Cycling

FIT has a number of coached and uncoached cycling sessions each week to suit all abilities. The FIT Newsletter, news section of the website and the FIT Facebook page will notify seasonal date changes.


COVID-19 Impact on Cycling

Cycling activities may not be taking place as normal. Please see Facebook for updates and refer to the latest COVID-19 Information and Risk Management Plan for details about FIT’s return to face-to-face training in all disciplines.
FIT has a number of coached and uncoached cycling sessions each week to suit all abilities.


Important – Your Responsibility

Please bring water, a spare tube, pump and tyre levers to all cycling sessions (in case of puncture – we’ll help you out). Ensure your bike is in good working condition (not rusty or dusty!)

Please familiarise yourself with FIT’s bunch riding rules and the Cycling Australia helmet requirements.

If you haven’t ridden with FIT Group before, our FIT Group Riding Hints and Tips and FIT Cycle – Group Communications documents will help you get up to speed.

For our uncoached rides, you need to feel comfortable riding with a bunch on the road, or be willing to learn. Don’t be too worried if the bunch goes a bit faster – we’ll wait for you somewhere up the road.

Less experienced riders wanting to increase their skill levels, endurance and speed are welcome. Many rides have shorter options, so select these if you are new to the bunch. For the longer rides, you should be able to ride at least 30km.

We encourage all riders to have appropriate insurance coverage.

Coming soon: Information on e-bikes and FIT’s bunch rides.


FIT Cycling Ride Overview

Coached Rides

Uncoached Rides


Detailed Ride Descriptions

Coached Rides

Friday 6.00am  – 7.15am

Coached Novice Bunch Riding Session

Location: Meet at 1 Langton Cres., Parkes (Map), in the long carpark between the Treasury Building and Commonwealth Avenue.

The coached cycling sessions are conducted during the warmer months — September through to May. These are suitable for riders who have not ridden in a group before, or riders wanting to improve their general confidence and skills. The sessions are also suitable for those wanting to learn new bike handling and bunch riding skills or refresh these skills.

New riders are welcome (you may try 1-2 sessions before joining the club). All bike types welcome.

Registration: We request that ALL riders wishing to attend the novice sessions REGISTER in advance for each session they would like to attend. You can attend one or more sessions, however we recommend registering in 4-week blocks (by month) to provide you with optimal training progression. This provides you and us some certainty, helps us meet our COVID-requirements, and ensures we have the right number of coaches available.

The first session in each block will typically focus on learning bike and bunch-riding skills, while other sessions will include a road ride and more advance bunch-riding skills.
Register for Friday Coached rides here.

Coached sessions for spring are:
• September (4, 11, 18, 25)
• October (2, 9, 16, 23, 30)
• November (6, 13, 20, 27)
• December (4, 11) (December 18 is FIT’s Xmas ride for all groups)


Uncoached Rides

Shorter Rides

Wednesday – HIlls or Intervals

Location: Meet at 1 Langton Cres., Parkes (Map), in the long carpark between the Treasury Building and Commonwealth Avenue.

Intermediates (6.00am – 7.15am)

This session is a structured, uncoached group ride for cyclists that have undertaken some previous group riding skills training and who want to increase fitness and develop more advanced bunch riding skills. You will need a flat or curly-bar road bike and clip-in pedals are advised but not required.

Ride routes vary (15-25km) and the group will often do ‘loops’ or ‘repeats’ to accommodate different fitness levels without leaving anyone behind.

A more experienced rider usually rides with the group to provide guidance and advice (although this is not a coached ride).

The schedule for the remainder of 2020 is here.

Note: Routes may be adjusted on the day depending on the riders in attendance.

Intermediates Plus (6.00am – 7.30am)

Looking to get your cycling to a higher plane? Then this is the group for you! Rides are suitable for people with some fitness and some experience riding in a group. The group has a range of set ride routes of varying intensity around 25-35km.

You need to be comfortable with bunch riding at about 22km/hr and fixing a flat (although there’s plenty on hand to assist). The ride will regroup as necessary (e.g after a long climb, or following a series of hill repeats) and rest assured no one will get left behind

There is a set route for each Wednesday of the month, as per this schedule.

Note: Routes may be adjusted on the day depending on the riders in attendance.

Friday -Bunch Rides

Location: Meet at 1 Langton Cres., Parkes (Map), in the long carpark between the Treasury Building and Commonwealth Avenue.

Intermediates (6.00am – 7.15am)

This session is an uncoached group ride for cyclists that have undertaken some previous group riding skills training. The group will need to navigate itself,

Ride routes vary (15-25km) and there are designated regroup points.

A more experienced rider *may* ride with the group to provide guidance and advice (although this is not a coached ride).

The schedule for the remainder of 2020 is here.

Note: Routes may be adjusted on the day depending on the riders in attendance.

Depending on numbers and abilities, this group may sometimes join up with the coached ride or the intermediates plus.

Intermediates Plus (6.00am – 7.30am)

Looking to get your cycling to a higher plane? Then this is the group for you! Rides are suitable for people with some fitness and some experience riding in a group. The group has a range of set ride routes of varying intensity around 25-35km.

You need to be comfortable with bunch riding at about 22km/hr and fixing a flat (although there’s plenty on hand to assist). The ride will regroup as necessary (e.g after a long climb, or following a series of hill repeats) and rest assured no one will get left behind

There is a set route for each Friday of the month, as per this schedule.

Note: Routes may be adjusted on the day depending on the riders in attendance.


Longer Rides

Friday Long Ride

8.30am (summer) or 9.00am (winter) – until you get back

All welcome. The start time is 9am eastern standard time and reverts to 8.30am during daylight saving The ride is approximately 40km at a steady pace on both road and bike paths. Routes determined by the group on the day. Time is usually 2 hours.

Sunday Long Ride

8.00am (summer), 8.30am (shoulder) or 9.00am (winter) – until you get back

All welcome. The start time is 9am eastern standard time and reverts to 8.30am during daylight savings and 8am in summer (December, January and February). The ride is approximately 40-60km ride at a steady pace on the road.

Routes are set as per below table. Please familiarise yourself with the route before you come.