2019 JCC’s Block Ride Showcases Highs of Alpine Cycling
Offering the benefits of altitude and steep climbs, the Snowy Mountains has long been well known among competitive cyclists and coaches Australia – wide as a great training ground.
But more and more , the region is also attracting groups of cyclists of all levels and ages, who are drawn by the sheer challenge of riding hills on smooth and well constructed roads through the beauty of the National Park.
For local riders, it’s the equivalent of cycling Heaven. And while Jindabyne Cycling Club (JCC) members might have what they consider the honour of being able to ride through the Snowy Mountains whenever they like, they look forward to the club’s annual Round the Block Training Ride each year with huge excitement.
Usually ridden over three days from Jindabyne to Adaminaby to Khancoban and back to Jindabyne was altered this year to an out and back ride, due to Cabra-Khancoban Rd being closed between Tooma and Khancoban due to tree risk following a bush-fire.
The ninth annual event held at the weekend attracted 40 participants to a "Half the Block and back again’’ event which saw them ride 320km through some of best cycling country in the world based out of Adaminaby.
Club president Gary Pearson said it was a hugely successful weekend despite the last minute change of route, offering riders a mixture of mountain climbs and rolling plains.
" Every rider was tested each day and then enjoyed the company of fellow enthusiasts each evening at Adaminaby,’’ he said. "of the riders were locals with the rest from the Merimbula Pambula area. Finishing all the riders gathered at Parc cafe Jindabyne to examine there feats and excitedly plan for next year's 10th anniversary ride.’’
Gary thanks long time club member and Vice President Andrew Harrigan for organizing the ride and also Lyn Mutton and Ursula for driving support vehicles.