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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 - 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 - DAYLIGHT SAVING START TIME 5:30PM
Meet at the Matamata Primary School flagpole on Broadway at 5:25pm sharp. 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.

 
Sunday, 30th January 2022
TESTING THE WATER
It's another hilly one this week! And no you don't get a vote. What do you think this is, a democracy? Have you not been watching the news? Anyway, I don't know how much you know about town water supplies, but this week's 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
Group 1 - Check it out!

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, R Te Miro, L Maungakawa, L Te Miro, R Brunskill, L Whitehall, L Karapiro, L Buckland, L Puketutu, L Hinuera and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 85 km)


Group 2 - Check it out!

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)


Group 3 - Check it out!

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)


Group 4 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, L Broadway, (straight through roundabouts with care) S Peria, R Gunn, S Landsdowne Rd, L Morrinsville-Walton, R Milliken, R Kiwitahi Station, R Hutchinson, L Morrinsville-Walton, R Landsdowne, straight Gunn, L Peria and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 51 km)



Tail End Charlie this week - TBD on the day
 
START TIME 9:00AM
Sunday, 6th February 2022
The Eagle Has Landed
My poll ratings are starting to look bad, so I'd better lay off the hills for a week to get back in your good books, therefore it's a big green light, or orange, or red, (who knows), for some sweet 70's country rock legend double entendres. If you're recovering from another Tequila Sunrise, you should check out The New Kid In Town, the veritable Johnny-come-lately of Peddlers' rides (different, according to Ange, from the Kevvy-Come-Early). You may start with a Peaceful Easy Feeling, but it won't be long until The Heat Is On (oh yeah, did I mention we're doing solo hits too?) and you're living Life In The Fast Lane. There will be no Wasted Time (unlike the vaccination roll-out) and The Boys Of Summer (the Ferrets that is) will likely be Already Gone (like hope in the eyes of a hospitality worker). Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach, (it's panic stations and red lights after all), so settle in for The (really stupidly, amazingly, unjustifiably) Long Run and Take It To The Limit (90%, yeah right). Long After The Thrill Is Gone (it's gone Jacinda, just saying), you'll be rewarded with a socially distanced seat at the Sad Cafe (is there any other kind these days?), where the Lyin' Eyes and mouths will be out in force (cyclists, not govt ministers), and cycling Desperado(s) will tell stories of how they've been out ridin' fences, for so long now.
Life's Been Good so far, so what's the reason for all these terrible Eagles' puns? Seemed like a great idea, but right now I Can't Tell You Why (like Chris Hipkins).
See you Sunday

Group 1 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, straight across Broadway to Vosper (with care), R Rawhiti, L Tower, R Okauia Springs, L Old Te Aroha, L Shaftesbury, L Manawaru, R Baker, L Alexandra, Immediate R Diagonal, S Kereone (across SH27 with care), L Pakarau, L Hutchinson, R Morrinsville Walton, L Paratu, R Paratu West, R Paratu, L Piakonui, R Piakoiti, S Henry Watson, L Matai, R Peria, and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 82.5kms as the Glenn fries)


Group 2 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, straight across Broadway to Vosper (with care), R Rawhiti, L Tower, R Okauia Springs, L Old Te Aroha, L Shaftesbury, L Manawaru, R Baker, L Alexandra, Immediate R Diagonal, S Kereone (across SH27 with care), L Campbell, R Walton, S Morrinsville Walton, L Piakoiti, S Henry Watson, L Matai, R Peria, and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 72.8km as the eagle swoops).


Group 3 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, straight across Broadway to Vosper (with care), R Rawhiti, L Tower, R Okauia Springs, L Old Te Aroha, L Shaftesbury, L Manawaru, R Baker, L Alexandra, Immediate R Diagonal, S Kereone (across SH27 with care), L Campbell, R Walton, L Landsdowne, S Gunn, L Peria, and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 63.4km as the desperado rides fences)


Group 4 - Check it out!

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, R SH27 (with care), R Hawes (with care across SH27), S Factory, R Landsdowne, L Gunn, R Peria and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 40.4km as the song fades)

Tail End Charlie this week - Jacinda's crew, because nobody's slower
 
 
Matamata Peddlers Cycling Club, Matamata, New Zealand