Cycle Melbourne, Road Ride, Beach Road & Beyond
The wide, winding road with only gentle undulations, the beachside scenery, few interruptions at traffic lights and the cafés from Beacon Cove to Mordialloc make this the ride of choice for Melbourne’s weekend road warriors. From Mordialloc you are only likely to see those who want to put in a bit more effort to earn their coffee stop. This is a must do road ride when in Melbourne, so if you want get an insight in to the popularity of cycling, join in. During the week, especially at peak hours, it can be an extremely busy route, but on a good weekend the car drivers generally acknowledge that they’re in the minority as thousands of cyclists turn out to enjoy the ride, especially along the Beach Road to Mordialloc.
Be aware that the skill level amongst the riders varies considerably and it’s wise to acquire some experience of riding in groups before jumping on the back of a fast moving bunch. Amongst the many wannabees there are some serious athletes hitting out along this road. Riding through St Kilda you pass the sea baths on your right and then the Palais and Luna Park to your left. You’ll shortly pass Café Racer on your left. Maybe keep it in mind for the return trip as it’s a popular haunt for cyclists.
There are no big signs advertising the place, just look for all the bikes and colourful lycra. If you are in to cycling networking this is the place to stop. Apart from straight sections past Elwood the road continues to wind and undulate around the coast as you pass the huge multi-million dollar residences in Brighton, before reaching the clock tower at Black Rock, where there are shops, cafés and a park with toilets. From there it is another short hop to Mordialloc where many riders will turn off in to the car park on the right for a quick refresh before heading back towards the city.
If you do need anything for your bike, head a bit further around from the car park to see Kevin at Mordialloc Cycles, who is often open when other shops aren’t. Bear in mind also that for the majority of the route to Mordialloc there is a bike path if you are finding the road a bit over powering. From here you lose sight of the beach and ride on flat roads alongside the rail line then on the highway in to Frankston. You then climb up Olivers Hill (stop on Hopes Rise to admire the view behind you) before the longer slog up Humphries Road. After that, get your breath back on the downhill back to Frankston for the return trip. In the event of a physical or mechanical melt-down along the way, you’re never far from a train station.
The start is at Beacon Cove at the end of Station Pier. Fees apply to nearby parking. I did find some free parking in Evans Street, Port Melbourne, beside the park which the Sandridge Trail passes through, a short ride to the start.
Food and Drink
Plenty of choice, with cyclist favourites being Café Racer, just past St Kilda, Velocino Cycles and Café near Black Rock clock tower and the outdoor Tour de Café at Mordialloc. All these are major turn around points for the cycling glitterati showing off their latest lightweight racer and team lycra.
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