What we're about

MELBOURNE CYCLING is a meetup cycling group that organises bike rides several times a week around Melbourne and beyond. There are events along metropolitan roads as well as bike paths and we travel even further out of town for country road-rides, rail trails and weekends away. \

Scroll our Past Meetups page for an insight into what we've been doing lately or browse the Calendar for past and future events. New rides are announced to members by email so you can RSVP a "Yes" to reserve a place. (You'll only need to RSVP a "No" if changing your mind later) \

Rides vary in speed, fitness level and distance so there will be something for most and ride speeds will usually be posted on each ride description where applicable. Beginners / novices will find the slower and shorter rides more suitable and more advanced riders can find longer and hilly rides to go harder / longer / faster, etc. Between all our ride leaders (Event Hosts) there are usually enough rides posted for each weekend to suit everyone. \

IMPORTANT: If you are joining, please use a real name on your account (It's a matter of trust as you'll be meeting real people so keep it real) and answer all five questions. Do upload a recognisable profile picture of yourself (It can be different to your main Meetup account pic) and add a short introduction to your profile as well. It helps the leaders a lot.
You'll find us here on Facebook for discussions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/melbcycling...
There is a small $5 annual voluntary subscription to help defray costs of Meetup web page every six months and other expenses. This covers: Maintenance of Meetup web site each 6 months and other expenses in the year.
Payment is accepted using: Cash or bank transfer. You can pay Neil on a ride or into BSB 814282 Acc 50572735 direct to Neil Griffiths. Reference your name please so we know who sent the donation. If you direct deposit then let Neil know by a meetup message, please.
Note: I won't know your membership name if your bank knows you by another name. So message me on Meetup, please.
FastPay, if your bank has that feature, is also available to PayID 0419560409 (Neil's phone number) and will transfer into our Special Account.
So you are most welcome to join in with like minded folk and enjoy your passion of cycling with us.

Upcoming events (3)

Frankston - Somers - Stony Point loop (88km)

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*Wednesday weather: Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower in the evening (so dry for us). Winds northerly 20 to 30 km/h.
http://www.bom.gov.au/places/vic/frankston/forecast/detailed/#d[masked]

A ride from Frankston to Somers for lunch and back via Stony Point and Hastings. We'll use sealed and unsealed roads, paths and boardwalks.
Best for upper intermediates.

*You may have done a similar ride before with John Cafarella, however this time it is anticlockwise and ~20km longer, just to make a change :)

Total distance: 88Km or you can get the train back to Frankston from Stony Point or Hastings. (Trains are every two hours)

Speed: 25 kmh typically. Not too fast / not too slow.

Recommended bike: Hybrid, cyclo-cross, gravel or road bike. Wider tyres recommended for comfort. E-bikes okay if they have the range.

Map and GPS files: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39973218 *
*Actual route may vary on the day

Getting there: Parking available at Jubilee Park or catch the train to Frankston and ride with me from the station. I'll be in the last carriage on the 8:38 Flinders St train, arriving Frankston at 9:45.

Bring: Water, spray jacket, warm clothes, spare tube & tools, money for lunch / coffee, Myki, your phone with my number.
Please check your tyres before the day.

Contact: Neil Griffiths -[masked]

*Photo: Hastings boardwalk - Feb '21

"All riders are riding at their own risk and Melbourne Cycling does not take any responsibility for any injuries or accidents you may have on any of our rides"

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Little River to Anakie & back (70km, +475 m)

Needs a location

Anakie forecast: 12°C , partly cloudy and light winds (11 kmh)
http://www.bom.gov.au/places/vic/anakie/forecast/detailed/#d[masked]

Ride: A country ride from Little River on backroads to Anakie for lunch at the Old Workshop Cafe. Some nice views on this ride.

Surface: about 12 km of dirt roads but otherwise sealed. A couple of hills including one long dirt one. Check the profile in the map link.

Suitable for upper intermediate riders

Distance: 70km if returning to Little River or 78km to finish at Werribee for the suburban train back to town

Speed: 25 Kmh on flat ground (faster downhill or with tailwinds)

Map, Profile and GPS files: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28452067 *

  • Actual route may vary on the day.

Bike: Hybrid, gravel/CX or road bike with hard wearing tyres if you must.
Wider tyres will be a better option. I'll be on my gravel bike.

Getting there: Drive or catch the country train.
9:50 Southern Cross Vline train to Waurn Ponds (Geelong) arrives Little River 10:31. I'll be on the train. Being early ensures your bike gets on.

Coming back:
Those returning to cars can continue south on Edgars Rd directly to Little River when the others split off for Werribee. (Little River trains are infrequent)

Bring: Water, Myki, spray jacket, warm clothes (layers are best), snacks, spare tube, tools, money for lunch and emergencies, your phone with my number.

Contact: Neil Griffiths[masked]

*Photo: Peak School Rd - (May '21)

"All riders are riding at their own risk and Melbourne Cycling does not take any responsibility for any injuries or accidents you may have on any of our rides"

Melb Exhibition Centre - Studley Park Boathouse (30km loop)

Needs a location

Let's try again after last Sunday's cancellation due to rain.
Looking forward to dry weather this time 8-)
We can expect 14° by one or two pm and very light winds.
Detailed forecast :
http://www.bom.gov.au/places/vic/kew/forecast/detailed/#d[masked]

Ride: A Sunday afternoon social ride to Studley Park Boathouse on the Yarra River in Kew for afternoon tea at the kiosk. We will be back in town by around four pm.

More info on this 1863 boathouse here:

Bike:
Any mechanically sound bicycle. Please pump your tyres to firm pressures beforehand as soft tyres could make it a struggle.

Speed: 20 kmh max

Distance: ~30 km

Route:
We start at Melbourne Exhibition Centre (aka Jeff's Shed) and ride via Docklands on Capital City Trail. Some of this route is on easy gravel walking paths. There will be some short hills so make sure all your gears are in working order. We'll wait at the top for anyone walking up the one or two harder ones but it is otherwise an easy ride.

Our return path to town is via Main Yarra Trail to finish at Federation Square but you can head off home whenever you like, of course.

Bring:

  • Warm jacket, water, money for coffee, tube, tools, your phone with my number in your contacts.
  • Emergency Contact Details * (See below)

Contact: Neil Griffiths -[masked]
Texting or calling on the day is preferred as I may miss Meetup messages while cycling.

*Photo: Studley Park Boathouse - May 2021

EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS : Please have these on you in case of a medical emergency. ie Family member's name, phone number and relationship (eg, Sister). Written down, preferably, and with your personal items that you carry so it can be found by emergency personnel attending. Just in case :)

"All riders are riding at their own risk and Melbourne Cycling does not take any responsibility for any injuries or accidents you may have on any of our rides"

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Past events (2,516)

Hawkstowe - Whittlesea Gravel Loop (49kms, +650vm)

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