Official Training Rides!

Fitness & Ride Groups

"Individual fitness for the Ride is the responsibility of each rider taking part"

Part of a riders obligation in registering for the ride, is attendance at the official training rides we hold.
The training rides will help organisers to determine which Ride Group a cyclist will be best suited to. Which group you will be assigned to will be determined by your fitness.. Basically we need to know what speed a rider can comfortably ride at for the 120+km's we will be completing each day.

After a few training rides, riders will have pretty much sorted out which group they should be in.
The ride groups will then be formalised and posted online here. These will be the groups riders will belong to for the remaining training rides and of course the ride itself.

Don't rely on official training rides to get fit for the ride, you must have training progam of your own in place.
Many of the riders meet up for unofficial training rides at various times including evenings and you will be welcome to join them when you can. A full list of these 'unofficial training rides' will be posted regularly on this page.


Participants must attend at least 3 official training rides

"All riders must complete one training ride before Christmas"

Failure to comply will result in your entry being withdrawn from the ride.
Any deviation from this will be at the sole discretion of the Ride Co-ordinator.

All riders to be at the venue by 8:45am ready for a 9am start. This timetable will be strictly adhered to.
A Committee Member will be in the vicinity of the Charity Bike Ride trailer – please register with them before each ride.
In fairness to everyone, please be on time.

Rides can vary in length from 2-4 hours pre-Christmas and post Christmas, the distance will be extended and may be up to 6 hours. Bring plenty of food with you e.g. banana, snack bar, sandwich etc. Water is supplied by the support crew.


Official Training Schedule 2018






 Oct 8th Temuka at 1pm Pre-Training Ride - car park opp sale-yards     
 Oct 15th Phar Lap Raceway Timaru-Pleasant Point Highway Entrance 4 hrs  Min 40km
 Oct 29th P/Point Central Carpark by public toilets  4 hours  Min 50km
 Nov 12th Cave Common opposite shop  4 hours  Min 60km
 Nov 26th Temuka          Behind Temuka Rugby Clubrooms  4 hours  Min 60km
 Dec 10th Cave/Opuha Common opposite Shop  4-5 hours  Min 60km
 Jan 7th St Andrews On Bluecliffs Rd near School  4-5 hours  Min 70km
 Jan 14th Geraldine Between camping ground & domain  4-5 hours  Min 70 km
 Jan 21st Temuka Behind Temuka Rugby Clubrooms  4-5 hours  Min 70 km
 Jan 28th Phar Lap Timaru-Pleasant Point highway entrance  4-5 hours  Min 70km
 Feb 4th Pleasant Point Central Carpark  4-5 hours  Min 100km
 Feb 11th  Geraldine Between camping ground & domain.  4-5
 Min 100km
 Feb 18th Southern Trust Centre Morgans Rd, Timaru  3-4 hours  
 NB: The minimum km for each ride is just that. Some groups will at times be riding 80-120km, so please do not come to a training ride expecting to do only the minimum.

Related Article: Training & Safety Tips


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