melbourne cycling groups

There are various cycling groups throughout Melbourne - some women only, others mixed. I don't think I've found a men only group yet, but I'm not at the kind of speed that would be looking for a men's group! This list is similar to my Sydney running groups one, and again I'm limiting the rides to those that you can participate in without needing some sort of formal membership and that happily advertise for new riders. I know of other rides, but I've only included those I've actually joined!

All rides have a coffee stop at the end!


MONDAY

5.55am, Maling Room Ride (recovery day)
http://www.strava.com/segments/5758698
Bicycle Network forum thread
Starts at the corner of Avenue Athol and Canterbury Road, Canterbury. But you can just hop on anywhere really. 
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday are "recovery" days - with an average speed of at least 25km/h but it can vary depending on who is there!)


TUESDAY

5.45am, Box Hill Breeze
http://www.strava.com/segments/6309570
https://twitter.com/bbnblackbirds although it's officially a Breeze Ride
Meet at the Shell service station on the corner of Middleborough and Whitehorse Roads, Box Hill.
- Women's no-drop ride, speed to match the slowest rider.

5.55am, Maling Room Ride
http://www.strava.com/segments/5758698
Bicycle Network forum thread
Starts at the corner of Avenue Athol and Canterbury Road, Canterbury. But you can just hop on anywhere really. 
- Tuesday and Thursday typically have three groups: the mice (average speed ~27km/h), the rabbits (faster), and the hounds (faster again). Occasionally there is also a cheese group (meant to be slower than the mice but the speed varies depending on who's there!)


WEDNESDAY

5.55am, Maling Room Ride (recovery day)
http://www.strava.com/segments/5758698
Bicycle Network forum thread
Starts at the corner of Avenue Athol and Canterbury Road, Canterbury. But you can just hop on anywhere really. 
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday are "recovery" days - with an average speed of at least 25km/h but it can vary depending on who is there!)


THURSDAY

5.45am, Box Hill Breeze
http://www.strava.com/segments/6309570
https://twitter.com/bbnblackbirds although it's officially a Breeze Ride
Meet at the Shell service station on the corner of Middleborough and Whitehorse Roads, Box Hill.
- Women's no-drop ride, speed to match the slowest rider.

5.55am, Maling Room Ride
http://www.strava.com/segments/5758698
Bicycle Network forum thread
Starts at the corner of Avenue Athol and Canterbury Road, Canterbury. But you can just hop on anywhere really. 
- Tuesday and Thursday typically have three groups: the mice (average speed ~27km/h), the rabbits (faster), and the hounds (faster again). Occasionally there is also a cheese group (meant to be slower than the mice but the speed varies depending on who's there!)

6am, RaphaWomen
- No regular route! :)
- Uh... https://twitter.com/OConnorNadine is possibly a good reference point... (they group's quite loose)
Meet at the corner of Glasshouse Rd and Wellington St, Collingwood.
- Women's ride, speed to match the slowest rider, but typically ~25km/h.


FRIDAY

5.55am, Maling Room Ride (recovery day)
http://www.strava.com/segments/5758698
Bicycle Network forum thread
Starts at the corner of Avenue Athol and Canterbury Road, Canterbury. But you can just hop on anywhere really. 
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday are "recovery" days - with an average speed of at least 25km/h but it can vary depending on who is there!)


SATURDAY

6.30am, Peak Cycles (2nd Saturday of each month)
http://www.strava.com/segments/7420770
http://www.peakcycles.com.au/rides/
Meet out the front of the Peak Cycles shop - 124 Burgandy St, Heidelberg.
- Women's no-drop ride with regular regroups, typical speed of ~23km/h.

7.30am, Tenax Ride
- Typically http://www.strava.com/segments/1995151
https://www.facebook.com/groups/tenaxride/
Meet at Priscilla Jones (a cafe) - 21 Graham Street, Albert Park. 
- Various speed groups depending on who's riding: they aim for 22 km/h, 25 km/h, 28 km/h, 30 km/h, 32 km/h and ‘hammer’.


SUNDAY

7.30am, Beach Road Breeze (not on each week!)
- Typically http://www.strava.com/segments/4314431
http://twitter.com/beachrdbreeze but it's officially a Breeze Ride
Meet at the corner of New Street and South Road, Brighton.
- Women's no-drop ride, speed to match the slowest rider.

FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS OR SUNDAYS

9.30am, Various locations (most definitely not on each week!)
- Course and starting spots vary considerably.
http://melbournegravelgrinders.blogspot.com.au/
- Various locations.
- Off-road fun times! Self-supported, and generally recommended that you use a CX bike or MTB.


Last updated 15-06-2014

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