This week’s rides are brought to us by Sydney-sider Paul Blackwood. The series takes us on some of the more unique roads the city has to offer.

Famously known for its tourist attractions, Sydney is also home to some of the most picturesque bike paths and cycling routes in Australia.

Our favourite ride by a mile in this set is the Sydney Harbour foreshore ride which goes right past the Sydney Opera House! 

Sydney Harbour Foreshore

It’s not a flat out time trial, more of a sightseeing tour of the Sydney foreshore taking in some of the attractions of the city, including the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the Circular Quay Cruise Terminal.

Filmed at the height of the COVID-19 lockdown period in NSW, what is normally a bustling city of 5 million people is virtually deserted!

Cattai Creek Loop

This is a nice 28km loop around the Cattai National Park and the rural fringe of Sydney’s North West. 

The ride crosses Cattai creek in three locations before returning to the start. There are two short 1km climbs in the last half but it’s a nice morning out on the quiet rural roads.

Mt White to Berowra

Riding along the near deserted old Pacific Highway through the National Park and small township of Berowra, it’s a 3.6km downhill start from Mount White before crossing the Hawkesbury River for a 3.8km climb (5% average) to the locally famous Pie in the Sky Cafe. 

A further 10km of rolling hills before the 3.6km descent to the car ferry at Berowra Waters East.

Berowra to Mt White

This ride starts at the base of a nice category 3 climb, 3.8km at an average gradient of 5% just after the car ferry. 

Climbing up though the fog into the National Park the route follows the old Pacific Highway which is now a popular local road with little traffic. The Pacific Highway was the main road from Sydney to the Northern holiday villages and beach towns before the freeway was opened. 

After a short 10km section of rolling hills there is a fast 4km descent to the Hawkesbury River Bridge. The second climb of the ride is 3.16km with an average of 5% to the turn-around point at the cafe.

About Paul Blackwood

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Paul Blackwood (53) is a keen cyclist and family man who has a true passion for riding outdoors and filming his adventures.