The final Tour de Kids will be a 6 day ride, commencing in Albury on March 27 and finishing in Wollongong on April 1st.
The 2017 route features spectacular riding through the Snowy Mountains. The ride has something for everyone, including breathtaking scenery, amazing climbs and beautiful descents.
March 27: Day 1 - Albury to Tumbarumba
Summary: 133km with 1,607m of climbing.
Ride overview: We cross the Hume Reservoir and then follow the mighty Murray River upstream. We’ll travel some great roads, and kilometers 34 to 90 will be familiar to the 2014 TdK Alumni. It’s then new territory for the TdK as we cross the Murray into NSW and head up the foothills of the Great Divide to Tumbarumba. There are some nice climbs at the end of the day which is a good warm up for day 2.
March 28: Day 2 - Tumbarumba to Thredbo
Summary: 154km with 3,863m of climbing.
Ride overview: The Queen stage for the 2017 Tour, with over 3,800 metres of climbing! From Khancoban we climb steadily for 19km to Scammell’s Spur, then drop off some that hard-earned altitude to Geehi, followed by some more climbing and descending to Tom Groggin. The climb to Dead Horse Gap is 18km and the gradient rarely falls below 10%. It is the toughest climb in Australia, with only a small respite at Leatherbarrel Creek on the ascent, and a "must-do" for keen bike riders. (There will be a sag-wagon for those who don't make it). Once you have done the climb you can talk about it forever afterwards. From Dead Horse it’s a freewheel into Thredbo. Your sense of achievement will be complete.
March 29: Day 3 - Thredbo to Cooma
Summary: 121km with 1,497m of climbing.
Ride overview: An easier day today with some great riding. We leave Kosciusko behind, through Jindabyne, and then drop off the high country on the infamous Beloko hill to the Monaro plains. We head to Dalgety via some fantastic back country roads before finishing in Cooma.
March 30: Day 4 - Cooma to Bungedore
Summary: 142km with 1,338m of climbing.
Ride overview: You’ve probably driven it on the way to and from the Snowy Mountains, and now you can experience it from a bike saddle. Up the highway towards Canberra, and then onto some minor roads to bring us into Queanbeyan and then on to Bungendore. If it was the Tour de France they would call it a transition day. A day for a breakaway?
March 31: Day 5 - bungedore to NOwra
Summary: 154 km with 1450 m of climbing.
Ride overview: The first part of today’s ride will be familiar to the 2014 alumni as we follow backroads to Tarago and on towards Bungonia, before heading into new territory for TdK. We cross the Shoalhaven River at Oallen Ford (on a new bridge) and on to Nerriga for lunch. A steep climb brings us into Morton National Park for the high point of the day before a long 50km gradual descent to Nowra.
April 1: Day 6 - NOWRA to wollongong
Summary: 138 km with 2284 m of climbing.
Ride overview: A shorter stage to finish, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy. Out of town we follow the Shoalhaven downstream and then cross to Berry on some small roads. Then a 7 km climb to the top of Woodhill mountain. It’s used by the Nowra bike club for their hill climb championship. Then a lovely descent on a narrow windy road to Kangaroo Valley. Then the last climb of the tour – Barrengarry Mountain. It’s steep to start but then the hairpin bends kick in with the gradient moderating. At the top of the mountain we head over to Robertson, drop down Macquarie Pass and take some back roads (which will be familiar to those who have competed in the annual Ken Dinnerville race) through to Dapto and across to the coast and Wollongong.
Previous TDK routes:
Feeling nostalgic for the past rides? See where the TDK has been over the past years
2001 Dubbo > Yass > Sydney - 640 km
2002 Sydney > Thedbro - 530km
2003 Melbourne > Sydney via Dead Horse Gap - 1,100km
2004 Melbourne > Sydney via Mt Hotham - 1,100km
2005 Melbourne > Canberra via Cabramurra - 950km
2006 Brisbane > Newcastle via Armidale - 1,150km
2007 Hobart > Thredbro via Dead Horse Gap - 1,000km
2008 Albury > Sydney via Mt Hotham - 1,000km
2009 Bundaberg > Byron Bay - 900km
2010 Melbourne > Sydney - 1000km
2011 Adelaide > Melbourne - 1000km
2012 Christchurch > Queenstown via Franz Joseph - 1100km
2013 Hobart > Launceston > West Coast > Hobart - 1100km
2014 Albury > Bowral - 1030km
2015 Queenstown > Christchurch - 622km
2016 Melbourne > Canberra - 850km