Ride with the Locals in central otago

Cycling in Central Otago amongst dramatic landscapes with an organised or informal group of riders is the best way to experience the countryside and meet fellow cyclists. Whether it be in a racing event or out with a regular group ride, ‘weekend warriors’ to elite riders are welcome – enjoy the competitive but friendly spirit and make new friends along the way.

There are a number of organised and informal road cycling and mountain bike groups in Central Otago. For more information on when and where the groups ride, please contact each group directly. Visitors are welcome to join in.

Mountain Biking Groups & Clubs in Central Otago

Access to local trails is generally on private land and at the owners’ goodwill. Please respect all notices and closures, particularly between 1 October and 30 November each year as land access closes due to lambing. For information on where you can ride visit one of the local bike stores.


Wednesday (mixed) group – year round
Departs from Henderson Cycles, Centennial Avenue at 6pm, for more information contact 03 448 8917.

Wednesday (mixed) group – year round
Departs from outside the Monteiths Pub on Centennial Avenue at 6pm, for more information contact 03 448 8048. This group often splits into technical or faster open ride options.

Thursday (women only) group – summer only
A social ride. Departs outside Henderson Cycles, Centennial Avenue at 6pm, for more information contact 03 448 8917.

Road Cycling | Groups & Clubs in Central Otago

The Central Otago Wakatipu Cycle Club race most Sunday’s through summer. For more information, please contact
Alexandra Club Captain - Denise Thorne, 03 448 9432
Cromwell Club Captain - Alister Murchland, 03 445 0110

Click here for more information on Central Otago Road Cycling events.

Informal groups that meet for weekly rides:


Tuesday (mixed) group – summer only (daylight savings)
Departs from Henderson Cycles, Centennial Avenue at 6pm, for more information contact 03 448 8917.

Tuesday (women only) group – summer only
Departs from outside the Alexandra i-Site on Centennial Avenue at 6pm. A social ride.

Thursday (mixed) group – summer only
Departs from Rock and Road Cycles, Centennial Avenue at 6pm, for more information contact 03 448 8048.


Tuesday and Thursday (mixed) groups – summer only
Depart from Mitre 10, Elspeth Street at 6pm, for more information contact 03 445 9955.


Thursday and Sunday (mixed) groups – year round
Depart from Highland Pharmacy, Scotland Street at 9am, for more information contact Tracey Pringle 03 446 6685.
Road Cycling Groups & Clubs in Central Otago 

The roads of Central Otago provide great opportunities to get out and enjoy the sport of Road Cycling. There is relatively little traffic, good surfaces and stunning scenery. Locals are out enjoying the roads on a regular basis and you can join in too.

Mountain Biking Groups & Clubs in Central Otago

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