Ride Schedule

As a club focused on ensuring our members realise their cycling goals we have a ride schedule that offers graded rides from Tuesday to Sunday each week. All SUVelo rides are graded according to average bunch speed (see below).

All our rides start at the Woollhara Gates of Centennial Park. Start times vary depending on the ride but most start at, or just before, 6am.

Ride with SUVelo

Every SUVelo ride has a Ride Captain who is responsible for ensuring that the ride is conducted safely and happily. Please listen to their instructions at all times.

Members are welcome to attend any session.

How to get started

We encourage first-timers to join us on Fridays (if you prefer a slower pace) or Saturdays (if you are comfortable with a longer and faster ride). We encourage you to introduce yourself to the Ride Captain for that day. The captain will welcome you and get you safely integrated into the ride.

Read our Safe Ride Guide and other Riding Tips to understand how we roll.

Ride Schedule

Monday

No regularly scheduled rides.

Tuesday

The Malaya Lifeguards Hills
Lifeguards (Base)

The Malaya Lifeguards Hills Ride

Start time: 6am
Distance: 28km – 32km
Grades: Base – P2 – P1
A ride designed to build one’s climbing legs, Tuesday’s Lifeguards route includes several short, sharp climbs through Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. The most notable being Bondi’s Military Rd, Wentworth Ave in Vaucluse, Cranbrook Rd in Rose Bay and Bellevue Rd in Bellevue Hill.

Wednesday

Staminade Arden Classic

Start time: 6am
Distance: 30km
Grades: Base – P2 – P1
Flat… ish. A quick high-cadence spin down Anzac Parade and a lumpy loop around Long Bay before heading back via the punchy Torrington Rd climb and the Arden St wall.

 Thursday

Turbo Studio Interval & Endurance Sessions

Start time: 5:45am
Distance: Variable
Grades: Base – P2 – P1
Club sponsor Turbo Studio provides a program of interval and endurance training rides, designed to build bike fitness and performance for members at all levels of riding capacity and experience. Registration is required and the sessions are closed to registered riders only. The program runs two or three times a year with advance notice for members to sign up and take part.

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Start time: 5:45am
Distance: 60km
Grades: P1
An option for stronger riders, this fast ride heads down Southern Cross Drive and over the Captain Cook Bridge, taking riders to Cronulla and back. It’s a longer weekday ride than most, and usually runs about 2 hours.

Friday

Sports Focus Physio Coffee Ride
Coffee Ride

Sports Focus Physio Coffee Ride

Start time: 6am
Distance: 28km
Grades: Base
Perfect if you are new to the club, for getting back on the bike or just to be social. This is an easy, no-drop ride that heads through Maroubra down towards La Perouse before heading back in time for a quick coffee with fellow members.

Saturday

SUVelo Waterfall Ride
Waterfall

Slater & Gordon Long Haul

Start time: 5:55am
Distance: 60-120km according to grade & route
Grades: Civilised – P2 – P1
The regular Saturday long haul ride takes the club south to the Royal National Park. Heading down Southern Cross Drive and over Captain Cook Bridge, the faster bunches will ride through the Park, with the others turning at Waterfall or Sutherland.

McCarrs Creek Rd
McCarrs (Base)

The first Saturday of each month however sees the club ride north through Kuringai National Park. The Civilised bunch climbs McCarrs Creek with the faster bunches adding Akuna Bay and West Head to the ride. All bunches return to the city for breakfast and coffee.

We ask members to wear club kit for these rides.

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Saturday Cruise

Saturday Cruise

Start time: 7am
Distance: 50km
Grades: Base

A longer ride option for those interested in an easy, no-drop ride. This ride heads through Botany to La Perouse then loops through Maroubra before tackling the Mons Ave and Oberon St climbs. The ride finishes in time to meet fellow members from the other rides for breakfast.

Sunday

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Lambchops

Pave the Way – Lambchops Roll

Start time: 7am
Distance: 50km
Grades: Base/P2

End the week’s cycling with a mix of what the Eastern Suburbs has to offer. The ride typically incorporates paceline training along Foreshore Drive before heading to La Perouse and the NSW Golf Course climb. From there, it’s through Maroubra for three climbs: Mons Ave, Torrington Rd and Oberon St. The ride is designed for members of all levels; those with energy to burn are encouraged to try and set new records up the climbs.

Bunch Speeds

How fast is ‘fast’? There are lots of variables, but on the flat, with no wind, SUVelo groups ride at approximately these speeds:

Bunch Approx. Speed Approx. Race Grade
P1 40+ km/hr Men’s A, strong B or Women’s A
P2 36-37 km/hr Men’s B, C or Women’s B
Civilised 33-34 km/hr Men’s D, Women’s C
Base 28-32 km/hr N/A

Guidelines for choosing a bunch

  • if you race, use your race grade to choose the appropriate bunch
  • if you don’t race but regularly ride with people who do, then choose your bunch based on the grades of those you can regularly keep up with
  • if neither of the above apply, choose based on the speed you can comfortably sustain solo for 30mins

In all cases, err on the side of caution. It’s better to start with an easier bunch at first and move up to a faster bunch later than to start in a too fast bunch and be holding the bunch up.

Aim to put yourself in a group where you can happily sit on the front at these speeds. You’ll get far more out of the ride by pulling a couple of decent turns in a well-matched group than you will from hiding away in a group that’s too fast.