Southern Suburbs Road Cyclists


Southern Suburbs Road Cyclists

A social group of road bike riders for the new rider. Ride with experienced riders at a sedate pace on easy, quiet routes to learn the basics of group riding and riding in general.

Want to take the next step from just riding your bike on your own? This is the place.

Home of the 'L' Ride (for beginners/or a cruise)

Feel free to suggest rides for members to come along to.

Location: Port Noarlunga and Surrounding Area
Members: 144
Latest Activity: 2 hours ago


Welcome to the group page of the Southern Suburbs Road Cyclists.

A road cycling group based in the southern suburbs. Home of the L ride, a great place to start if you are new to group cycling and want to join in.

Officially, we organise only the L ride, however this is quite a large group and many of us ride together at other times, members will usually organise other rides on here, so shout up if you want to join in.

L Rides

If you're not sure where to start, this is probably the ride for you.

  • Designed for beginners/new riders or those returning to riding
  • Flatish routes
  • Quiet roads
  • Learn group riding skills
  • Regular re-groups
  • Sedate pace (20kmh)
  • Approx 40km
  • Tailend charlie to ensure no one gets left behind


L rides are every fortnight on a Saturday morning (routes vary), see the events for more details.

Special Event Rides

One off rides that are a bit special, these include long distance epics,  climbing marathons and special occasion rides (Christmas special for example). There are no real generic guidelines for these rides as each one is different.

Strava Group details here

Strava group and the passcode is Noarlunga


L Ride Routes

Rating is 1 - easy, 10 - very hard

Route Distance Climbing (m) Rating
McLaren Vale, California 43.2 406 4
Bayliss & Aldinga 44.7 311 3


Other Routes

Route Distance Climbing (m) Rating
Happy Valley & Veloway 47.1 671 7
Cox's Hill 47.2 670 7
Aldinga 58.8 582 7
Blewitt Springs (long) 63.1 836 9
Blewitt Springs (short) 54.6 766 8
Willunga Hill & Range (short) 46.4 645 7
Willunga Hill & Range (long) 55.5 706 8
Penny's Hill 58.4 683 8
Kangarilla, Meadows & Willunga 61.5 667 8
California & McLaren Flat 44.1 451 5
Up Chandlers down Coxes 45 606 7
Penny's and Pottery 57 842 9



Check out the videos for a couple of our rides:

L Ride McLaren Vale, California video

Blewitt Springs (short) video

Other Information

Riders ride at their own risk of injury or bicycle damage and are strongly advised to have some form of cycle specific insurance.

Group creator and admin retains the right to remove people from this group.


Michelle and Phil

Discussion Forum

Ride start times

Started by Matt Rodda. Last reply by Matt Rodda on Friday. 2 Replies

Hi, I was looking at the L and P rides.  I am interested to find out what time they start on Saturdays.  I assume they start/ finish around McLaren Vale. Continue

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Comment by Phil Crick on May 13, 2012 at 22:06

Here's a possible L Ride alternative route, it's currently a bit longer (44km), but there's plenty of scope for shortening it.

It starts in McLaren Vale, follows the bike track to Malpas, then goes across to Aldinga, along the coast and back again, then heads back towards Willunga, where it picks up the bike track heading towards McLaren Vale. It's fairly flat and we don't spend any time on south road, other than crossing it twice.

I've ridden round most of this at one stage or another and most of it is quiet roads.

If people want to give it a go, I'll put it up as the next L ride on the Saturday 26th May, although I hope to test ride it fully before then.


Comment by David Arnold on May 10, 2012 at 17:52

thanks Michelle,  there's nothing showing on the group events page.

Comment by Michelle on May 10, 2012 at 17:45

Yes David, Matt J & Paul are taking this out for us as I have to work

Comment by David Arnold on May 10, 2012 at 17:43

is there an "L" ride this Saturday?

Comment by Michelle on May 7, 2012 at 18:37

There is a post on the main AC forum about this, we all should get behind it and have a say x

Comment by Michelle on May 6, 2012 at 22:47

Next P ride organised below - Phil will be taking this one as part of his training for the next GS ride on Sun 27th May.

As suggested we will ride up to meet the AC ride, distance of 60kms to Semaphore comes under our remit or a little bit more challenging. Of course you can head up to Outer Harbour.

Meet AC Winter ride 1

Comment by Michelle on May 6, 2012 at 22:03

OK guys or ladies we have a problem...

We need a volunteer to lead the ride out and take on the leader role for this saturday L ride as I am working.

If we don't get a volunteer the ride will be cancelled... Memory serves me right Mr McGregor owes us one if you are up for it Paul?

Comment by Paul Mc on April 29, 2012 at 15:14

@ Michelle, I think you are on the right track with the Sunday rides making them a little bit more challenging in terrain and distance.  It gives us a step up to a Muddies ride.

Comment by Michelle on April 28, 2012 at 13:47

Great day for a ride this morning and good to see many people out.

Next Sunday's ride 45km and a little more taxing than a flat ride, saying that the hill is not big but a good challenge.

SSRC Sunday ride

The aim with the Sunday rides is to make them a little bit more challenging either with a little bit more distance or a few more bumps.

Comment by Michelle on April 22, 2012 at 23:10

Two rides coming up this week

Paul has organised a ride mid morning after any Anzac remembrance services on Wednesday 

SSRC - Lest we forget

and of course the regular L ride on Saturday

L ride


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