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ROAD TEST: SCENIC CYCLE, SYDNEY CBD

Scenic Cycle

Who: Scenic Cycle
Contact: +61 (02) 9252 4102, sceniccycle.com
Location: 88 Phillip Street, Sydney map
What they offer: Small-group spin classes
Prices: There’s a walk-in rate of $20 or bulk buy options take it down to $15 a class, and they offer first month unlimited rides for only $59.


What they say:
“Scenic Cycle’s leaders take our riders on a mind blowing journey through some of the most spectacular cycling routes throughout the world all in full high definition and matched to a heart pounding soundtrack.”

What URBANSWEAT says:

Scenic Cycle is a fast-paced spin workout in a big dark room. The soundtrack is pumping and there are two huge screens at the front of the class so you ride through some of the most epic destinations across the globe. We actually felt like we were climbing up the snowy roads of the Swiss Alps.
It is high intensity but you can go at your own pace as you get the opportunity to chose your own bike online, so you can sit up the back if you want or right up the front with the fittest cyclists. You also control the resistance yourself so can control how heavy it is. There are only a few rest periods and the music is really loud but it does help you move faster. Choose your scenery by the class schedule; ‘Barcelona’, ‘Napa Valley’ and ‘Caz l’Escapade’ are all very scenic. The class leaders (teachers) do the workout with you and our leader Julie was high-energy and motivating, calling out to specific riders throughout the class. Lunchtime classes are the most popular, due to Scenic Cycle’s CBD location, so best to book – there are assigned bikes, so if you haven’t booked online and don’t want to be put in the front row, let the reception know. You can hire click-in bike shoes for $3, but you don’t really need them. The change rooms are small; as are the free lockers, but they are clean and organised, and there are towels placed on each bike so no need to bring your own. Parking is limited and expensive, but being so central, you can take the train to Martin Place station and just walk (it’s only 5 minutes).

Reviewer: Sean McClintock