This week Melbournian Phil Harrison gives us a set of three rides from Australia. The first two rides take you to the Macedon Ranges which are located to the west of the Victorian capital Melbourne, while the third takes riders to the quiet bike paths along the iconic Yarra River that snakes its way through the Melbourne CBD.
Starting amongst the autumn leaves at the foot of the Macedon Ranges west of Melbourne you’ll and make your way through bronze European trees and local gums.
This undulating ride will take you past Macedon Lodge, former home of horse trainer Lloyd Williams where he trained six Melbourne Cup winners amongst others. Continue on past Woolling Hill as the road flattens out where Mt Macedon invites you to keep on riding up.
Mount Macedon from the South
A steady 9km climb with a 5% average gradient with pinches at 10% near the top, Mt Macedon is a challenge for many climbers.
This ride starts on the Avenue of Honour, a row of oak trees which honours the 154 members of the Macedon and Mount Macedon community who enlisted during The Great War. From here you take and turn on to the main road and climb all the way to the Memorial Cross at the summit.
Cruise along the Yarra River
The Yarra river weaves its way through the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, Ride along the northern bank of the Yarra River as it makes its way towards the heart of Melbourne.
The end stretch is along the normally bustlingly South Bank boulevard but filmed during the lockdown in Melbourne, the setting sun gives it a unique look and feel. This section is a flat effort along a path shared by pedestrians and other cyclists; remember to ring your bell so that you don’t hit anyone!
About this week’s contributor
Hailing from Yorkshire, but now living in Melbourne Australia, 48-year-old is proud of his Yorkshire heritage, and each of his bikes features a Yorkshire rose on the head stem.
He got into cycling around six or so years ago with his son, who he soon learned to draft behind rather than compete against!
But, here’s a little bit about Phil and how he got into filming rides for FulGaz.