Ride Type Descriptions
All Club Rides:
All participants are required to accept the waiver and release before riding. Riders must be familiar with the ride descriptions and place themselves in the appropriate level. Riders must have properly working equipment and appropriate clothing and safety gear. An approved helmet is required. The actual pace and distance of each ride will be determined by the designated ride leader(s).
Any ride listed as Beginner Level is open to riders of any ability.
The rides will be paced at the ability of the participants and the group will stay together throughout the ride.
The beginner rides will typically be between 5 and 15 miles in length and average 13 mph or less.
Maximum speed on flats will be based on the ability of the participants.
Veteran / c ride
Any ride listed as "Veteran" or "C" level is open to riders who have the ability to ride at 15+ mph average for 15 miles or more.
"C" rides are no-drop rides. The group may separate a little between stops, but will regroup at each stop. The length and pace of the ride will typically be 15-25 miles at 15-16 mph avg.
Maximum speed for "C" rides is 18mph on the flats.
Novice / D Ride:
Any ride listed as "Novice" or "D" level is open to riders who have the ability to ride at 13 mph average for 10 miles or more.
"D" rides are no-drop rides and the group stays together throughout the ride.
The length and pace of the ride will be adjusted to the participant’s ability and will typically be 10-20 miles at less than 15 mph avg.
Maximum speed for "D" rides is 16mph on the flats.
season veteran / b ride
Any ride listed as "Seasoned Veteran" or "B" level is open to riders who have the ability to ride at 17 mph average for 20 miles or more.
"B" rides are no-drop rides. The group may separate a little between stops, but will regroup at each stop. The length and pace of the ride will typically be 20-25 miles at 17+/- mph avg.
Maximum speed for "B" rides is 21mph on the flats.
Any ride listed as "Elite" or "A" level is open to experienced and fit riders who have the ability to ride at 18mph average for 20 miles or more. "A" rides are drop rides.
Although the "A" ride will typically regroup at stops, riders who cannot keep the pace risk being dropped. Dropped riders are encouraged to form a second group or fall back to the next group. If only a single group is formed for an A pace ride, dropped riders are expected to be self-sufficient.
The length and pace of the ride will typically be 20-25 miles at 18+ mph avg. There is no speed limit for "A" rides other than those posted and applicable to all road users.
WE WANT YOU TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR GROUP CYCLING ACTIVITIES, SO TAKE A MOMENT TO REVIEW THE FOLLOWING TO HELP ENSURE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE GROUP RIDE FOR EVERYONE. ALSO WATCH FOR OUR NEWSLETTER FOR DISCUSSION OF CYCLING TERMS AND TIPS ON HONING YOUR CYCLING SKILLS.
Do your best to ride along the white shoulder line while trying to keep parallel with that line. Avoid wheel overlap and don’t look behind you. This move will cause even the best riders to swerve. Riding three abreast or over the yellow line is dangerous and not permitted on group rides.
Fast accelerations and jerky braking can disrupt the group and cause a crash. If you must drop back, always do so on the left, and drift slowly back to the end of the line. Brake lightly; momentum can also be slowed by sitting upright to catch the wind on your chest.
Watch the road ahead and listen for cars approaching from behind. Signal for hazards like potholes, sand, and cars with a simple hand gesture or verbal cue. Always keep the rider and wheel ahead of you in your peripheral vision and alert riders behind if you are slowing or stopping.
Cyclists are bound by law to adhere to all motor vehicle traffic laws, including stop signs, traffic lights, rotaries, etc. All riders in a group should come to a complete stop (i.e., footdown) at stop signs.
Even if you don’t know how to change a flat, you should be prepared with the equipment and tools you need so someone can assist you. Arrive to ride locations early enough so that you are ready to go at the prescribed time. It’s unfair to a group of prepared riders to show up late and expect a large group to wait for you.
All of your actions reflect not only on our club, but on cyclists in general. A smile and a wave will go a long way if a driver has had to wait for the group to roll-through. Make suggestions to other riders in a positive, constructive manner. And, above all, don’t expectorate (spit or snot rocket) when other riders are too close!
Drafting is using the windbreak from another rider to lessen your effort. Follow as close as you are comfortable, typically a few inches to 2-3 ft. If you cannot maintain the draft with the pace, allow others to pass before the gap is too large to bridge. Don’t be afraid to take your turn pulling at the front of the group. Not all riders are equal, but taking your turn will share the hard work, earn respect, and make you stronger!
Pace lines keep the group’s speed consistently higher than any single member of the group could maintain on his or her own. This efficiency is possible because it is as much as 30% easier to ride in the draft. Three basic rules in a pace line:
While you may ride a bike with aero bars in a group ride, you may not ride on the bars unless you are at the front of a pace line or have dropped back and are trying to catch your group. Aero positioning offers far less control and much slower braking time than traditional positioning.