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ACTIVITES / TRAINING

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WHAT WE OFFER

MONTHLY* SPECIAL RIDES
MTB
CLUB RACING
GETTING STARTED
GROUPS OF DIFFERENT ABILITIES
SOCIAL RIDES
TRAINING RIDES
LADIES RIDES

2020 ACTIVITIES/TRAINING

More info on each activity listed in the calendar can be found further down below.

 

RIDE GROUPS

 

Group 1 - > 38km +

To ride with Group 1 you need to be an experienced rider (possibly even racing at a high level) and able to maintain a very fast pace with an average of >38km/hour over large distances in excess of 70km+.

Group 2a - ~33km

To ride with Group 2a you need to have good group riding skills, and be able to maintain an average speed of ~33km/hr for the duration of the ride, which will usually be >60km in distance with ~600 meters of climbing.  For those working on building their fitness up to this group you can always start with Group 2a and drop back/get swept up by Group 2b later in the ride if your endurance starts to wane.

n Group 2b the pace is usually an average of ~30km/hr for the duration of the ride, over distances of >60km with ~600 meters of climbing. 

Group 2b - ~30km

Group 3 - ~27km

In Group 3 the pace is usually an average of ~27km/hr for the duration of the ride, over distances of >60km, with up to ~600 meters of climbing.  People will be happy to give tips on riding in a group for those a little newer to this.  If you are not fit enough to complete the entire ride with Group 3 you are free to drop off at any point and as you improve hopefully you can complete more of the ride week to week. 

 

If we are ever low on Group 3 numbers we will generally combine them with the Group 2b riders for the first part of the ride, but people can drop off when they choose to (for example on Sat at the top of Hamburger Hill, on Sun at the Carbrook intersection).

Group 4 - ~25km

In Group 4 the pace is between 22-25km/hr for the duration of the ride.  Created for beginners, riders coming back from injury, or after a number of years off the bike, or just wanting to get a nice ride in.  NOTE:  currently there is only one ride on a Monday morning for this group.  See below for more detail.

Ladies Group - 20-25km

To ride with this group you need to be able to complete a distance of 40km at a minimum average speed of 20km per hour (and of course be a lady....but you already knew that!)  This will ensure that you can keep up with the group, and that everyone is able to enjoy the ride and stays together.

 

TRAINING RIDES

Training Rides

Tue Road Training

When/Where:  Tuesdays 5:00am @ Cleveland Library
What:  3-4 paceline laps of Raby Bay to Cleveland return, at a constant speed.  

Groups/Speeds:  G1 (36-42km), G2a+G2b (34-40km), G3 (32-34km)

Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/22583487

More Detail:  the format of this ride is either two abreast in a paceline format, or single file in smaller numbers at the Ride Leaders discretion.  The bunch will hold a steady average pace for the 3-4 laps. The difference from a Tuesday to a Thursday is there is no increase in speed across the route or course.  Please remember that in a paceline the outside line (on the right) holds the speed, while the inside line cruises at a speed that's ~1km slower.

 

Thu Road Training

​When/Where:  Thursdays 5:00am @ Cleveland Library
What:  3-4 paceline laps of Raby Bay to Cleveland return, increasing in speed by 2km on each lap. 

Groups/Speeds:  G1 (36,38,40,42km), G2a+G2b (34,36,38,40km), G3 (32,34km)

Strava Route:  https://www.strava.com/routes/22583487

More Detail:  the format of this ride is two abreast in a paceline format, starting off at a comfortable but pacey speed, with an increase of 2km/hr on every loop. Please remember that in a paceline the outside line (on the right) holds the speed, while the inside line cruises at a speed that's ~1km slower.

Group 1

Group 2a

Group 2b

Group 3

Group 1

Group 2a

Group 2b

Group 3

Track Training

When/Where:  Tuesday nights 6:30pm (warmup) for 7-9pm (training) @ Chandler Velodrome - pls bring your Racing Licence
What:  Billy Wright runs the night so for more information send an email to him via racing@rcmc.org.au  
Track bike hire:  these can be hired from Cycling Queensland.  This has to be organised before the night. Cycling Qld can help you in this area.

 

REGULAR SCHEDULED RIDES

Monday - Cleveland Raby Bay laps  (NEW RIDE starting up 30th Nov 2020!)

When/Where:  Mon 5:00am @ Cleveland Library

What:  A lovely ride around Cleveland/Raby Bay

Groups:  G4

Format:  No Drop 

Strava Route:  https://www.strava.com/routes/22583487

Detail:  this ride is our introductory ride to the club. Even if you have been riding on your own at 20km/h you will be able to join this ride.  The pace in the group will generally average 24-27km/h but you will always be faster riding in a group than riding solo. The Ride Leader will guide you and make sure you are able to join in, learn, get fitter and have fun!  The route will be around Raby Bay and Cleveland Point, and will be as fast as the slowest rider.  The session is aimed at beginners, riders coming back from injury, riders coming back after a number of years off, or generally just members wanting to get a ride in and have some fun on a Monday.

Coffee:  Fish on Fire or Bean on Dean @ Cleveland

Group 4

NEW MEMBERS START HERE

Monday Recovery Ride - Cleveland to Wellington Point Return

When/Where:  Mon 5:00am @ Cleveland Library

What:  30-40km loop of Cleveland to Wellington Point Return

Groups:  G1, G2a, G2b, G3

Format:  Drop (but with waiting points)

Strava Route:  https://www.strava.com/routes/25529188

Detail: Being a true recovery ride this ride is about being social, working to a moderate pace, and making sure we stick together. Everyone rides together in a peleton, two abreast, unless single is called out. Expectation is for no surging, to hold together as a pack, and to wait at the top of any hills or gradients for slower riders to catch up. The pace will pick up on Masthead Drive but slow down again after the turn on the roundabout at the end of Masthead. The pace then picks up after the last roundabout before Cleveland point, and again slows down at the turn, to ride back at a moderate pace to the coffee shop.

Special notes:  Most weeks we will try to run Groups 1-3.  If we are low on numbers on a given day the Group 3 riders are free to sit on the back of Group 2 for as long as they can, and drop off whenever they feel the need.

Coffee:  Fish on Fire or Bean on Dean @ Cleveland

Group 1

Group 2a

Group 2b

Group 3

Wednesday Recovery Ride - Thornside/Aquatic Paradise Loop

When/Where:  Wed 5:00am @ Cleveland Library

What:  30-40km loop of Cleveland to Thornside / Aquatic Paradise 

Groups:  G1, G2a, G2b, G3

Format:  No Drop

Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/2732780663291819562

Detail:  Being a true recovery ride this ride is about being social, working to a moderate pace and making sure we stick together.  Everyone rides together in  a peleton, two abreast ,unless single is called out. Expectation is for no surging, to hold together as a pack, and to wait at the top of any hills or gradients for slower riders to catch up. The pace will pick up at Thornside as we go along the Esplanade and on the return. We then pull it back to a moderate recovery pace until the pace picks up again on Masthead Drive, but slows down again after the turn on the roundabout at the end of Masthead. The pace then picks up after the last roundabout before Cleveland point and again slows down at the turn, to ride back at the moderate pace to the coffee shop.

Special notes:  Most weeks we will try to run Groups 1-3.  If we are low on numbers on a given day the Group 3 riders are free to sit on the back of Group 2 for as long as they can, and drop off whenever they feel the need.

Coffee:  Fish on Fire or Bean on Dean @ Cleveland

Group 1

Group 2a

Group 2b

Group 3

Wednesday Hurt Locker - Thornside/Aquatic Paradise Loop

When/Where:  Wed 5:00am @ Cleveland Library

What:  30-40km loop of Cleveland to Thornside / Aquatic Paradise

Groups:  G1 only

Format:  Drop

Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/2756463855606792964

Detail:  This ride is extremely strenuous and only for experienced riders. The format is similar to the Wednesday Thornside ride, but takes a twist at the turn by heading along Railway Parade. There are virtually no breaks and no waits for catch up. You need to be as fit as the fastest to stay with the bunch. It returns through Aquatic Pardise to Wellington Point and back to Raby Bay, then Cleveland.  New Riders to the club cannot join this ride until they have been through some of the other social rides and have been signed off by the Club Captain.

Coffee:  Fish on Fire or Bean on Dean @ Cleveland

Group 1

Friday Recovery Ride - Cleveland to Victoria Point Return

When/Where:  Fri 5:00am @ Cleveland Library

What:  30-40km loop Cleveland to Victoria Point 

Groups:  G1, G2a, G2b, G3

Format:  No Drop

Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/25475903

Detail:  This ride is a social ride that holds together until after the turn at the Roundabout at the bottom of Boundary. The bunch will wait until everyone is on and pick up the pace gradually until it gets through Point Ohalloran and Vic Point. There is a slow down to get everyone together fully to ride back to coffee. It heads up Cleveland Redland Bay Road turning onto Long Street where the pace increases again all the way to Cleveland point. At the turn its an easy pace to coffee.

Special notes:  Most weeks we will try to run Groups 1-3.  If we are low on numbers on a given day the Group 3 riders are free to sit on the back of Group 2 for as long as they can, and drop off whenever they feel the need.

Coffee:  Fish on Fire or Bean on Dean @ Cleveland

Group 1

Group 2a

Group 2b

Group 3

Friday Rapid Run - Cleveland to Victoria Point Return

When/Where:  Fri 5:00am @ Cleveland Library

What:  30-40km loop Cleveland to Victoria Point 

Groups:  G1

Format:  Drop

Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/25475903

Detail:  This ride is extremely strenuous and only for experienced riders. The format is the same route as the Victoria Point Loop. There are virtually no breaks and no waits for catch up. You need to be as fit as the fastest to stay with the bunch.  New Riders to the club cannot join this ride until they have been through some of the other social rides and have been signed off by the Club Captain.

Coffee:  Fish on Fire or Bean on Dean @ Cleveland

Group 1

Sat Social - Bay Loop

When/Where:  Sat 5:30am @ Capalaba McDonalds carpark (far corner)
What: approx 80km reverse Bay Loop (Capalaba- Birkdale- Thornside- Wello Point- Alex Hills- Sheldon- Redland Bay-past Victoria Point -Thornlands-Cleveland).  

Groups:  G1, G2a, G2b, G3

Format:  Drop

Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/2731793855645136524

Detail: The Sat Bay Loop is one of the Club's longest standing core rides, with four groups leaving the McDonald's Capalaba carpark at 5:30am. Group 1 (fastest) departs first, followed by all other groups.  The format of the ride is intended for people to push themselves into a higher group, but be able to fall back into the groups below them if the pace is just a stretch too far. The lower groups will pick you up and you can join at the rear, please just let yourself be known, then start rotating with the group. There will be small regroup points along the way with the first being Main rd at Wellington Point, Hamburger Hill on Boundary Rd, slowing down just after the roundabout before entering Victoria Point, and after Manning Esplanade onto Colburn Ave. There are shortcuts for riders who struggle with the pace, which the Ride Leader can point out on the day.  We then head straight back to Middle St in Cleveland, but riders can also choose to go on to Cleveland point to add a few extra km's. There is rotation and two abreast on this ride, with single file in appropriate places when the road conditions change.

Coffee:  Fish on Fire or Bean on Dean @ Cleveland

Group 1

Group 2a

Group 2b

Group 3

Sat Social - MTB Trail Riding

When/Where: Sat 6:30am @ location varies - keep an eye on the Facebook Closed Member site 
What: 1st Sat of the month is a Beginners ride of approx 10-15km around Scribbly Gums or Bayview (flatter sections).  The other Saturdays of the month are Intermediate rides of approx. 20km at places like Daisy Hill, Cornubia, Bayview, Leolands, etc.  

Groups:  MTB 

Format:  No Drop

Trailforks Route: varies

Detail:  Varies - check Facebook closed members page for details each week

*Intermediate rides dependent on Ride Leader availability

MTB Beginners

MTB Intermediate

Sun Social - Cleveland to Wynnum return (perfect for new Members)

When/Where:  Sun 5:30am (Spring/Summer) or 6:30am (Autumn/Winter) @ Cleveland Library

What:  approx 65km Cleveland to Wynnum return 

Groups:  G3

Format:  No Drop

Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/2732784172612814210

Detail:  this is a perfect option for new members to the club, done at an easy pace, with a no drop policy.  Rolling to Wynnum and return you will experience the Wynnum/Manly/Lota foreshores passing Darling Point, Norfolk Point, Mooroondu Point, Aquatic Paradise, Wellington Point, Ormiston Loop, Raby Bay Loop, Cleveland Point to finish at Cleveland. There are a few shorter options towards the end for those just starting out.  This ride is designed to be an introductory ride for new club members, people getting back into cycling, or returning from injury, or a plain old recovery ride. There is no surging and the group must hold together and be as fast as the slowest rider. The Ride Leader will keep the intent of this ride as it should be, so if members deviate from the format they will be encouraged to move to the Sunday Carbrook ride instead. 

Coffee:  Fish on Fire @ Cleveland

Group 3

NEW MEMBERS START HERE

Sun - Carbrook Hills 

When/Where:  Sun 6:30am @ Cleveland Library
What: approx 50km loop of Clevand to Carbrook return (over the 'Seven Ugly Sisters')

Groups: G1, G2a, G2b

Format:  No Drop

Strava Route:  https://www.strava.com/routes/15547390

Detail:  Moderate pace from Cleveland to Carbrook  (Mt Cotton Rd & Bryants Rd intersection) before splitting into groups of various speeds. G1 will be 36km/hr+.  The remaining group will be as fast as the slowest rider with no drop. In case of riders wanting to ease up and let the bunch go, then there will be a waiting point at the traffic lights at German Church Rd.
Coffee:  Fish on Fire @ Cleveland

Group 1

Group 2a

Group 2b

 
 

MONTHLY RIDES

Monthly Special Rides

2nd Sat of each month - Sat Ladies Only Social

When/Where:  Saturday 6:00am @ Cleveland Library
What: Cleveland Wellington Point loop of approx. 30km (with an option to include an aquatic loop for an extra 10km)

Group:  Ladies only

Format:  No Drop

                                     OR 

Cleveland to Manly return of approx. 45km
Average Speeds:  you need to be able to ride 40km at a minimum average speed of 20km/hour
Coffee:  either Wello or Cleveland

Monthly Specials

When:  every couple of months - see rides featured below
Where:  Starting point is either Cleveland Library or Capalaba McDonalds carpark (far corner)
What:  Every couple of months the Club will put on a special ride to other locations besides the ones listed above.  For example to Mount Coottha, Stradbroke Island, Sanctuary Cove, Brookfield, Mount Glorious, etc.  Keep an eye on the detail/calendar above, and also on the Events page on the Facebook Closed Member site for more detail

Groups:  G1, G2a, G2b, G3

Format:  No Drop
Coffee:  often varies - see event details on Facebook

Group 1

Group 2a

Group 2b

Group 3

Ladies

See the Facebook Closed Members site > Events page for more info on the below rides

Difficulty Rating:

04 May 2020

Mount Coottha

80km

Take Away Coffee

Difficulty Rating:

9th August 2020

Social Ride + Morning Tea

local ride

Difficulty Rating:

12 September 2020

Straddie

60km

Difficulty Rating:

1 November 2020

Century Ride

100-160km

Difficulty Rating:

20 December 2020

Christmas Ride

40km

MTB RIDES

In the Redlands we are unbelievably spoilt for choice when it comes to MTB trails!  We have Scribbly Gums, Bayview, Daisy Hill, Leolands and Cornubia all on our doorstep (with more to come), allowing us loads of variety.  Not to mention the slightly further afeild locations like Nerang, Gap Greek, Bunya, Mt Joyce, Sunshine Coast, etc that we also plan to keep on our radar for occasional trips.  

1st Sat and 3rd Sun of each month - Beginners MTB

​When:  1st Saturday of each month @ 6:30am and 3rd Sun of each month @ 2:30pm (subject to interest)
Where: Varies - keep an eye on the Facebook Closed Member site for more detail
What: usually MTB trails at Scribbly Gums, or the flatter trails at Bayview
Coffee:  varies

Beginners

2nd, 3rd and 4th Sat of each month  - Intermediate MTB

​When:  2nd, 3rd, 4th Sat of each month @ 6:30am 
Where: Varies - keep an eye on the Facebook Closed Member site for more detail
What: MTB trails - suitable for intermediate riders - Bayview, Daisy, Cornubia, Nerang, Gap Creek, etc
Coffee:  varies
*dependent on Ride Leader availability

Intermediate

 

RIDE CAPTAINS

Group 1 Captain

Group 2a / Group 2b Captains

Group 3 Captain

Andrew Francis

Alan Stewart

Rod Giesemann

James Crawford

Ladies Captain

Kellie Wilmshurst

MTB Captains

Bruce Anderson

Lin Green

 

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CONTACT US

PO Box 1429

Cleveland, Qld, 4163

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