Social Ride Invitation: “Three Gaps” XC Adventure

Laidley Gap

Would you like to join us for a moderately challenging Cross Country ride through three “Gaps” in mountain ranges in the Lockyer Valley, including the spectacular Laidley Gap?

We’ll start at Mulgowie and follow part of the Bicentennial National as we pass through Red Gap, Edwards Gap, a tough climb up to Laidley Gap, and then a eye-watering descent back down the hill through Thornton.

There’s the option of lunch and drinks at the Mulgowie Pub afterwards as well.

WHEN: Saturday 27 June, 8:30AM

WHERE: Mulgowie Public Hall, Beckman Road, Mulgowie. Google street view:

This is a 75 minute drive from Brisbane. Allow 90 minutes from the Northen Suburbs. Slightly less from the Western Suburbs. The easiest way to get there is to drive to Laidley then head south on Mulgowie Road.

DISTANCE: 50km, with 1,100m ascent.


Bike in good condition, spares, sunscreen, water and snacks.


Two moderate rocky climbs, one big climb.

Two moderate descents, one big descent.

Great views from the top of Laidley Gap.

Lots of mountain views.

There are some sections of paved road.

We should be back by 1:30 pm


I’ll upload GPX plots closer to the day

Here’s a proposed map of the course:

I’ve posted details of this ride at, Facebook and on my website. Please reply / contact me via one of those media to let us know if you’re coming so we know how many people to expect. I’d also like to let the guy at the Mulga Pub know how many people to expect for lunch.

Mountain Biking is a dangerous sport. You ride with us at your own risk.

Red Gap Road

13 Replies to “Social Ride Invitation: “Three Gaps” XC Adventure”

  1. Hi Neil,

    I have been reading your blogs for years so was very happy to see your social ride invite. Count me in please! I look forward to meeting you Saturday.


  2. Hi.
    I cannot se my request to join the fun day poste. so I will not drive out if I am not part of the group.
    I hope I can join in with you guys on another ride another day.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Tim
      Sorry I missed your messages.
      In future, please feel free to just “turn up” if you decide to come at the last minute. Everyone’s welcome, and there’s no official “RSVP” date. It’s just handy to get approximate ideas of numbers.
      Sorry we missed you, and I’m really sorry I was unable to reply to your message.

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