20Apr12:00 am11:59 pmThe ROVE One Day Classic - ToodyayA 1 day challenging ride to ToodyayPerthState:WADiscipline:RoadTerrain:Flat,UndulatingDistance:121-160 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Recreational
The ROVE One Day Classic is a long distance endurance ride with quite a few challenging climbs! The ROVE One Day Classic –
The ROVE One Day Classic is a long distance endurance ride with quite a few challenging climbs!
The ROVE One Day Classic – Toodyay to Toodyay is exactly that! A classic long distance endurance ride from the town of Bullsbrook near the Pearce Air Base heading northeast towards Toodyay. This is an out and back route with a great climb or three!
Bullsbrook is about 40 km north-east of Perth CBD, and about 10 km north of the Vines or Ellenbrook area. The best way to arrive for this early morning start would be by car as you’ll be too early for the bus services to have started.
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 Bunbury ROVE which takes riders from Perth to Bunbury. Their motto is ‘redefine your limits’ and their events will provide you with the opportunity to do just this!
Having ridden this route myself many a time, make sure that you are warmed up before you start as you’ll immediately be climbing up Chittering Road. Then it is through to the Lower Chittering area before turning east towards the Julimar State Forest. You’ll then be taking the local iconic climb up Julimer Road before descending down into Toodyay.
You’ll have a pitstop and then it’s time for the return trip home. By the time you have returned to Bullsbrook, you will have ridden 140km, climbed over the undulation and a couple of great climbs for over 1500 m of elevation gain.
With all the events that available for riders to do this, would have to be one of the ‘best value for money’ rides going around. For the price of this ride, they must be just breaking even or they must have some very good sponsors, as you scratch your head wondering how they could do it.
The weather in Bullsbrook and Toodyay during the middle of April is fairly pleasant as this is in the middle of autumn, which tends to be very pleasant riding conditions with a cool morning but nice temperate days. You can expect temperatures to range from 5 to 10 degrees on starting and warming up to 20 to 25 degrees. You would count yourself very unlucky if it rained during this ride, as the cold fronts that bring the winter rain have not yet started.
This is a great ride with many riders then completing the Bunbury ride or visa versa.
You’ll find other cycling events, like the ROVE One Day Classic – Toodyay, in our online Cycling Event Calendar.
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