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Cycling the Gold Coast

Robbie McEwen

The wide range of riding opportunities here on the Coast sets it apart from a lot of other places.

Whether you're looking for a fairly flat cycle along the beachfront or a hill climb into the hinterland, the Gold Coast offers great rides for professional and avid cyclists alike. While the trails can all be diverse in terms of their difficulty level, they're all guaranteed to be beautiful and scenic.

 

Here are my two favourite Gold Coast rides:

Currumbin Valley

The ride up and down Currumbin Valley is my go-to ride at the moment. It's a perfect 2-hour, 60 km ride into the hinterland. It is safe with long quiet stretches of road, and thoroughly enjoyable with a gradual, winding climb with beautiful scenery.

25km into the ride is where you pass the Currumbin Valley Rock Pool, a really popular and picturesque swimming hole for locals and visitors alike.

At the end of the undulating valley, you'll reach the Springbrook National Park entrance. Although I'm talking about riding this area, it's also a nice stroll along the path and into the rainforest and past the creek. You can even have a little dip in the water, which is really nice and refreshing. You work hard on the way out as it's gradually uphill to get there, but you get the benefit of that on the way back down and out of the valley.

The best part about this ride is it's like you've got the valley all to yourself because the road is so quiet, and it really changes from that coastal landscape, through bushland and in to rainforest.

Springbrook

Springbrook provides a short, tough, but very scenic, ride on the Gold Coast. The 20km climb from bottom to top takes you to about 1,000m altitude.

You can start your ride from the beachside, before cycling through Robina and Mudgeeraba, then onto the 2km warm up climb towards Springbrook. As you start to make your way up, it won't take long to realise why Springbrook is a Gold Coast icon.

The main part of the Springbrook climb is the 8km section up to the bus stop - the one most cyclists use for training. The gradient is gentle in this stretch - about 5.5% getting up to the halfway point - which is the most frequented part of the climb.

From there, you're into the rainforest across the top of the ridge.

The gradient builds up to a maximum 18% as you follow the ridge line all the way to the top to the"Best of all Lookout" - where on a clear day you can see all of the Gold Coast.

Then it's all downhill from there, you can cruise down the nice flowing descent almost all the way back to the beach.

If the hills and valleys aren't your thing then you can always cruise the entire Gold Coast beachfront along the Darren Smith Memorial Route from Runaway Bay to Coolangatta - 40km flat stretch taking in all the beauty of Pacific Ocean.

Robbie McEwen

Former Pro Cyclist

Robbie McEwen is an Australian former professional road cyclist (pro career 1996-2012) and winner of over 200 professional races. He last rode for Orica-GreenEDGE on the UCI World Tour in 2012. Robbie now works as a freelance TV commentator and analyst at the Tour de France for SBS, Tour Down Under (Ch9), Tour de Langkawi – Malaysia and Cycle Asia events. He also co-hosts The Bike Lane weekly show on SBS.

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