Thank you for the great turnout and for your enthusiasm and good humour on Sunday. We had a really fun ride with many of our riders achieving their 'first ever' ride up Mt Coot-tha.
We also had a fantastic array of Riese & Muller electric bikes, heaps of AVE adventure bikes and an Earth ebike, all well up to the task ahead.
We departed from Electric Bikes Brisbane at about 8.30am and headed out through Roma Street and Victoria Park parklands. This joins you up with Enogerra Creek Bikeway, a very picturesque bikeway that follows the creek all the way into The Gap.
We took the opportunity for a relaxed, sociable ride to warm up and at about 15km headed across to the foot of Mt Coot-tha through Bardon to the start of the climb.
A lap of Mt Coot-tha is 9.4 km and contains 360m of elevation. If you ride anti-clockwise like we did it starts with a 2.2km climb that has an average gradient of 9%. It gets steeper each corner and, even on an ebike, you appreciate the 'finish line' after you pass Channel 10.
The great thing about riding it on an electric bike though is that it is achievable, even if you aren't super fit or aren't into strenuous riding. You get to the top puffing a bit but have a great sense of achievement rather than feeling like you need to call a taxi to get home!
And because you aren't completely wiped out you can really enjoy and appreciate the beautiful views you get through the trees as you continue your ride along the ridge top towards the summit.
Thanks again everyone for an enjoyable morning out!
Enjoy these photos and appreciate the amazing e-bike engineering that makes a climb like this so enjoyable for pretty much anyone who decides they want to do it.
A great turnout of AVE E-Bikes, making light work of the climb
David on his Riese & Muller Homage GX Rohloff E-Bike with Dual Battery - ready for some serious adventure
Nick turning a lot of heads on the Riese & Muller Packster 60 cargo e-bike. A striking machine and was just as much riding down as up - handles beautifully!
Sam was riding the Riese & Muller Culture Vario e-bike. A supremely comfortable ride and a very capable ebike. Perfect for beginner riders as well as experienced riders.
And a big congratulations to David who, as well as riding Mt Coot-tha for the first time, also clocked his longest ride ever. David is riding the mighty Riese & Muller Tinker compact e-bike.
If you are curious about how an ebike works or how they feel to ride then EBB hosts a number of group rides where you can try one. These are small group rides along bike paths and quiet back streets where you can learn about the different drive systems and ask lots of questions of your EBB guide.
The Tweed Valley is stunning. Beautiful beaches. Coastal ranges. Lush green valleys. With the Tweed Valley Rail Trail nearing completion it will soon become a major cycling destination. Don’t wait though. There are many excellent ride routes. Stephen shares one of his favourite day rides with us.
Looking for a weekend away? Bill & Lesley wanted to support our drought stricken rural areas so headed to Murgon for the weekend to ride the Murgon to Kingaroy section of the South Burnett Rail Trail. They share their ride - an easy 82km day ride from Murgon to Kingaroy and back to Murgon.