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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: 134
Latest Activity: 14 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

SSRC/Muddies racers

Started by Muddies. Last reply by Paul Mc Mar 15. 1055 Replies I won't see Mr King until the end of the race then ;) How much did you pay the handicapper? Me and Paul will have to tag team to try and…Continue

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Comment by Lynn Ellison 14 hours ago

I work every second weekend so it is good that the L ride is on fortnightly. that way I request the weekend of the L ride off work so I can attend the L ride. on occasion my request for that particular Saturday off is not granted. either way the fortnightly thing works for me. As for the current L routes now increased to three I think it is much better. whilst I am capable of leading an L ride I can certainly not be tech support for any kind of bike failure even as simple as punctures. so that is why the L ride needs an experienced person on it, even if it is only one experienced person. whilst I am endeavouring to increase my pace to progress towards a P ride it is apparent that I am still too far away from a P and will be for some time into the future. Also I do not wish to slow people down when they go for a ride. that is why the L is so good, it is advertised as 20kph and I can manage that and not feel guilty. if I went on a P then the P riders would be grumpy waiting for me.

Comment by Paul Mc 16 hours ago
I am out Wednesday night, forecast looks okay
Comment by Rob Pryde 16 hours ago

No morning rides for me this week as I'm on early shift.  might do Wed night training ride at moana though, depending on weather etc.

Comment by Paul Mc 17 hours ago
Toby and I won't be out for the Range Ride tomorrow morning
Comment by Michelle 17 hours ago

John and Andrew thank your offers of assistance I will create events as and when and we can lead them from there.

Comment by John Thorp 18 hours ago

I think I have been on enough rides now to be able to lead I know I am not a P rider but I have been a member of this club for a good while now and I think the necessary skills to help

Comment by Andrew Watts 18 hours ago

All good then! :-D

Comment by Steven Ellison 19 hours ago

Wattsy, I believe that under normal circumstances, if they still exist, the 13th would be from Becks and the 27th from McLaren Vale!

Comment by Muddies 19 hours ago

I'd also make the observation that the L and P rides were busier when this website had more traffic. Many of those riders are no longer members here or don't post very often.

More web traffic and positive reinforcement of the benefits of cycling could bring more new riders.

Comment by Muddies 19 hours ago

Maybe those that have recently joined the ranks of the P ride Alison, Jolie, Mirai, Lisa to name a few can be encouraged to lead an occasional L ride.

I think the P has had a bit of a dip in recent weeks because the SDVLCC racing calendar has allowed those of us who race an opportunity to do a harder Saturday ride, that may swing the other way again soon.


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