The inaugural Wine, Wheels & Whiting event – from Clare to Wallaroo – is just 8 weeks away. People are going to love this route because its 85 % downhill. You heard it – downhill. From Clare, you’ll have a nice steady descent all the way to Wallaroo – albeit it with a bit of a climb halfway.
With that in mind – here’s the run down of the route.
The 125km Riders Start.
It all kicks off for the 125km riders at The Valley’s Lifestyle Centre – right in the middle of Clare. Here you’ll get an escort out of town onto White Hut Road. Riders will be pedalling parallel to the Resiling Trail right up until the northern end which terminates at Barrinia road.
From Barrinia road – there’s a brief downhill section followed by a short stretch on Main North Road before heading out onto Bungaree Road – you’ll be passing through scenic undulating farming countryside and riding directly past historic Bungaree Station.
From here, we’ll be joining the Horrocks highway – then heading through to Brinkworth – where there will be a refreshment stop to power up those legs and get some much needed energy.
From Brinkworth – you can expect a fairly straight flat run across the plains to Snowtown – and here you’ll get spectacular views of the Hummock Range in the distance and the Snowtown Windfarm nearby.
The 70km riders join in.
At Snowtown there’ll be a refreshment stop and the 70 kilometre riders will join the pack. After Snowtown there’ll be a bit of climbing over the Barunga Gap – it’s a nice steady climb of approximately 135m over 10 kilometres. On the other side it’s a nice sweeping run into Bute – where there is also a refreshment stop.
45 kilometre riders join in.
From Bute – it’s a fairly straight and slightly downhill run into the historic mining town of Kadina with a water stop for those that are getting thirsty.
Once you’ve made it to Kadina – you’re on the home straight with about 12 kilometres to go. Riders will make their way along the Copper Coast Highway and take a scenic cruise along the waterfront and past the Wallaroo Marina – finally finishing at the North Beach Tourist Park.
An easy option for families.
For those who want to take things really easy or just want to have a bit of fun with the youngsters there’s an 8km Family Ride option that follows along the North Beach waterfront, starting and finishing at the North Beach Tourist Park.
Check out the Family Ride route on Ride with GPS.
So there you have it – the 2015 Wine, Wheels & Whiting inaugural ride.
The Best Bits
The gorgeous countryside with vineyards and farms peppering the countryside when you’re leaving Clare.
The sweeping views and patchwork plains as you ride from Bungaree/Brinkworth through to Snowtown.
The downhill nature of the ride – from the top of the Barrunga Gap – everything is trending downhill to Kadina.
The finish in Wallaroo – if the weather’s good it will be spectacular along the waterfront.
Check out the Route Map yourself on Ride With GPS.
Come ride your bike – Wine, Wheels & Whiting – Saturday 12 September.
South Australia is well known for its gorgeous vineyards, great seafood and strong cycling culture. We’ve decided to bring all of this together in the Wine, Wheels & Whiting bike ride – where riders can pedal all the way from the Clare Valley to the Copper Coast – and be entertained by a weekend of festivities put on by the locals.