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All SKCC Club rides will finish at Cafe Racer, on Marine Parade, in St Kilda. Club rides will continue to leave from Cafe Racer until further notice.

All Riders participating in SKCC Club Rides are required to do 3 things.

  1. Carry your membership card on you at all times. It should have your emergency contact details on it, just in case.
  2. Be very familiar with the Rules and Etiquette of bunch rides. We rely on all riders to abide by these. People riding unsafely put themselves and their fellow Club members at unnecessary risk and wont be tolerated on SKCC Club Rides.
  3. Follow The 3 guiding principles of all our Club Rides:
    1. SAFE​ (act within the law, signal clearly to others, no overlapping wheels etc]​​)
    2. SMOOTH​ (be predictable and practice the discipline of steady line and pace and not surging or chasing passing groups)
    3. STYLISH​ (both representing the club in kit and by being conscious of, and refining your riding style - it also conveys the message that you're a safe rider)

As a club, the road is effectively our club room and we aim for a high standard of riding behaviour. By wearing the kit you become a representative of your club and we expect appropriate behaviour from club members. If you encounter any anti-social behaviour whilst on any of our SKCC Club Rides, please send your feedback directly to Pete Canny who is our SKCC Club Ride coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . He will action all feedback with due respect.

RIDE COORDINATORS/RIDE LEADERS:

Within SKCC's ranks we are blessed to have some committed club members who generously give their time to the initiatives that the Club introduce. Ride co-ordinators and ride leaders ensure new club members are welcomed and made to feel a part of this great Club. Senior SKCC members make up this core of dedicated volunteers keen to make the SKCC experience a positive one for new and existing SKCC members. The activities of this group are co-ordinated by Pete Canny – our Club Grand Master Rider Leader.

Ride Leader(s)

Ride

Annie Mollison

Monday recovery ride

Ernie Arriagada & Lisa Byrne

Monday 555 Slow Recovery

Alison Raaymakers & Lisa Byrne

Tuesday Breeze along the Boulie

Nickola Hoffman and Leann Jones

Tear away Tuesday

Lizzie Georgeson

Tuesday Morning Chicks Ride

Peter Jones

SKCC Kit Training Ride

Alison Raaymakers

Wednesday Ride

Sian Johnson & Anna Heany

Thursday women’s kit ride

John Wyatt

Pro Hours Ride

Sian Johnson

Tuesday Informal Tour de Burbs

Alison Raaymakers

Vendredi Lite (Last Friday of Each Month)

Various SKCC Teams

(Co-ordinated by Reese Masita)

Velo Vendredi (Last Friday of Each Month)

Alison Raaymakers

Friday 6am Mixed Beginners Ride

To Be Advised

Saturday Sponsor Rides

Pete Monagle

Saturday Sluggers

 

Weekday Training and Social Rides



Monday 5:45am Recovery Ride

Route Mordialloc, Sharp U-turn, finish at Cafe Racer, St Kilda
Day / Time Monday, 5:45am
Ride Frequency Weekly
Meeting Point Cafe Racer - out the front
Ride Leader Annie Mollison
To Mordialloc
Distance 43km
Pace Recovery (easy) 28-30km/h with no wind

If you've had a heavy weekend's racing, and you need a gentle recovery ride, this is it. Departing on Monday mornings from Cafe Racer at 5:45am. It's recovery paced, small chain ring with controlled rolling turns, two abreast to Mordialloc and back at 28-30km/h (average pace on a still morning). As always, SKCC kit is preferred (it makes us more identifiable and we look cool), but you're free to join in wearing any kit.

 

Monday 5:55am Revive (Slower Recovery Ride)

Route Mordialloc, Sharp U-turn, finish at Cafe Racer, St Kilda
Day / Time Monday, 5:55am
Ride Frequency Weekly
Meeting Point Cafe Racer - out the front
Ride Leader Ernesto Arriagada / Lisa Byrne
To Reserve Rd/Balcombe Rd, just past Black Rock
Distance 33km
Pace Recovery (easy) 26-30km/h with no wind


This is a super cruisy ride aiming to keep our heart rates between 110 – 130bpm, which would usually equate to a rolling pace of around 28k/hr on a still day. Perfect for recovery if you've had a solid week and for getting to know other club members and turning the legs over! This ride is a bit slower, so you may need a slightly heavier layer to keep you warm on cooler mornings!

We’ll have a quick briefing just before 5:55am and roll out from Café Racer at 5:55, and head to Reserve Road, returning to Racer by around 7:10 or so. With the later start, the route is slightly shorter than Mordialloc so we don’t get caught by traffic coming back into St Kilda along Beach Road.

As always, SKCC kit is preferred (it makes us more identifiable and we look cool), but you're free to join in wearing any kit.

 

Wednesday 5:45am SKCC Kit Ride

Route Mordialloc, Sharp U-turn, finish at Cafe Racer, St Kilda
Day / Time Wednesday, 5:45am
Ride Frequency Weekly
Meeting Point Cafe Racer - out the front
Ride Leader Peter Jones (with various others to support)
To Mordialloc
Distance 43km
Pace

Moderate down (30-33km/h with no wind),
Mid-fast back (40-45km/h with no wind)

The ride:
This training ride is for SKCC members who are fit and experienced. The ride departs from Cafe Racer at 5:45am each Wednesday. The trip down is a comfortable warm-up in the small chain-ring between 30-33km/h (with no wind). Easy to moderate effort. The return trip moves along at 40-45km/h (big chain-ring) and is a hard effort. Quite often we'll have a gate-keeper who'll sit behind the riders rolling turns, and other riders will sit in behind the gate-keeper.

Compulsory kit:
You need to be wearing SKCC kit to roll turns. This makes the bunch much easier to identify, and it keeps the rolling turns closed to riders whom we know. This makes it safer for all as well. Anyone not wearing SKCC kit is welcome to sit on the back of the bunch. It's for everyone's safety and skill improvement, and remember to be nice about asking non-kit riders to sit out of the kit paceline!

Respect for other bunches:
One of the characteristics of this ride is that it shares the road with at least 2 other fast paced bunches heading North on Beach Rd at about the same time. This invites us to be very mindful when passing and being passed by other groups. SKCC riders should stay as  group and respect allow other rides plenty of space. If you ever need to communicate with other groups on the road be courteous and respectful.

 

Thursday 9:30am PRO hours Ride from Cafe Racer

Route Mordialloc, Sharp U-turn, finish at Cafe Racer, St Kilda
Day / Time Thursday, 9:30am
Ride Frequency Weekly
Meeting Point Cafe Racer - out the front
Ride Leader John Wyatt
To Mordialloc
Distance 43km
Pace Baseline (approx. 30km/h with no wind)


The PRO hours bunch ride rolls out from Cafe Racer and heads down to Mordialloc each Thursday morning. The briefing's at 9:25am, rolling at 9:30am. It's a baseline paced ride: typically small chain ring two abreast to Mordialloc and back at around 30km/h (average pace on a still morning). As always, SKCC kit is preferred, if only so that all those people working can look out their windows and see which club has the best rides!

 

Friday 5:45am Velo Vendredi with special guests     

Route Mordialloc, Sharp U-turn, finish at Cafe Racer, St Kilda
Day / Time Friday, 5:45am (last Friday of the month when run)
Ride Frequency Monthly as advertised in the SKCC newsletter
Meeting Point Cafe Racer - out the front
Ride Leader Lead group will change - see SKCC newsletter
To Mordialloc
Distance 43km
Pace Baseline (approx. 30km/h with no wind)


The Velo Vendredi is an SKCC Classic! Velo Vendredi is French for Cycle Friday. It's led by a guest group or team, and the ride down is a baseline paced ride (typically small chain ring two abreast to Mordialloc at around 30km/h average pace on a still morning). The return ride is quite a bit faster (around low to mid 40s on a still day), so we'll often break it into two groups when we reach Mordialloc for the less fit or speed inclined to have a return ride option that's more in line with the coffee cruise theme. In addition, if there are enough people interested, we'll often have a third option that involves an easy (28km/h on a still day) ride to Black Rock so that everyone gets back to the finish for the all-important coffee and laughs afterwards!

As always, SKCC kit is preferred, but the key here is to wear your best and look your sharpest!

 

Friday 6:00am Mixed Introductory Ride     

Route Black Rock roundabout, return, finish at Cafe Racer, St Kilda
Day / Time Friday, 6:00am
Ride Frequency Weekly
Meeting Point Cafe Racer - out the front
Ride Leader Alison Raaymakers
To Black Rock
Distance 30km
Pace Easy (approx. 25-28km/h with no wind)


The Friday 6am Mixed Introductory ride is perfect for those who are new to the sport! Alison leads this ride every Friday from Cafe Racer. The pace is set by the slowest rider, and it's a no-drop ride. You will roll at approximately 25-28km/h average pace on a still morning to the Black Rock roundabout, where the bunch will return for St Kilda. The aim of this ride is to learn how to ride two abreast, and learn all those bike and bunch riding skills that will enable you to be safe, smooth and stylish!

As always, SKCC kit is preferred, but the key here is to wear your best and look your sharpest!

 

Other weekday or weekend training rides

The club also organises other training rides in addition to the rides listed above (eg: training rides leading up to the Around the Bay in a Day), and these will be updated on this page when they are being offered, as well as being notified in the SKCC newsletters and on the SKCC Facebook page. 

Women's specific training rides

We have a whole schedule of women's specific training and social rides. If you're interested, please check them out on the women's rides pages.

 

 

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