Casual Cycling


Convenors: Sue van Winden 0418 846 839
and Arno van Winden 0437 120 527



The cycling group meets each Tuesday for a ride suitable for all levels of fitness.

When: Default time every Tuesday  ( times will be advised according to season and weather)

Where: Meet on Rail Trail near Museum unless other arrangements have been made


The aim of the group is in its name “Casual Cycling”. A stop at a cafe/restaurant is an essential part of each ride. All riders who are members of U3A are welcome to join this relaxed social bike riding group. The group caters for a wide range of abilities. By riding together we would hope you meet like minded people, improve your fitness and bike skills and enjoy great social interaction in the great outdoors.

Activities of the group include, but are not limited to, the following

Regular Weekly Rides
A regular weekly ride is organised most Tuesday mornings with starting times dependant on the season and the ride’s route.These rides are a combination of local rides from our starting point at the old railway shed behind the Bright Museum and ‘Drive and Rides’ in the northeast Victoria area with various start points. Rides are generally between 20 – 40kms, with a coffee stop, and are planned for safe relaxed riding usually on a bike path or quiet road. The average group riding pace is around 17kph. Many rides can be shortened or lengthened depending on your ability and fitness.

Non Regular Rides
Other rides eg lunch rides, rides to dinner locations, special interest rides, distance challenge ride (eg 50km, 100km), may also be organised at various times. These rides may be organised by different members of the group, not necessarily the coordinator/convenors, depending on their interests and knowledge. The information for these rides is circulated via the email contact list.

Away Rides
Occasionally an “away” trip of a few days to a week may be organised where members of the group travel independently to a location and arrange their own accommodation and then meet daily for rides around that location led by member/s with knowledge of the suitable rides in that location. Examples include Geelong/Bellarine, Canberra and Melbourne.

Social Activities
Social activities include get-to-gethers for fun, entertainment or education etc often with a bike focus eg film night, bike maintenance, Christmas party, celebrations etc at a venue or a member’s house.

U3A organised rides have a leader and a sweeper. A first aid kit and the riders’ emergency contact list is carried on the ride. Riders “sign in” at the start of each ride. Members are encouraged to look out for fellow riders and work as a group. All riders are encouraged to share the responsibility of carrying the first aid kit and contact list and act as sweep/leader when they feel confident to do this. Riders who vary their route to the announced ride do so at their own risk.

If you are new to bike riding or have not ridden for a long time the local rides where distances can be varied very easily are a good way to start.

You will receive an email from each week’s coordinator, usually over the preceding weekend, to let you know the ride and when and where to meet for the weekly ride.
It is strongly recommended that all bike riders in the group have current ambulance insurance and that you carry a mobile phone, two spare tubes and a pump on every ride. Bike riding insurance that can be taken out through Bicycle Network ( is also worth considering.

The contact list circulated to members is also used by group members to circulate information, news items and general matters of interest to the group members.

Sue and Arno van Winden
Ph: 03 5750 1654 Email: