Cycling

We have a number of coached and uncoached cycling sessions each week to suit all abilities. Please bring a spare tube, pump and tyre levers to all cycling sessions (in case of puncture – we’ll help you out).

The newsletter, news section of the website and the FIT Facebook page will notify seasonal date changes.

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.


Wednesday Uncoached ‘Not a Novice Anymore’ Session 6.00am-7.15am

Location:  Meet at carpark between Treasury and Commonwealth Ave (at the end away from the lake). 1 Langton Cres Parkes ACT

This session is an 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.

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).


Wednesday and Friday 6.00am – 7.30am — Uncoached Intermediate to Experienced Rider Session

Location:  Meet at carpark between Treasury and Commonwealth Ave (at the end away from the lake). 1 Langton Cres Parkes ACT

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.  The route is determined by riders on the day, or even the night before via messenge. 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.

Over winter numbers in this group may fluctuate.


Friday 6.15am – 7.15am – Coached Novice and Flat (handle) Bar Cycling

Location:  Meet at carpark between Treasury and Commonwealth Ave (at the end away from the lake). 1 Langton Cres Parkes ACT

The coached cycling sessions are conducted during the warmer months — September through to May. These are suitable for beginners 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.

At least one session per month will focus on skills, while other sessions will include a road ride and skills.

All bike types welcome.


Friday 6.00am – 7.30am — Uncoached Intermediate Session

Location:  Meet at carpark between Treasury and Commonwealth Ave (at the end away from the lake). 1 Langton Cres Parkes ACT

The Friday Intermediate group rides all year round from 6am to approximately 7.15am no matter the temperature. We only cancel if there is set-in rain.

All riders with group riding skills and a level of fitness that lets you comfortably complete 25km are welcome.

The ride is relatively flat except for Mugga Way – we have a regrouping point at the top and bottom so riders can use that stretch to train at their own pace. At all other times we stay together as safe and well-formed group.

The route is the same each week and can be viewed here.

 


Social rides

Friday 8.30am – Until-you-get-back

Location: Meet at Weston Tennis Courts, Dillon Close, Weston (opposite McDonalds)

All welcome. The summer starting time is 8.30am, while in winter it is 9.00am. This ride is approximately 40-50km ride at a steady pace on both road and bike paths.

Sunday 7.30am – Until-you-get-back

Various rides –  incorporating a long and shorter option.

***Please familiarise yourself with the routes.

Week Meet at Route Breakfast
1st Sunday of month
Liardet Street carpark
Cooleman Court
Weston Creek
FIT 1st Sunday route

 

The Meating Room
Liardet Street
Weston
2nd Sunday of month Hackett Shops
Hackett Place
Hackett
FIT 2nd Sunday

Wilbur’s Café and Bar
14 Hackett Place
Hackett
3rd Sunday of month Tuggeranong College carpark
Cowlishaw Street
Tuggeranong
Tharwa loop (Short)

For a longer route turn right at Tharwa (add on out and back)

TBC
4th Sunday of month Debacle 
24 Lonsdale Street
Braddon
FIT 4th Sunday

For a shorter routes, turn at Eagle Hawk, Sutton, or the Tulip Farm

Debacle
Braddon
5th Sunday of month Beltana Road
Pialligo
(car park rear of Tulips Café)
FIT 5th Sunday

Tulips Cafe
8 Beltana Road
Pialligo

You need to feel comfortable riding in a bunch on the road, or be willing to learn, but don’t be too worried if the bunch goes a bit faster than you – we’ll wait for you somewhere up the road!

Less experienced riders wishing to increase their skill levels, endurance and speed are welcome.  You can ride as far as you feel comfortable -and meet us for coffee afterwards.

Please make sure you bring water and puncture repair gear  — we’ll all help you fix it!

2017 Training Programs and Cycling Events

Looking for a training program or an event to train for and participate in?  FIT cyclists prepare for a variety of events across the year, as formal and informal groups. Keep an eye on the website and newsflash for information about self-organising training groups.

Events that may be of interest are listed here: http://www.fitact.org.au/2016/12/2017-cycling-activities/