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Road Biking Training Series

About the Ride Series: This is a training series for the cyclist who has good biking experience but is newer to road cycling (riding distance, rolling hills, climbing) and wants to take their skills to the next level. This series is not for the person who wants a slow and easy recreational ride

Distances will vary between 30-45 miles. Pace will be 14-16 mph. We will be riding on rural country roads. Expect trucks and traffic, rolling hills, and climbing. We will learn by doing and sharing riding tips and techniques with one another. We are friendly and welcoming but please come ready to workout and challenge yourself.

Fuel for the Ride: Rides are likely to last 3-4 hours. Be sure to bring both water and snacks, especially since we are riding through the lunch hour.

The Route:  Routes will vary and increase in difficulty over time. Check the Comments section for ride postings each week.

Ride Leaders: Carolyn, Eric, Paul J, and Vest.  [masked]

Weather Policy: This ride will only cancel for heavy rain. Light showers are no big deal. Cancellations will be posted 2 hours before ride start time.


• Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement for all NW Butts on Bikes rides. This is one of the basic (and simple) ways we protect ourselves from injury. Please don't forget your helmet!

• Bring a right-size spare tube. If you get a flat, we can probably help, but you need to supply the tube!

• Your bike must be in good working order. If you're not sure, stop by a local bike shop and ask a mechanic to look it over for safety and basic ride-ability

• Cell phone - never go on a ride without one!

• No ear buds please

Strongly recommended:

• Sun/riding glasses (protection yourself from the sun and little flying bugs that can wreck your vision in an instant!)

• Water: Bring some!

Restrooms:  Two options nearby: the dog park across  the street from our starting point has a porta potty. Also, Longbottom Coffee (on NW 235 Ave)

Pace and Terrain: See above

Ride Difficulty Scale For Road Rides: B-C and 2-4

Flatland Windless Cruising Pace

· A 12 & Under

· B 13-14 MPH

· C 15-16 MPH

· D 17-18 MPH

· E 19-20 MPH

· F 21-23 MPH

Terrain/Climbing Rating

· 1 = Flat

· 2 = Flat/Rolling

· 3 = Rolling

· 4 = Rolling / Hilly

· 5 = Hilly

· 6 = Hilly Mountainous

· 7= Mountainous



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  • Marc

    Good ride. Thanks Eric/Paul.

    March 21, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    Sounds like we've been hijacked!

    March 21, 2014

  • Ted M.

    Oops. Too much going on.

    March 21, 2014

  • Sophie

    Last min change of plans since kids have just got back from school. Have a great ride.

    March 21, 2014

  • Chelsey

    My bike is still in the shop :( hoping to ride next week!

    March 21, 2014

  • Leslie B.

    Paul, a friend will still join you this morning. Bob Graves definitely fits in the "crazy" category and can do any route you do. Have a great ride!

    March 21, 2014

  • John M.

    I have cancel my spot on the Friday 11 am ride. Work obligations again. Ride safe gang.

    March 21, 2014

  • Trudy H

    I'm going to drop out of this group for now, until I think I can keep up on my clunky old hybrid. Still waiting to get a new road bike.

    March 20, 2014

    • Carolyn J.

      Hate to see you go, Trudy, but I agree that you prob want a road bike for these rides. Anyone you know have a spare you can borrow? Just brainstorming ...

      March 20, 2014

    • Trudy H

      I'll wrack my brain!

      March 20, 2014

  • Paul J.

    What's happening here is that some of the slower folk are going off to ride together, and another bunch of folks had conflicts, and that leaves us crazy people. Hills anyone? Just a suggestion: 33 miles, 1760 feet of climbing, about 600 more than the posted route. Either way works for me!

    March 20, 2014

  • Paul J.

    It's been really hard to keep this group together because of people's varying speeds, so we're going to just split into two groups, right at the start:

    -One group under Eric's leadership will ride at or below the advertised pace of 13-16 mph. -I will lead the other group at a pace of 18-19 mph. Next week, I plan to offer a hillier version of this ride.

    Does this work for y'all? Do you want more hills this week? I can do that! If your cruising pace is a lot less than 13 mph, please contact us because we want to provide an option for you!

    1 · March 18, 2014

    • Sheri B.

      sounds great -- thank you Paul!!

      March 19, 2014

  • Evy

    Thanks Paul for splitting the ride. Some of us aren't up to 18! 'nuf hills too :)

    March 19, 2014

  • Mike H

    Can't make it this week. Have fun!

    March 18, 2014

  • Paul J.

    Here's the route, same as last week.

    March 18, 2014

  • Mike H

    Will this truly be a B-C/2-4 ride? Inquiring minds want to know.

    March 17, 2014

  • Sherry

    I messed up my schedule. I have to put my daughter on a train at noon. I have to miss this ride

    March 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Doing a big ride on Sunday and need to have fresh legs, see you soon.

    March 15, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    Eric W and Paul J will be teaming up to lead this one.

    March 11, 2014

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