WHICH GROUP?

At Peloton Sports we look at the following groups as a pathway to developing skills and abilities and getting stronger on a bike, all the while having fun doing so. Our Development Ride provides the base skills and abilities to allow riders to progress towards the Tempo Ride and High Intensity Ride depending on their own personal goals.

Most of our rides we will roll out together with the more experienced rides at the front. This allows our up and coming riders to learn from the more experienced riders and quickly develop experience in bunch riding and know where they fit. At some point in the ride, pre-determined in our ride descriptions, those after a Tempo Ride will split from those who want a High Intensity Hit Out.


 

The High Intensity Ride is for those after a good workout. Riders will swap through rolling big turns simulating race conditions with attacks along the way, however still following the road rules. This ride will prepare those for racing at their peak performance with speeds averaging above 32 kmph. If you drop off the back, you might get lucky with a rolling regroup... but don't bank on it as this group rarely eases up! 


 

The Tempo Ride will typically hold an average speeds between 28 and 32 kmph. The ride will often split on climbs, but will regroup at the top. The focus on this ride will be maintaining a consistent pace in a tight bunch and is the perfect progression for those coming through from the Development Ride. 


 

The Development Ride is the perfect ride to join as a new member or perhaps someone who wants to further develop their bunch and bike skills and abilities. The ride will have an experienced rider on the front leading the way and at the back to control the bunch. Bunch skills developed on this ride will include how to ride on the front of a bunch, becoming familiar with key bunch riding terminology, and anticipating road obstacles and hazards that may present along a ride. 


At Peloton Sports we aim to be inclusive and try to keep groups together as much as possible. This said, bunch riding is inherently fast, hence its appeal. If you find yourself unable to keep up, or getting “dropped”, please don’t be disheartened, it has happened to us all!

Please keep coming back, keep trying to hold on to a wheel and see your fitness and bike handling skills grow.


 

INSURANCE IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

If you would like to participate in our rides, you will need to be a member of Peloton Sports or another club affiliated with Cycling Australia.

Cycling is a dangerous sport and can result in serious injury or even death. If you don’t currently have a Cycling Australia license you are uninsured and you are riding at your OWN RISK. You will be responsible for your own losses and any damage that you might cause.


 

ETIQUETTE & OTHER STUFF

1) Understand the Bunch Formations

The majority of Peloton Sports bunch rides use a Double Pace Line formation. The Double Pace line is the default bunch formation, but listen out for calls to move into a Single File Pace Line if conditions dictate. If the group is looking for more speed and a tougher workout, then a Circular Pace Line may be created.

 
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2) Use the Correct Calls and Signals

This is critical for you own safety and for those around you. There are plenty of sources online and we recommend clicking on the Cycling Tips logo below for a useful overview. 

 
 

3) Bring the Right Gear

Pretty simple really... you'll need a helmet, a well maintained bike and possibly lights.  At minimum, carry a spare tube, tyre levers and CO2 canister. And don't forget the appropriate amount of food and drink!

4) Obey the Road Rules

Familiarise yourself with the road rules and be sure to obey all traffic lights and other relevant signals

2) Use the Correct Calls and Signals

 This is critical for you own safety and for those around you. There are plenty of sources online and we recommend clicking on the Cycling Tips logo below for a useful overview. 

3) Bring the Right Gear

Pretty simple really... you'll need a helmet, a well maintained bike and possibly lights.  At minimum, carry a spare tube, tyre levers and CO2 canister. And don't forget the appropriate amount of food and drink!

4) Obey the Road Rules

Familiarise yourself with the road rules and be sure to obey all traffic lights and other relevant signals

5) Other Bunch Riding Considerations 

Do

Don’t

  • Make sudden movements 

  • Brake hard and without warning 

  • Look down directly in front of you 

  • Don't half-wheel

  • Stop pedaling on the downhills

  • Take both hands off the bars

  • Get too close when climbing 

  • Cross the centre line

  • Don't descend on the top tub

  • Be predictable

  • Brake carefully

  • Look ahead 

  • Stay level with your partner in the pace line

  • Pedal downhill if you're leading the bunch

  • Minimise the time with just one hand on the bars

  • Keep a gap when climbing

  • Stay in your lane including when stopped at lights

  • Give plenty of room overtaking downhill