Routes

 

Join us on Sunday 3 March for the 2019 Big Canberra Bike Ride!

There's something for everyone, with four rides to suit all ages, skills and experience - the 5 km Big Family Ride, 35 km Big Lake Ride, 65 km Big Dam Ride, and the 120 km Big Tidbinbilla Ride.

All rides start and finish from our event hub at Rond Terrace on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, with iconic Canberra views of the War Memorial and Parliament House. All rides begin with a cycle along the lake down Parkes Way, one of Canberra’s major arterial roads which will be closed to traffic.

 
 

5 km Big Family Ride

The 5 km Big Family Ride takes place entirely on closed roads, heading along Lake Burely Griffin from Rond Terrace to the Acton tunnel along Parkes Way.

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Distance: 5km

Average Speed: 7  – 15 km/h

Start Time: 10:00am

Start / Finish Location: Rond Terrace

Age: All ages (u18 accompanied by an adult at all times)

Total road closure.

 
 
 

35 km Big Lake Ride 

The 35 km Big Lake Ride features a circuit around Lake Burley Griffin, the “jewel in the crown” of Canberra’s beautiful bush capital, passing through wooded glades with picturesque lakeside scenery with stunning views throughout.

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Distance: 35km

Average Speed: 10 – 25 km/h

Start Time: 9:00am

Start/Finish Location: Rond Terrace

Age: All ages (u18 accompanied by an adult at all times)

Partial road closure, majority bike path and minimal open roads with course marshals.  

 
 

65 km Big Dam Ride 

The 65 km Big Dam Bike Ride takes you out of the city following one of Canberra’s most popular and challenging cycling circuits: the Cotter - Uriarra loop. The ride features rolling hills and extended climbs, stunning river landscapes and spectacular views of the Cotter Dam. This ride will be timed. 

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Distance: 65km

Average Speed: 15 – 35 km/h

Start Time: 8:00am

Start / Finish Location: Rond Terrace

Age: 12+  (u18 accompanied by an adult at all times)

Partial road closure, majority open roads.

 
 

120 km Big Tidbinbilla Ride

The 120 km Big Tidbinbilla Ride follows the same route as the 65 km Big Dam Ride, with the addition of a return ride into the beautiful Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, which features several challenging climbs. This ride will be timed.   

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Distance: 120km

Average Speed: 20 – 35 km/h

Start Time: 7:00am

Start / Finish Location: Rond Terrace

Age: 12+  (u18 accompanied by an adult at all times)

 *This ride has a cut off time of 7.5 hours, allowing for an average speed of 16 km/h and arrival at the event hub at 2:30pm. If you have not reached the Cotter Campground Aid Station by 1:00pm you will be asked to gracefully retire. If you choose to continue riding, it will not be under event conditions.