Jim's Morning Mid-Week Ride

To the uninitiated, group rides can be intimidating. But if you want to make some friends, sharpen your riding skills, and get a real workout, this ride always starting at the Rodale Cycling and Fitness Park, in Trexlertown, is right for you. Take the plunge!

Made for the beginner road cyclist (road bike required), or solo cyclist, who wants to learn about the technical skills, rules, and etiquette of road riding as a group member. Practice and perfect the rotating paceline, drafting, sustainable cadence, hand signaling, and more. The average speed will vary between 11-13 MPH average (C Pace, sustainable flat road speed of 16mph). NOTE: This weekly ride is about learning to work and stay together as a group on the road. It's not about pedaling as fast as you can in front of everyone else.

Road courses are a mixture of flat, rolling, and moderate hill climbing and will vary weekly, as will the distance. It’s Genesis policy not to drop any rider – ever. Plenty of rest stops are built into every course for resting and regroupings – riders stay together working as a group. Bring some money along as we usually stop at a diner for a brief snack and beverage, or BYOS. 

Group riders should bring the following: road bicycle in good repair, helmets are required, repair kit (spare tube, tire tools, air pump), water bottle(s), proper road riding clothing and shoes.

Recommended, but not required, eyewear for protection, riding gloves, and a cyclocomputer (including heart rate and cadence data).

Here are a a few courses we'll be riding. You can download the course onto a GPS computer if you have one, or just view the routing. Make sure you reference the grade and not the shape of the graph when it comes to hills. (2-4% beginner, 5-7% normal, 8-10% challenge, 10 and above advanced). We'll stay mostly 2-7% grade.

Ann's Way (30mi)

Dog's Head Ride (22mi)

Dryville Flats (35mi)

Lenhartsville Contra Climb (45mi)

Oley Dairy or Bust! (51mi)

Ontelaunee Lake Outing (60mi)

Three Peaks (28mi)

Download these to your GPS device

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List of links:

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NEW! Making the Most of Your Winter Training

NEW! Nutrition for Bicycling Touring

Jim Fullerton, Genesis Ambassador, is a League Cycling Instructor #3707, League of American Bicyclists.

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  • Gary

    Thank you all. Have a blessed New Year.

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Kathleen G.

    YIPPPEEEEE YAHOOOOOOO---we did it...last ride on the last day of 2013...and WHAT a ride it was!! It almost felt like a 'survival' ride! Thanks, T3 for taking it on and Happy New Year to all!!

    4 · December 31, 2013

    • Alisa

      Congratualtions, Kathleen!!!! You achieved what Suburban Cyclists call the Iron Crotch award for so many miles this year! You inspire me!!

      1 · December 31, 2013

  • Lew F.

    Neither gloom, nor snow flurries, nor ice patches, nor cold, nor closed bakery could stay 9 spirited Genesis bikers from completing their adventure! Great final ride of year!

    3 · December 31, 2013

    • Karen C.

      Well said, Lew! Oh and what an ice patch it was! And cold...and flurrying....and gloomy....and no Topton bakery...and did I mention cold?! Yes, it was great and we were 'spirited'. I didn't see any "crazy, nutty, whacky" notations above our pictures.

      2 · December 31, 2013

    • Alisa

      Well said, Lew and Karen!! Oh what fun we had!!

      December 31, 2013

  • Alisa

    Thank you all for a great ride and a fun way to end 2013! May you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve and a fabulous 2014!!!!

    December 31, 2013

  • Jim F.

    Happy new year wishes to all my fellow cyclists! I'm recovering from an injury over the holiday. Hopefully I can get into cycling again very soon.

    2 · December 31, 2013

    • Lew F.

      Injuries suck. Hope to have u back out there soon.

      December 31, 2013

    • Kathy P.

      Yes, injuries are what Lew said.

      December 31, 2013

  • Karen C.

    Great ride, great group, wonderful way to end 2013! Thanks Tom and Genesis!

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Kathy P.

    Tom - thank you for taking on this ride. You just forgot to order up the sun! Thanks again!

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Kathy P.

    Happy New Year Michelle!

    1 · December 30, 2013

    • Michelle L.

      Happy New Year to you too Kathy!!

      December 30, 2013

  • Alisa

    Happy new year Jim and Michelle!! We'll miss you!! Hey crew, I need 42 more miles to meet my 2013 goal so if anyone is up for another 7-10 miles either in the area (if you know it bc I don't) or over at the park where we park, I'd love the company!!!

    2 · December 30, 2013

    • Michelle L.

      Happy New Year to you too Alisa!! Was looking forward to seeing you again.....it's been awhile.

      December 30, 2013

    • Alisa

      Thanks, Michelle!!! I was looking forward to seeing you too!! Hopefully soon!!

      December 30, 2013

  • Michelle L.

    Tom, sorry I'm changing my RSVP at the last minute. My husband can't work from home tomorrow like he thought he could.

    December 30, 2013

    • Karen C.

      We'll miss you. Happy New Year, Michelle!

      1 · December 30, 2013

    • Michelle L.

      Thanks Karen. Was really looking forward to going. :(( Happy New Year to you too!

      December 30, 2013

  • Kathy P.

    Sorry to miss you tomorrow Jim. Happy New Year to you and Pam!

    December 30, 2013

  • Karen C.

    And we'll miss you, Jim! Happy New Year to you and yours. See you in 2014!

    December 30, 2013

  • Karen C.

    Love the new pic and look forward to the longer new routes! Thanks, Jim!

    December 28, 2013

  • Jim F.

    After your Christmas feasting and gorging, how about a romp to Dryville, with a stop at the Market Cafe´? See you all then!

    December 24, 2013

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