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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 - NEW 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 FOR SPRING 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, 17th October 2021
BUNGY'S JUMP
Cindy's oh-so-effective lockdown policy means Taotaoroa, unlike Covid, has been eliminated this week. We'll defer The Fiery Pits of Mount Doom to next week so that we don't cross over the L3 border, but we're still in L2, so we're off, in a safely social distanced manner of course!! Spring back onto the Lower Kaimais with a vengeance! Bounce your partially vaccinated butt out of bed and plunge headlong into the Old Te Aroha Gorge, where the Great Chasm of Bungard awaits! Dont worry though, you'll be snapped back up to the top of the hill like an Auckland prostitute on a well-paid quick route around Northland, faster than you can say "the rules don't apply to me". From there you'll be stretched out over the Manawaru Plains (like the truth at a 1pm Covid press conference). If you're one of the first 50 back to the cafe I'm sure you'll agree, Bungy will leave you cored. Right, that's enough elastic jokes, any more and I'll be (rubber) banned. If I'm honest they're starting to repeat on me anyway
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Group 1 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, straight across Broadway to Vosper (with care), R Rawhiti, L Tower, R Okauia Springs, R Old Te Aroha, U-turn at Bungards Corner, L Mace, L Alexander, L Manawaru, R Baker, L Waghorn, R Wardville, L SH27, L Walker, R Ward, L Waharoa East and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 87kms)  


Group 2 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, straight across Broadway to Vosper (with care), R Rawhiti, L Tower, R Okauia Springs, R Old Te Aroha, U-turn at Bungards Corner, L Shaftesbury, L Manawaru, R Baker, L Waghorn, R Wardville, L SH27, L Walker, R Ward, L Waharoa East and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 72.7 km)  


Group 3 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, straight across Broadway to Vosper (with care), R Rawhiti, L Tower, R Okauia Springs, R Old Te Aroha, U-turn at Barton, L Shaftesbury, L Manawaru, R Baker, L Waghorn, R Wardville, L SH27, L Walker, R Ward, L Waharoa East and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 64km)  


Group 4 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, straight across Broadway to Vosper (with care), R Rawhiti, L Tower, R Okauia Springs, R Old Te Aroha, U-turn at Douglas, L Armadale, S Wardville, L SH27, L Walker, R Ward, L Waharoa East and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 39km)  

Tail End Charlie this week - TBD on the day
 
START TIME 9:00AM
Sunday, 24th October 2021
THE FIERY PITS OF MT DOOM!
Putting the labour into Labour Weekend, there are challenges aplenty here 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 a 51 year old who ate all the Easter eggs (uncannily like one of those actually). 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
Group 1 - Check it out!

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, L French Pass, R Maungakawa, L Fencourt, R Aspin, R Te Miro, L Waterworks, R Chepmell, R Morrinsville-Walton, R Landsdowne, S Gunn, L Peria and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 92.7km).  


Group 2 - Check it out!

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 Peria and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 72.5km).  


Group 3 - Check it out!

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 Peria and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 58.9km).  


Group 4 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, L Broadway, (straight through roundabout with care) S Peria, L Smith, R Sheffield, R Station, L Matai, R Henry Watson, S Piakoiti, L Piakonui, R Paratu, R Morrinsville-Walton, R Landsdowne, S Gunn, L Peria and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 41km).  


Tail End Charlie this week - TBD on the day
 
START TIME 9:00AM
Sunday, 31st October 2021
The Eagle Has Landed
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 and the boys of summer (the Ferrets that is) will likely be already gone. Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach, so settle in for the long run and take it to the limit. Long after the thrill is gone you'll be rewarded with a seat at the sad cafe, where the lyin' eyes and mouths will be out in force, and cycling desperados 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. 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 - TBD on the day
 
Sunday, 7th November 2021
TESTING THE WATER
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
 
 
 
Matamata Peddlers Cycling Club, Matamata, New Zealand