of rides each day combined to create variable distances for your challenge, from 200km to 500km.
Day 1 you can choose from two options, the 200km Murdoch to Bunbury ride or the epic 300km Joondalup to Bunbury ride via Murdoch. You’ll ride south down the freeway cycle path, through Pinjarra, Harvey, Australind and into Bunbury. You’ll end the day with a social dinner and overnighting in Bunbury.
Day 2 is similar but returning home via a different 200km route through Yarloop and Mandurah, before returning to Murdoch.
In 2018, a 100km distance was introduced due to public demand. This ride left Murdoch with the 200km riders, then turning off to finish at Mandurah.
The real treat is the full ROVE kit with registration. Wow, I can’t talk this up too much, otherwise, I’ll sound like the event director.
Your overnight luggage will be transported from both start locations to Bunbury and returned to Murdoch.
This event is organised by The ROVE, a group of endurance road racing cyclists based in Joondalup in the northern suburbs of Perth. They also organise the ROVE One Day Classic – Toodyay which takes riders from Bullsbrook to Toodyay. Their motto is ‘redefine your limits’ and their events will provide you with the opportunity to do just this!
The weather in Perth and Bunbury during October is the middle of Spring. Which means it is fairly temperate. You can expect the day to start from around 10 to 15 degrees and increasing through the day to about 20 to 25 degrees. If there is any rain it should just be a passing shower or drizzle.
Murdoch, the 200km start location, is directly south of the Perth CBD by about 16 km and is on the Perth to Mandurah railway line. Joondalup, the 300km start location, is north/northwest of the Perth CBD by 27 km and is serviced by the Perth to Currambine railway line.
This sounds like the perfect ride for those looking for an endurance challenge. Plus it is the perfect opportunity to support a local cycling group with the ‘best value for money’ ride that you can find!
You’ll find other cycling events, like The Bunbury ROVE, in our online Cycling Event Calendar.