Road Cycling

Busselton | Dunsborough | Cowaramup | Margaret River

Group Road Rides

A fantastic way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Margaret River region and Busselton is by bicycle. Joining a road cycling group ride gives you an opportunity to meet a diverse group of friendly locals and benefit from their knowledge of the lesser known thoroughfares of the region.

As the winter weather makes way for the longer days of spring, the region once again sees the number of road cyclists increase. With its rolling hills, picturesque scenery and quiet back roads, this place has plenty to offer the road cycling enthusiast looking for the chance to spin the legs, get some kilometres under the belt or undertake some serious training.

Group rides are an essential part of road cycling and riders from Busselton, Cowaramup, Dunsborough and Margaret River regularly meet to take a range of hilly and flat routes past renowned vineyards, through ancient forests or skirting the edges of the crystal clear Geographe Bay.

Busselton Group Rides

Meeting time: Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 am  –  Saturday 6:30 am

Location: Fat Duck Cycles, Prince Street, Busselton

Approximate distance: Tuesday and Thursday 45 kms  –  Saturday 70 kms

Description: Structured rides with 2-3 groups depending on numbers. Average speeds range from 27 to 36 kph. Mostly flat with some small climbs.

Post ride coffee spot: Fat Duck Cycles, Prince Street, Busselton

More information: Busselton Cycle Club Facebook Group or Fat Duck Cycles’ website

Details: Three different routes are on offer every week of the year. The Tuesday ride start is a flat one, leaving town along Layman Road towards Forrest Beach and the magnificent Tuart Forest. The Thursday ride heads due south and stays flat until the push to Chapman Hill where riders regroup before heading back to town for a coffee. Saturday’s ride is longer, leaving town via the Vasse Highway, along Sues Road and up Sues Hill. The group then heads to Mowen Road where they turn around to power back to Busselton; hang on tight!

Dunsborough Group Rides

Meeting time: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 6:30 am

Location: Tuesday / Thursday: Christian Fletcher Gallery, Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough – Saturday: Outside Outdoor Sportz in Dunsborough Park Shopping Centre car park, Seymour Boulevard, Dunsborough

Approximate distance: Tuesday / Thursday 45 kms  –  Saturday 65 kms

Description: Group rides that tend to splinter into groups to meet riders’ ability as the ride progresses. Average speeds range between 25 and 35 kph. Hilly terrain on Tuesday / Thursday, relatively flat on Saturday.

Post ride coffee spot: Yallingup Coffee Roasting Company, Hannay Lane, Dunsborough

More information: Bikeshed Dunsborough shop and website

Details: The Tuesday and Thursday rides make a beeline for the hills of Yallingup, heading up Commonage Road to some of the quieter back roads of Yallingup. The roads are scenic and rolling, passing many a kangaroo and vineyard before ending on the rollercoaster that is Yungarra Drive. The group starts as one but things can liven up within 20 minutes where three groups form to provide options 5-10 kms shorter. This route also has several shortcut options and it’s common to find members of the faster group taking strategic advantage of these. The Saturday ride is mostly flat and heads south-east through Yallingup Siding and Yelverton, then across the Bussell Highway towards Vasse before sweeping back to Dunsborough. The group tends to stay as one for the first half before splitting to three smaller groups as riders find like-minded buddies to meet their requirements.

Cowaramup Group Rides

Meeting time: Saturday 6.30 am (December to April) 7.00 am (May to December)

Location: Carpark on the corner of Bussell Highway and Hall Road in front of the Cowaramup Town Hall

Approximate distance: Option 1: 55-60 kms  –  Option 2: 80-110 kms

Description: Undulating terrain with average speeds of 26 to 28 kph for the shorter option and a greater level of fitness required for the longer option.

Post ride coffee spot: Smithereens, Bottrill Street, Cowaramup

More information: Ride Margaret River Facebook Group

Details: This Saturday ride takes in quiet, undulating roads and country lanes of the Margaret River region’s winemaking ‘engine room’. Enjoy the glorious vineyards as you pass by some of the most celebrated names from the Margaret River Region. The longer ride heads north to take in the spectacular Canal Rocks and a return to Cowaramup via Wildwood Road.

Margaret River Group Rides

Meeting time: Check Ride Margaret River Facebook Group to for latest information. Tuesday and Thursday 6.00 am

Location: Brew Shack, just off Bussell Highway, Margaret River

Approximate distance: 40 kms but routes and distance can vary

Description: The group picks from a number of routes but the terrain will be undulating with great scenery.

Post ride coffee spot: Brew Shack, just off Bussell Highway, Margaret River

More information: Ride Margaret River Facebook Group

Details: Routes and option can change so we recommend contacting the friendly and welcoming Ride Margaret River Facebook Group. From Margaret River there are many fantastic opportunities to ride amongst the striking forests and glorious wineries on rolling roads, there’s even the opportunity for some hill repeat work on Thursdays!

Suggested Road Riding Routes

Busselton Road Cycling Routes

34km Route

Elevation: 37m
Time: About 1 hour and 25 minutes
Best time to ride: Start at or before 7am to avoid traffic, especially in summer.

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50km Route

Elevation: 205m
Time: About 2 hours
Best time to ride: Start at or before 7am to avoid traffic, especially in summer.

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100km Route

Elevation: 363m
Time: About 4 hours 10 minutes
Best time to ride: Start at or before 7am to avoid traffic, especially in summer.

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Dunsborough Road Cycling Routes

30km Loop

Elevation: 364m
Time: About 1 hour and 15 minutes
Best time to ride: Start at or before 7am to avoid traffic, especially in summer.

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40km Loop

Elevation: 617m
Time: About 1 hour and 40 minutes
Best time to ride: Start at or before 7am to avoid traffic, especially in summer.

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100km Route

Elevation: 821m
Time: About 4 hours and 20 minutes
Best time to ride: Start at or before 7am to avoid traffic, especially in summer.

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Cowaramup Road Cycling Routes

21km Route

Elevation: 137m
Time: About 50 minutes per lap
Best time to ride: Beautiful, quiet and smooth roads. If riding in the morning, start at or before 7am to avoid traffic, especially in summer. This ride is great to do in afternoon too. Many locals love to do a few laps of this route as a training ride pushing it out to 40km+ ride.

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50km Route

Elevation: 370m
Time: About 2 hours and 10 minutes
Best time to ride: Start at or before 7am to avoid traffic, especially in summer.

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82km Route

Elevation: 977m
Time: About 3 hours and 25 minutes
Best time to ride: Start at or before 7am to avoid traffic, especially in summer.
Description: The classic Cowaramup Saturday morning ride. This one has it all. Gruelling climbs, epic descents and some of the best scenery in the region including famous wineries and the breath taking roll down to Canal Rocks. Any avid road cyclist coming to the region needs to put this one on their bucket list.

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Margaret River Road Cycling Routes

28km Route - Kevil & Boodjidup

Elevation: 394m
Time: About 1 hour
Best time to ride: Start at or before 7am to avoid traffic, especially in summer.
Description: Don’t let the distance fool you, there is plenty of climbing on offer here for a short but sweet ride out of Margaret River.

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38km Route - Rosa Glen & Davis

Elevation: 391m
Time: About 1 hour and 30 minutes
Best time to ride: Start at or before 7am to avoid traffic, especially in summer.
Description: A classic loop, loved for years by local road cyclists. Once you make it to Rosa Glen Road you’ll get to see what road cycling in the region is all about. Quiet rolling country lanes through farms and vineyards. This ride can get cold in winter at the bottom of the valleys so rug up. It’s also a good idea to leave early for as you will ride about 12km on the Bussell Highway shoulder. Great route to do in either direction.

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70km Route - Osmington & Redgate

Elevation: 865m
Time: About 3 hours
Best time to ride: Start at or before 7am to avoid traffic, especially in summer.
Description: A bit of forest, a bit of beach, a bit vineyard, a bit of everything. With 865m of elevation, even seasoned riders will notice this loop if they give it a nudge. Includes some favourite cycling roads around the town like Jindong Treeton Road and Rosa Glen Road and the roll down the hill to Redgate Beach is something special.


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Iconic Road Cycling Events

Tour of Margaret River

The Tour of Margaret River is the ultimate experience for your cycling team. The unique format of the Tour means that amateur cyclists can compete directly against riders from the pro tour peloton. Designed especially for teams, TOMR is a highly tactical race where competitors are allocated points in a way specific to each stage. Simply put, there is no other race on the world cycling calendar quite like TOMR.

With 100 teams participating annually, the Tour of Margaret River is one of the largest competitive road cycling events in Australia.

tourofmargaretriver.com

Delirium 24 Hour Race

Ride solo or ride in a team, either way we promise you 24 hours you will never forget. Cyclists of all levels can compete in this event which sees riders race to complete the most laps in 24 hours.

Delirium is always a great weekend for the local community and visitors alike, whether you are competing, taking part for fun or just spectating. Hold on for 24 Hours of fast and furious action.

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Tour de Gracetown

Since its inception and over the years, the Tour de Gracetown group ride has raised money for the Starlight Foundation, the family of Nick Edwards (Gracetown Shark attack victim on 2010), and in 2011 they joined forces with the Telethon Adventurers to raise money and purchased much needed medical equipment for the Margaret River- Augusta Hospital.

This ride is definitely not a road race but instead a social community ride for charity – and since 2015 they have created realistic average speed groups so that riders who are signing up can self-seed themselves and also invite their friends to sign up appropriately.

www.tourdegracetown.com.au