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.
WEEKEND TRAINING RIDES
We usually run a Saturday Steel ride leaving our usual Fairfield meet up point at 7am to Black Rock or Mordialloc, returning for coffee in Clifton Hill. This is an easy paced ride to keep the legs fresh for Sunday racing and is a great opportunity to get out on your vintage steel bike, single speed. Keep an eye on the Banyule Cycling Club Facebook group to confirm if the ride is on.
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 Plenty Rd at 7:30am and heads to Whittlesea, with some riders continuing onto the Humevale climb before returning the same way.
If you’re curious about how we run our training rides the following VaVaVeteran Pet Loves for a Group Ride pretty much sums up how we roll and it is quite a different experience from many groups we see on Kew Boulie and Beach Rd.
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.