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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!!).

SUNDAY RIDES

Riding Groups

Group 1 - Ferrets

Lithe, athletic, difficult to catch and harder to like

Fast: 30+ km/hr average

Group 2 - Silver Foxes

Well rounded individuals, born to ride semi-hard

Not So Fast: 27+ km/hr average

Group 3 - 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 4 - Wise Owls

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

Leisure: < 24 km/hr average

Wednesday Rides

PEDDLERS' WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ROAD RIDE - START TIME NOW 4PM
The Wednesday evening rides leave from Matamata Primary School flagpole on Broadway at 4pm. 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 a front light and a rear light. We'll be back in town before it gets too dark.

Sunday Rides

PEDDLERS' SUNDAY ROAD RIDE - START TIME 09:00AM
The Sunday morning rides leave from Matamata Primary School flagpole on Broadway at 09:00am. Please be there 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.

 
NEW START TIME 9:00AM
DON'T FORGET START TIME NOW 9:00AM
OI!!! START TIME IS 9:00AM REMEMBER
Sunday, 25th September 2022
Plains Sailing
Daylight has been saved!!!!! Don't worry if you're feeling a bit jaded this morning! Spring forward and lose yourself on the Manawaru Plains. Which one's Waghorn? Is that a tumbleweed!?! I thought that was Piraunui?! Isn't that Paeroa?? My advice? When you start to get hungry, keep the Kaimais on your left and if you start to smell sulphur you've gone too far. Follow the leader, but remember, Robert Harris closes at 3
Route 1

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, straight across Broadway to Vosper (with care), R Rawhiti, L Tower, R Springs, L Old Te Aroha, L Armadale, R Manawaru, L School, L Piraunui, L Diagonal, S McLaren, R Waghorn, R Wardville, L SH27, R Hawes, L Factory, R Landsdowne, L Gunn, L Peria and home to Robert Harris (Approx. 64km).


Route 2

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, straight across Broadway to Vosper (with care), R Rawhiti, L Tower, R Springs, L Old Te Aroha, L Armadale, R Manawaru, L McLaren, L Waghorn, R Wardville, L SH27, R Hawes, L Factory, R Landsdowne, L Gunn, L Peria and home to Robert Harris (Approx. 53km).


Route 3

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, straight across Broadway to Vosper (with care), R Rawhiti, L Tower, R Springs, L Old Te Aroha, L Armadale, L Tower, R Mowbray, L Ward, R Cadman, L Waharoa East and home to Robert Harris (Approx. 43km).


Route 4

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, straight across Broadway to Vosper (with care), R Rawhiti, L Tower, L Wardville, L SH27, L Mowbray, R Ward, R Cadman, L Waharoa East and home to Robert Harris (Approx. 33km).

The Cockies' Challenge - 10:00am start - 30km/h +

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, straight across Broadway to Vosper (with care), R Rawhiti, L Tower, R Springs, L Old Te Aroha, L Armadale, S Wardville, L SH27, R Hawes, L Factory, R Landsdowne, L Gunn, L Peria and home to Robert Harris (Approx. 48km).


 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIDES NOW START AT 5:30PM
Sunday, 2nd October 2022
NEW START TIME 9:00AM
THE MORGAN GRINDER
Who sets these rides?! What's with all the hills?!. Earn that cake at RH by grinding your way through this one! A great advertisement for electric bikes, I'm picking there'll be more discontent than a 3 Waters town meeting. This one's a bit like a blind date. You go into it with a little bit of hope, but your heart sinks when you meet at the starting point and you realise what you'll be riding later. No more than 10 minutes after you started you wish you were having your back waxed by a naked sumo wrestler, whilst covered in jelly and sawdust singing "Unchained Melody". Halfway up the second hill, you find out there's no alcohol in your drink (bottle) and a night of unbridled passion with your mother-in-law seems like it would be a pleasant distraction. By the end, as you pull into Robert Harris and struggle to slot your bike into the bike stand (when did my bike get so HEAVY??) 73 minutes after everyone else arrived, you'll wish that you had instead decided to go well, anywhere else really. Despite this, people keep telling me it's good for me. I must confess that I only half listen, because they're only half my bloody weight and they've had 73 more minutes at the cafe than me. Please stop telling me what's good for me. If I'd wanted self-righteous pr1ck5 telling me what to do I'd already have an electric car! See you Sunday
Group 1 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, L Broadway, (straight through roundabouts with care) S Peria, L Peria, R Morgan, L Piakoiti, R Piakonui, R Paratu, L Paratu West, L Paratu, L Morrinsville-Walton, L Chepmell, L Bell, R Starky, R Tahuroa, R Morrinsville-Walton, L Kiwitahi Station, R Milliken, L Morrinsville-Walton, R Piakoiti, S Henry Watson, L Matai, R Station and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 86km).


Group 2 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, L Broadway, (straight through roundabouts with care) S Peria, L Peria, R Morgan, L Piakoiti, R Piakonui, R Paratu, L Morrinsville-Walton, L Chepmell, R Bell, R Morrinsville-Walton, L Kiwitahi Station, R Milliken, L Morrinsville-Walton, R Piakoiti, S Henry Watson, L Matai, R Station and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 72km).


Group 3 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, L Broadway, (straight through roundabouts with care) S Peria, L Peria, R Morgan, L Piakoiti, R Piakonui, R Paratu, L Morrinsville-Walton, R Kiwitahi Station, R Milliken, L Morrinsville-Walton, R Piakoiti, S Henry Watson, L Matai, R Station and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 63km).


Group 4 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, L Broadway, (straight through roundabouts with care) S Peria, L Peria, R Morgan, L Piakoiti, R Piakonui, R Paratu, R Morrinsville-Walton, R Piakoiti, S Henry Watson, L Matai, R Station and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 46km).



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