The Australian Gravel Adventure 2017 / 2018 – Part Three – Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is located in South Australia, some 60 kilometres / 37 miles northeast of Adelaide’s city center, the birthplace of yours truly. The Barossa Valley is notable as a major wine-producing region of Australia and tourist destination. Within the valley are the towns of Nuriootpa, Tanunda, Rowland Flat, Lyndoch and Lyndoch. Not so well known is the valley’s network of sparsely populated dirt and gravel roads, surrounded by farmland and vineyards. Without a doubt, one of my favourite places to ride in South Australia.

My last true gravel ride through the Barossa Valley was sometime in 2014. The passing of three years is a decent amount of time, so among the final days of 2017, I thought it fitting to organize a fun, invitational group ride that traversed much of my 2014 route. I extended an open invitation to Adelaide’s gravel cycling community, and was pleased that eight riders showed at ride start. Considering the holiday period sees a lot of people leave town to visit family and relatives, it was four more riders than I expected.

The Barossa Valley Gravel Grind in Photos

Unfortunately, Scott had to bail early due to a wheel-related mechanical issue.
Misting rain fell early, but the weather improved markedly as the day went on.

A primitive track leads to gravel road goodness.
Boggy when wet. Self-explanatory.
Taking in the desolation of the early miles.

Ruins from a previous time dot the landscape.

A view from the eye in the sky.
Photo by Graeme Naismith – aka Graeme #2.
Above, Graeme #1, aka TheStickyBidon.com
There is beauty in this desolate landscape.
At right, Graeme #1 aka TheStickyBidon.com

Open terrain and rolling hills all day.

One of the few paved / bitumen roads along the route.
Into the town of Kapunda.

The lads take a respite from the 120km’s / 75 miles of the day’s route.
Graeme #2’s long-time choice of flat pedals never slows him down.

Vineyards on either side.

Plenty of hills to ascend.

English sheepdog frolic.
Deep red clay roads.
Here’s your reward for suffering through those awesome km’s 🙂

There will be a video from this ride a little later… watch this space. Please subscribe to the Gravel Cyclist Youtube channel if you haven’t already.

Thanks for reading!

JOM

8 comments on “The Australian Gravel Adventure 2017 / 2018 – Part Three – Barossa Valley

  1. Some of those desolate photos remind me of DK206
    but without the hill generator giant.

    Enjoy the heat…it’s supposed to be hailing here tonight.

    K-Dogg

    1. Thanks Ian!

      I rode a very small section of the Heysen Trail the other day while in Burra, but the Mawson won’t be happening this trip. This is probably the wrong time of year to attempt the ride. At the time of writing, it’s 40C… definitely way too hot to be out and about with little to no support!

      1. Yep – agree re weather at this time of year. I was thinking more of a short investigative ride to “suss it out”.
        Enjoying your posts and videos immensely – keep up the good work.
        Best regards,
        Ian

        1. Thank you Ian. I have a lot more to come. Much of the video I am shooting may appear late January / early February after I have returned to the US of A. Trying to enjoy a bit of holiday time while I’m in the homeland.

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