Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory and surrounding countryside are cycling nirvana.

Cycling is very popular in all its forms from road racing to touring to off-road mountain biking. Long-distance bicycle rides are an established part of the local scene.

There are many good rides available within the relatively small area of the “Territory”. Our rides generally cross the border into New South Wales, opening up a vast network of roads for cycling through very pleasant countryside. Most of the ACT Region’s Audax group reside in Canberra and nearby New South Wales. Many of the ACT Region Members are experienced and committed long-distance cyclists and are only too happy to assist new riders and offer advice and support.

Audax ACT Region rides include single-day rides or multi-day journeys, exploring areas such as the Riverina, the Central West, and the Southern Highlands.

Challenging rides in the NSW alpine areas include the Snowies Epic 300 which is usually calendared every two years and the extremely challenging Permanent, the Snowies 600km ride with 10,000 metres of climbing and 60 hours to complete.

Safety is a priority with organisers. Rides use quiet back roads and when this is not possible, main roads with wide safe shoulders.

Rides generally start in Canberra or within a short ride/drive of the city. Please contact the ride organiser at least 3 days before the ride to confirm your participation and to obtain details such as the start location and time. Feel free to contact the Rider Organiser beforehand to discuss any aspects such as difficulty, terrain, road types, and lighting requirements.

ACT Upcoming Rides

Upcoming rides for ACT for the next 28 days

Details of all scheduled rides are in the Audax Calendar

Collector Loo to Loo Loops100 and 200 (2022) Register
100 and 200 kms loops starting from Collector – 100 heading direct to Green Grocer Cafe in Goulburn – 200 – a slight detour to the Green Grocer. Both rides return to Collector.
Distances: 101km, 205km | ACT | BA
The Fruit Loop Register
The first of four mixed terrain rides based in Harden, the Fruit Loop starts after morning coffee in Murrumburrah, then follows a picturesque valley on the way to Young and returns via hilly Wombat. 79 kms; 65% gravel, approx 1000m ascent.
Distance: 79km | ACT | BG
Take me to the River Register
High points above Jugiong afford dramatic vistas of the Murrumbidgee Valley. Delightful roads hug the river itself, a rarity in Australia. Enjoy coffee in Jugiong and striking art installations at Garangula. A 100km option starts in Garangula.
Distances: 103km, 140km | ACT | BG
Shake, Rattle and Roll Register
The climbing is tough at first but superb pastoral views over hill and dale and a great descent to the Jugiong River are reward for your effort. Return to Harden directly from Binalong or press onto Boorowa and return to Harden via Galong.
Distances: 100km, 156km | ACT | BG
Going to Cootamundra (2022) Register
A scenic course (yes, it\'s hilly too) finishes a long weekend of gravel rides. Shops and toilets in Wallandbeen, cafés in Cootamundra. A revised 100km route and a new 150km option adds a loop to the west of Cootamundra.
Distances: 101km, 151km | ACT | BG
A Spring's Day Out 200, 300 & 600, and 150 Road Nouveau (2022) Register
Watson – Sutton – then split depending on your ride selection 50BA, 150BA, 200BRM, 300BRM or 600BRM
Distances: 50km, 156km, 200km, 300km, 600km | ACT | BA
Dirt MTB Series #2 – 35 Register
Mountain Bikes Rule. A challenging 35km single track loop of the Jerra Trails.
Distance: 35km | ACT | BD

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