Group Rides

2017 GROUP RIDE PROGRAM

This season’s Group Ride Program starts on Saturday, May 13. Group rides will be offered each Saturday,  Sunday & Friday morning until the end of September. Please take the time to review the information provided here which should provide you with a good orientation to the program.

CFC Group Ride Program Guide: A must-read for all new club members, this guide will provide you with information about how the program runs, such as the “Group Ride Cancellation Policy & Procedure”,  and answers to frequently-asked questions, such as “What Should I Eat & Drink During a Ride?”. 

CFC Group Ride Schedule: This planning worksheet contains the dates for all group rides as well as information that will help you “Be Ready to Ride” including how to get started on STRAVA so you can log your cycling kms.

  • Note that the Start Locations in the schedule are subject to change. Start Locations for all rides will be confirmed by Group Ride Leaders (GRLs) via the CFC “Members Only” Facebook page 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.  
  • All group rides will have a designated GRL.
  • 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. Please review the description of each level (average speed, riding distances, what kind of rider is suited to each level) found in the “How Do I Know Which Group to Ride With?” section of CFC Group Ride Program Guide (link provided above). The guide 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.
  • 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 the speed and distance will depend on the riders who are participating.

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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