A Guide to Melbourne's Best Group Rides - Monday to Friday

A cursory look at the number of pro riders in the World Tour peloton who call Melbourne home should be proof enough that this is a town with a great bunch riding culture.

Most pro's return home during the November - January period and are frequent spotted holding court (or a table) post-ride at Beach Road's iconic Cafe Racer.

The good news for those travelling to Melbourne is that the group riding scene is just as dynamic 365 days of the year.  

So if you are visiting Melbourne and wish to get out for a great bunch ride experience just rent a bike from Livelo, because there is a great bunch ride every day of the week.

Here are our recommendations. 

Monday

When – 5.45am, or 6am

Where - BP service station.

Address – Corner of North Road and Nepean Hwy, Brighton North

Pace – Easy – 30km/hr

Distance – 40km

Terrain - Flat

Weather Permitting – All weather – numbers vary, may ride in one group rather than two.

No drop - Yes

Arrive at 5.40 for the first group

Details – A recovery ride from the weekend. A social ride with dozens of riders in the summer. The 6am group are more advanced but are taking it easy.

  

Tuesday

When – 5.45am, or 6am

Where - BP service station.

Address – Corner of North Road and Nepean Hwy, Brighton North

Pace – Fast – up to 45km/hr

Distance – 40km

Terrain - Flat                        

Weather Permitting – All weather – slower when wet.

No drop – Yes, until the end

Arrive at 5.40 for the first group

Details – A fast ride with an optional bunch sprint to the St Kilda BP station at the end. Caution is recommended with the sprint.

 

Tuesday evening

When – 6.30 pm, (summer months)

Where - Corner of Barkly St and Carlisle St, .

Address – Barkly St, St Kilda

Pace – slow out, faster back. 30 - 40km/hr

Distance – 40km

Terrain - Flat                        

Weather Permitting – All weather – slower when wet.

No drop – Yes

Arrive at 5.40 for the first group

Details – A slow and social ride down New Street to avoid traffic and then back along Beach Road. Occasional bunch sprint to the BP in St Kilda on return.

 

Wednesday

When – 5.45am, or 6am

Where - BP service station.

Address – Corner of North Road and Nepean Hwy, Brighton North

Pace – Slow out, fast back. 30-40km/hr

Distance – 40km, or 90km (to Mt Eliza)

Terrain – Flat (lumpy for longer route)        

Weather Permitting – All weather – slower when wet.

No drop – Yes

Arrive at 5.40 for the first group

Details – A nice ride. Turn at Mordialloc roundabout for the short route or continue to Mt Eliza. Later return will be 8.30 am approx.

 

Thursday

When – 5.45am, or 6am

Where - BP service station.

Address – Corner of North Road and Nepean Hwy, Brighton North

Pace – Fast – up to 45km/hr

Distance – 40km

Terrain - Flat                        

Weather Permitting – All weather – slower when wet.

No drop – Yes, until the end

Arrive at 5.40 for the first group

Details – A fast ride similar to Tuesdays. Can split at the half way mark and some return slower.

 

Thursday evening

When – 7pm (summer months)

Where – Corner of Chandler Hwy and Yarra Blvd.

Address – Chandler Hwy, Abbotsford, finish at Alphington

Pace – steady, 20-25km/hr

Distance – 40 – 60km

Terrain – hilly, some decent short climbs

Weather Permitting – Yes, if mainly dry they will ride, some will go regardless.

No drop – Yes, wait at the top of the climbs and refill water.

Arrive at 6.50pm

Details – ‘Tour of the suburbs’. Takes in east Melbourne and 2 longer climbs. Makes a nice change to the beach road. Good for a windier evening.

  

Friday

When – 5.45am, or 6am

Where - BP service station.

Address – Corner of North Road and Nepean Hwy, Brighton North

Pace – Easy – 30km/hr

Distance – 40km

Terrain - Flat

Weather Permitting – All weather – numbers vary, may ride in one group rather than two.

No drop - Yes

Arrive at 5.40 for the first group

Details – A recovery ride from the weekend. A social ride with dozens of riders in the summer. The 6am group are more advanced but are taking it easy.