Join a ride

SUVelo is committed to the development and enjoyment of its members, and maintains a schedule of graded rides that cater to a range of abilities, Tuesday to Sunday each week.  We strongly encourage all members to wear club kit during the rides.

Friday is a social “Coffee Ride” where new and prospective members can meet the club and its members – if you have never ridden with us before this should be your first ride.  While we are friendly and inclusive, we are not equipped to assist beginners.  Riders wanting to join us should have:

  • some experience in riding in bunches and be able to ride in close proximity to others at speed;
  • cycling shoes and “clipless” pedals with the ability to clip in and out easily; and
  • a bike with drop handlebars (no flat bars, aero bars or tri bars) in good mechanical order

Every SUVelo ride has an experienced Ride Captain who is responsible for the safety of riders.  Please listen to their instructions at all times.  We encourage new and prospective members to introduce themselves to the Ride Captain who will welcome you and get you safely integrated into the ride.

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



How to choose your bunch

All rides are graded according to average bunch speed.  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.  No-one enjoys the situation when someone tries to ride with a bunch that is beyond their abilities.

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!


SUVelo Bunch Speeds

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

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

Start here!

Most of our rides start at the Woollhara Gates of Centennial Park (opposite Ocean Street). Our north shore rides start opposite the Crows Nest Hotel.
Start times vary depending on the ride with most starting at 6am, or just before.
No regularly scheduled rides. Take a break!
The Malaya Lifeguards Hills Ride – 6am
Mosman Hills Ride – 6am
Staminade ‘Wednesday Whip’ Ride – 6am
Interval & Endurance Sessions – 6am
Curl Curl Haul – 6am
Eastern Suburbs Coffee Ride – 6am
Saturday Cruise (Eastern Suburbs) – 7am
South Long Haul (1st Saturday we go north) – 5:55am
Sunday Adventure North (1st Sunday we go south)– 6:30am


The Malaya Lifeguards Hills Ride

Start time Distance Grades
6am 28km – 32km 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.

Coffee: Cafe Fiveways, Paddington, 7:15am

Mosman Hills

Start time Distance Grades
6am 30km Base – P2 – P1

A ride for our North Shore riders, the Mosman Hills route offers a “greatest hits” tour of the Lower North Shore. After heading to The Spit, you’ll climb Parriwi, head in and out of Balmoral, Chowder Bay, Clifton Gardens and Taronga Zoo.

Tuesday North Hills Elevation


Staminade Wednesday Whip Ride

Start time Distance Grades
6am 30km Base – 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


High intensity training and race skill

Start time Distance Grades
6am Variable Base – 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.

Thursday North Route

Curl Curl Haul

Start time Distance Grades
6am 35km Base – P2 – P1

The Curl Curl Haul takes riders from Crows Nest up to Curl Curl through Seaforth and Manly Vale. The route back takes in Freshwater and Balgowlah before climbing back up Parriwi Road and returning to Crows Nest on Military Road.

Thursday North Elevation


Eastern Suburbs Coffee Ride

Start time Distance Grades
6am 28km 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 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


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 time Distance Grades
5:55am 60-120km
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

Start time Distance Grades
7am 50km Base

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

Coffee: Lumiere, Surry Hills

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.


Adventure Time

Start time Distance Grades
6am 90-110km Base – P2
When the SUVelo Sunday Crits are not on, we meet at the northern Harbour Bridge stairs at 6:30am for our Sunday adventure to a variety of destinations each week including the always popular Palm Beach and our beloved Bobbin Head Special. The first Sunday of the month we will ride south – Woronora Dam, Stanwell Tops and the Royal National Park feature. On these Sundays we meet at Crown Street Grocer at 6:30am; arrive 10 minutes earlier for a coffee before we roll out.
The ride speed is a mix of Base and P2, you can climb at your own pace as we regroup at the top of all the major climbs. When it is flat, we invite strong riders to help at the front to keep the group moving along at a good speed but making it manageable for everyone. It is certainly a good way to finish your riding week with a relaxed touch and good K’s in your legs.