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Rides

Our Ride Ethos - We're all about safety, fun, improving fitness and comradeship. Group riding is about learning/experiencing riding with other cyclists around you.

If you are looking for ultra competitive riding and racing, there are probably other groups that would better suit your needs, but please get in touch to discuss what you're after. During the last third of the ride, some riders may wish to increase tempo, but no-one will be left to ride home alone (unless they are winning!!).



Riding Groups

Group 1 - Wise Owls

They know that a straight line is the shortest distance to the coffee shop

Leisure: < 24 km/hr average

Group 2 - Komodo Dragons

Surprisingly quick, sharp tongued assassins who strike early then wait for you to fade before moving in for the kill

Middle Range: 24+ km/hr average

Group 3 - Silver Foxes

Well rounded individuals, born to ride semi-hard

Not So Fast: 27+ km/hr average

Group 4 - Ferrets

Lithe, athletic, difficult to catch and harder to like

Fast: 30+ km/hr average

Wednesday Rides

PEDDLERS' WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ROAD RIDE - START TIME NOW 5:30PM
With the days lengthening out and the daylight being saved, the Wednesday evening rides now leave from the Matamata Primary School flagpole. The ride route and groups will be determined on the day. You must have a rear light as a minimum but we strongly advise that you have both front & rear. We'll be back in town before it gets too dark.

Sunday Rides

PEDDLERS' SUNDAY ROAD RIDE - START TIME NOW 09:00AM
The Sunday morning rides leave from Matamata Primary School flagpole on Broadway at 09:00am. Please be there at least 5 minutes before the ride is due to start for a quick ride briefing prior to departure. Please refer to the Location Maps page for the start location.

SUNDAY RIDES
 
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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS' START TIMES
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS NOW 5:30PM
SUNDAY RIDES NOW 9:00AM
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Sunday, 25/02/2024

START TIME 9:00AM
TESTING THE WATER
As we approach Leap Year day, here's a ride I'd prefer to only do once every four years. I don't know how much you know about town water supplies, but this ride takes us past the Morrinsville supply dam. Those of you who have been to Morrinsville will know that the water pressure there is fantastic! The key, I'm reliably assured, is good head. Hard to get, unless you park your pond halfway up a bloody mountain - good for the old hose in Morrinsville, but not much fun for old hose on a bike. Anyway, my point is, that we're riding past, and we keep climbing. Then there's a heap more hills after that. Both Morrinsville and I will be feeling the pressure. Oh and when I say we, I mean you, because, I'm doing something (anything) else. Enjoy. Won't see you Sunday
Route 2 - Check it out here!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, L Broadway, (straight through roundabouts with care) S Peria, R Gunn, S Landsdowne Rd, L Morrinsville-Walton, L Chepmell, R Bell, R Morrinsville-Walton, L Kiwitahi Station, R Hutchinson, L Morrinsville-Walton, R Landsdowne, S Gunn, L Peria and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 60km)


Route 3 - Check it out here!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, L Broadway, (straight through roundabouts with care) S Peria, R Gunn, S Landsdowne, L Morrinsville-Walton, L Chepmell, L Waterworks, U-turn end of Waterworks, R Chepmell, L Morrinsville-Walton, R Kiwitahi Station, R Hutchinson, L Morrinsville-Walton, R Landsdowne, S Gunn, L Peria and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 70.8 km)


Tail End Charlie this week - TBD on the day
 
Sunday, 3rd March 2024
PEDDLERS' ROAD RIDE
START TIME 9:00AM
THE FIERY PITS OF MT DOOM!
And we're off! There are challenges aplenty climbing headlong into Mordor (well, Whitehall anyway). Probably the only Peddlers' ride which lasts longer than a Lord of The Rings movie, this will severely test the Fellowship. Who will be crowned king when we return? I will make you now this solemn promise - it won't be me. I'll be dragon my sorry (insert another more polite word for arse here) up those hills like frozen molasses on a dead snail's back. I won't be busting a gut, because my ring too, is precious. I'll be taking "Thou Shalt Not Pass!!!" to a whole new level and I should be at RH by 2pm Tuesday if anyone would like to join me. I'll be the one who looks like he just lost a battle with an Orc. See you Sunday/Tuesday
Route 2 - Check it out here!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, L Broadway, (straight through roundabout with care) S Peria, L Smith, R Sheffield, R Station, L Matai, R Puketutu, R SH29, R Taotaoroa, R Buckland, L Puketutu, L Matai, R Station and to Henry and Robyn's for a BBQ.
(Approx. 55km).  


Route 3 - Check it out here!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, L Broadway, (straight through roundabout with care) S Peria, L Smith, R Sheffield, R Station, L Matai, R Puketutu, R SH29, R Taotaoroa, L Karapiro, R Whitehall, U-turn at Brunskill (Whitehall School), L Karapiro, L Buckland, L Puketutu, L Matai, R Station and to Henry and Robyn's for a BBQ.
(Approx. 68km).  


Tail End Charlie this week - TBD on the day
 
Matamata Peddlers Cycling Club, Matamata, New Zealand