Bunch Training Rides

Ramblers do not organise any training rides however there are many groups that meet regularly for evening and Sunday training sessions.

Hastings Sunday Ride:

Leaving outside HB Today Heretaunga Street East 8am every Sunday (8:30am in Winter, check facebook for confirmed time).
The course is posted on our facebook page and normally consists of a long and short ride.
This group is generally a bigger group especially suited for riders wanting to join a training programme leading up to the Tour of the Bay or the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge and also for those wishing to learn or improve bunch riding skills.

Taradale Sunday Ride:

Rides leave from the Taradale Clocktower and starts at 8:00am every Sunday, almost regardless of the weather.  The programme is subject to change with the confirmed ride normally posted on the Ramblers Cycling Facebook Chat Group.  We are happy to take suggestions for future rides, if you would like to have some input into the schedule, please contact Brett Hooker .


DateRideDistanceVert (m)Route
Sun 30 May 2021Crownthorpe Settlement88km779Crownthorpe Settlement Sunday Ride – MapMyRide
Sun 6 Jun 2021Dartmoor90km984Dartmoor EOS Apley Omaranui Sunday Ride – MapMyRide
Sun 13 Jun 2021Seafield Hill Hedgley Apley70km1100Seafield Hill Apley Sunday Ride – MapMyRide
Sun 20 Jun 2021Taihape Whanawhana
Sun 27 Jun 2021Crownthorpe Settlement Ohiti86km644Crownthorpe Sett Ohiti Sunday Ride – MapMyRide
Sun 4 Jul 2021Tuki
Sun 11 Jul 2021Valley Rd100km510Valley Rd Sunday Ride – MapMyRide
Sun 18 Jul 2021Matapiro Otamauri Taihape96km813Matapiro Otamauri Taihape Sunday Ride – MapMyRide
Sun 25 Jul 2021Patoka Hawkstone Rd
Sun 1 Aug 2021Crownthorpe Apley
Sun 8 Aug 2021Tuki
Sun 15 Aug 2021Matapiro Crownthorpe Sett Taihape
Sun 22 Aug 2021Valley Rd100km510Valley Rd Sunday Ride – MapMyRide
Sun 29 Aug 2021Kahuranaki
  • Please remember race day is Saturday not Sunday!
  • This group tends to comprise of more experienced riders (generally grades A, B and C) and averages around 30km/h.  New members are welcome. 
  • Please obey all road rules.
  • Keep Left at all times.
  • Try to keep the bunch together, let riders in front know if others are drifting off the back.
  • Do not ride 2 abreast in situations that might hold up traffic, never ride more than 2 abreast.
  • Ensure you have adequate fluid and food for long rides.
  • Keep your tyres in good condition.
  • Please stop and assist with punctures when ride does not return on same road.
  • Please indicate and point out hazards on the road and when changing direction at intersections.
  • Consider buying a rear wheel guard for the wet weather.
  • Coffee at Origin in Tardale to finish.

Tuesday evening:

HAVELOCK NORTH/HASTINGS: The Pain Train leaves Te Mata Road from the Church Carpark just after St Hills Lane at 5.30pm every Tuesday evening.  This group tends to comprise more experienced riders (generally grades A and B) and travels at a fast pace. It stops to regroup at the corner of Moore & Tukituki Rds where it often joins the Havelock Train for the return trip to Havelock North.

The Havelock Train leaves from the Church just after TeMata Rd & St Hills Lane every Tuesday evening at 5:30pm.  This group tends to comprise of riders from Grades C and D.  New members are welcome.  It stops to regroup at the corner of Moore & Tukituki Rds where it often joins the Pain Train for the return trip to Havelock North.


The Tuesday Night Hammer leaves Taradale Clocktower at 5:15pm during daylight savings and travels over Apley & Seafield Rds.  Regroup at the end of Seafield & return via Westshore Pathway & Prebensen Drive.  Average speed around 30km/h so most suitable for A-D graders, but all welcome.