Social Bunch Rides
If you are unsure whether you are ready to race or just want to experience riding with others in a bunch, join in with the group rides below to upskill your bunch riding ability.
The SMBR (Saturday Morning Bunch Ride)
Mostly meets outside HQ Cafe, Brightwater – 7 different circuits
Ride starts at 9:00 am in summer (10:00 am in winter)
Usually splits into 2 speed groupings.
Ride 1 - Distance 50-65 km
Faster group average 28-30 km/h
Intermediate group average 25-27 km/h
Ride 2 - Distance approx. 40 km
Slower group averaging 20-22 km/h
Coffee afterwards at HQ Cafe
Organiser: Phil McManus
Ph: 0274 357 357
Rides posted on https://www.facebook.com/groups/SaturdayBunchRide and WhatsApp
Village Cycles Ride - Thursdays
Meets outside Village Cycles in Queen St, Richmond
Ride starts at 9.30 am Thursday
Distance 45 to 50 kms at average speed around 28 kph
Some faster members do extra distance.
Finish at Oxford Cafe for coffee around 11.30 am
Organiser: Graham Vercoe
Ph: 027 260 3457
Wednesday Bunch Ride
Meets outside Village Cycles in Queen St, Richmond every Wednesday.
Meet at 3.20pm with riders leaving at 3.30pm with finishing at Sprig n Fern Richmond for a beer around 6.10pm.
4 different circuits with distance of approx. 65km.
Average speed of these rides 28kmphr to 30kmphr.
Enquiries to Peter Ogilvie
Ph: 027 447 7275
Also Facebook page – Wednesday Bunch Ride
Graeme Snadden’s Group - Fridays
Meets outside Raglan Roast Coffee Bar, Tahunanui.
Friday morning. 10.00 am
Usually ride 40 kms over Mt Heslington. Can vary.
Average approx. 26/28 kph
Finish back at Raglan Roast for coffee.
Organiser: Graeme Snadden
Phone 027 601 6137
Christine’s Sunday Group - Sundays
Meets Paton Road by Richmond Cemetery
Sunday morning, 9.00 am (winter 9.30 am)
Riders alternate choosing where to bike
Usually 50-60 kms or so. Can vary.
Average approx. 24/26 kph
Café stops near ride end at varying places.
Organiser: Christine van Hoppe
Phone 027 477 0834