In the year 2000, four mates met at the corner of Warrigal Road and the Burwood Highway for a group ride. They envisioned bringing together a larger group of like-minded cyclists and the 6am-ers were formed, a group dedicated to riding and climbing.
16 years on and the 6am-ers are now one of Melbourne’s most established and longest running cycling groups.
Words - Brendan Edwards Images - Thanks to the 6am-ers
The 6am-ers philosophy is about creating an environment that brings cycling enthusiasts together who love to ride and love to climb. Most of their members have families and are time poor, and they have understood that cycling is more about the ride. They value teamwork and friendship and many life-long friendships have developed as a result of what the group has been able to achieve.
Many of their members race road and mountain bikes and they often will race as a team or in groups, and if you’re interested in joining one of their group rides a fairly high level of fitness is required to ride. They suggest that you should be able to climb the 1:20 in at least 19 minutes to maintain a position at the back of the group.
Guests are welcome to join the 6am-er rides anytime. Regular riders can be nominated by a current member. Membership will enable you to participate in the group’s email, blog and forum discussions and race as port of the 6am-ers team. Most importantly, it will allow you to wear the kit.
Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Website - http://6amers.com/
Twitter - @6amers
Strava Group - https://www.strava.com/clubs/6am-ers
6am-ers Tuesday 6am-er Hurtbox.
Looking for some hurt for breakfast? This ride is a bunch ride to the Nepean Highway where you will turn left and roll turns right through to St. Kilda where with any great group ride arrive for Coffee in Albert Park at about 7:20am. Expect a hard ride and is peppered by a couple of sprints along the way.
Time - 5:45am
Duration - Allow 1.5 hours
Meet - North-east corner of Warrigal Road and Burwood HighwayP
Pick-up points for this ride – the first from the corner of North and East Boundary Roads around 6:05am and the second at 6:15am from the corner of Rowans Road (opposite Highett Road) and Neapean Highway)
6am-ers Thursday Boulevard repeats.
The ride is usually two repeats of the Yarra Boulevard and morning coffee is in Richmond around 7:30am before heading to work
Time - 6:00am
Duration - Allow 1 hour
Meet - Corner of Yarra Boulevard and Walmer Street, Kew
6am-ers Sunday Hills.
The ride nearly always involves hills with destinations around the Dandenong’s, Wandin, Gembrook or Kinglake. Distance ranges from 100 – 120km with a vertical altitude gain of 1,500 – 2,500 meters.
Time - 6:00am
Duration - Allow 4.5 - 5 hours
Meet - North-east corner of Warrigal Road and Burwood Highway