Rediscover the lost art of group training rides!
Our group “training for racing” rides are geared towards competitive and experienced riders that prefer a smaller group, a mix of tempo and fast paced riding, minimal waiting time for regroups and being able to practice race craft such as rolling turns.
In conjunction with Team Bicycle Network we offer two midweek training rides:
TUESDAY KEW BOULLIE TRAINING RIDE
(Hilly 35km / 1.25hrs, moderate/high fitness level)
Meet at Benjamin’s Patisserie on Upper Heidelberg Rd Ivanhoe (near the Library) at 6:15am or outside Kew Guide Dogs entrance on Chandler Hwy at 6:30am. Two fast-paced laps of the Boullie (~40kmh avg) with track or rolling turns depending on the number of riders. Back to Benjamin’s for coffee afterwards. Bags can be left at Benjamin’s.
THURSDAY BLACK ROCK TRAINING RIDE
(Flat 50km / 1.75hrs, moderate/high fitness level)
Meet at the corner of Station St and Heidelberg Rd Fairfield at 6am. The ride heads through the city to South Melbourne where you can unload your bags. Tempo down to Black Rock at talking pace (30 – 35km/h) with fast-paced rolling turns (40 – 45km/h) on the way back. The ride teaches the intermediate to strong rider to ride at a good hard pace while concentrating on race techniques. The slower riders are welcome to sit on the back when it becomes too tough. We arrive back to South Melbourne at around 7.40am where you can collect your bags and enjoy coffee at the Daily Grind before heading off to work.
Occasionally we will run the Thursday Black Rock ride on a Wednesday if the weather forecast is looking unfavourable for Thursday morning. This will be communicated via twitter and Facebook on Tuesday night.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS WEDNESDAY NIGHT TRAINING RIDE
(50km / 1.5hrs, moderate/high fitness level)
We have partnered with Cycle House in Greensborough for a Wednesday night training ride during daylight savings to blast out some km’s on the road bike. This ride is a training/race simulation ride for intermediate/advanced riders. We aim to have some hard segements along the way with two hill climbs and a sprint – purely for bragging rights! Departure is 6:30pm from Cycle House, 167 Para Rd Greensborough.
WEEKEND TRAINING RIDES
We have partnered with Cycle House in Greensborough to provide a Saturday morning training ride for all levels of riders. This is a training ride, not a strava segment smash-fest. It is led by experienced racing cyclists who provide advice and guidance for newer riders as well as offering the more experienced rider an opportunity to test themselves on a couple of sprint sections or to enjoy an easy paced ride. Nobody gets left behind and the ride travels generally at moderate talking pace.
Departure is 6:30am from Cycle House, 167 Para Rd Greensborough. The ride is approximately 60km / 2.5hrs through rolling terrain to Strathewen return. Contact the team at Cycle House on 9434 2225 for further information.
As the majority of our members race on Sunday’s your best option for a Sunday training ride is the long running Bundoora Hotel ride that leaves from the Bundoora Hotel on Plenty Rd at 7:30am and heads to Whittlesea, with some riders continuing onto the Humevale climb before returning the same way.
Please note that riders participating in any of the above training rides do so at their own risk and must obey road rules at all times. Best efforts are made to keep the bunch together, however riders must have sufficient experience to get themselves home if they find themselves separated.