You asked for it! Here is North Fitzroy Cycle's take on the 5 best rides in and around Melbourne. Read below to find out our picks!
1. Capital City Trail
Start location: Inner City Melbourne
Capital city trail is a shared bike path that loops around the inner north suburbs all the way to the Docklands. It travels along the Yarra River and along Merri Creek, taking you through North Fitzroy and Brunswick. Along the way you'll get the chance to have a bite at Lentils as Anything in Abbotsford, then have a wander around Collingwood Children's farm or the Melbourne Zoo. The capital city trail is one of the best ways to see the city!
2. Eltham to Kinglake
Start location: Eltham Train Station
Next on the list is one that will take you through the urban areas of Northern Melbourne all the way to the Kinglake National Park. A personal favourite of NFC mechanic Tim, this ride offers plenty of options depending on what you want to do. The main drag is a long climb up to the township of Kinglake, with a well deserved coffee waiting for you at the peak. This section takes you through the Kinglake National Park where you can take in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings. This route takes you through many picturesque towns so be sure to make a day of it. If you are from out of town and want a taste of Victorian country-side, this is the trip for you.
3. Yarra Trails
Start Location: Main Yarra Trail, Fairfield Boathouse
The Yarra Trails are a set of single track routes that run along the Main Yarra Trail. Created by locals, these trails have evolved into a network of Mountain Bike trails ranging from beginner to expert, all for you to explore. Although you can use maps created on apps like Strava, the best way to experience the Yarra Trails is to just take a ride on the Main Yarra Trail and jump onto any single track you see beside the main trail.
4. Beach Road
Start Location: Inkerman St/Barkly St
Here is the one that everyone was expecting, Beach Road is the most popular route for Road Cyclists in Melbourne. It makes sense as to why, the stretch from St Kilda to Mordialloc is a flat, fast road that runs along (who'd have guessed it) the beach! With plenty of cafes along the way, idyllic scenery and plenty of other cyclists to make friends with, this route has everything a cyclist could desire. It starts only 6km out of the CBD and is a very convenient jaunt no matter where in the city you are from.
5. Yarra Boulevard
Start Location: Studley Park Road, Yarra Boulevard turnoff
This next one is a favourite of North Fitzroy Cycles one that the team has ridden hundreds of times. The Yarra Boulevard is a plethora of twists and turns with harsh climbs and blistering descents. With brilliant views of the city and surrounding park land, the boulevard is a great spot for both a ride and a photo shoot. Also, Pumps and tubes are available along the way if you get a puncture! If this sounds like the ride for you then come along on our shop ride, we leave from the rear of North Fitzroy Cycles every Saturday at 6:30am! Chuck us a message on Facebook or just rock up there! Drop bar Road Bike is necessary.