We're profiling different locations around Australia that we think are awesome destinations to get to and explore on your bike. Whether you are looking for a great club to join, a new cafe to refuel at, or a friendly bunch to hit the road with, Perth has it all. If after all of that you still want more of everything bike, head to one of our favourite stores for advice and all your road and mountain biking needs!
CRT - Chain Reaction Training
Location: Departs BrewHa Café, Rokeby Rd, Subiaco, Perth WA
Start time: 6.30am every Saturday
Description: 7 Groups roll out from BrewHa – Average Speeds go from 36klms/p/h down to 23klms/p/h (Group 1 being the fastest!) Beautiful rolling paceline ride around the suburbs and Perth river – only 400mtrs of climbing as Perth is pretty flat.
Intensity: Full gas to smelling the roses
Numbers: A LOT! But mixed as CRT has a lot of female riders also
CRT Sunday Hill Training Rides
CRT Friday Recovery Ride
CRT Wednesday Interval Training
CRT Wattbike Training
CRT Introductory (beginner level) and CRT Development (Intermediate Level) Cycling Courses
CRT She Rides Cycling Programs for Women
Nicheliving Women’s Cycling Initiative LivRide, Perth
Location: Meets at the Raffles hotel (exit off the freeway bike path) at 6.30am.
Distance: Approx. 30 – 40km
Description: Designed to get more women out on the bike in a comfortable social environment. Mostly follows scenic roads, bike paths and flat terrain.
Note: All ability levels are catered for, but riders must register and sign a waiver beforehand.
Intensity: Ride at the pace of the slowest rider in the group, except for fast/sprint sections after which the bunch will regroup.
Bike Force Subiaco Shop Rides
Location: Leave from the corner of Heytesbury and Rokeby Rd, just outside the shop.
Start Time: Saturday Mornings
Group 1: Leaves at 6.15am, rides approx. 45km loop averaging 29-32kph
Group 2: Rides approx. 65km averaging 35-38kph. Fast!
Description: Group 1 average around 20 riders and is great for those who are relatively new to group riding and want to learn the dos and don’ts and have fun along the way. Group 2 is the manager’s ride, a tight bunch who ride fast. They are more than welcoming to those who can keep up!
Intensity: Moderate – competitive.
Elite Racing Cycles, Saturday Shop Ride
Location: All three groups leave from outside the shop.
Start time: Advanced group leaves at 6.30am.
Intermediate and beginner bunches leave at 7.00am.
Distance and intensity depend on the group.
Advanced: Ride covers a 55km loop averaging around 33-35kph. Includes four sprints and three small hill climbs.
Intermediate: Group covers approx. 35km’s averaging around 25-30kph. One small hill climb and no sprints at this grade.
Beginner: Great for anyone who are new to bunch riding and want to learn the ropes. Rides are flexible to allow new participants to get into the groove.
Each group meets at the Tiger Tiger café shop for a post ride coffee and chat.
Road & Track
Midland Cycle Club
Midland has been going strong for over 100 years, evolving alongside the needs and changing demographic of its members. The club places a huge amount of emphasis on their young members – with over a 100 young cyclists (the largest concentration of any club in WA) in their ranks, it clearly shows.
Midland Cycle Club was the proving grounds for Australian cycling stars the likes of Luke Durbridge and Cameron Meyer. The success of past members only serves to encourage young trackers to work harder! Wednesday is track day running from 5-8 with hour slots dedicated to each age bracket.
Midlands holds regular road and track events for their members and interclub competitions draw the crowds. Community is everything at Midland — if you want to go far, they will support you all the way.
South Perth Rouleurs
A young club by comparison to others around Perth, the Rouleurs have been going from strength to strength on the road and track since 2009. The Rouleurs are all about creating an environment that feels more like a family than a group of cyclists.
They hold regular rides (see above) and cater to all ability levels, from the two wheel first timer ride through to the ace racer. Placing a big emphasis on youth development, the Rouleurs are working hard to provide opportunities for budding young racers, and in particular female racers. The Rouleurs are active off the bike as well hosting a number of social events throughout their calendar.
You’ll see them flying by in green and white…why not kit up yourself?
Melville Fremantle Bike Club
Western Australia’s oldest competitive cycling club has been operating since 1897 – it’s fair to say that they know what they’re doing.
The club started racing track in WA at the original site of the Fremantle Football Ground, but has moved to other venues when football became a permanent fixture at the site in the 60’s. They have a long history working on youth development: rides are currently held on Saturday mornings focusing on kids between the ages of 9 & 12. MFBC puts on regular rides and social events, so get your kit on and get involved!
Over 55 Cycling Club
Riding bikes isn’t just for the kids. The Over 55 Cycling Club is encouraging more and more people to get on their bike, improve their fitness and meet other keen cyclists.
Rides are divided into categories based on distance and the average speed at which each group will ride. The club caters to all levels of riding ability and holds regular events both on and off the bike organising camping trips and even international riding trips! Weekday and weekend rides are hugely popular: bunches are usually limited to ten riders but they run a number of groups at a time to account for numbers and provide a greater range of speed categories.
Perth Mountain Bike Club
Established in 1988, the PMBC runs events in and around Perth focusing predominately on cross country riding. Affiliated with Mountain Biking Australia, the PMBC is non-profit feeding all funds raised back into junior development, events, trail maintenance and build days. This keeps costs down for members meaning you can spend more on that wheelset you’ve been eyeing up. You don’t have to be a club member to enter their events which is great for encouraging more and more mtb riders around Perth to give racing a go. The PMBC works hard to maintain a good relationship with landowners and councils in the area, making sure that any trails they use are sanctioned and look after.
Bike Friendly Cafes
Location: Shop 24 Crossways Shopping Centre, Bagot Rd Subiaco, Perth, WA 6008
Phone number: (08) 63 80 22 61
Mon – Fri 7-4
Style: Strong coffee (double shot standard), fresh paninis and pastries, cracking muesli. Open early for those bonkers enough to finish their ride at 6am.
Location: 21 Ocean Dr, South Fremantle
Phone number: (08) 94 31 73 33
Mon – Thu 7.30-6
Fri – Sun 7.30-late
Style: All day brekkie, lunch, high tea, dinner and vego options. They do it all! Modern Australian style dishes for dinner (think grass fed scotch fillet and Italian inspired crispy barramundi). If you are a regular you can earn points every time you dine and save up for free stuff…
Location: Wembley Cycles, 206 Cambridge Street, Wembley, WA 6014
Phone number: (08) 93 81 44 46
Mon – Fri 8-6
Style: 5 Senses coffee, bikes all around you, lycra friendly and plenty of space to park the bike out front. Smash a reuben on a Tuesday and flick through a vintage cycling mag.
Location: Shop 5, 106 Oxford Street, Leederville. Opposite Leederville Train Station.
Phone number: (08) 61 61 07 40
Mon – Wed 6.30-4
Thu – Fri 6.30-10
Style: Great seasonal menu, alfresco dining and some of the best coffee in Perth. Plenty of racks out front to park your bike. Free Wi-fi.
Sassys on the Swan
Location: 171 Riverside Drive, Perth, WA
Phone number: (08) 93 25 41 91
Seven days 7-3
Available for corporate dinners and events outside regular hours.
Style: Locally sourced organic produce, classic breakfast dishes done right! Think fluffy pancakes, fresh juice and great coffee. Big portions.
Local races / events
Tour of Margaret River
Set in the stunning wine country of WA, the tour winds its way past some of Australia’s best vineyards situated in some of Austrlia’s most unique and spectacular countryside. The tour has grown and grown since its beginnings in 2009, and provides a unique opportunity for amateur riders to compete alongside top cycling pros!
Leeuwin Estate is set to host the opening ceremony this year, and they are expecting the highest participation of all female teams of any cycling event in Australia with 20 women’s teams confirmed.
Date: November 3 – 8 2015
Start Location: Opening Ceremony hosted by Leeuwin Estate Winery, Margaret River
Stage 1: Augusta to Augusta Golf Course – 7.52km Time Trial
Stage 2: Augusta to Witchcliffe – 50.88km Team Time Trial
Stage 3: Nannup to Nannup – 102.06km Road Race
Stage 4: Yalingup to Witchcliffe – 64.41km Road Race
1500 Albany Hwy, Beckenham, WA 6107
(08) 93 50 66 92
Mon – Wed 9-5.30
Thursday – 9-8
Closed Public Holidays
Stock: Pinarello, Merida
356 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco, WA 6008
(08) 93 82 16 63
Mon – Fri 9-6
Closed Public Holidays
Stock: Colnago, Cannondale, Merida
Suite 6/8, Davillia Rd, Duncraig, WA 6023
(08) 92 46 75 33
Mon – Wed 9-5.30
Stock: Giant, Merida, Norco
164 Beaufort Street Northbridge, WA 6003
1300 785 552
Mon – Fri 8.30-5.30
Closed Sundays and public holidays
Stock: Bianchi, Fondriest, BMC
914 Hay Street, Perth, WA 6000
(08) 92 26 50 01
Mon – Fri 9-5.30
Closed Sundays and public holidays
Stock: Giant, Liv
125 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands, WA 6009
(08) 93 86 64 08
Mon – Wed 8.30-6
Stocks: Pinarello, Willier, Cervelo, Focus.
206 Cambridge Street, Wembley, WA 6014
(08) 93 81 44 46
Mon – Fri 8-6
Stock: Specialized, S-Works