Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to join the club to ride with you?
Anyone is welcome to join us for a ride. The first one is free, but for insurance reasons we ask that you join the club if you plan on coming after that.
The price is extremely low and supports cycling in the community. You also get a 10% discount at local bike shops.
I’ll be in town for a couple days,can I ride with your club?
Can you recommend any good routes in the area?
Yes. Please check out our routes page.
I have no experience riding in a group. Will I be OK on a club ride?
Yes! The only way to learn is to do it. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming club and would be happy to show you the ropes.
It might be a good idea to mention to the ride leader that this is your first group ride, but here are some other tips:
- Hang out towards the back at first and let other riders rotate in front of you. This will let you get a feel for the flow of the group.
- If you don’t think you have the fitness to take a pull from the front of the group, don’t move up to the front. Let other riders rotate in in front of you so you don’t disrupt the flow of the group.
- When you do take a pull on the front, try to maintain the same pace the previous rider was holding. Don’t put in a big acceleration, let the previous rider come off and slowly move back. If you do want to go faster, increase your speed gradually.
- Keep your eyes up to see the rider in front of you and down the road. Don’t just stare at the wheel in front of you.
- Try to brake as little as possible. Let up on your pedaling or soft-pedal as much as possible to slow down.
- Point out obstacles to riders behind you. Yelling out is not preferred, but use it as necessary to prevent accidents.
Are there women in the club?
Yes. We have more than a few women in the club – in fact half of the board is made up of women! Just like the men, there is a wide variety women riders in our group – from beginners to accomplished triathletes and bike racers. In the summer there are some women only rides. Keep an eye on the calendar for specifics.
How many people usually show up for the club rides?
This varies greatly depending on the season. Normally, we have anywhere from 20-35 riders depending on route and weather. In the winter those numbers are cut in half, but in the summer we can have 40+ at times.
Can I ride a triathlon bike (or TT bike) on the group rides?
Yes. Many of our club members ride TT bikes on the group rides. A good practice is to stay out of the aero bars while riding in the group unless you are the front rider. This allows for better bike handling and more control when riding in close proximity to others.
How fast does the club ride go? Am I fast enough to ride with you?
The pace varies, but is often between 18 and 20 MPH. If the group is large enough we often split into 2 groups where one will ride 17-19MPH and the other will average closer to 20-22MPH.
You can reliably add about 2MPH to whatever you ride by yourself to gauge what kind of pace you can hold in the group. In other words if you can comfortably average 16MPH on your own, you should have no problem holding 18 (or more) when in a group.
We stop every 20-25 miles for rest stops and ensure all riders are safe. We ensure all riders know the route and wait at turns for all to re-group. Our hope is to provide rides for all levels of riders and their various desires for pace and distance. If you are concerned about your ability to stay with the group, please let the ride leader know at the start and we will make sure you aren’t left behind and know where to go.
If that still seems like too much for you, keep an eye on our ride calendar. The Wednesday night ride (in the summer) is a great introduction to riding in a group and is very manageable for slower riders. We also have occasional beginner-focused rides from time to time.