This post will be kept updated as a summary of the current ride details.
Summary of the summary
Every weekday ~ 6 am, corner of Canterbury Rd and Avenue Athol. 27 km ride finishing ~7:00 for coffee at The Maling Room, corner of Maling Rd and Canterbury Rd.
This group ride (the "Maling Room Ride" - MRR) has been running since January 2007. The ride starts each weekday (check last page of this thread for daily updates!) at ~6:00 am, at the park on the corner of Canterbury Rd and Avenue Athol, Canterbury. We ride East out Canterbury Rd and take in some of the rolling hills of the Eastern suburbs before returning to Canterbury (see route map linked below). The ride is around 27 km and finishes ~7:00 for coffee at The Maling Room, corner of Maling Rd and Canterbury Rd.
In order for slower riders to catch up after the more significant hills, we re-group at a couple of places:
1) Doncaster Road - opposite the Doncaster Library, in the slip lane outside the shops.
2) Belmore Road - in the slip lane outside the shops (before Coles).
Please WAIT at these places if you get to the top first!
On Tuesdays and Thursdays there are multiple groups on this ride, separated by their speed (slower groups leave earlier). This enables riders of all abilities to join this ride without feeling like they are holding anyone up! The naming of the different groups evolved over the course of a few months and might mean nothing to newcomers!
- "Mouse" group departs from Avenue Athol at 5:55 am and averages ~25 - 28 km/hour.
- "Rabbit" group departs from Avenue Athol at 6:00 am and averages ~28 - 32 km/hour.
- "Greyhound" group departs from Avenue Athol at 6:05 am and averages ~32 - 35 km/hour. In recent times, this group has dwindled in size and doesn't always run.
If you find that you are struggling to keep up and you don't want to be left by yourself, please make sure you let someone know, since it is not always easy for riders in the group to keep track of everyone behind them.
People wanting to join these groups should check the forum the night before the ride to make sure that others are planning to attend, since these groups don't always exist!
There are Recovery rides on Wednesdays and Fridays, starting 6:00 am at the same start point. These rides are done at a pace that is (hopefully!) comfortable for everyone in the group and tend to average around 27 km/h. These rides re-group in a couple of places (at the top of hills) to make sure things generally stay together.
On Mondays there is normally a smaller group and the average pace depends on who is riding and how hard their weekend was!
There is parking in side streets off Canterbury Rd or in front of the shops opposite the corner of Gwenda Ave. You can also park in Maling Rd (only timed after 8 am) but we have been asked not to park in front of the fruit shop since they get early morning deliveries.
A few points related to group riding, and this ride in general.
- - Obey ALL road rules.
- Call and signal clearly to indicate hazards and changing traffic lights.
- We always aim to look after other riders. Try to keep track of who is in the ride and check behind when it's safe, to be sure nobody is being left behind.
- Try to keep to the listed speed for your group and stop at the re-group points.
- If you're joining the ride somewhere along the route, it's safest to wait for the group to pass you and then join at the back.
If you're new to group riding, please check out these other general discussions on the etiquette and safety of group riding:
http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/features/ ... ride-rules
Segments on Strava:
(although there are others)
Whole MRR (loop from Balwyn Rd)
Canterbury - Surrey Park
Deadmen Rising (Middleborough Rd)
Whitehorse Rd: Middleborough Rd - Springvale Rd
Whitehorse Rd: Springvale Rd - Mitcham Rd
Doncaster Rd: Mitcham Rd - Wetherby Rd
Belmore Rd KOM
Col de Belmore
Belmore Rd KOV
Do any of you have any information about group training rides in Melbourne's Eastern suburbs? In particular I am looking for rides on weekday mornings that are a bit closer to home than the North Road Ride.
If there is nothing around already, do we have enough interested people here to get something going 1-3 days per week? Obviously all interested parties don't get out there for every ride, so having a few takers is important or there will often be solo rides! If we go down this path, a route (or a few routes) is the next thing to get sorted out - any favourites? Canterbury Rd seems to be well travelled by cyclists "off peak" and could be a start (eg to Boronia Rd, Mountain Hwy, 1/20 and return). I am not normally out and about before 7 am, so I am not sure which other roads are popular. LeTour cycles lists a <a href="http://www.letour.com.au/Bike%20Ride.htm">friendly weekend ride</a> on their web site but I don't know what route this takes and whether it would be OK for weekend mornings.
So - anyone up for this or able to help with info or planning?