Darebin BUG offers a range of rides to suit riders of all abilities. Newcomers are welcome. See the program below for upcoming rides. (to be updated)
Saturday rides (Sea Cruise) (Slow and social)
These rides are best suited to beginners, or those returning to cycling.
Saturday rides follow a standard route starting outside Rushall station, North Fitzroy to Port Melbourne at an easy pace and along bike paths and bike lanes. At Beacon Cove riders stop and enjoy a coffee and chat.
Starting time is 9:30am and the aim is to return by 1:30pm.
Ride distance is 30km.
Ride speed approximately 12 km/h
Contact George, 0409 413 945.
Midweek rides (Tuesday and Thursday)
These rides are longer and follow variety of routes.
Most of the rides listed include the riding distance so it is possible to determine if you think it is suitable. Please ring up a contact person if you have any queries.
Starting point All rides start from the Jika Jika Community Centre at the corner of Plant and Union St Northcote
Starting time 9.30 am, unless stated in the ride description.
Ride distance is generally 30 – 60 km with occasional longer rides
Finish time around 3-4 pm depending on the ride distance
Ride surface. Most riding is on bike paths or occasionally roads with bike lanes. Some surfaces include gravel or toppings
Bicycle type: All types of bikes are suitable.
Riding speed About 18 km/h but with regular stops for regrouping.
Refreshments: Rides stop for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Riders generally bring morning tea and lunch while the afternoon stop generally includes a coffee shop.
Safety: A first aid kit is carried on the rides. All rides have a leader and tail. Remember to bring water and sunscreen
Temperatures and riding
– Up to 30c The programmed ride will go ahead
– 30 – 35c The programmed ride may go ahead but may be altered
– Over 35c There will be no “official” ride but any riders still wishing to ride can turn up at Jika to meet up with like-minded riders.
From time to time the BUG organises weekend or long weekend rides of several days duration, usually along rail trails and staying at a hotels or other accomodation. These rides usually average about 50-60km per day.
Road training rides
Rides at a faster pace (av 25kmh) for fit and confident riders on road bikes and covering distances of 60-80km. Usually on the weekend.
Some upcoming rides and meetings
All rides leave from Jika Jika, 1B Plant Street, Northcote unless otherwise noted.