Stanthorpe Discovery Tour – O’Night in Stanthorpe
June 10 @ 9:00 am - June 11 @ 5:00 pm
Mid Week Stanthorpe Ride June 10 and 11. I just completed a reconnaissance run and spoke to the Tourist / Visitor Information Centre. I am going up with a few other people and staying on June 9 so I do not have to get up too early the next morning. The start has now been put it back to 09:00hrs so those wanting to drive up early can do so. It would be great if you can arrive between 08:30 and 08:45hrs in preparation for a 09:00hr departure.
Talking to the Tourist Information / Visitor’s Centre, they mentioned that accommodation books up quickly in winter so it might pay to check out options sooner rather than later. The links below provide some ideas for accommodation and provide background for activities while you are off the bike.
We will sort out a dinner location during the first day but it is likely to be O’Mara’s Hotel.
On both days we will meet at 08:30 – 08:45hrs for a 09:00hr departure from the Stanthorpe Tourist / Visitor’s Information Centre, 28 Leslie Parade, Stanthorpe. Below are Garmin course maps for all sections but I will send out the written instructions beforehand.
Day 1 – June 10
The ride starts at the Tourist Information Centre, travels down to Ballandean via Sugarloaf Road, Neilsens Road past the “full” Storm King Dam then left onto Eukey Road past a few wineries and ending at the corner of Curr and Sundown Road Ballandean. Below is a link to a course.
Day 1 Stanthorpe to Ballandean – 35km
I am suggesting a 1.5 hour break for lunch where you can go to the local café, a winery or simply a look around and then regroup back at the same place ready for the ride back via the Granite Belt Bike Trail. I am going with a group to Ballandean Estate Wines www.ballandeanestate.com for a light lunch in their Barrel room but there are heaps of wineries and within a 3 km radius.
Day 1 Ballandean to Stanthorpe – 37 km
The return leg is the “Granite Belt Wine Trail”. There is one section of unsealed road that goes for about 1.5km. Last weekend it was in good condition and would not pose a problem for a road bike. If you prefer a hybrid / touring bike that is fine. We won’t be in a hurry. Anyway the Garmin course link is below.
Day 2 – Stanthorpe Loop – 50km
This day starts at 09:00 from the Tourist Information Centre, travels out along Amiens Road toward Mount Banca. We turn right at about 5.8km into Cannon Creek Road and towards Bapaume Road. At 17.5km we turn right into Amiens Road.
The course below should have the section from 17.5km to 20.75km removed. In other words we turn right at 17.5km into Amiens Road rather than left into Bapaume Road. The original course went out and back to a coffee shop which no longer exists.
We head down Amiens Road through the Passchendaele State Forest, through apple orchards and end up at the Jersey Girls Café for a coffee. They have free cheese tastings as well and if they are running you may be able to check out some of the local cheeses. www.stanthorpecheese.com.au
After the coffee we turn right into Tennant Road then left through an underpass on the New England Highway and then follow the Old Warwick Road /Applethorpe Road / Aerodrome Road / McKillop Lane back to High Street the main throughfare through Stanthorpe. To make it a bit interesting for those wanting the challenge, we turn left into Davadi Street, left into Lock Street and continue to the Mount Marley Lookout. There is a little 8% climb for a short section with a great view awaiting for you at the top.
For those people who do not want to check out the view you are welcome to return to the Tourist Information Centre.
Please let me know if you intend to come by return email. Look forward to seeing you there.
Ian Chant firstname.lastname@example.org