By David Martin

post_2016_hawthorne_canalWhat a great mix of Sunday morning rides coming up as Sydney moves on from the heat of Summer! We start at 7:00 am in April and May and move to 7:30 am from June for the winter months. As always, we offer a range of distances and levels of difficulty.

For the first time we have a 10:30 am start for people who want a slower Sunday start. On 17 April, Kevin will lead an Easy-Medium ride of 20 km for less experienced riders, taking the Mortlake punt across the River to Putney.

Also for the first time we are visiting the bright lights of Sydney during the Vivid Festival. That ride is on the evening of 1 June, with more details to come on specific attractions on the itinerary.

For our Sunday morning rides, we’ll take a relaxed pace to find some of the best cafes around Sydney’s inner suburbs: the ‘City Explorer’ (1 May), Balmain (15 May) and Marrickville (29 May).

We’ll visit some of Sydney’s outstanding parks: Centennial Park (3 April), Lane Cove National Park (17 April) and Parramatta Park (19 June). And you can take your pick from Sydney Olympic Park and Nielsen Park on 24 April.

For those wanting a stretch out, we’ll head down to Kurnell (26 June) for some whale-watching from Cape Solander; bring your binoculars. And we’ll ride out to Prospect Reservoir (29 May) along the shared path that starts near Guildford. This is Sydney’s best-kept cycling secret, a converted 19th century canal that rolls along uninterrupted for around 12 km, dipping under road junctions and over an old viaduct.

You can find out about these rides and others on our Rides Calendar in Bicycle NSW’s PushOn.

Sunday Social Rides for April to June 2016