The goal of the C-Ride is to foster camaraderie and create an environment for enjoying group road riding. This is supported by the philosophy of every ride being “no-drop”-everyone finishes with a smile looking forward to the next ride.
The schedule is similar to the B Ride but at a slower pace & shorter duration in general. That is not to say that the ride is a “slow or short ride” (these are subjective terms), but that the ride is meant to develop riders & improve their skills. If you’ve never ridden with a group before, it is recommended that you speak with the C-Ride leader if you have any doubt in your abilities to discuss your current fitness, pace, ride length, and comfort.
The GENERAL schedule, which could be subject to change to accommodate daylight and weather are:
Tuesdays: 6:00 pm leaving from High Gear Cyclery in Stirling
Saturdays: 8:00 am leaving from High Gear Cyclery in Stirling
- The weekday rides (Tuesday) average between 20 and 40 miles depending on amount of daylight and terrain
- Saturday ride is the same route every week and is 22 miles in length following local roads
- As demand for additional rides increase we may add an additional ride or two. Last season we added a Thursday and Sunday ride
- The Sunday ride was the “long ride” of the week that progressed from 35 miles and cumulated with a 65 mile ride at the end of the summer. This ride was intended to get riders familiar with longer rides and routes that the next level ride (B) ride
General ride criteria are as follows:
- Moderate distances, 22 to 65 miles
- 16-19 mph average on flat terrain
- 12-16 mph average on rolling/hilly terrain
- 8-12mph average on very hilly terrain
Terrain is at the discretion of ride leader but can include some challenging hills in addition to flats and rollers. Ride leader regroups as necessary, usually at major intersections.
The “C-Ride” lead, is responsible for both pre and on-ride planning and support. The pre-ride responsibilities include but not limited to:
- Ride planning
- Communications, expectation setting
Ride leader on-ride responsibilities again include, but not limited to:
- Creating a safe environment for the entire group
- Basic mechanical support
- Group ride etiquette
- Pace line, climbing & descending skills
- Hand signals
- Holding lines
- Speed control
- Fitness building
Ride participant expectations:
- Helmets are mandatory…No exceptions!
- Basic repair and maintenance kit (spare tube, pump/CO2, tire lever, multi-tool)
- Water and/or sports drink and a light snack
- Cash and credit/ATM card
- Personal identification and emergency contact information (such as RoadID)
- Cell phone
- Familiar with route (route/cue sheets available on ride calendar)
- HIGHLY recommended: lights-front and rear “blinky”.
- Be ready to go AT the start time, don’t pull into the parking lot atstart time!
If you have any questions or want recommendations on equipment, please contact ride leaders or High Gear Cyclery and explain what you are looking for and why – we are all here to assist!