Group Ride Program

The 2017 Group Ride Program starts on Saturday, May 13. Group rides will be offered each Saturday,  Sunday & Friday morning until the end of September.

Be Ready to Ride
Be sure to read through the following resources that answer many frequently asked questions:

Group Ride Program Guide

Intro to STRAVA

Group Ride Program Cancellation Policy 

Group Ride Program Master Schedule
Note that all information in the Master Schedule is subject to change and/or may not reflect recent updates. Ride details, including start locations, will be confirmed by Group Ride Leaders (GRLs) 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?

  • The Saturday group rides will offer rides at 4 levels: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced.
  • The Guide to Group Ride Levels 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.
  • The Friday & Sunday group rides will be “all levels” so speed and distance will vary depending on the riders who show up.

BECOME A GROUP RIDE LEADER – WE NEED YOU!

As the club grows, so does the demand for Group Ride Leaders (GRLs). A GRL is responsible for organizing and overseeing a ride, providing assistance and guidance to participants as needed and making sure that everyone finishes together.

The Group Ride Leader Toolkit contains the following information and resources which will help GRLs plan their rides:

  • An overview of the GRL’s role and responsibilities
  • Instruction on how to post group rides to Facebook
  • A list of start locations and route planning resources including a collection of maps & cue sheets
  • The CFC Group Ride Cancellation Policy & Procedure

In addition, each GRL is invited to register for one of the Bike Maintenance Clinics; however, a reimbursement for the clinic fee will be issued once:

  • their attendance at the clinic has been confirmed
  • they have led at least 1 group ride

To better support and encourage club members to become GRLs, a Development Program is being created this season. It includes an orientation session and a mentorship component where “GRLs-in-Training” can be accompanied by an experienced GRL for 1-2 rides before leading a group ride on their own.

If you are interested in becoming a GRL, please contact Jeannie Roper, our Group Ride Coordinator, at jpkealey@gmail.com.

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