Regular MTB Social rides around Ballarat
Here's some information about MTB Social rides that occur in Ballarat each week throughout the year, so long as the weather isn't too bad. In some cases, even if it is. There's some variety: groups that cater for beginners, intermediates, club racers and social cyclists. All these rides welcome visitors, so if you're visiting Ballarat, or if you're a local looking for a new social ride, please come along, introduce yourself and join in. Follow the group back to its preferred cafe for a bit of bragging about your cycling prowess!
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The Commissarios - An early morning ride through Canadian, which meets at Recreation Rd (just near the crit track) where it turns into dirt at 6am. This offers enough time to workup a good sweat before before heading off to work.
This ride doesn't have a set course, but mostly it follows the 2011 Interwinter course, although most of the really good tracks do get picked up.
The location of the monthly Dirt Girl's ride varies, but it is aimed at the ladies. All ability levels are catered for and should be considered a 'Women's Social Ride'.
The date and times of these rides are advertised on the BSCC website in the news and calendar sections.
But for more information contact Kat on 0417 541 346 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
'The Hard Men of the Hill' group met on the corner of Simpson and Lal Lal Streets Buninyong, at 8:00am each Sunday morning. The group is made up of a bunch of non serious riders who are out for a bit of exercise. However there is always a bit of a competition on who can ride the furtherest and fastest up the steep sections. As the name suggests this group goes out no matter what the weather is doing, so if it is pouring rain and you are wondering if anyone else will be there, don't worry put on your coat, there will be someone else there.
This ride makes use of two different circuits, the first 5km is shared, then depending on rider numbers, their ability and fitness, what planned for the rest of the day etc, it either turns left and does the Northern loop (approximately 22km), or turns right and does the Southern Loop (approximately 30km).
The Northern Loop crosses over Geelong Rd (the Highway) goes up Granny Whites & Blackberry Lanes to the top of Mt Buninyong, then it's an easy ride through Union Jack Reserve, down Fisken Rd, pass Ballarat Bird World (Eddy Ave) and to the coffee shop.
The Southern Loop is more technical than the Northern and has more hills in it. It has more really fun and challenging singletrack, but both loops are worth doing.