We are a happy group of women and men who love the outdoors, enjoy riding bicycles, and thrive in other people’s company.
Whitehorse Cyclists Inc is a recreational cycling club, with over 300 members, predominantly retirees. Our extensive ride calendar has up to 14 rides per week ranging 30-100+km, mostly starting within the City of Whitehorse. Members ride as often as they choose. Local and international multi-day rides are also offered. Rides are social as well as recreational, with a coffee stop always included. As cycling improves physical and cognitive function, and being physically active also improves emotional well-being, the transition to retirement has been assisted by many a bike ride, with new friendships built and maintained.
Social functions include BBQs, monthly lunches, film nights, an Annual Dinner and Christmas party. Monthly meetings are held to discuss club news, aspects of safe cycling, listen to guest speakers and enjoy supper.
With the structure of a committee and numerous leadership roles, the club is run entirely by volunteers. Roles include ride leader, trip planner, website maintainer, newsletter editor, social convener, almoner, safety officer, the committee positions, and many more: the strong volunteer ethos of Whitehorse Cyclists is core to our success.
Annual membership fees are kept low to enable participation by all.
The club has been involved in advocacy for safe cycling routes in Whitehorse and wider-Melbourne and takes an interest in improving the cycling network of trails and infrastructure. WCI co-operates with the local groups WATAG and MeBUG to bring cycling issues to the attention of members for their individual action. The club has a strong focus on safe cycling; and has a culture of “a highly social coffee club with a serious cycling problem, where everyone is encouraged to initiate or volunteer for an activity that will grow the enjoyment and fun of cycling”.
We are recreational riders, but to start you will need to be able to ride 30km at 15kms per hour. Ride three times a week, or once a month: your choice.