Saturday Rides

Lifecycle is famous for its Saturday group rides where we have our biggest numbers participate. However we also have lots of other rides going on through the week and for a good overview check our ride calendar here!

Cycling is a social pastime and over the years our Saturday rides have increased in popularity so much that most weeks we now participate in five groups catering for different cycling levels.  We have a beginner group leaving, an intermediate group and for the more experienced riders a group all depending on numbers on the day.   We usually finish each Saturday ride around 8am at the Chelsea Bistro in the Victoria Barracks precinct on Petrie Terrace for a coffee and breakfast!  most weekday rides start at 5:30am and finish as CJ's in West End around 7:00am.  There is also a very popular Tuesday night Mount Cootha ride including a lap or two of the mountain finishing with a drink at the Paddington Hotel.  All 3 levels are encouraged and its more social than serious.

 Below is a list of the Saturday routes our shop ride rotates through and if you'd like to join our shop ride notify us by email to:[email protected]

 

Nudgee Loop

Distance: 40km
Average Speed:
24km/h for the earlier group, 28km/h for the later group
Ride Time:
1.5 hours
Departure time:
6:10am, 6.20am and 6:30am
Difficulty Level:
5/10.

The Nudgee loop is our original shop ride from way back in the day! It is  a nice mix of hills and flat riding and a chance to escape traffic for a lot of the ride! We leave Lifecycle and head across Gregory Terrace to Albion where the biggest climb of the ride takes placed up Crosby Road, nice to get it over early! We then head along the Toombul bikeway and continue to Nudgee Beach which is where we turn around. Often there is a sprint into Nudgee Beach so don't be concerned if the pace ramps up! We regroup for a steady ride back into the city returning via Wavell Heights which has a few testing undulations but also some nice city views! We then head to the Chelsea Bistro in the Victoria Barracks precinct on Petrie Terrace for some coffee and tall stories!

 

River Loop

Distance:40km
Average Speed:
24-26km/h for the earlier groups, 30km/h for the later group
Ride Time:
1.5 hours
Departure time:
6:10am, 6.20am and 6:30am
Difficulty Level:
6/10.

This is the most ridden ride in Brisbane with thousands of loops done daily! It has relatively easy terrain following the Brisbane river through the University at St Lucia returning through Fairfield, along the Corso and the famous little punchy climbs over Cemetery Hill and Highgate Hill and down Dornoch Terrace. An easy roll down Montague Road into South Bank and the regular coffee stop at the Chelsea Bistro in the Barracks precinct on Petrie Terrace. A great ride for beginners!

 

Westside Loop

Distance: 40km
Average Speed:
24-26km/h for the earlier groups, 28km/h for the later group
Ride Time:
1.5 hours
Departure time:
6:10am, 6.20am and 6:30am
Difficulty Level:
7/10.

This loop is around 40km with undulations and hills. It's a spin-off of the the River loop and after we pass through Indooroopilly we wind our way around the suburbs west of the river.  The ride meets the bike path beside the Western Freeway at Jindalee and then goes to Seventeen Mile Rocks and then through Oxley and Chelmer.  To finish up we ride back along Coronation Drive and back to our regular  coffee stop at the Chelsea Bistro in the Victoria Barracks precinct on Petrie Terrace. This ride is a a little technical and has lots of undulations so beginners may be best to choose the early ride!

 

Samford Loop 

Distance: 50/40km
Average Speed:
30km/h 
Ride Time:
2 hours
Departure time:
6:00am and 6.15am
Difficulty Level: 8/10.

The Samford Loop departs a little earlier as this ride is a little longer. Expect hills and some decent tempo particularly over and back the Samford range.  This is a faster, harder ride but we regroup each way at the top of the range. It is out and back so if tailed off it is easy to get back. A nice ride if you want a challenge! We also do a shorter version which turns at the top of the range....normally this is a lot slower to give beginners and non hill climbers a chance to do a harder ride! Start times are reversed for this ride with the faster group leaving at 6am because of the increased distance. 

All rides start and finish at Lifecycle shop. We rotate the route each week so please cto find out where the next ride is headed.

Check our ride calendar for our ride schedule. We have a weekly ride email so please email us to ask to be included!

 

SOUTHERN LOOP

Distance: 40 Kilometres

Average Speed: 25 KPH

Ride Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Depart: 6:15 and 6:30 am

Difficulty Level: 7/10

The new Southern Ride is a nice straight direction, easy pace ride with plenty of riding space except a small section of Beaudesert Road.  Opportunities to build new sprint and climbing timed sectors are many and the inclusion of Mt Gravatt Outlook offers a good strong climb and a fine view from the top.  Care needs to be taken on the final corner coming down from Mt Gravatt Lookout as their is a pretty decent bump that can throw you off line. 

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