A road less travelled – Canberra to Mullion

In: Bike Rides

15 Mar 2009

I know just about every roadie in Canberra does the Uriarra loop. In the anti clockwise direction we all go down the hill to Uriarra crossing and turn left and go back up the hill. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you went straight at the intersection?

Well this is the road less travelled, Fairlight Road. After Uriarra Crossing there is a climb to get out of the valley, this is pretty much the same as if you had of turned left at the intersection. The road goes for about 2.5km to the ACT/NSW border. At this stage the average roadie would turn around when the road turns to gravel. This is where it gets interesting, the next 2.4kms is unsealed road. Taking a road bike on an unsealed road is always a good way to improve your handling skills. My tip is to relax your grip, look down the road, pick your line and stick to it. The road is not too bad but does have some corrugated sections but at 30km/hr on a road bike it gets bumpy.

Training Stromlo - Uriarra 15-03-2009

After that the road is pretty good condition except another 1km unsealed section about 5kms from Fairlight. The road continues after Mullion up to Carvan Rd which is the main road to Wee Jasper but I had to turn around to get back for coffee and the Sunday Paper. Maybe next I’ll organise to go through to Wee Jasper. BTW Mullion is just a homestead, there are no shops or services there.

Training Stromlo - Uriarra 15-03-2009, Elevation - Distance

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