RIDES & ROUTES

We have rides everyday of the week except Monday, which is our rest day. Mid-week rides are timed so members can have a life/make it to work. Weekend rides start a little later and finish with a post-ride coffee/breakfast and gossip in Centennial Park.

MEETING POINT

ALL SCC RIDES START & FINISH IN THE CENTRE OF CENTENNIAL PARK BY SPRUCE GOOSE DINER ON PARKES DRIVE.

Weekday: 6:00am

Weekends: 6:30am

COACHING

We also hold Free coaching sessions on Wednesday & Friday and Race Squad coaching on Tuesday and Thursday.

OUR BUNCHES

A - BUNCH

Our fastest cyclists: many of the riders are current racers and/or very experienced riders. Unlike the rest of our groups the A- Bunch won't wait for you if you get dropped so you better know your way home and have spares!

Expect the speed to be about 40km/h and over on the flat

 

Can reach speeds in excess of 50km/h when pace lining

20k ITT

sub 31mins

Sat Lapa

sub 1hr 31m

B - BUNCH

Not the very fastest but this group still travel along at a high pace. A solid base of riding and a high level of ride fitness is required to ride in B-Bunch.

 

Expect the speed to be about 34 to 40km/h on the flat.

 

Taking a ‘turn’ on the front may require you to hold 40km/h for 5 minutes without ‘blowing up’

 

This is a no drop group

20k ITT

31-35mins

Sat Lapa

1hr 32m - 1hr 42m

C - BUNCH

By far our largest cohort of riders. Bunches are moderately paced and rides tend to be social with a lot of chat. A good level of fitness and ride endurance will allow you to keep up with these rides.

Expect the speed to be about 30 to 36 km/h on the flat.

May reach speeds up to 40km/h when pace lining

This is a no drop group

20k ITT

35-40mins

Sat Lapa

1hr 43m - 1hr 55m

D - BUNCH

Our cruisiest of bunches and the entry point for new riders. The perfect place to start if you are new to bunch riding or an experienced rider that has been off the bike for a while.

Expect the speed to be about 26 to 30 km/h on the flat.

This is a no drop group.

20k ITT

40-46mins

Sat Lapa

1hr 55 - 2hrs 10m

REGULAR RIDES

THESE ARE OUR REGULAR WEEKLY RIDES.

JUST TURN UP TO THE SPRUCE GOOSE ON TIME AND YOU'RE GUARANTEED TO FIND A BUNCH AT YOUR LEVEL.

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We do other rides especially on public holidays or if we're training for an event. You can see all our rides on the SCC calendar or on the Team app which you can download here or through the app store.

TUESDAY

LAPA + MALABAR

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You can't ride in Sydney without hearing the words Lapa. La Perouse - named after the the French navigator who landed here in 1788. We ride down Anzac Parade with a little detour via Malabar before getting a glimpse of Botany Bay and turning around for a pace line back to the park.

DEPART 6:00am

DISTANCE: 29km

ELEVATION: 300m

WEDNESDAY

WATSONS BAY

Club Kit Day! A firm club favourite. We head straight to Bondi then gradually climb up to Macquarie Lighthouse and onto Watsons Bay. We turn around and cycle up through the Vaucluse hills, descend down Heart Break Hill and then one final climb up Cranbrook Road before we get back to the park.

DEPART 6:00am

DISTANCE: 30km

ELEVATION: 600m

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THURSDAY

FLAT LAPA

You can't ride in Sydney without hearing the words Lapa. La Perouse - named after the the French navigator who landed here in 1788. We ride down Anzac Parade with a little detour via Malabar before getting a glimpse of Botany Bay and turning around for a pace line back to the park.

DEPART 6:00am

DISTANCE: 26km

ELEVATION: 300m

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FRIDAY

THREE BEACHES

Friday rides are usually at a more leisurely pace for all to be ready for a big weekend of riding or racing. Three Beaches is a firm club favourite. We head straight down Bondi Road, along Campbell Parade and ride up Military Road. At the top we turn around and head back past Bondi Beach, Tamarama Beach and onwards and upwards to Bronte Beach.

DEPART 6:00am

DISTANCE: 34km

ELEVATION: 707m

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FRIDAY

FRI-YAY

Short, flat and at an easy pace. If you are new to the club we recommend doing this ride first to get used to riding in a bunch. If you are new make sure you introduce yourself to the bunch captain before the ride. This is also a great option as a recovery ride.

DEPART 6:00am

DISTANCE: 24km

ELEVATION: 272m

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SATURDAY

EXTENDED LAPA

Club Kit Day! There are two options today. This option is shorter, flatter and the most popular. Like the weekday ride, but we do two laps of Anzac Parade and add a couple of little hills around Maroubra. There's usually a big turn out for coffee at the park afterwards.

DEPART 6:30am

DISTANCE: 54km

ELEVATION: 613m

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SATURDAY

REVERSE WATSONS

Club Kit Day! A grand tour of the Eastern Suburbs. This ride basically combines two rides together. It starts off with our Wednesday Watsons Bay ride then we throw in the Lapa ride on the end!

DEPART 6:30am

DISTANCE: 67km

ELEVATION: 1,158m

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SUNDAY

WATERFALL

Not as scenic as it sounds but a great ride for increasing your endurance. We ride along some busy roads and through the Airport tunnel. Some riders do a shorter ride and turn around at Sutherland (60km). At Waterfall smaller groups sometimes go on to Stanwell Tops (124km) or back through the Royal National Park (104km).

DEPART 6:30am

DISTANCE: 88km

ELEVATION: 780m

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2ND SUNDAY

AKUNA BAY

On the second Sunday of each month – we ride north to Akuna Bay. As we reach Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park there is an option to stop at the beautiful Church Point for bidon refills and views out onto Pittwater. Here you can decide if you make the 28km return trip to West Head Lookout or skip straight ahead for a 6km climb up Akuna Bay. The ride returns to the Park via Forrest Way and the Spit Bridge.

DEPART 6:30am

DISTANCE: 98km

ELEVATION: 1,886m

CAPTAIN'S RIDES

HERE'S A SELECTION OF OUR OTHER FAVOURITE RIDES AROUND SYDNEY. CHECK THE SCC CALENDAR OR THE TEAM APP TO SEE WHEN WE'RE RIDING.*

Have we missed your favourite Sydney ride? We'd love to hear from you. Please drop our club captain an email with a Strava route that starts and finishes at the Spruce Goose.

SYDNEY OLYMPIC ROUTE

DISTANCE

16 km

ELEVATION

258 m

AVOIDING THE TUNNEL

DISTANCE

92 km

ELEVATION

913 m

STANWELL TOPS

DISTANCE

124 km

ELEVATION

1,803 m

CAPE SOLANDER

DISTANCE

78 km

ELEVATION

833 m

BOWRAL - 1 WAY

DISTANCE

152 km

ELEVATION

2,367 m

COTTAGE POINT

DISTANCE

130 km

ELEVATION

2,675 m

BROOKLYN

DISTANCE

155 km

ELEVATION

3,092 m

PALM BEACH

DISTANCE

95 km

ELEVATION

1,694 m

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LAPA TRIANGLE

DISTANCE

37 km

ELEVATION

415 m

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RECOVERY LAPA

DISTANCE

23 km

ELEVATION

256 m

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CHRISTMAS RIDE

DISTANCE

33 km

ELEVATION

832 m

TAWONGA HILLS

DISTANCE

46 km

ELEVATION

1,299 m

RNP LOOP

DISTANCE

104 km

ELEVATION

1,473 m

WORONORA DAM

DISTANCE

110 km

ELEVATION

1,160 m

CRONULLA

DISTANCE

62 km

ELEVATION

782 m

KANGAROO VALLEY 1 WAY

DISTANCE

175 km

ELEVATION

2,608 m

3 GORGES

DISTANCE

111 km

ELEVATION

2,270 m

ETTALONG

DISTANCE

156 km

ELEVATION

2,907 m

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MOSMAN ALPS

DISTANCE

46 km

ELEVATION

1,352 m

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SAMMY'S LAPA

DISTANCE

29 km

ELEVATION

350 m

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FRI-BRA-WICK

DISTANCE

19 km

ELEVATION

247 m

FIVE BRIDGES

DISTANCE

44 km

ELEVATION

1,003 m

HILLY RNP LOOP

DISTANCE

134 km

ELEVATION

2,043 m

SUBLIME POINT

DISTANCE

131 km

ELEVATION

1,409 m

WOLLONGONG RETURN

DISTANCE

169 km

ELEVATION

2,334 m

AKUNA + WEST HEAD

DISTANCE

127 km

ELEVATION

2,505 m

4 GORGES

DISTANCE

126 km

ELEVATION

2,488 m

WISEMANS LOOP

DISTANCE

189 km

ELEVATION

3,229 m

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BELLEVUE HILLS

DISTANCE

33 km

ELEVATION

815 m

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LAPA LOOP

DISTANCE

30 km

ELEVATION

415 m

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FIVE BRIDGE NYD

DISTANCE

44 km

ELEVATION

1,003 m

*DISCLAIMER

These rides are only for club members riding in a bunch. Sydney Cycling Club does not take responsibility for the safety or accuracy of routes detailed above. Cycling can be dangerous and you do so at your own risk.

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