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 with 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 and Thursdays: Leave from bus shelter opposite Bike Addiction in Manly at 5.30 sharp, travelling along Pittwater Road and turn north at Warringah Mall and continue along Pittwater Road. Pace is moderate until Collaroy Golf Course where we form into a paceline and at a fast pace roll a single paceline to Church Point and return. On the way back, we turn past Mona Vale Hospital and along the beachfront at Warriewood. Finish at Dee Why RSL, and easy ride back to Manly for a coffee at Market Lane Cafe. Generally Tuesday is the fastest day of the week – this is a popular ride for our A and B grade riders. This can be a hard ride and we recommend that riders have some experience in 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 in our 5:40 group.
On Tuesday and Thursday there is a group that leaves at 5:35am. Known as the ‘Fat Old Roadies’ this ride is suitable for B and C Grade riders. The point of this ride 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 on this ride who give instructions and control the pace and momentum of the group. This is a great group to ride in if you are looking to learn or want a more smooth pace compared to the earlier 5:30 group. Club Kit MUST be worn on this ride.
Being the ‘Fat Old Roadies’ they have a few opinions and one of them is – if you don’t want to take instructions or follow the rules – don’t come on this ride!
The Neo-Pro Ride leaves at 6am from the bus shelter and does a shorter route to Mona Vale. This rides will be aimed at those who are at or slightly below the F.O.R 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 6am 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’ leave BA at 5.30 and moderate pace till Newport Hill where the pace will start to rise. Pace continues to pick up around the ‘S’ bends into Avalon and continues till 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 home at a moderate pace through Whale Beach via Whale Beach Road and before Avalon Beach, we turn right at George St and head towards Clareville along the Pittwater side. Pace increases up the short but steep ‘Muur’ hill and we do a big loop back towards Avalon Shops along Riverview Rd and Central Dr. We then wind up Avalon hill past the primary school and return to Manly via Warriewood and Narrabeen Beachfronts. Some riders turn off and continue up McCarrs Creek Road. This ride can be quite hard and testing. The ‘toast’ is back at Manly afterwards with riders arriving back from 7:45am 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 6am 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 Fat Old Roadies group.
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.