Lake Burley Griffin bike ride | Michael Gorey

Lake Burley Griffin bike ride

Lake Burley Griffin bike rideToday I rode the full 28km circuit of Lake Burley Griffin for the first time.

There is a sealed path most of the way, with just a couple of small road sections and one brief stretch of gravel.

I started at Kingston and rode through the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve to reach the Molonglo River and started circling the lake in an anti-clockwise direction.

The official route is split into three shorter sections of 16, 5 and 9km.

The ride takes in many significant attractions including Questacon, the National Museum and Government House.

It's mostly flat, but the western end has some rolling hills which offer good vantage points.

The only downside is the popularity of the path means there are many walkers and cyclists of all shapes, sizes, ability and intelligence level using it at any given time.

The ones to watch are ambling groups of pedestrians, dog owners listening to music while their pooch zig-zags in all directions and small kids out with mum and dad.

Despite the obstacles I completed the journey in pretty good time.

Key stats

  • Distance: 27.87km
  • Time: One hour, 11 minutes
  • Average speed: 23.4kmh
  • Maximum speed: 39.8kmh
  • Average heart rate: 127bpm 
  • Maximum heart rate: 153bpm
  • Elevation gain/loss: 158 metres

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