Cotter/Urriara loop - There are only a couple of turns that you need to take once you get to THE BIG CORNER at stromlo forest park. There are hundreds of cyclists hitting it every weekend so you could just follow a bunch heading south from Civic and you’ll probably end up on it.
Old Federal highway to lake george out and back.
Again, just get on the back of any roadie train leaving civic, this time headed north on northbourne. Most will be doing this ride. Only one turn to take each way! Another wonderful road ride in Canberra.
Those two are where to start if you are keen to get out and go solo. I’m sorry that I almost never ride road any more, and if i do, its pre-work. You still on your cannondale?
If you want bunches:
Theyre a tri-club, but, Bilbys. Wed mornings from dickson pool, i htink, 6am. Two or three groups depending on how quick youre feeling. They are just nice people who can properly hammer when enticed. Lack the ego and pose factor of road cyclists. Be prepared to die trying to draft someone on aerobars (actually, there might be a rule against that… not sure).
I think every morning of the week there is a group of serious gents leaving the bikeshed phillip at 6 (i think). This is what people refer to as the bakery bunch. If you love cranking in big bunches a la tour de burbs in melb, this is a nice ride. I think the hour-of-power is on tuesdays (someone jump in if i’m wrong) and its common to get up close with riders from telly on it. Its a canberra specialty in winter… 50kph at -6c over scrivener will really test your gloves.
Edit: Whats your timetable at uni like? I’m not sure if its the sort of thing that uni kids do, but are you keen on lunchtime black mountain reps? I am usually out there once a week, do 3 or so, then head back to work. PM me your number if you’re keen! Alos, goes for anyone else in Canberra… black mountain reps at lunch, lets do it! When you have your mtb, I am on bruce ridge a couple of lunches a week usually, too… all 10mins from your uni.