We provide a variety of cycling activities including track, crits, road racing and cyclocross. There are organised training crit rides at the world class Hidden Valley Raceway, monthly social rides and plenty of racing.

Top End Gran Fondo

The Top End Gran Fondo is the club's major event.

In 2018, it will be held on August 19th.

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25 November

WEEKLY TRAINING AND RIDES

Saturday

Nightcliff Pool - Roma Bar Café Ride

6 am start from Nightcliff Pool, finish at Roma Bar Café @ 8:10, Cavenagh St, Darwin City

Usually a bunch of about around 20+ riders with some serious Darwin cyclists here. It's about 75 km with a 34-37 kph average. Full Strava route here. The ride goes hard at times and there's usually riders dropping off when the pace really ramps up along Roystonea Ave and Tiger Brennan Drive. Berrimah Hill is also a sprint section, but the bunch regroup after the hill with an opportunity for water at the corner of Beaton Rd and Hidden Valley Rd.

Note for Palmerston riders: There is a usually a small group leaving at 5 am from the 'Palmerston Cycling Clubhouse' (Corner of University and Roystonea Aves - opposite Bunnings) to join the 6 am bunch from the Nightcliff Pool. Generally there is at least one or two cyclists meeting here, but some days there may be none.

*** Note: This is not a Darwin Cycling Club ride ***

Saturday

Nightcliff Pool - Café Central Ride

6:30 am start from Nightcliff Pool, finish at Café Central, Rossiter St, Rapid Creek @ 8:15 - 9:00

This has a bunch of about 10-20 riders but there's a fair spread in fitness and ability levels. It sometimes splits up into 2 or 3 smaller groups, depending on numbers and rider abilities. The main group covers about 65 km at 32-34 kph. They sometimes regroup at Crocodylus with routine regrouping after Berrimah hill and at the end of Bishop St. They go hard at times with sprints along Tiger Brennan Drv and along Bagot Rd towards Jape. This time slot also used to include a small faster group going off the front early into the ride and averaging around 35-37 kph with no stops or regrouping on the top of hills (although there are a few opportunities to short cut and get back on), but most of these riders have moved to the 6 am bunch.

From late 2017 a second slower group has been starting from the Shell on the corner of Progress Drv and Dick Ward Drv at 6:30 am. This slower group rides for approx 58 km at about 28-30 kph and takes a different route out to Lee Pt. 

*** Note: These are not Darwin Cycling Club rides ***

Sunday

Sunday Rides

Various start locations

6:30 am Cool Spot, Fannie Bay: Usually 5 to 10 riders. This has generally become a fast group ride over 65-80 km, averaging around 35 kph. Finish is at Café Central.

6 am Kimmorley Bridge on McMillans Rd (near Charles Eaton Drv): Usually around 5 to 10 riders. Around 50 km, averaging around 30 kph. Finish is at Café Central.

6:30 am Nightcliff Pool. Various numbers and various distances, averaging around 27-30 kph. This is known as the 28'ers Ride, with details (route and finishing location) usually posted on the Ride Darwin FaceBook page

*** Note: These are not Darwin Cycling Club rides ***

Tuesday

Darwin BuMps

5:45 am start from the Shell servo, cnr Progress Drv & Dick Ward Drv, finish at Alley Cats @ 7 am, 69 Mitchell St, Darwin City.

This is a short 'hills' (or 'bumps') ride which includes doing several hills around Darwin 3 times each after riding straight from the servo to Cullen Bay. Some riders start directly at Cullen Bay, meeting the group leaving the servo around 6:00 am.

Hills include: Cullen Bay hill (Marina Blvd), Cullen Bay Cres hill, Larrakeyah hill (Temira Cres), Doctor's Gully hill and Govt House hill (Hughes Ave). The ride is about an hour. There can be anywhere between a couple and 15 or more riders do this ride. Strave route here.

*** Note: This is not a Darwin Cycling Club ride ***

Tuesday, Thursday

Hour of Power (HOP)

5.40 / 5:45 am - Hour of Power (HOP) ride, starting from Blue Cycles, Totem Rd, Coconut Grove. Finish at the corner of Bagot Rd and the Stuart Hwy. As of mid-2018, this has developed into two groups. The first, usually larger, sets off at 5:40 am, while the second gives them a 5 minute head start.

40 km, averaging 40-44 kph. Not for the fainthearted! 

*** Note: These are not Darwin Cycling Club rides ***

Tuesday

Hour of Some Power (HOSP)

5.50 am - Hour of Some Power (HOSP), starting at Nightcliff Pool. 

37 km, averaging 36-38 kph. 

Note, this was on Wednesdays for a period in mid-2018, but has gone back to Tuesdays. It is a slower version of the HOP and leaves the pool after the HOP goes past. 

*** Note: These are not Darwin Cycling Club rides ***

Tuesday

Track Training

Tuesdays at the Velodrome (until reconstruction begins!), near cnr Bagot & McMillans Rd

Juniors 4.45pm for a 5pm start.

Development Squad & Seniors 5.45pm for a 6pm start.

Wednesday

Hills of Darwin (AKA HuMps)

6 am start from the Cool Spot, finish at Vault Café @ 7 am, 71 Smith St Darwin City. 

This is a short 'hills' ride which includes doing several 'hills' (AKA 'humps') around Darwin 3 times each - Darwin High School hill, Gardens Hill Cres, Cullen Bay hill (Marina Blvd), Doctor's Gully hill and Hughes Ave hill, although the final Hughes Ave hill is ridden after looping past the ABC studios, taking RH turns onto Bennett St, McMinn St, Kitchener Dr and then a left onto Anchorage Crt. After the final ascent of Hughes Ave, it's back along Cavenagh St, turning left onto Edmunds St and right onto Smith St to the cafe. The ride is generally about an hour. There can be anywhere between a couple and 15 riders do this ride. Strava route here.

Some riders go straight to the Darwin High hill at around 5:55 am to get a head start on the group leaving the Cool Spot, with the latter group usually faster and generally catching the slower riders somewhere along the route.

*** Note: This is not a Darwin Cycling Club ride ***

Thursday

Hidden Valley Hit Out (Crit training)

6 pm Hidden Valley Raceway.

This is 6-8 laps around the race circuit (2.82 km laps). It can be intense, but you can ride at your own speed on a really smooth race track. More information at Hidden Valley Hit Outs.

Dates for 2018:

  • 1, 8, 15, 22 February
  • 1, 8, 15, 22 (cancelled due to TC Marcus), 29 March
  • 5, 12, 19, 26 April
  • 3, 10, 17 May
  • 24, 31 May, 7, 14, 21, 28 June (Berrimah Business Park - BBP)
  • 5, 12 (BBP), 19, 26 July
  • 2 (BBP), 9, 16, 23, 30 August
  • 6, 13, 20, 27 September
  • 4, 11, 18, 25 October
  • 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November
  • 6, 13 December
Friday

Lucky Bat Ride

6am start from Lucky Bat Café, Pavonia Place, Nightcliff, finish at same location @ 7 am.

25-26 km/hr loop around town, generally a recovery ride for most. Strava route here.

*** Note: This is not a Darwin Cycling Club ride ***