Cycle Cotter-Uriarra Loop Ride

Cycle Canberra, Road Ride, Cotter-Uriarra Loop Ride

This loop is one of Canberra’s most popular rides, a well used training ride and the venue for major national road events that include the Canberra Tour and the Australian Junior Road Championships. This loop is challenging for the experienced rider providing fast descents and demanding climbs into, and out of, the Cotter and Uriarra river crossings. Although you will only travel 30km from Canberra’s centre, you will feel a long way from the hustle and bustle of city life as you are surrounded by countryside throughout your ride.


Start at Stromlo Forest Park. From Canberra City travel south along Adelaide Avenue, exiting onto Cotter Road. Continue along Cotter Road – you will need to head right at the lights on the Cotter Road/Streeton Drive junction. From Cotter Road, turn right onto Uriarra Road. You enter Stromlo Forest Park from Uriarra Road.

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39.08 km / 24.283 mi

Total Distance

415 m / 1,361 ft

Total Ascent

529 m / 1,736 ft

Total Descent

657 m / 2,155 ft

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Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: High
Mobile Coverage: Excellent
Estimated Distance: 39.0
Elevation Gain: 667
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Accessible by shuttle / uber
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