What we're about

MELBOURNE CYCLING is a meetup cycling group that organise 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 (http://www.meetup.com/melbournecycling/events/past/?scroll=true) page for an insight into what we've been doing lately or browse the Calendar (http://www.meetup.com/melbournecycling/events/)for past and future events. New rides are announced to members by email so they 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: 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 or I won't know who sent the donation.

FastPay, if your bank has that feature, is also available to PayID 0419560409 (Neil's phone number) and will transfer into our Special Account.

If you direct deposit then let Neil know by a message, please.

So you are most welcome to join in with like minded folk and enjoy your passion of cycling with us.

Upcoming events (5+)

Tour d'Altona - Wednesday evening ride

Melbourne Exhibition Centre (Jeff's Shed)

* WEDNESDAY this week - Forecast is 28°C (unlike Thursday's 40°C) * Our twelfth Altona weekly evening ride for the 2018/19 season Reminder: Text or call if you need me on the day. Please change your RSVP if unable to attend. RIDE: An after-work evening ride on bike paths to Williamstown and Altona. Some cycling on the road is likely coming back. Headwinds are the usual experience on this 50 km ride making it unsuitable for many beginners. We meet in South Wharf at Jeff's Shed on Clarendon St to ride via Docklands to Williamstown for a short break and then continue on the coastal path to the seaside suburb of Altona for a quick bite (usually a picnic in the park) before returning to town by 9:30pm. BIKE: Any mechanically sound bicycle. Check it and your tyres before coming. LIGHTS: Very good lights that illuminate the path are essential. We aim to get back by 9:30 when it will be very dark. Perhaps bring a spare headlight. SPEED: 20-25 kmh on paths where appropriate. We'll go faster on a few roads but it's mostly on paths. DISTANCE: 50 km for the round trip or you can catch the train back from Altona or Williamstown MAP: Click here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/6954193 *Actual route may vary on the day BRING: Water, cash for food, Myki, tube, tools, bike lights, jacket, your phone with my number. Did I mention lights? You will need excellent bike lights that light the ground. Don't forget to recharge them, too. LIGHTS: Very good lights that illuminate the path are essential. CONTACT: Neil Griffiths,[masked] *Photos: Cheering a local running group - (Jan '19) Picnic in Altona - (Jan '19) View from Williamstown - (Jan '19) LIGHTS: Very good lights that illuminate the path are essential. (At the risk of repeating myself, you need to bring very good lights) "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"

Australia Day Long weekend Bright Bonanza!

This is an accomodation post, for riders & partners to stay in Bright over the Audax Classic long weekend. *** Now with one extra cabin with 2 douoble beds *** Get in touch now! I have booked 4 cabins that can hold between 8 and 16 people with kitchens & en suites. Deposit of $65/person/night is required. A small refund can be paid once we have over 12 people. Some double beds available as well as bunks (bunk beds need sheets or pay $15 extra-this will be a group cost) 3 cabins are from Thurs 24th-28th/ Jan 1 cabin is from Fri 25th-28th/Jan. There are BBQs and a pool at the caravan park. Full details supplied once confirmed. Once you have RSVP'd I will contact you to answer any questions & arrange the deposit. Local rides include Mt Hotham, Mt Buffalo, Falls Creek, Rosewhite loop & several short flat rides & rail trails. I plan to do Dinner Plains for 7 peaks on one day. You DONT have to be doing Audax to attend & some car support can be provided by arrangement. Non riding partners & friends welcome. There will be alot to do in the area over that weekend. Disclaimer: Melbourne Cycling is a social riding group and not an incorporated company or cycling club. Participants of activities organised by Melbourne Cycling participate at their own risk. The participant acknowledges and accepts that the Organisers within the MeetUp Group Melbourne Cycling do not hold any professional qualifications relevant to the organised activities. By participating in such activities the participant indemnifies the MeetUp Group Melbourne Cycling and its ride organisers from any liability for any loss or accidents incurred during such activities. It is the participant's responsibility to adhere to all applicable road rules and cycle in a responsible and safe manner. Participants are encouraged to take out Bicycle Network membership or equivalent levels of insurance that covers third party and personal injuries.

2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - Swisse People's Ride (115km)

Corio Street Car Park - Geelong

Note: This is not a Melbourne Cycling organised event. This is a paid event whereby registration with the event organisers is required. I am simply trying to organise for a group of riders of similar riding ability to join me on the 2019 ride. Category: Intermediate Average Speed: 25+ kms p/hour I averaged 26 kms per hour (riding time, not elapsed time) in 2017 & 2018, so I'm looking for riders to join me who are of similar riding ability. Distance: 115kms Details: https://www.cadelevansgreatoceanroadrace.com.au/peoples-ride/overview/ Cost: $159 Ride Details: I've provided a link to the course (see below), which will outline that there are 3 hydration stations along the way (Barwon Heads, Torquay and Moriac) so the ride gets broken up in to 4 legs. The hydration stations provide food (bananas, lollies, winners bars etc) as well as water and electrolyte sports drink powder, which is included as part of your registration. This is not a race, it is an enjoyable ride at a brisk pace with some challenges thrown in for Cadel's amusement. Each year I've done this, we've stopped at all the hydration stations including stopping for a coffee at Torquay (last time it was Bomboras), which is just under halfway. We'll have to take in to account the weather, but each previous year, I've been able to comfortably ride the first 2 legs (to Torquay) which are flat at around 30-35 kms p/hour. The last 2 legs are where the hills come in and again, the link to the PDF will show you that there are about 5-9 decent hills to climb depending on what you call a 'hill'. The link will show you the elevations for each. Remember, the killer hill is Challambra Cres (/ Westbury Tce) which is around the 107 km mark. So you need to be mindfull to conserve some energy for that, and then the (much) shorter, but steeper Melville Ave which is only minutes later. Bike: Road Bike. Course: https://www.cadelevansgreatoceanroadrace.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/CEGORR-PeoplesRide-LongCourse-115km-2019-Final.pdf Paths: 98% of the ride is on roads (some closed), the other section is on a sealed path. The only loose gravel is at one of the hydration stations. Meeting Point: Refer image above with an 'x' marking where a new car park exists. The map doesn't show it, but the car park is new. The car park is only a 3 minute ride (850m) from the start. We'll leave the car park at 7am and ride to the starting area. There will be a quick opportunity for a toilet stop or visit the tent for a jersey swap if required. The 115km course riders start between 7am - 7:45am, so we'll have plenty of time. It's the same as I've done in previous years. We'll join the starting pack by about 7:20am, and we should cross the start line by 7:30am. Bring: Water, Cash, Credit Card, Tools, Spare Tube, Sunscreen, Mobile Phone (with my number in it -[masked]) Contact: Darren Hall -[masked] Identification: With over 2,000 people wearing the same jersey, it isn't easy spotting the members of your riding group. Last year I brought electrical tape (contrasting colour to the jersey) to place on your right arm. This was very helpful. I'll bring tape again for this ride. Post Ride: Lunch We'll go to the Panache Cafe & Creperie which is near the finish line on the non-beach side of the road. 2020 Ride: In the marquee area (next to the finish line), at the completion of last year's ride (2018) they were offering a 'Super Early Bird Special' for the 2019 ride which was $60 cheaper ($99). So look out for this if you enjoy the ride and want to do it in 2020. $99 is excellent value for the ride and jersey. Disclaimer: "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"

Melbourne - Geelong on Australia Day (170km return)

Melbourne Exhibition Centre

* Let's avoid the Melbourne chaos and check out Geelong's Australia Day festivities at their beautiful waterfront instead * Ride: A long road ride on Australia Day to Geelong with only 8km on the freeway (in the emergency lane) from Werribee. We'll keep off the freeway after lunch to avoid the roar of traffic and use minor roads through Lara, Little River, Werribee and then Fed Trail, etc to Docklands. Note: Vline is using buses instead of trains. Distance: 168km Note: This is a group ride and suitable for experienced road cyclists only. You'll need to stay close, thanks. Speed: 25-30 kmh on flat ground Map : Click here https://ridewithgps.com/routes/11869436 *Note: Route subject to change on the day. Bring: A lightweight road bike in good condition (check it first please) with good, hard-wearing tyres, a bright rear flashing light, headlight, water, energy gels and snacks, sunscreen, spare tube & tools, cash for food, emergencies (eg maxi-cab), your mobile phone with my number. Bring your Myki in case there's an unexpected need for it. Contact: Neil Griffiths -[masked] *Photos: Eastern Beach (Sep '15): Cunningham Pier (Feb '13): Western Beach (Feb '13): Australia Day at Geelong (Jan '16): Precision flying by the RAAF Roulettes (Jan '16): "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 (1,820)

Jeff's Shed to Mordialloc and Back (Intermediate Ride)

Melbourne Exhibition Centre (Jeff's Shed)

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