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 (https://www.meetup.com/melbournecycling/events/past/?scroll=true) page for an insight into what we've been doing lately or browse the Calendar (https://www.meetup.com/melbournecycling/events/)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.

[If you are joining, please answer all five questions, do upload a recognisable profile picture of yourself and add a short introduction to your profile, too. 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 (5)

Week of cycling in Adelaide

Needs a location

Key points

1) Evening 7th May (Fri) - late afternoon 16th May (Sun), in Adelaide. People are welcome to join the whole or part of the trip.

2) Solely based in Adelaide (i.e. not moving around - HUB and spokes approach)

3) Main base (the HUB) will be at a house in Croydon, 4.5km NW of the CBD.

4) You are responsible for
- Your own accommodation bookings
- Travel to, from, and around Adelaide (incl your bike)

5) Types of routes
- will have hard (long and hilly) and medium (not as long or hilly) options daily
- mainly paved surfaces (rides to wineries may involve some gravel roads)
- can cater for gravel/CX options if there is interest
- scenic coastal routes; hilly rides such as up Mt Lofty; food rides ...

6) No plans to have support vehicles. Rides will either start at the HUB or utilise local PT

7) There will be a mobile workshop at the HUB for any general maintenance and repair work required

Route options will be posted in due course. Please post in the comments if you have any particular routes/destinations you would like to do.

MAKE SURE you take into account potential Covid disruptions for any booking / travel plans.

Melb Exhibition Centre to Studley Park Boathouse (30km)

Melbourne Exhibition Centre (Jeff's Shed)

An afternoon social speed ride to Studley Park Boathouse on the Yarra River in Kew for a cuppa at the kiosk.

More info on this 1863 boathouse can be found here:
http://www.studleyparkboathouse.com.au/the-boathouse-join-us-for-a-piece-of-melbournes-yesterday-today/

Forecast:
19°C, partly cloudy and slight chance of a shower (0-1 mm for the day)

Bike:
Any mechanically sound bicycle. Please pump your tyres to recommended pressures beforehand.

Speed:
20 km/h (Easy)

Distance: ~30 km

Route:
We meet at Melbourne Exhibition Centre (aka Jeff's Shed) and ride via Docklands on Capital City Trail. Some of the path around Yarra Bend is compacted gravel but should be okay for all. There are some short hills on this route so ensure all your gears are in working order. Returning to town is via Main Yarra Trail to finish at Federation Square.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27397366
* Actual route may vary on the day

Bring:
Spray jacket, sunscreen, cash/card for coffee, tube, tools, your phone with my number, please.

Contact:
Neil Griffiths,[masked]

Photos:
Studley Park Boathouse
Merri Creek Trail
Merri Creek has a notorious hill
Rowers on the Yarra at the boathouse

"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"

Kyneton - Mt Alexander Loop (145km, +2000vm)

Kyneton Railway Station

* Hard and hilly ride in the North West *

RIDE
This is a hard and hilly ride of about 145 km starting and finishing in Kyneton. From Kyneton we ride north through lovely, undulating terrain via Redesdale and Sutton Grange to the main climb of the day, Mt Alexander. This climb is around 6.5km long, average 6.5% but with longish sections of 10+%. From Mt Alexander we roll down towards Castlemaine for lunch. We continue south of Castlemaine up and down beautiful rolling hills through forested landscape and return to Kyneton via the Upper Coliban Reservoir. Suitable for experienced road riders with strong climbing legs only.

GPS
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15086906

GETTING THERE
Kyneton is around 90 km north west of Melbourne. Drive there via the Calder Fwy or take the V/Line train from Southern Cross Station. Note that V/Line trains have limited space for bikes.

TARGET GROUP
Drop bar road bikes only! You should be an experienced climber (e.g. be able to ride the Alpine climbs without stopping and ride the 1 in 20 climb in under 22 mins) with proven bunch riding skills. This ride is for experienced road riders only. It is not suitable for beginners or intermediates. If in doubt please contact one of the ride leaders.

SPEED
Average moving speed of ~25 kph including climbs, i.e. a bit over five hours ride time. (See profile and map)

ETIQUETTE
Ride briefing starts at 8:30am sharp and we roll as soon as it's finished. We don't wait for latecomers. We wait for each other at the top of the main climbs and at major way points. Nobody gets left behind with a mechanical. If you ride ahead of the leaders be prepared to navigate. We won't chase you if you miss a turn. If you're significantly slower than the rest of the bunch you may be asked to find your own way back.

LUNCH
Lunch in the outskirts of Castlemaine, around 84 km into the ride.

CONTACT
Details will be sent out via Meetup message. Please ensure that your privacy settings allow Meetup to send you emails. (My Profile | Email and Notifications | Mailing list messages -> Set it to 'As they are sent')

"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"

Fast (35kph+) Beach Road & Mt Eliza Loop (~100km, +560vm)

St Kilda, near Luna Park

* Fast bunch ride along Beach Road and some hills around Mt Eliza *

RIDE
This is a ride of 96 km from St Kilda to Frankston (at fast chit chat pace ~30kph), then a loop through the hills around Mt Eliza (including up Canadian Bay Road and Two Bays Road) and back along Beach Road doing rolling turns at a faster pace (~35-45kph). Suitable for experienced road riders only.

GPS
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13444017

GETTING THERE
Ride or drive to St Kilda, Marine Pde. Limited parking in the area is available.

TARGET GROUP
Drop bar road bikes only! You should be able to ride comfortably at >35kph in a bunch on the flat, and be experienced on hills (e.g. ride the 1 in 20 climb in the Dandenongs in under 22 mins) with proven bunch riding skills. This ride is for experienced road riders who like to challenge themselves. It is not suitable for beginners or intermediates. If in doubt please contact one of the ride leaders.

SPEED
30-45 kph on the flat but varied with terrain and wind.

ETIQUETTE
Ride briefing starts at 7:30am sharp and we roll as soon as it's finished. We don't wait for latecomers. We wait for each other at the top of the main climbs and at major way points. Nobody gets left behind with a mechanical. If you ride ahead of the leaders be prepared to navigate, we won't chase you if you miss a turn. If you're significantly slower than the rest of the bunch you may be asked to find your own way back.

COFFEE / LUNCH
Coffee and / or lunch at Leroy Espresso at the corner of Ackland and Barkley Sts St Kilda after the ride.

CONTACT
Details will be sent out via Meetup message. Please ensure that your privacy settings allow Meetup to send you emails. (My Profile | Email and Notifications | Mailing list messages -> Set it to 'As they are sent')

"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"

Past events (2,316)

Werribee - Barwon Heads - Geelong (Marshall)

Werribee Railway Station carpark

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