Bunch Rides

The Club hosts a number of regular weekly and monthly bunch rides all leaving from the same meetup point at the ANU Union Court Bridge (Norman from 4/10/19):

  • Friday Norman – The Club’s signature bunch ride that caters for all comers from A Grade semi-pros to cruisy coffee rides.
  • Wednesday Wasabi – A mid-week ride through the North of Canberra
  • Womens Bunch Ride – First Tuesday of each month for a nice introductory get to know you ride.

For insurance purposes, you need a Cycling Australia (CA) Race or Recreational licence to participate in club bunch and training rides.  For more information visit our Membership page

Friday NORMAN

  • What: VCC Bunch Ride – all welcome
  • Where: ANU Union Court Bridge meetup point (from 4/10/19)
  • When: Fridays. Meet at 6am and expect to return to the ANU by 7:15am.
  • Coffee: The Little Pickle, ANU Google Maps Link
  • Distance: ~30 – 40 kms. 2 loops alternating each week.
  • Ability: There are usually 3-5 groups catering for all levels of experience:
    1. Fast – Paceline smashfest
    2. Fast/Medium – Paceline, rolling regroups after hills and sprints
    3. Medium (1-3 groups) – Speed dating turns, stopping regroups
    4. Lifestyle – Speed dating turns, social ride, group rides at pace of slowest rider
    5. Novice – Run as part of our Novice Programs

Lifestyle and Novice bunches

The idea of this group is a friendly and safe introduction to group riding. It’s all about good bunch riding form – talking, pointing things out and obeying road rules. The pace will be relatively slow so that no-one gets dropped, but there sprints thrown in for those who have itchy legs. After each sprint we’ll regroup and continue on our way.

Each week there will be at least one experienced rider leading the ride. They’ll be there to give tips, make sure no-one gets left behind and to ride with any new riders or just those lacking in confidence.

The rules are:

  • Everyone is there to help each other.
  • No-one gets left behind.
  • You can hammer it as hard as you want for the sprints or designated hill-climbs, but always regroup afterwards.
  • Sprint safely – hold your lines and be smooth. Don’t cross to the other side of the road
  • Obey road rules – safety always come before anything else.

New riders are always welcome. Just turn up and introduce yourself so the ride leaders can have a bit of a chat with you about how it all works. See you there!

Wednesday Wasabi

  • What: VCC Bunch Ride – all welcome
  • Where: ANU Union Court Bridge meetup point
  • When: Wednesdays. Meet at 6am and expect to return to the ANU by 7:15am.
  • Coffee: The Little Pickle, ANU Google Maps Link
  • Distance: ~30 – 35 kms. 2 loops alternating each week.
  • Ability: There are usually 1-2 groups
    1. Equivalent to Norman M1
    2. Equivalent to Norman M2/Lifestyle

 

Women’s Bunch Ride – Monthly

  • What: Women’s Social Bunch Ride – all welcome
  • Where: ANU Union Court Bridge meetup point
  • When: First Tuesday of the Month. Meet at 6am and expect to return to the ANU by 7am.
  • Coffee: The Little Pickle, ANU Google Maps Link
  • Distance: 22kms relatively flat Route through Southern Canberra
  • Ability: This is ridden at a very social pace and nobody is left behind

Meetup Point

The meetup point for all rides is the same (Norman from 4/10/19)

ANU Union Court Bridge at the junction of University Avenue and North Rd.