FAQs

How good do I need to be to join in a Rec Ride?
Each Rec Ride includes pre-ride information which will provide a clear indication of the expected difficulty. As an insight, the ‘easiest’ ride would be about 60km on flat roads at an average pace of about 22-24km/h.

I don’t have a road bike. Can I ride my TT/mountain/flat-bar-road/commuter bike?
Our rides are generally designed for traditional road bikes. A flat-bar-road bike or cyclocross bike would also be suitable for most rides. A road bike with time-trial style handlebars is not recommended due to the reduced suitability to group riding.

See the Gear section for detailed information.

I’d love to do a Rec Ride but I need more experience. Can you recommend a place to develop my riding skills?
There are a number of ways to develop road riding skills. Many cycling retailers offer “shop rides” designed specifically for beginners. For a female-oriented option, the Breeze program (supported by Cycling Victoria) is highly recommended.

I’m a HCC member. Can I bring a friend on a HCC Rec Ride?
The HCC Rec Rides are run by volunteers for HCC members. A “silver” recreational licence is available from Cycling Australia which is the most cost-effective way to become a HCC member. Non-members with a Cycling Australia licence are welcome as guests.

Can I join in for a single ride before signing up to the club?
Cycling Australia offer a 3-month short-term licence for those not interested in signing up for a full 12-month licence. The cost of a 3-month silver HCC licence at time of writing is only $28, after which a conversion to a full 12-month licence is discounted by $28.

Is there a ride fee?
No. The HCC Rec Rides are run by volunteers for HCC members, free-of-charge. If you would like to give back in some way then please see the Volunteer to Help section.