This ride commences at Gisborne Station (new Gisborne). Allow about one and a half hours for the drive from Emerald if you are using Citilink (longer if you are going the hard way). The ride follows undulating rural roads, although there are no major climbs. The distance from Gisborne to Hanging Rock is about 57 km which makes it suitable for any rider of reasonable fitness.
Total Distance: 57 km
Total Ascent: 310 metres
We normally stop for morning tea at Lancefield where there is a good bakery. The distance from here to Hanging Rock is only about another 25 km. At Hanging Rock there is a kiosk or you can meet with family for a picnic. For those who wish they can ride on to Woodend to catch the train back to Gisborne or Melbourne. Alternatively you can ride back to Gisborne along the freeway (it has a wide bike lane).
You can see the Google Earth path of this ride by clicking here.
Revision – July 2008
We have now modified this ride so that it forms a closed loop, beginning and ending at New Gisborne Railway Station. The return ride from Hanging Rock back to Gisborne is mainly conducted in the wide bike lane of the Calder Freeway. This section offers some fast, easy downhill riding and only takes well under an hour to complete the ride from Hanging Rock.
In the section below you can find the complete elevation profile for the entire loop. If you click here you can download the Google Earth overlay for the complete ride also. The total ride distance is about 75 km.