Want to explore our beautiful region and get your weekly fix of exercise at the same time? Perhaps the Macedon Ranges Cycling Club is for you!
The Macedon Ranges provides the perfect setting for cycling. With its undulating terrain, lush forests, stunning mountain views, and a plethora of riding tracks and quiet roads, you could spend forever navigating all the various routes across the shire. The area is popular with local cyclists but also has its share of tourists from Melbourne and interstate.
The Macedon Ranges Cycling Club has literally spread from its humble beginnings in Kyneton in 1898. At that time, it was contained to Kyneton and only conducted races around the middle of the local racecourse and later the Kyneton Showgrounds. A velodrome was constructed in 1970 and was resurfaced in 2004. After Kyneton became part of the Macedon Ranges Shire in 1995, the club reformed as the Macedon Ranges Cycling Club in 2005.
Social rides were started up alongside the racing and now they have taken over. If you have been out and about in the Macedon Ranges on a Thursday or Sunday you may have seen a trail of cyclists along the roads. Members can choose between two bike routes, depending on their level, and the rides start in alternative towns each week. The club currently has more than eighty members, the majority between the ages of 40 and 70 years old.
The Macedon Ranges Cycling Club is much more than a club. The member we spoke to said that the highlight of being in the club is the chats the members have on the rides and in the cafe afterwards. The club recently tried to attract more women to the club and have been successful. They are also actively involved with the Shire to improve paths and routes for cyclists and recently donated two bike racks to the community. To have a free trial ride, become involved or to download a map of the cycling routes in the Macedon Ranges, head to the club’s website for more information.
Macedon Ranges Cycling Club Website: http://macedonrangescycling.org.au Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/macedonrangescycling/