Messing 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
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
The Cafe Cruisers
Department of Cycling
More information: Website: https://departmentofcycling.co.nz/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deptofcycling/ Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/doc-department-of-cycling Email: email@example.com
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee Outside Auckland
More information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1035988409923713
GMC Gravel Peloton
- The venerable ACTA (Auckland Cycle Touring Association) has led the way since 1949; the East Auckland Seniors Cycling Club is just another of many such friendly groups, and the Grey Lynn Cycle Club Juniors is a great example of how a couple of families set up a kid-friendly regular ride.
- Most bike shops offer regular rides – see what’s on offer at your local, or call around.
- Frocks on Bikes does casual, achievable, and often very glamorous rides to sweet destinations
- Want to light up the night? Check out the regular Bike Raves or keep an eye out for Triple Teez’ Matariki Rides
- If you’re into BMX tricks, head to your nearest BMX park or club
- Off-road you’re after? The Auckland MTB Club knows where to go
- You could start a ride for a particular style of bike, too – begin with a gathering and see where it goes. This Cargo Bike Picnic is a fine model.