The Best Road Cycling Routes in Melbourne
Melbourne is one of the most rideable cities in the world.
Livelo has mapped out a selection of the best road riding routes, with options to suit a wide variety of riders and riding opportunities.
A cursory look at the number of pro riders in the World Tour peloton who call Melbourne home should be proof enough that this is a town with a great road riding culture.
Most pro's return home during the November - January period and are frequently spotted holding court (or a table) post-ride at one of Beach Road's many iconic cafes.
The good news for those travelling to Melbourne is that the group riding scene is just as dynamic 365 days of the year.
Our advice is to get out to beach road for your first ride in Melbourne. There will be plenty of other cyclists for company and groups of similar pace tend to form organically as they move south to Black Rock and beyond. #beachroadlife
"BEACH ROAD" MELBOURNE CBD TO MORDIALLOC - RETURN RIDE (37.3mi / 60km)
Melbourne's iconic ride takes you out of the CBD to the coastal townships of St. Kilda, Brighton, Black Rock and on to Mordialloc. While it may be tempting to continue down the coast to Arthurs Seat and Portsea, Mordi' makes for a nice turning point if you're looking for a 2-3 hour ride.
This is the most popular cycling route in Australia, with hundreds of cyclists out nearly every morning. This makes it easy to get onto a passing bunch. Its popularity works as an advantage with vehicles/traffic, as many commuters know there will be a number of riders on any given day along this route. This provides security for the riders and has also prompted the councils to invoke a no-parking initiative for the weekend mornings 'til noon to help with the amount of cycle traffic up and down the coast.
See the route here
CITY TO ALBERT PARK (9.3mi / 15km + circuits)
It isn't every day you get to ride on a Grand Prix circuit, so you absolutely have to make the most of an opportunity to take a lap (or 3) of Melbourne’s Albert Park Grand Prix circuit. The park is a short ride from the city. We recommend riding anti-clockwise if you are facing back to the city. This provides more of a shoulder and easy access through any of the small auxiliary roads entering the circuit. Albert Park is an open road so you will be sharing with other road users, but has not prevented it from becoming a must ride for the local biking community, particular mid-week and early morning. See you there at 6 am for 4 fast ones!