Tuesday and Thursday Evenings

(During Winter months Apr - Oct)
5.30 pm -7.30pm for SSCC members only
Waratah Park - Track 2 under Floodlights.
This is suitable from Novice (who can take a break) to Experienced riders.As a general rule and for consideration of other riders, if training alone or in a small/slow group, please try to stay to the outside of the track if going slow with faster riders on the inside.
Usually the bunch will ride around the inside though, so if you're new to it all just follow what others are doing!

Please be careful of if you are using the Cycle Track for walking a dog, jogging, riding a skateboard, rollerblading, using a radio control car or whatever the hell else other people do up there - stay to the outside.

Saturday Cafe Ride

Departs Sutherland Postoffice at 6.30am Each Saturday Week throughout the year (although it can get chilly in the winter) Enter the RNP at Audley, the Artillery, (up Waterfall for the early mark) or continue on to Stanwell tops returning either through Helensberg or up Waterfall to return to Sutherland @ 8.30R for Coffee Distance: 40k to 60km Difficulty: Medium to High (depending on what you want to do) Steady training ride with stops for punctures or mechanicals

Club Ride – City

Sunday - Each Week throughout the year
Departs at 07:00 Caringbah Inn , via Captain Cook Drive, Grand Parade, Foreshore Drive, Double Bay (Hills Optional), Bondi Junction, Coffee stop at Centennial Park (arrive 09:00 depart 09:30 ) return to Caringbah around 10:45.
Distance: 70-80Km
Difficulty: Low (if you take the shortcuts) to Medium
This is aimed at being a social ride suitable for all abilities and not a full on training ride although racing up the hills (as long as you regroup at the top) is acceptable. The bunch will normally stop for punctures or mechanical problems, short cuts to avoid the hills are available for the gravity challenged
Note: This ride is sometimes rerouted due to road closures in the CBD

Park Ride

Sunday - Each Week throughout the year Departs at 06:30 Sutherland Postoffice, Heathcote, Waterfall, Royal National Park back to Service Station at Sutherland. Depart 08:10 for Centennial Park via Boulevard, Paraweena, Grand Parade, General Holmes, Gardeners Rd (arrive 09:00 depart 09:30) return as above. Distance 110km Difficulty Medium to High The Hills through the RNP early on the ride plus the chaingang into the city make this a formidable ride. The bunch does not normally stop towards the end of ride. Meets up with the Club ride for a gentle return back to Caringbah

Bear’s Ride

Tuesday and Thursday - Each week of the Year - Departs Caringbah Shops 05:00 sharp Sydney Airport, Botany, Grand Parade return to Caringbah around 06:20 Distance: 38km (or 70km if Kurnell is added return Caringbah 07:10 am) Difficult: Medium to Hard Note: This training ride is in held in conjunction with the Cronulla Triathlon Club club

Gong Ride

Wednesdays - Each Week throughout the year - Plus last Sunday of Each month departs at 06.30 though
Departs @ 07:00 Sutherland Postoffice, Heathcote, Waterfall, Old Princes Highway to Garrawarra, Helensberg, Darkes Forest, Bulli Tops, down Bulli Pass (take care at the right turn at the bottom for turning vehicles) over the hump and take a left onto Point St to take you to the seafront and use the bike path to cruise to the ‘gong to get your Coffee and supplies. Return either the same way, yes that means going up Bulli Pass or via the Princes Highway to Mount Kiera Rd, climb to the top (@30min climb), turn right onto Clive Bissel Drive and then turn left onto Mount Ousley Rd (Caution this is a main road and has HGV’s on it which like to use the hard shoulder) and did I mention the 3 sisters ? Take the turn off at Bulli Tops for the Old Princes Highway and return to Sutherland @ 11.300) return as above or back along the coast enjoying the Pyrenees, Bald Hill and left for home via Symbio or right to go through the Royal National Park
Distance 110km
Difficulty Medium to High depending on how well you are going
Note: Expect a southerly breeze on the Old Princes Highway combined with the undulating road can make this a tough trip down. Stock up in Wollongong as once your up the climbs the next available water is at Helensburgh Garage. Expect a tailwind on the way home and an increase in pace as the horses hit the final furlongs.

Park Ride

Wednesdays - Each Week throughout the year
Departs @ 16.30 SSCC Clubhouse - Waratah Park, Heathcote, Waterfall, Stanwell Tops and return
Distance 60km
Difficulty Medium - A hilly ride but the bunch regroups

Beaches Ride

Tuesday and Thursday - Each week of the Year - Depart from the Shell Service Station (Cnr Paraweena Rd) at Taren Point about 5.05am either just in front or with the tri bunch but unless they are cooking, we're off. Same as Tri Ride (See above) to Botany then Wentworth Ave, Mascot across Marourbra Rd. to Arden St. through Coogee, Clovelly, Bronte, Tamarama, Bondi beach. From here, Cashy has devised a new route up Curlewis St. Bondi to Birriga Rd Climbing through Bellvue Hill and back down onto New South Hd. Rd. and back into the cross via the old route just in time to do a turn at the front of the Calutzi bunch departing the cross at 6.20. Returns to Caringbah at 7.15.
This is a high quality ride (fast and hilly) and is not suitable if you are just starting out ! Tuesday is a hard pace with Thurs. backed off a notch.

Waratah Park

The track at Waratah Park is reserved for SSCC use between 5.30-7.30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings exclusively and is ideal safe ‘off’ road training on the floodlit # 2 circuit. At other time it is used by Southern Cross, Cronulla Tri and Engadine Tri clubs and the general public so please take care when using the track as all manner of people use it and may not be as proficient in their bike handling.

Billie’s Bushies Ride

Lots of Sutherland riders also ride with the Bushies (who are predominantly a running group)
Departing Sutherland pool at 07:00 in summer the ride is out to Helensberg through the Royal National Park and so is a hilly ride. All levels of riders catered for.

Track Training

Hurstville Oval (run by St George CC at Dora Street opposite Pearl Street, Hurstville)
Monday 4.30pm – 6.00pm – Junior Track Training
Tuesday 7.30pm – 100 lap training ride l
Wednesday 7.30pm – Senior Track Team & Skills Training with Brett Dutton
Thursday 7.30pm – 100 lap training ride

Dunc Gray Velodrome

Mondays 6pm - 7:15pm Junior Riders with coaching from the Bankstown CC
7:15pm - 9:00pm Senior Rides with coaching and running from Kevin Young

If you would like additional rides listed here please let me know !

important notes

You must be a member of Cycling Australia or MTBA for insurance coverage when riding

Wearing headphones /earpieces whilst bunch training is not permitted

Carry at least one spare tube and a pump and enough money to get home by Taxi if necessary

Obey Road Rules at all Times (especially at Traffic Lights) or Bush Rules if on the MTB

If your training aims are different to those of the bunch then find a different bunch !