Bike Camp

Past Rides

Bike Camp has been running in New South Wales for over 30 years, cycling many of the roads in the state. Here are the ones in recent memory...

2017 - Mount Trickett to Binda via Wombeyan Caves
After all the rain last year it was a great relief to head off under clear blue skies!

Camp started at the top of Mount Trickett – the highest point in the Blue Mountains! From there we headed down into Gurnang State Forest to zig and zag our way through some awesome pine forest trails. After camping amongst the pines the first night and riding through some more great pine forest trails we eventually popped out of the forest to enter the Blue Mountains National Park.

A few riders made a small unscheduled detour before we all re-joined to ride down to the Mount Werong Campsite – an old miners hut and campground overrun with wallabies!

The next day was a highlight with an incredible run down the Range Fire Trail into Wombeyan Caves. Our rest day was spent at Wombeyan Caves exploring the caves and generally hanging out.

Following our day off we headed out of Wombeyan Caves up a decent climb out to loop back up to the Range Fire Trial to continue down into the small township of Taralaga and set up camp at the local showgrounds. Throughout camp Grant was teaching everyone how to crack his stock whip like a true country guy/gal and when we found a fellow whip cracker at the showgrounds – it was game on. Unfortunately a local resident was not so impressed with the racket and we were forced to call it a draw!

Day 6 was meant to be a cruisy ride with some sealed roads and mostly flat rolling terrain – but a stiff headwind put an end to that and everyone found themselves pedalling down hills! The wind eventually dropped off and we rolled into Crookwell campground for our last night.

Everyone was a bit sad to head off on the last day knowing it was almost the end of camp – but a steep climb out of Crookwell had everyone focussed on riding and getting to the top. This gave a great final run down into the sleepy village of Binda where parents were waiting to see us all arrive with shouts of joy.

It was a truly awesome camp for 2017 with the usual ups and downs, creative toasties, great food, stories around the campfire and learning about the big story of the bible. Check out some photos of camp here.

2016 - Orange to Blayney via Garland
Rain, rain and more rain - we almost thought we might have to cancel Bike Camp for 2016 with wettest winter season leading up to camp. But the rain eased for camp and we managed to stay mostly dry. 2016's camp started in the centre of Orange and headed straight out to the nearby MTB trails in Kinross State Forest, home to the famous Ginga Ninja MTB race. From there we headed through town across to the other side towards Mount Canobolas. Before heading up the mountain we hit the local Orange MTB trails for some technical single tracks and play in the practice area.

We camped in the cool of Mount Canobolas before heading down into the slippery, clay pine forests on the other side. Our rest day was at a private property on the banks of the Belubla River complete with a natural hot spring, where we rested and recouped before heading off on the second half of camp.

Bible studies were on 1 Thessalonians where we learnt about Godly living and remaining strong in faith - it was a great encouragement!

The weather for the second half of camp was a little wild and wet but we managed to avoid most of the rain and rode some amazing fire trails in Pennsylvania State Forest finishing up in the township of Blayney. Check out the photos of camp here.

2015 - Denman to Wollombi
We rode out of Denman and into the wilderness! It was a week of incredible trails through some amazing bushland including a trip around the great Mount Yengo. We lived it up this year on the rest day staying in a homestead on the foothills of Mount Yengo. Some truly epic downhills and plenty of water crossings on the last day had everybody leaving with a smile and hanging out for where bike camp will take them next year! Check out photos of the camp here.

2014 - Bathurst to Denman
We ventured off road this year and conquered some big hills. Many said the highlight of camp was staying at James Estate Wines and riding on their Mountain Bike Trails. Check out photos of the camp here.

2013 - Goulburn to Bathurst
For 2013 we revisited the legendary Bathurst to Goulburn Ride. Get the full story.

2005 - Gunning to Mandurama
Another great ride with a great bunch of people. We never did get around to writing the full story. You'll have to come on another camp to hear about it.

2004 - Lithgow to Bathurst via Mudgee
This ride included some serious bush bashing and a vow to stay on roads that appear loud and clear on maps!

2002 - Bathurst to Dunedoo
Those who rode the 2001 ride could pick up where they left off in Bathurst and continue the ride through to Dunedoo. Get the full story.

2001 - Goulburn to Bathurst
The Goulburn to Bathurst ride has been done a few times over the last 10 years. Its a challenging ride that includes a day off at Abercrombie Caves and one of the best days ride from Grenfell to Canowindra. Get the full story.