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.
ALL SCC RIDES START & FINISH IN THE CENTRE OF CENTENNIAL PARK BY SPRUCE GOOSE DINER ON PARKES DRIVE.
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
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
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
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.
1hr 55 - 2hrs 10m
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.
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.
LAPA + MALABAR
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 on the way back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.