Riding Wollongong & Illawarra - All You Need to Know

June 11, 2015
Riding Wollongong & Illawarra - All You Need to Know

Whether you are new to the area, or just visiting, it can be hard sometimes to work out where to ride, where to get a decent coffee and when and where the bunches take off from each morning. We've got our finger on the pulse here at BikeExchange so you can get involved straight away with Everything Bike around Wollongong and Illawarra!

Group rides

iBUG Illawarra Explorer Ride

Location: The ride leaves Oak Flats Railway Station and winds its way through some of the more interesting back streets and bike paths around Wollongong

Start time: 8.30 on the second Tuesday of each month

Distance: Approx. 30km

Description: Back streets and bike paths mostly

Intensity: Beginner to moderate

Women’s Rides

Location: Leaves Dapto High, Cleveland St, Dapto.

Start time: Thursdays at 10.30pm and Saturdays in July at 9am

Distance: Approx. 30km

Description: Introductory ride for those with road bikes who want to learn more about hill climbing, gears and bunch riding etiquette

Intensity: Average speed 20-23 kph

She rides group

Spearman’s Liv Friday Road Ride

Location: 301 Keira Street, Wollongong NSW, 2500

Start time: 10am Fridays

Distance: Approx. 20-30km

Description: Great ride for women who want to improve their skills: bunch riding, managing gears and hill climbing

Intensity: Lower for beginner riders

Find out more about Liv's Jo Hall

Spearman’s Liv Saturday Road Ride

Location: 301 Keira Street, Wollongong NSW, 2500

Start time: 6.30am

Distance: Approx. 30-50km

Description: For women who can comfortably ride 30-50km

Intensity: Moderate to higher level averaging 25-30kph

She rides group on the road

Check out the Liv Avail Advanced here

Diggies Daily Rides

Location: Diggies Cycle Café, 301 Keira Street, Wollongong NSW, 2500

Start time: Approx. 6.00am daily

Distance: 30-45km

Description: Fast. Rides usually head out round the Austinmer loop or out to Seacliff Bridge and back for coffee at Diggies

Intensity: Fast for competitive riders

‘Aqua’ Rides

Location: St Therese Chuch, Crown Street Wollongong

Start time: Sundays 6.30am

Distance: 30-45km

Description: Round Lake Illawara to finish up at Aqua Coffee Shop on Cliff road North Beach

Intensity: 29-30kph average, intermediate to advanced riders

ICC Club Rides

Location: Leave Unanderra Pool

Start time: Sundays in winter and Saturdays in Summer at 7am

Distance: Approx. 70km

Description: Hill climbs and hard efforts

Intensity: 29-31 kph competitive riders

Cycling Clubs

Illawarra Cycle Club

The largest road cycling club in the area, Illawarra Cycle Club is your go-to for all things racing. Located in Dapto, the cub is situated ideally for making the most of the fantastic rides throughout the Wollongong and Illawarra area.

Affiliated with Cycling NSW and Cycling Australia, the ICC works hard to develop junior riders in the area helping them grow into cycling machines.

Illawarra Cycle Club Race

Their calendar is jam packed with events from weekly racing at the nearby Unanderra Velodrome to annual road race events. If you want to challenge yourself with a bit of competition, or you just want to meet other keen cyclists, join up!

Thinking of joining a club? Find out why you definitely should here

Illawarra Bicycle User Group Incorporated (iBUG)

IBUG is operated by passionate local cyclists who vary in skill level, riding styles and discipline.

Their main focus is cycling advocacy in and around Illawarra. They work closely with Wollongong and Shellharbour councils to try and improve cycling facilities and the roads and bike paths in the area.

Around the lake ride Illawarra

WEA Ramblers

Bringing a bit of diversity to the clubs in the area, the Ramblers are a bunch of super keen outdoor enthusiasts who not only cycle, but explore the great outdoors in every way possible.

Run by local volunteers, the ramblers hold a huge number of events each year focusing on hiking, kayaking, camping and cycling; they get out there and do it all.

If you’re thinking about joining, you are welcome to two free activities with full insurance cover before making your mind up. We think you will want to stick around.

MTB Clubs

Wollongong Mountain Bike Club

The WMBC is truly for everyone. They cater to all ability levels and whether you are a hot shot racer or just looking at getting out on the trail, the Greenvalleys Mountain Bike Park is the perfect place to give it a go.

They play a key role in the maintenance of the bike park, helping out on a build is an awesome way to learn more about mountain biking, and you’ll get to ride the trail when you’re done.

WMBC plays host to regular social rides, club and interclub competitive events. Their downhill track is drawing the crowds and they have recently finished their cross-country track which is sure to take things to another level.

They've been going off lately with membership numbers through the roof so get on the bandwagon now before it leaves town.

Get more of Everything Bike right here!

Bike Friendly Cafes

Diggies Cycle Cafe

Location: 301 Keira Street, Wollongong NSW, 2500

Phone number: (02) 42 26 22 57

Opening hours:

Mon – Sat 8.00am to 3.00pm

Sun closed

Style: Great Coffee, light food, family friendly

Spearman Cycles

Location: 301 Keira Street, Wollongong NSW, 2500

Phone number: (02) 42 29 23 17

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri 8.30-6

Thur 8.30-8

Sat 9-4

Sun 10-3

Style: Bike shop offering full service and range of product...and awesome coffee too

Spearman cafe

They don't just sell coffee at Spearman Cycles! Check out their awesome range of bikes and gear here

The Living Room Café/Bar

Location: 195 Keira Street, Wollongong

Phone number: (02) 42 44 26 64

Opening hours:

Mon – Tue: 7:00am - 3:30pm

Wed – Sat: 7:00am - 12:00am

Sun: 8:30am - 10:00pm

Style: Close to the beach and the cycling paths. Great burgers, chips, beer and coffee

Ruby’s Café

Location: 1 Farrell Roa, Bulli NSW, 2516

Phone number: (04) 24 84 68 90

Opening hours:

Seven days from 7am

Dinner from 5pm

Style: Family friendly environment, right on the beach, just off the cycling track

Local races / events

Ride Around the Lake – Illawarra’s biggest cycling charity event

Raising money for ‘Lighthouse Youth Initiative’ which supports homeless youths in the Illawarra region.

Date: Annually in May

Duration: 40k & 10k (for younger riders)

Start Location: Lakeside Reserve, Kanahooka

Ride around the lake 1

Keira Challenge

Community Ride to celebrate the reopening of Mt Keira Road

Date: 22 Nov 2015

Duration: 6.5km mountain climb, timed road race

Start Location: Starts at the base of Mt Keira road and finishing up at the summit with spectacular views over Wollongong

Ride around the lake 2

Ken Dinnerville Memorial 2015 – in memory of Ken Dinnerville who was killed in 1954 while out riding

Start Point – Illawarra Christian School, Calderwood Road, Albion Park

Duration – 102 km

Intensity – Moderate to Competitive Riders

Description – Four laps turning at Illawarra Cycle Club. Varying terrain and intensity, a number of decent hill climbs

Tour de Huntley

Annual tour run by the ICC usually around February

Bike stores

Spearman Cycles

301 Keira Street, Wollongong NSW 2500

(02) 42 29 23 17

Opening Hours:

Mon – Fri - 8:30am to 6pm

Thursday - 8:30am to 8pm

Saturday - 9:00am to 4pm

Sunday - 10:00am to 3pm

Stock: Giant, Liv

Spearman shop exterior

Check out more from Spearman Cycles right here!

Wilson’s Bike Hub Stores

Warrawong

113 King Street, Warrawong NSW 2502

(02) 42 74 45 34

Opening Hours:

Mon – Fri 9am to 5.30pm

Thu 9am – 7pm

Sat 9am to 4pm

Sun 10am to 4pm

Stock: Scott, Canondale, Avanti, Malvern Star, Apollo

Check out Wilson's Bike Hub's awesome range of product right here on our marketplace!

Dapto

6-10 Princes Highway, Dapto NSW 2530

(02) 42 61 54 44

Opening Hours:

Mon – Fri 9am to 5.30pm

Sat 9am to 4pm

Sun Closed

Albion Park Rail

185 Princes Highway, Albion Park Rail NSW 2527

(02) 42 56 19 48

Opening Hours:

Mon – Fri 9am to 5.30pm

Sat 9am to 4pm

Sun Closed

Simple Cycles Shellharbour

Shop 8/9 5 Burra Place, Shellharbour City Centre NSW 2529

(02) 42 97 22 78

Opening Hours:

Mon – Wed 9am to 6pm

Thursday 9am to 8pm

Friday 9am to 6pm

Saturday 9am to 4pm

Sun 11am to 3pm

Closed Public Holidays

Stock: Trek, Bontrager

Simple Cycles Wollongong

80 Market St, Wollongong NSW 2500

(02) 42 29 78 88

Opening Hours:

Mon – Wed 9am to 6pm

Thursday 9am to 8pm

Friday 9am to 6pm

Saturday 9am to 4pm

Sun 11am to 3pm

Closed Public Holidays

Stock: Trek, Bontrager

Cycling alternatives

  • Wollongong City Leisure Centres offer RPM workout classes daily.

  • Fitness First Cycle Studio runs regular spin classes.

A big thanks to Jules Verheyen, the team at Spearman Cycles, Werner Steyer and Rob Battocchio for the use of their fantastic images!

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