boardwalkmothersdayMessing about on bikes, whether for fitness or fun, is even more enjoyable with a like-minded bunch. Your eye might be caught by the lycra-clad weekenders whizzing along the waterfront, or a quiet group ambling out for coffee and back. But there are so many other ways to ride with a group. Here’s our list of rides in Auckland. Want to add your group to the list? Just head to the online form and we’ll add you:

Grey Lynn CC

Roadies riding as a pack.

Rides start from: Urban jungle Café

Ride times: Mon/Wed/Fri 5:15am

Ride description: Drop ride; average speed 28/30kph

More information: greylynncycleclub.com or https://www.strava.com/clubs/GLCC

Hotties

Roadies riding as a pack; relaxed; women-specific.

Rides start from: Hot Cycles, 46 Long Drive, St Heliers

Ride times: Sundays 7am, Tuesdays 6.15pm

Ride description: Different location every Sunday, no drop, approximately 60-70k, all ages, women only, coffee during or after, very sociable, all welcome. Tuesday is 20k local loop, 1 hour, no drop.

More information: Hotties Facebook Page

Point Pedallers

Roadies riding as a pack; relaxed; e-bike friendly.

Rides start from: Corner Carrington & Gt North Road

Ride times: Saturday 7am.

Ride description: Two to three hours. 40-60km. Could be any direction, N, S, E, W. No drop. No target pace, though we generally average around 22-23km/hr for the whole ride. Sometime hills. Sometimes more flat. All ages, including those over 70. Average is prob 40s and 50s.

More information: Arrangements made through Strava Groups, but the main thing is just to turn up and introduce yourself.

Hobsonville Point Bunch Rides

Roadies riding as a pack; relaxed; coffee ride.

Rides start from: Opposite 25ml Café

Ride times: Fridays, 6am.

Ride description: Local loops near Hobsonville Point. Approx 1hr @ 23-26kph, non-drop, all ages/genders, inclusive, road bikes only.

More information: https://www.strava.com/clubs/hp-bunch-rides

Auckland Hardcourt Bike Polo

Bike polo group.

Meet at: Western Park tennis courts.

Time: 5pm Fridays.

Description: We play three-a-side bike polo. We ride around in circles very slowly. It’s mostly young people because we fall over a lot. Watching with a beer is also welcome.

More information:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/263377220384405/

Tuesday Bunch

Roadies riding as a pack.

Meet at: Ride shop, 501 Botany Road.

Time: Tuesdays, 6:15pm.

Description: Airport and back, 50km. Average pace: 30km/h

More information: Strava Tuesday Bunch.

Blind Basket Bunch

Roadies riding as a pack; purely social.

Meet at: Blind Basket Cafe – 38 Barrys Point Road, Takapuna

Time: Every Saturday at 6am.

Description: Usual Destinations: Taupaki, Silverdale, Waitakeries, Te-Henga. Either via Riverhead or via Hobsonville. Distance – 70-100km. Duration 3-4 hours. Target Pace – Medium Group 24-26kph, Fast Group 28-30kph.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2527003013982486/

East Auckland Senior Cycling Group

A coffee ride for people of all fitness levels and on any kind of bike; off-road; relaxed, e-bike friendly; purely social.

Meet at: Scout Hall Pigeon Mountain Road Half Moon Bay

Time: Saturdays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am.

Description: Wednesdays, 30km. Saturdays, 40 to 50km.

More information: www.eascc.org

Highland Park Group

Roadies riding as a pack.

Meet at: Highland Park shop car park.

Times: Depart at 7:30am Saturday and Sunday.

Description: 61 km route. 30 years old up to 78 year old. Average pace varies according to wind conditions. Slow group averages 25 to 29 kmh, medium group averages 26 to 30 kmh, fast group averages over 30 kmh. We are a no-drop, re-group ride.

More information: Allan Bridge: alandgeorge@orcon.net.nz

Thursday Night Kumeu Ride

Roadies riding as a pack; competitive.

Meet at: Kumeu Community Hall.

Times: Every Thursday 6:30pm.

Description: Two laps of the Hanham circuit. First lap 3/4 pace but still fast. Second lap every man and woman for themselves. Depending on numbers we separate into two groups.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/506673789803016/

Hot Cycles
Roadies riding as a pack; relaxed.
Times: Fridays at  6am.
Description: Rides start at Hot Cycles and we have the same course every Friday, heading into town along the waterfront, under the harbour bridge, through Herne Bay, Cox’s Bay into Grey Lynn / Ponsonby where we then stop for a coffee. 25km at this point. We have had first time bunch riders on this ride and seasoned pros at the same time. It is a casual ride with means to an end with coffee and muffin. The group then heads their separate ways, several do return together back to St Heliers and arrive about 8:20am.

The Cafe Cruisers

A coffee ride for people of all fitness levels and on any kind of bike; relaxed; e-bike friendly; purely social.
Meet at:  A different location every week.
Times: Saturdays at 9:30am until lunch time.
Description: We ride 15 to 30km on paths and quiet roads. Most of us are baby-boomers, many are new to riding, about half are on e-bikes. We travel out-of-town most long weekends. We specialize in safe, fun social riding with no commitment to turn up each week.

More information: Email John Cowan at jc@johncowan.co.nz to go on the mailing list, or stalk us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/cafecruisers/

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