We're getting ready for our 11th season!
The 2019 Group Ride Program starts on Saturday, May 11.
Group rides are scheduled each Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the end of September.
On Friday & Sunday, the group rides are “Open” rides – all levels welcome – so speed and distance will vary depending on the riders who RSVP.
On Saturdays, there is a group ride at each of our 4 levels: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced.
POSTING OF GROUP RIDES
Details for all group rides – start time and locations, planned route, distance – will be confirmed by Group Ride Leaders via the CFC “Members Only” Facebook page approximately 2 days before the scheduled ride. Each ride is posted as an “Event”. Select “Going” to RSVP (if you are only a maybe or unavailable, don’t respond at all).
- Please arrive 15-20 minutes before the posted start time to ensure that you are ready to leave on 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 (1 bottle water & 1 bottle electrolytes for longer rides is recommended)
- 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?
Finding the group best suited to your skills, fitness level and cycling goals is the key to having a rewarding and enjoyable group ride experience. Here are some tips on how to decide which level to cycle with:
- Consult the How Do I Know Which Group I Should Ride With? info sheet which describes each level in detail – average speed, riding distances, what kind of rider is suited to each level – to help you to decide which group to ride with. This info sheet is available in the “Files” section of the “Members Only” Facebook page.
- Conducting your own simple speed test may also help you to pick the right group to ride with. To gauge your average speed, you MUST HAVE a speedometer. Cycle for a distance of 15-20km and then check your average speed.
- If you are still unsure of which group to ride with, play it safe and start with one of the slower groups on your first outing. If the group is too slow for you, move up a level for the next group ride.
- As you progress through the season, you may wish to move up to the next group level if you are looking to challenge yourself.
Please note that it is extremely challenging for us to accommodate riders who are unable to
maintain a minimum speed of at least 17-18 km/hr over a distance of 25-30 km.
This is the speed and distance for a typical “Beginner” level ride.
BECOME A GROUP RIDE LEADER – WE NEED YOU!
As the club grows, so does the demand for Group Ride Leaders. In the past two seasons, a small group of 6-7 Group Ride Leaders has led about 85% of our group rides. The club needs to increase the number of members who are leading group rides.
What are the responsibilities of a Group Ride Leader?
– organizing and overseeing the ride
– monitoring the group’s speed to keep it within the appropriate range
– ensuring that participants follow recommended group ride etiquette and safe cycling practices
– providing assistance and guidance to participants as needed
– making sure that everyone finishes together
– taking a couple of photos and posting to the “Members Only” Facebook page after the ride
– passing along any feedback or suggestions from members to the Group Ride Program 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 both comfortable and confident in the role. If you are interested, please speak with one of our Group Ride Leaders. She will pass your name on to our Group Ride Program Coordinator who will then follow up with you.
Our Group Ride Leaders usually have a minimum of one year’s experience of riding with the club
(it’s not generally a role that riders at the “Beginner” level are ready to take on).
BE READY TO RIDE!
GUIDE TO CYCLING WITH CFC
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, safety tips & cycling etiquette
- an introduction to STRAVA and how to use it
- information on equipment, clothing, nutrition & stretching
- answers to many frequently asked questions
The guide is posted in the “Files” section of the “Members Only” CFC Facebook page.
GROUP RIDE PROGRAM
This is a planning document which lists all the group ride dates for this season. It is updated weekly by the Group Ride Program Coordinator and posted in the “Files” section of the “Members Only” CFC Facebook page. Note that all details in it are subject to change and may not reflect the most recent updates.
GROUP RIDE LEADER TOOLKIT
If you volunteer to be one of our group ride leaders, you will be given access to the toolkit which includes 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