Saturday Morning 8:00am – B/C/D Group.
A beginners ride that we will be expanding this year to include a more advanced group that will separate from the beginners at a pre-determined location.
Pace is determined by group at beginning of the ride. This ride will be led by an experienced Grass Roots Team member and will be a NO DROP ride. We will depart from Velo Wrench Bike Shop at 8:00am sharp. As with all rides, we will have a brief ride description, route description and safe briefing prior to roll out.
Group Description: In case you ever wondered what group ride you belong in, here is a guide to help you find the perfect group for you. Remember that riding a bike has inherent dangers and you should be in good physical health before you begin any exercise program. Be honest with yourself when you evaluate where you belong. If you are on the fence, ride one group down. You can always move up if it’s not for you. Remember this is just a guide.
GROUP LEADER: These riders are completely comfortable in the peloton. They have the ability to communicate their intentions on the road or off and possess superior handling skills on the bike. A group leader can fix most on the road mechanicals and can assist others with theirs. They are comfortable riding home alone if they get dropped. This person can maintain a very high pace in excess of 23-25 MPH for a sustained distance on the Road or a steady high pace on the mountain depending on ride type. A ride leader knows his or her abilities and will not endanger other riders by attempting un-mastered skill in a group; she/he can assume the responsibility of ride leader and knows how to maintain a group ride. They can notice when a rider is suffering and take action to keep the group going.
A Group: Riders are completely comfortable in the peloton this rider has the ability to communicate their intentions on the road or off and possess superior handling skills on the bike. An A group rider can fix most on the road mechanicals and can assist others with theirs. They are comfortable riding home alone if they get dropped. This person can maintain a very high pace in excess of 23-25 MPH for a sustained distance on the Road or a steady high pace on the mountain depending on ride type.
B Group: Riders are fairly comfortable in group situations; they possess the necessary handling skills and experience to avoid most crashes. This rider can maintain a pace in excess of 18mph for a sustained distance on the Road or a steady quick pace on the mountain depending on ride type. He/she is competent with most mechanical situations, this rider is confident enough in their abilities to make it home alone in the event of being dropped by the group. This rider is completely versed in group communication and exercises on the side of caution. This rider is looking to better their skills and is comfortable being pushed a little to improve their riding.
C Group: This rider is new to cycling and is still learning the ins and outs of group riding. This rider should be able to maintain a pace in the 15-18 mph range. He/she is learning how to communicate with a group. Ideally this rider is gaining in strength and is not easily scared of close riding. He/she is comfortable on the bike and understands how all the components work, should be able to change a flat and perform some limited mechanical in an emergency. This rider is physically fit and able to ride on their own if necessary.
D Group: This rider is new to the bike and may be learning how everything works with the bike. He/she should be confident with some limited mechanical and be able to change their tire. (A must in group riding) The rider may need instruction on equipment and the dynamics of a group ride. This rider can maintain a pace in excess of 10mph and should be able to cover up to 20 miles in a single ride. This rider should be willing to listen to an instructor or ride leader during the ride. This rider should learn all they can about group ride etiquette. This rider should give lots of room to the other riders around to increase safety.