Challenge Rides Series 2018

Kangaroo Point Cycling Club invites you to challenge yourself in 2018 with our Challenge Rides Series.

These relaxed rides are an extension to our weekly Club Sunday Ride program and will inspire you to get on the bike and try something different, all with a great group of club mates and all guaranteed to be the most memorable rides of the year.

The Challenge Rides are all-inclusive, non-drop rides so no one is ever left behind or dropped off the back. They are designed only to challenge riders - not break them. At some points on some of these rides, i.e. longer climbs or descents, the group will be allowed to break up so riders can go at their own pace but will regroup at a pre-designated point to continue on together. Numbers permitting, some Challenge Rides may also feature two or more groups - i.e. a easy paced group as well as the option to form a faster group for a harder hit out.

If you are new to the Club, please contact the Club Captain prior to attending these rides. 

  • We strongly recommend that you purchase yourself a  Cycling Australia Recreational (Ride) - 3 Month Membership ($28) for your own insurance purposes before your ride, which will also give you 3 months of access to the full range of Membership benefits.

  • Our rides are designed for road bikes, and the use of mountain, triathlon (tri-bars and rear disks) and fixed geared (brakeless) bikes are not permitted on our group rides, primarily for safety reasons.

  • Riders under the age of 16 are to be accompanied by a parent, and should contact the Club Captain beforehand to discuss suitability of the ride. 

  • You should advise the Ride Leader of any relevant medical conditions / special requirements that you might have prior to departing.

26 January | Mt Glorious for Australia Day (or just Mt Nebo if you prefer)

Brisbane Cyclists traditionally challenge themselves with the climbs of Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious for Australia Day where Australian flags, jerseys and national pride is de-riguer. Start your #kpchallengeridesseries with this rewarding climb featuring a quick stop at the Rainforest Cafe atop Mt Glorious (or at one of the cafes in Mt Nebo Village if you decide not to go all the way) before returning for an Australia Day pavlova at My Sweetopia!

  • Departs: 6:00am Goodwill Bridge, South Bank side
  • Distance: 85.3km / +1811m (or Mt Nebo 61.4km / +1195m)
  • Time: 4.5 hours return (or Mt Nebo 3 hours return)
  • Difficulty: 4/5 (moderate ride, difficult climbs) (or Mt Nebo 3/5)

RideWithGPS route link: Mt Glorious (or Mt Nebo)

Contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.

18 February | Nerang to Binna Burra via Beechmont

For the second in our Challenge Ride series of 2018, we have an exciting new ride in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland. The ride takes us from our starting point at Nerang through the settlement of Beechmont and gorgeous scenery to Binna Burra which is 800 metres above sea level. There are sustained and hard climbs before we reach this lovely mountain getaway where we will take a short break before a magic return down the mountain to Nerang.

This is going to be a wonderful ride with awesome scenery. Like our other Challenge Rides, this is run as a 'no drop' ride but the group will break up as everybody climbs at their own pace. We will have regroup points and set the overall pace to keep everybody as close together as possible.  Nobody gets left behind.

We encourage members to car pool to get to/from Nerang on the day. Use TeamApp or Facebook to let others know if you have space in your car for others.

  • Departs: 6:30am To be confirmed. Hope St, Nerang (park near the Nerang Velodrome)
  • Distance: 73.4km / +1347m 
  • Time: 4.5 hours return
  • Difficulty: 4/5 (Easy pace. Hilly, sustained climbs. Moderate-Hard difficulty)

RideWithGPS route link: Nerang to Binna Burra via Beechmont

11 March | Sunny Coast Loop

Full details and route TBC but we are thinking around a loop starting in Landsborough and taking in the scenic townships of Montville and Maleny (just under 100km).

2 April (Easter Monday) | Ronde van Brookfield-gem-beek-berg

The Ronde van Brookfield-gem-beek-berg is the Club's annual Spring Classic inspired by the classic races of the World Tour. If you can't make it to the cobbles of the Arenberg Forest for Paris-Roubaix, or to Koppenberg for the Tour of Flanders you should be a part of Ronde van Brookfield-gem-beek-berg!

This ride is a good bit of fun for all Club Members with a parcours that features twisty roads, gravel, 3 infamous climbs; Goud Kreckberg (Gold Creek Rd), Savengberg (Savages Rd) and Opper Brookfieldberg (Upper Brookfield Rd), creek crossings and out-and-back opportunities to have a 'hit out' for bragging rights amongst your club mates on three fingers of the Forest of Brookfield.

Be sure to wear your best / worst retro kit to pay homage to the ‘Classics’ kings; Merckx, De Vlaeminck, Coopi, etc., and bring out your hand-built alloy wheels and steel framed bike from the back of the shed. Refer to the 2013 and 2014 write ups.

Distance options:

  • 3 fingers: 79.9km / +965m (or just 1 finger: Upper Brookfield Rd - approx. 58km)
  • Time: up to 4 hours return
  • Difficulty: 3/5 (moderate ride, easy climbs)

Route link: Ronde van Brookfield-gem-beek-berg


Due to well publicised tensions with some Brookfield residents please ensure that the road rules are obeyed at all times, and behavior is considerate of residents that may still be in bed on their Sunday morning:

  • stay to the left hand side of the road at all times and do not cross the center line
  • ride no more than 2 abreast and 'single up' to allow cars to pass
  • refrain from making excessive noise while riding or stopped at each dead-end

RideWithGPS route link: Ronde van Brookfield-gem-beek-berg

Contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.

7 May (Labour Day) | Get to the Point

Do you remember being a kid, taking your bike and just going exploring? Are you looking for a ride that is a bit different? No same old same old river loops or repeats of hills? Just exploring? If you are... join us for Get to the Point on Monday 7 May.

And there will be a new format for 2018 making it more about brains over brawn.

Get to the Point is a fun ride for all abilities. It can be as far and hard or short and slow as you choose - it is more about planning and strategy!

This is a ride we have never done and can probably never replicate because even at the start line no one – not even the Club knows exactly where you are going! You might get lost, you will definitely ride somewhere new but hopefully you will all have fun.

So how does this challenging ride work?

In teams of up to 4 people (to be formed on the day) you must ride to as many of the Points (checkpoints) around Brisbane as you can. These Points are selected at random and spread all over greater Brisbane and they won't be revealed until the day so you must think quick and plan your strategy! In 2018 there will be hundreds of possible points.

Some Points will be easy to access. Some will be harder to get too. Some will be cryptic and some may be hard to find.

It doesn’t matter what order your team does the Points in or even how many you do. Each Point is worth different points and your goal is to get as many points as possible. There will even be points awarded for the best photos posted to Instagram (good for the creatives who are neither brainy or brawny).

But it's not about speed. In fact, you must finish with an average speed of under 26km/h. Anything higher and we will be deducting some serious points. At least one member of each team must have a GPS enabled cycling computer (i.e. a Garmin) or smart phone app (i.e. Strava or Ride With GPS) to record the route for average speed and points verification.

You've got 4 hours to collect points and make it back to the finish line at My Sweetopia where you can enjoy a rewarding breakfast. Did we mention that for every minute that you are late back we'll start deducting points?

Sound simple? If you have done the math then you could do as much as 104km (4hrs @ 26km/h) but you won't have to ride that for as this challenge ride is as much mental as it is physical. Your team, with the right strategy, may be able to enjoy a relaxing ride around Brisbane with friends and still win the day!

  • Arrival for Registration and Briefing: 6:00am My Sweetopia
  • Departs: 6:30am My Sweetopia
  • Distance: Up to you but less than 104km (or you will loose points)
  • Time: 4 hours exactly (or you will loose points)
  • Difficulty: ?/5 (up to you but the smarter you are, the easier it will be)

The pre-event details and regulations can be found here.

10 June | Point Lookout, Straddie

This Challenge Ride will take you a little further beyond the boundaries of Brisbane - an extended ride by bike and ferry to Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island.


6:00am    Departing the Goodwill Bridge to ride to Cleveland for the ferry
8:00am    Sailing on the Minjerribah Ferry (air-conditioned with licenced cafe on board) to Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island
8:50am    Disembark and ride 23km ride to Point Lookout. This 23km does have some climbing but our path is fully paved. Verge is narrow or non-existent.   

Brunch will be served at The Blue Room upon our arrival. We'll have approximately 1hr:40 mins of leisure time at Point Lookout before we need to start our ride back to the ferry. Get the Speedos wet at Main Beach or take a walk on the "Whales Way" to spot any Humpbacks on their way past from Antartica.

1:00pm    Big Red Cat return to Cleveland then ride to South Brisbane
3:20pm    Approximate arrival at South Brisbane

RideWithGPS route link: Point Lookout, Straddie 

The full route return to South Brisbane is circa 98km of cycling and the rest is via Ferry. The ride should be considered 'medium' difficulty due to the distance and just over 1,000 metres of climbing.

Note this ride is close to a full day out, returning to South Brisbane after 3pm. Be prepared by carrying additional food, electrolyte tabs and sunscreen.

Contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.

July TBA | Rapha Women's 100 with KP (& Lad's Imperial 100 Ride)

Join the Kangaroo Point Cycling Club for the Rapha #womens100 in July 2018 (date yet to be announced). The ride will depart Goodwill Bridge, South Bank side at 6am for a mostly flat loop of bay side loop before returning to MySweetopia for a warm coffee and cupcakes (or porridge).  

Check out the write up from our 2014 Rapha #womens100 ride.

The route map for the 2017 Rapha Women's 100 can be found here

Contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.

15 August (Ekka Wednesday) | O'Reilly's from Canungra

KPCC O'Reillys.jpg

O'Reilly's climb is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable climbs in South East Queensland. Ride out as a group from the township of Canungra through 10km of farmland, before you reach the first of the grid crossing indicating the start of the climb. The road narrows and winds itself up into the clouds at an average gradient of 4% with views to the Pacific Ocean and Beaudesert. Settle into a comfortable pace and spin your way up the climb before reaching Kamarun Lookout with it's panoramic views after 26km. Either turn around and roll back down the mountain, or venture onto the O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat where the road gets rough and steepens to pinches of 15%. Head back down taking your time to enjoy the decent and regather at the Outpost Café for a coffee and brunch.

RideWithGPS route links: Canungra to O'Reilly's Kamarun Lookout / Canungra to O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

Contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.

30 September | Mt Mee

The beautiful spring weather provides the perfect opportunity for a longer ride to one of the most picturesque climbs in South-East Queensland. The route takes us out through Petrie to Dayboro after which we commence the Mt Mee Road climb at a steady 6-7% for approximately 7km. Loop back via Ocean View Road with a flowing descent and regroup with your club mates at the Dayboro Bakery for a quick bite and drink. We then return via Samford to South Brisbane for rewarding coffee and brunch at MySweetopia.

  • Start:            5:45am Goodwill Bridge, South Bank side
  • Distance:     110km
  • Elevation:    +1,506 metres
  • Time:            4.5 - 5 hours
  • Difficulty:      4/5 (long ride, undulated terrain with a moderate climb at Mt Mee)

RideWithGPS route link: Mt Mee

Contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.

TBA (October) | Club Century

The Club Century is a long standing tradition of the Club. It's the one time each year that the full Club rolls out together for a leisurely 100km.

  • Departs: 6:00am Goodwill Bridge, Southbank
  • Distance: 100km (2018 route TBA)
  • Time: 4.5 hours return
  • Difficulty: 3/5 (long ride, flat to undulating)

RideWithGPS route link: TBA

Contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.

11 November | Currumbin - Numinbah Valley Loop



We have a new route variation for our Numinbah Valley ride this year. We depart from the Currumbin Surf Club carpark at the southern end of the Gold Coast, initially heading north on the Esplanade past Burleigh Heads to Broadbeach. We then turn west through Nerang  and towards dairy flatlands, sugar cane and country charm on the border of New South Wales.  The Numinbah Valley is a gorgeous ride, climbing to a breathtaking border crossing in the shadow of O'Reilly's before descending inside an extinct volcano culdera to the quaint town of Chillingham for a Chocolate Frozen Banana. After a break we continue down the Tweed Valley in to Murwullimbah before making the challenging Tomewin climb to cross back in to Queensland.  We regroup at the top of Tomewin at the border gate before heading back to the coast via the Currumbin Valley and enjoy a beer and burger at the Currumbin Surf Club.

  • Departs: 6:00am Currumbin - at the car park near Currumbin Surf Club

  • Distance: 122km / +1762m

  • Time: 6-7 hours return

  • Difficulty: 5/5 (very long ride, very difficult climbs)

Please RSVP for this ride, and contact the Club Captain with any questions about this ride.

RideWithGPS route link: Numinbah Valley Loop

8 December | Christmas Lights Ride

Adorn your bike with tinsel and fairy lights; dress up in you best festive cycling kit (KPCC Christmas socks are a must); and strap on your Christmas bells for a ride past some of the best decorated homes in the south east.

The proposed route will be approx. a 36km round trip that should take us around 2 hours including a few stops to admire the lights (click here to see the 2017 route). This route is currently based on last year's 4KQ Christmas Lights Competition entrants and will be updated closer to the date to feature the best of 2018.