PLANNING IS UNDERWAY FOR THE 2018 GROUP RIDE PROGRAM
The 2018 Group Ride Program will start on Saturday, May 12.
Group rides will be offered each Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the end of September.
Friday & Sunday Group Rides are “Open” rides (all levels welcome) so speed and distance will vary depending on the riders who RSVP
Saturday Group Rides offer rides at 4 levels: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced
GROUP RIDE PROGRAM MASTER SCHEDULE
Note that all information in the Master Schedule is subject to change and may not reflect recent updates.
Ride details, including start locations, will be confirmed by Group Ride Leaders via the CFC “Members Only” Facebook page approximately 2 days before the scheduled ride.
- Please arrive 15-20 minutes before departure time to ensure that you are ready to leave at the posted start time.
- Most rides will have a scheduled stop at the mid-way point for a drink & snack (usually at a café); however, always bring a snack and full water bottles with you.
- Ride lengths & distances will be shorter at the beginning of the season and will gradually increase as the season progresses.
- All group rides are for club members only.
WHICH GROUP SHOULD I RIDE WITH?
- Read the “How Do I Know Which Group I Should Ride With?” info sheet. It describes each level in detail (average speed, riding distances, what kind of rider is suited to each level). It should help you to decide on which group to ride with. Finding the group best suited to your skills, fitness level and cycling goals is the key to having a rewarding & enjoyable group ride experience.
- If you are unsure of which group to ride with, it is best to ride with a slower group on your first outing so that you can gage your overall cycling speed. As you progress through the season, you may wish to move up to the next group level if you are looking to challenge yourself.
- Conducting your own simple speed test may also help you to pick the right group to ride with. To gage your average speed, you MUST HAVE a speedometer. Cycle for a distance of 15-20km and then check your average speed.
BECOME A GROUP RIDE LEADER – WE NEED YOU!
As the club grows, so does the demand for Group Ride Leaders. In 2017, a small group of 6-7 Group Ride Leaders led about 75% of our group rides. In 2018, we would like to expand our roster to 12-15 leaders.
What is a Group Ride Leaders responsible for?
– organizing and overseeing a ride
– monitoring the group’s speed to keep it within the appropriate range
= providing assistance and guidance to participants as needed
– making sure that everyone finishes together
– passing along any feedback or suggestions from members to the Group Ride Coordinator
Members who want to become Group Ride Leaders will receive an orientation session and be mentored by an experienced leader. We will work with new leaders until they feel comfortable and confident in the role. If you are interested, please contact Jeannie Roper, our Group Ride Program Coordinator, at jpkealey
BE READY TO RIDE!
GUIDE TO CYCLING WITH CFC
Updated for the 2018 season, reading the guide is a “MUST DO” for all members. It features:
- the Group Ride Program basics – how to choose the right group level to ride with, where to find group ride notices & the ride cancellation policy
- an introduction to STRAVA and how to use it
- information on equipment. clothing & nutrition
- answers to frequently asked questions
GROUP RIDE LEADER TOOLKIT
Features the following information and resources:
– Overview of the Group Ride Leader’s role and responsibilities
– How to post group rides to the “members only” Facebook page
– Route planning resources (list of start locations, maps & cue sheets)
In addition, leaders who register for one of the CFC Bike Maintenance Clinics will be issued a refund once:
– their attendance at the clinic has been confirmed
– they have led at least 1 group ride