Cape York to Sydney electric bicycle tour on eZee Forza 2012
Cape York to Sydney Ride
Sydney is doing its best impression of winter and our response is to go on another classic eZee electric bicycle epic, from the tropical top end of cape york, along the East Coast and back to the spiritual home of electric bikes in Australia - Glow Worm Bicycles in Sydney's innerwest. The trip is to start at the tip in early August and finish back in Sydney mid September, roughly according to the schedule below.
The riders: Maurice hopes to ride the entire trip, sand, dirt and everything. Kaitlin and my sister Natalya plan to join in the Cairns - Rockhampton section; less crocodile, more snorkelling with tropical fish. You're also welcome to join in on sections of this ride. It would be lovely to ride in and out of some towns with locals, electric assisted or not! We hope to have a fair contingent for the last part into Marrickville.
The route: Cairns to Musgrave and back, on 800km of mountain bike and crocodile territory, through the Daintree along the infamous Bloomfield Track to Cape Tribulation, then to Cooktown and on to visit the remote community of Hope Vale to meet the school kids and show them my e-bike. Onwards it continues through lakefield national park, cape Melville and to Musgrave, where I turn around and head back to cairns. From Cairns the ride will go southward along the water, traversing the entire Great Barrier Reef at the speed of an electrified bicycle. Brisbane will be reached via the Sunshine Coast or Toowoomba (suggestions please?) for a tour of local bike shops wishing to view the motorised bicycle that went where no other has ever gone before. From Brisbane the route will head ever Marrickville-ward, along the New England or the Coast, depending on public demand...
The bikes: this ride will showcase the soon-to-be-released electric mountain bike from eZeebike, the new and improved eZee Forza RWD (rear wheel drive). The Forza RWD uses the same frame as the current model Forza but will come standard with rear wheel motor and Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB tyre option for those loose surfaced roads, L1000 lumen e-bike headlight powered by the 36V lithium e-bike battery to see everything coming, upgraded front shock for bigger bumps and 11-34T rear cassette for more gear range to pull me up those sandhills. In a world first, eZeebikes now have the option of a whopping 36V 20Ah lithium battery on all models and this, of course, will be the battery used on this ride. Kaitlin and Natalya will be riding in style on eZee Sprints, the same trusty steed that took us over theTasmanian Central Plateau.
This ride of epic distance, including sections rarely attempted on two wheels, will be done on an e-bike you can buy 'off the shelf'! We're more than a little proud of how good our e-bikes are and challenge anyone to find a bike for sale in Australia (or in the world) that is capable of doing half the trips that eZeebikes have done. If anyone thinks they've found one, we'll count you in for this ride :)
If you know of any bike shops that I should visit or bicycle/community groups along the way that would be interested to round up a few people for a casual meeting, please let them and me know! Here's the route:
August 5 - first e-biker to set off into Cape York, aiming for the tip of Australia
August 5 - 9 - ride through Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, along The Bloomfield Track and out to Cooktown, then Hope Vale aboriginal community.
August 9 - Meet the school kids at Hope Vale school after a morning ride to Elim Beach and back
August 9-17 Ride through Lakefield National Park (250km without charging points), meet main (dirt) road at Musgrave, continue north through Coen, Archer River, Moreton Telegraph Station and Bramwell junction (No charge points from Bramwell Junction to Jardine River Ferry). Take old Telegraph track from Bramwell Junction to Fruit Bat Falls. Then Bamaga Rd to Bamaga, Seisia, Loyalty Beach, then final destination: Pajinka (the Tip)!
August 17. Return to Cairns via Airplane from Bamaga, Kaitlin and Natalya arrive.
August 20 - Sep 1 Ride Cairns to Mackay or Rockhampton with Kaitlin and Natalya, hope to do promo events in Townsville and Mackay.
Approx Sep 1 to Sep 3 - Rockhampton public test ride day and event/group ride. Contact Brian for details 0417326642. Kaitlin and Natalya depart for Sydney at this point, either Mackay or Rockhampton.
Sep 3 - Sep 6 - Ride at record breaking speed from Rockhampton to Brisbane area
Sep 6 - TBC test ride day at Noosa. This is pending interest so please contact us if you're keen!
Sep 7 - visit our new Brisbane dealer Pushys at Salisbury! All welcome! glowwormbicycles.com.au/dealers
Sep 8 - Public test ride/discussion forum in Brisbane. 1pm at Mt Ommaney library, hosted by Sustainable Jamboree.
Sep 9 am - test ride event/1hr Tour de Spit ebike ride hosted by Electric Crooze. Meet 9am at 60-70 Seaworld drive Main Beach. BYO ebike or bike or hire one from electric Crooze Call Oliver at Electric Crooze to book an ebike hire as numbers are limited
Sep 9 - Sep 13 Ride Gold Coast to newcastle via Byron Bay, Lismore, Casino, Grafton, Armidale, Tamworth, Scone, Muswellbrook
Note: from here down, the timing may change. If you would like to ride for any segment please contact me on 0433622640
Fri 14am - meet in newcastle to ride fernleigh track bike path to Belmont. Start point Adamstown station at 8:15am
Fri 14 12pm - meet on central coast Ettalong ferry terminal for 50km (hilly) ride to glow worm bicycles. SMS me if intending to join.
Fri 14pm - meet at circular quay or at Sydney Electric Bikes in Pyrmont for home stretch ride. Contact us to be notified of exact time on the day, likely to be 3pm
Fri night Finishing party at Glow Worm Bicycles, all welcome, from 6pm, BYO