Have a question? The Training Ride Contact is Chris Taylor – Chris@bunnyhop.com.au he will be able to offer advice in relation to morning rides and are also there to give you a few pointers on the morning rides if you are new to the bunch.
The rides start from the bus shelter opposite Bike Addiction on Pittwater Road Manly each morning near the corner of Oliver Street, heading North. Please note these are not sanctioned in any way and are not a race, however they do give an opportunity to have a ride around the Northern Beaches in the early morning with a bunch of like minded individuals.
We strongly recommend third party insurance if you are riding within a group – it is available via Cycling Australia at a low cost.
Many club riders do a variety of routes and we often have different rides on Public Holidays and over Holiday periods.
The routes are generally consistent, but on the odd occasion do vary.
Please review our Etiquette to Group Riding page to educate yourself on riding safely with a bunch.
Tuesdays: Leaving from the bus shelter opposite Bike Addiction in Manly at 5:30am sharp, travelling along Pittwater Road, before turning north at Warringah Mall to continue along Pittwater Road. The pace is moderate until Longreef Golf Course (Collaroy), where a paceline is formed, rolling at a fast pace in a single paceline to Church Point (return). On the way back, we turn past Mona Vale Hospital, and along the beachfront at Warriewood & Narrabeen. The paceline finishes at Dee Why RSL, before enjoying an easy ride back into Manly for a coffee at Market Lane Cafe.
Thursdays: Departing the bus shelter at 5:30am and following the same route to Church Point, before continuing up McCarr’s Creek Road to Terrey Hills, returning to Manly via Forestway & Allambie.
Generally, Tuesday is the fastest day of the week and is a popular ride for our A & B grade riders. This can be a hard ride and recommend that riders have some experience riding in bunches before attempting this ride.
If you are unsure of your ability then we recommend that you stay towards the back of the bunch until you feel more comfortable progressing towards the front or consider riding within our B or C groups below.
On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, two additional groups leave the bus shelter at 5:34am & 5:35am suitable for B & C Grade riders. The point of these rides is to learn from others and also to practice rolling through and maintaining a smooth paceline. Unlike many other rides, there are clear ride leaders within these groups who give instructions and control the pace & momentum of the group. These are great groups to ride in if you are looking to learn or want a smoother pace compared to the earlier 5:30 group. Club Kit MUST be worn on these rides.
The Neo-Pro Ride leaves at 6:00am from the bus shelter and completes a shorter route to Mona Vale and is aimed at those who are at or slightly below our B/C standard or are new to group riding and want to learn how to safely ride in a group. So they can be enjoyed by everyone from veteran riders with years of experience to relative newcomers who have a reasonable base level of fitness.
CX Tuesdays: An 18km loop taking in the beautiful trails of North Head. Meet at South Steyne Surf club at 6.00 for an hour of mainly off road action followed by coffee at Market Lane. The route offers some challenging sections that are guaranteed to test your bike handling skills. During winter it is essential that you ride with lights.
Wednesdays: Ride leaves 5:35am from the bus shelter opposite Bike Addiction, but an easy recovery ride. This is a popular day for our C and D Grade riders along with our female club riders. We recommend that riders commence in this group for the morning rides before progressing to the Tuesday/Thursday rides in order to learn the route and to get comfortable within the group. Riders should keep the pace steady and ensure that they aren’t surging at times where the group may be splintering – such as Hospital Hill – if in doubt ease up at the front. This etiquette reflects that it is a training ride and not a race.
Neo Pro Ride leaves at 6:00am from the Bus Shelter to complete a loop of Mosman Hills. Finishing at Mosman approximately 7:15am. A hill riding session that goes up hard up the hills, but regroups at the top. Takes in hills such as Parriwi and Taronga Zoo.
Friday: No formal rides.
Saturday: ‘Coast and Toast’ leaves BA at 5.30am heading north at a moderate pace – rotating one up and one across every few minutes. The pace will start to rise as we leave Newport into the Bilgola ‘S’ bends and continues until Palm Beach. A safe sprint is encouraged at the pedestrian crossing opposite Palm Beach ferry pier. Roll around to Palm Beach front beach and regroup at the beachfront. The group will generally wait for dropped riders before leaving the Palm Beach meeting point. Return south at a moderate pace through Whale Beach via Whale Beach Road and at Avalon we turn right at Old Pittwater Rd into Avalon shops. We then wind up the back side of Avalon hill past the primary school and return to Barrenjoey road heading south. At Mona Vale we turn right into Darley St and continue up McCarrs Creek Road for an anti-clockwise lap of Akuna Bay and regroup at Terrey Hills shops / water stop. This ride can be quite hard and testing. The ‘toast’ is back at Allambie Shops afterwards with riders arriving back from 8:00am onwards.
There is a second group that leaves at 5:40am and is a more moderate pace to the first group, it also has a few more regrouping points along the way. If you haven’t done ‘Coast and Toast’ before we would strongly recommend that you commence with this group.
Saturday – Neo Pros
A great ride for those with some bike fitness but looking to get into group riding or just a more steady paced ride, that waits at the top of all hills for riders. Departing 6:00am from the usual meeting point opposite Bike Addiction, this ride loops through Akuna Bay before coffee at Duffy’s Forest and back into Manly by circa 9:15am.
Saturday – Manly Cruisers
The Manly Cruisers is a ride open to all, that will start at 6:30am on Saturday from the usual meeting point opposite Bike Addiction, heading out to Church Point and back to Bacino. Being an out and back ride, there are plenty of options for people to turn early if they prefer. So come along to build your fitness, rediscover bike riding or just to socialise. Although not aimed to be a slow ride, this is a cruisier ride and the group will wait for “cruisier” riders at select point. The Cruisers do not ride in the rain. We recommend that riders are on road bikes to ensure that they are able to keep up with the bunch. We recommend this ride to new riders or those wanting to get back into the swing of things. This is a popular ride with a number of our female riders. You do not have to be a club member to come along for a ride.
Sunday: Generally our members are off racing or doing their own thing. There is no formal organised ride on this day.
Monday: Recovery day. No formal rides planned.
Don’t forget to wear your club kit on the morning rides, however, this is not mandatory unless you are riding in the Tuesday/Thursday 5:35am B & C groups.
All Welcome, however, all road rules are followed, remember that these are training rides and not races – please ensure that you do not push yourself outside of your comfort zone and endanger other riders – keep your brain switched on and remember that your actions not only impact on yourself but potentially others. If you want to race, we have monthly races that you can come along to and pin a number on. Front and rear lights are also required if streetlights are on – if in doubt have them on.
Please ensure that you have a working and well oiled bike – your safety and the safety of other riders is paramount.