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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' ROAD RIDE - NEW START TIME 5:30PM
Meet at the Matamata Primary School flagpole 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.

NEW WEDNESDAY EVENING RIDE - PEDDLERS' FAMILY RAIL TRAIL RIDE - START TIME 4:25PM
Meet at the Matamata Primary School flagpole at the kid-friendly time of 4:15pm to get organised. Great for Mum, Dad and the kids! Electric bikes welcome! Get Kelly and Bud off the couch and join us for a trip out and back along the new rail trail for 45 minutes to an hour! There's no set distance, so you can turn around when you feel like it, but it's a great way to get out there and ride with Peddlers as a family (kids must be accompanied by Peg, Al or a guardian). We'll be back before 5:30 in case any members of the family want to do the road ride.
 

Sunday Rides

START TIME 9:00AM
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.
 
START TIME 9:00AM
Sunday, 29th November 2020
Ruffling Some Feathers
Don't chicken out this week! Flying the coop when the cock crows at 9am sharp we'll be off to visit the iconic Inghams factory. Not sure what they do there, but some rooster told me that every chick who went through the gates got laid, so I presume it's much like that night club which used to be on the main street of Matamata. Anyway, be on the lookout for chickens crossing the road. I don't know why; never thought to ask. Don't forget to look after your riding mates, so if you think you're up to it, go free range at the front for a bit. Don't baulk, baulk, baulk at the challenge, but try not to be too cocky, ruffle any feathers, or scramble the group. You should only put the heat on until someone cracks (sometimes it only takes 3 minutes to get hard - right Kev?). Remember to always be chicken abreast of, and behind you to make sure all our Peddlers eggs are in one basket. If there's a gap in the group when you're chicken, fillet. On the sunny-side though, this ride's not too bad. The hills aren't eggxactly double yolkers, you'll go over-easy and won't be fried by the time you get back for a cuppa and a lay down. As far as rides go, this one's hard to beat. I'm off, these yolks are rotten, the pay is poultry and someone's bound to cry fowl on the joke about the night club. I'm far enough down the pecking order as it is, without getting my wings clipped. See you Sunday
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, R Matai, R Peria, L Gunn, S Landsdowne, R Morrinsville-Walton, L Campbell, L Kereone, L Pakarau, R Hutchinson, R Settlement, S Maungakawa, R SH27, L Ngarua, R Waihekau, R Piraunui, L School, R Manawaru, L Shaftesbury, R Te Aroha-Gordon, S Old Te Aroha, R Okauia Springs, L Tower and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 89.7km as the hen flies)


Group 2 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, L Broadway, (straight through roundabout with care) S Peria, R Gunn, S Landsdowne, R Morrinsville-Walton, L Campbell, L Kereone, R Maungakawa, R SH27, L Ngarua, R Waihekau, R Piraunui, L School, R Manawaru, L Shaftesbury, R Te Aroha-Gordon, S Old Te Aroha, R Okauia Springs, L Tower and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 74.2km as the cock limps).


Group 3 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, L Broadway, (straight through roundabout with care) S Peria, R Gunn, S Landsdowne, R Morrinsville-Walton, L Campbell, R Kereone, S Diagonal, S McLaren, R Manawaru, R Wardville, L SH27, L Walker, R Ward, L Waharoa East and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 53.5km as the chick flicks)


Group 4 - Check it out!

Start Matamata Primary School flagpole, L Broadway, (straight through roundabout with care) S Peria, R Gunn, R Landsdowne, R Link, L SH27, R Mowbray, L Tower, R Armadale, R Old Te Aroha, R Okauia Springs, L Tower and home to Robert Harris.
(Approx. 46.0km as the egg rolls)

Tail End Charlie this week - Wayne
 
START TIME 9:00AM
Sunday, 6th December 2020
THE FIERY PITS OF MT DOOM!
So you thought last week was too easy? Try this. Challenges aplenty here as we climb 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 an overweight 50 year old (uncannily like one of those actually). I won't be busting a gut, because my ring too, is precious. I should be at RH by 2pm Tuesday if anyone would like to join me. See you Sunday
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 - Nathan
 
 
Matamata Peddlers Cycling Club, Matamata, New Zealand