Join a ride

SUVelo focuses on ensuring members realise their cycling goals with a ride schedule that offers graded rides, Tuesday to Sunday each week. All rides are graded according to average bunch speed.

Everyone is welcome to join our Friday Coffee Ride, please get in touch to discuss other ride options. We also strongly encourage all members to wear club kit during the rides.

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. 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 Riding Tips, to understand how we roll.

SAFE RIDE GUIDE

RIDING TIPS

SUVelo Bunch Speeds

Groups ride at the following approximate speeds (on the flat, with no wind):

BunchApprox. SpeedApprox. Race Grade
P140+ km/hrMen’s A, strong B or Women’s A
P236-37 km/hrMen’s B, C or Women’s B
Civilised33-34 km/hrMen’s D, Women’s C
Base28-32 km/hrN/A

How to choose your bunch

It’s a good idea to start with an easier bunch speed and then as you become more confident, move up to a faster bunch.

  • If you already race, use your race grade to choose the appropriate bunch speed.
  • If you’re a regular rider, base it on the grades of others who race and you can keep pace with.
  • Or, just base it on the speed you can comfortably sustain solo for 30 minutes!

Start here!

All our rides start at the Woollhara Gates of Centennial Park (opposite Ocean Street).
Start times vary depending on the ride with most starting at 6am, or just before.
MONDAY
No regularly scheduled rides. Take a break!
TUESDAY
The Malaya Lifeguards Hills Ride – 6am
WEDNESDAY
Staminade ‘Wednesday Whip’ Ride – 6am
THURSDAY
Turbo Studio Interval & Endurance Sessions – 6am
The Shire – 5:45am
FRIDAY
Coffee Ride – 6am
SATURDAY
Eastern Suburbs – 5:55am
South Long Haul – 5:55am
SUNDAY
Pave the Way – Lambchops Roll – 7am

Tuesday

The Malaya Lifeguards Hills Ride

Start timeDistanceGrades
6am28km – 32kmBase – 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.

Coffee: Cafe Fiveways, Paddington, 7:15am

Wednesday

Staminade Wednesday Whip Ride

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6am30kmBase – P2 – P1

The ride is as quick as your whip can take you! Heading out through Maroubra down towards La Perouse, the ride returns via Bunnerong Road, takes a right turn along Franklin Road, back to Anzac Parade and a quick run back to Centennial Park.

Coffee: The Greenhouse, Centennial Park, 7:00am

Thursday

High intensity training and race skill

Start timeDistanceGrades
6amVariableBase – P2 – P1

The club has initiated a training program focused on promoting Women’s racing at SUVelo. The structured training sessions run in Centennial Park and are devised with forthcoming target races in mind… and it’s open to all club members, men and women.

The Shire

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5:45am60kmP1

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

Coffee Ride

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6am28kmBase

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 to Centennial Park in time for a quick coffee with fellow members. There is occasionally a call for ‘Fast Friday’ – be prepared for a double-espresso version of the ride!

Coffee: The Greenhouse, Centennial Park, 7:00am

Saturday

We offer two separate ride options each Saturday, and dependent upon numbers we will often split bunches into smaller, more manageable groups.

South Long Haul

Start timeDistanceGrades
5:55am60-120km
according to grade & route
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.
– Sutherland (60km) Base / Medium
– Waterfall (90km) Medium / Fast
– Royal National Park (110km) Medium / Fast

Eastern Suburbs

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5:55am50kmBase

Eastern Suburbs variety ride. Perfect for building up your endurance (50km)

Coffee: Pieno, Surry Hills, From 8:00am

First Saturday of the month

On the first Saturday of each month, the club rides north through Ku-rin-gai 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.

Sunday

Pave the Way – Lambchops Roll

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7am50kmBase – 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.