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Amy’s Ride SA is a great ride that has it all, from a car-free expressway to ocean views and some nice flowing hills around McLaren Vale. Enjoy our route preview complete with photos. 

It all starts on the Southern Expressway, and believe us, it’s a magical feeling cruising along an expressway that isn’t normally open to cyclists. The first climb up O’Halloran Hill will test the legs early on. The “sweat-o-meter” will be high, but switch to a lower gear & you’ll be over the top in no time.

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The ride up the freeway is tough, but a lot of fun.

From the top, you can look forward to a smooth, mostly downhill run to the end of the Expressway at Main South Rd then onto River Rd, heading towards Port Noarlunga. That’s 21km of cycling done!

30km and 35km riders split off River Rd onto the Sea to Vines Rail Trail bike path where a refreshment station serving up hydration options will be available. From here it’s another 9km to the finish line at Serafino Winery.

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This rider is celebrating a little bit too early. He’s still got Willunga Hill to climb.

70km, 100km and 125km riders continue on to Port Noarlunga where a refreshment station awaits. Drink up and re-hydrate here for your ride along the esplanade to Moana. The views are absolutely stunning.

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There are some great coastal views while riding Amy’s Ride SA

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Nothing beats riding along roads like this.

Moving away from the beachfront, the route heads down Commercial Road and Old Coach Road before re-joining the beachfront again at Port Willunga near the famous ‘Star of Greece’ restaurant. 41km down!

After another few kilometres of waterfront riding we turn east and make our way towards Willunga via Hahn Road and Almond Grove Road, riding through a beautiful landscape of vineyards and olive groves.

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The next refreshment station is at The Rose Garden, in Willunga, where rehydration and snack options are available to set you up for the ride up Old Willunga Hill. 60km down!

Bike SA has many refreshment stops along the way

Bike SA has many refreshment stops along the way

70km riders split here and head down Main Rd towards McLaren Vale and the finish line at Serafino Winery where glory awaits. For 100 and 125 rider, there’s still plenty of work to do. With an average gradient of 7.6%, the ride up Old Willunga Hill covers a distance of 3km to Range Rd at the top.

The ride up Wilunga is tough stuff... but very rewarding

The ride up Willunga HIll is tough stuff… but very rewarding

A nice flat scenic ride along the top of ‘The Range’ takes you to the top of Wickham’s Hill Rd. Watch out for a very steep and winding decent, slow down, take care and observe the advisory speed signs – 35km or less. There’s a very tight hairpin bend halfway down. (Seriously… you need to slow down.)

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The descent down this part of McLaren Vale is exhilarating to say the least.

At the bottom of Wickham’s Hill, those needing to shorten the ride can take a left to follow the Escape Route option that will cut down the sprint to the finish by half – only 10km to go this way. Otherwise it’s a short run north to the final refreshment station at Fingerboard Corner and only 20km remaining to the finish.

The final approach is mainly downhill through Blewitt Springs to McLaren Flat for the last 3km along Kangarilla Rd to the finish at Serafino winery where music, wine and food are on offer.

The 12km Family Shiraz Trail starts from Serafino – straight onto the Shiraz trail into Willlunga and back.

The finish is a great place to relax with friends, fellow riders and family.

The finish is a great place to relax with friends, fellow riders and family.

If you can still have fun at the finish line, then you probably didn't ride Wilunga hill twice.

If you can still have fun at the finish line, then you probably didn’t ride Willunga hill twice.

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Download the master route map and join us for the ride. Amy’s Ride SA takes place on Sunday 6 November and is the perfect way to support safer cycling conditions and enjoy one of Adelaide’s favourite cycling events. 

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