What we're about

Join us for enjoyable cycling in the Charlotte area: great rides, great people, nice places, fitness and fun. We gravel ride, mountain bike and road ride any day of the week at various locations around the city and the surrounding area.

CAC Safe Cycling Best Practices https://bit.ly/3ojpgln
CAC Group Cycling Best Practice https://bit.ly/31zMh9K
CAC No One Left Best Practices https://bit.ly/31Ctta3
CAC Be Prepared Best Practices https://bit.ly/3jsWPgU

Please be advised that cycling can sometimes be a dangerous sport and you are solely responsible for your own safety. Helmets are mandatory and other protective gear, such as lights, glasses and gloves, are highly recommended.

Contributions: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/CharlotteAreaCycling

Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/370188779750324/
Instagram group page:
https://www.instagram.com/cac_cycling/

Sponsors:
Weekly Rides
https://weeklyrides.com/index.php
https://www.ultimatebicycle.com/ CAC member discount of 15% off accessories, parts and services excluding bikes.

Upcoming events (4+)

Tuesday Night Urban Ride

Bike Gallery

Please take a moment and read over the following policies and abide by them for your safety and the safety of others. If you refuse to comply, you forfeit your rights to ride with the group.

RULES AND SAFETY NOTES:

• CAC Safe Cycling Best Practices https://bit.ly/3ojpgln

• CAC Group Cycling Best Practice https://bit.ly/31zMh9K

• CAC No One Left Best Practices https://bit.ly/31Ctta3

• CAC Be Prepared Best Practices https://bit.ly/3jsWPgU

• Bike helmets are mandatory on all rides; also gloves, bright clothing, eye protection, and a side mirror are highly recommended.

• A headlight and taillight are required for this ride. You will need a headlight that is capable of illuminating the area in front of your bike.

• All riders must be willing to stay with the group because we'll be making many turns on our route. If you pass the ride leader, you are on your own navigation.

• Please have some form of ID with you in case of an emergency.

• Pay attention to the bicycle in front of you

• Call out "Slowing" immediately if you use your brakes or the rider in front of you calls "Slowing"

• Communicate all road hazards you observe to your fellow riders; "Car left", "Hole", "Car passing", etc.

• Make sure you check beside you and behind you and communicate to the other riders if you want to move out from behind the bicycle in front of you.

• Try to stay behind the bicycle in front of you or clearly move into a safe passing lane next to that bicycle; don't ride half-wheel or overlap your wheels

• Communication with your fellow bikers is the key.

• Your bike must have brakes, as required by the Charlotte City code

(http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/Transportation/PedBike/Pages/Bicycle%20laws%20code.aspx).

• Please bring plenty of water and snacks if needed.

• Bring money or a credit card if you want to buy something at the stop.

• Bring a lock for your bike if you want to lock up at the stop.

• Please bring with you an appropriate-sized spare tube for your bicycle.

• Traffic, unpredictable weather, and dog incidents among other risk elements are factors riders assume individual responsibility for when signing up for this ride.

• Ask questions at the start of the ride if you would like clarification of any of these guidelines.

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WEATHER POLICY:

The ride may be canceled if it is raining or the temperature is below 45F by 5:00 pm. If the ride is canceled, I will add a cancellation message in the section below. I want everyone to be safe first and foremost. We can always ride another day. Thank you for understanding.

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MEETING SPOT: Bike Gallery in the parking lot

START TIME: Please arrive EARLY, Safety briefing at 6:55 PM, and then we depart at 7:00 PM

DISTANCE: 13 - 15 miles

AVERAGE PACE: 13 - 15 mph (intermediate pace)

DURATION: 2 Hours with a stop towards the end

FOOD DESTINATION:
Check Comment Section

TERRAIN: asphalt, concrete, some sections with dirt/crushed gravel

TRAFFIC: low to moderate

Bikes best suited for this ride: any

Want to download the route?

(14.2 miles)
http://www.strava.com/routes/15200964

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BE SAFE AND RIDE ON!

Thursday Night Lights.

BikeSource Charlotte

ARRIVE EARLY - WE DEPART AT 7:30PM

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Ride Details:

Length: 15 miles (loop)

Level: moderate due to length and hills

Pace: moderate 9-11 mph

Start time: 7:30 pm

Duration: 2 to 2-1/2 hours (including one stop)

Stop: Every week a different route and destination! The event description is updated weekly (usually on Mondays) to show the destination and route we'll be taking.

Terrain: asphalt, concrete, some sections with dirt/crushed gravel

Traffic: low to moderate

Bikes best suited for this ride: any

CAC Safe Cycling Best Practices https://bit.ly/3ojpgln
CAC Group Cycling Best Practice https://bit.ly/31zMh9K
CAC No One Left Best Practices https://bit.ly/31Ctta3
CAC Be Prepared Best Practices https://bit.ly/3jsWPgU

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Bicycle Benefits discounts for this ride:

• 10% off nearly everything at BikeSource (http://www.bikesourcecharlotte.com/), 5% off bicycles.

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HIGHLIGHTS:

Along the way we'll hit neighborhood streets, greenways, uptown areas, and you'll find shortcuts and bike friendly roads you may not have known existed!

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WEATHER POLICY:

Ride may be cancelled if it is raining or the temperature is below 32F at 7:30pm. If the ride is cancelled, I will send out a cancellation message to the e-mail address that you registered with on Meetup - so make sure you check that e-mail account before coming. In addition, if the ride is cancelled I will add a cancellation message in the section below.

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RULES AND NOTES:

• A headlight and tail light are required for this ride. You will need a headlight that is capable of illuminating the area in front of your bike.

• All riders must be willing to stay with the group because we'll be making many turns on our route. If you pass the ride leader, you are on your own navigation.

• Bike helmets are mandatory on all rides; also gloves, bright clothing, eye protection, and a side mirror are highly recommended.

• Your bike must have brakes, as required by the Charlotte City code (http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/Transportation/PedBike/Pages/Bicycle%20laws%20code.aspx).

• Restrooms - available at BikeSource (start of ride), as well as at the stop.

• Please bring plenty of water and snacks if needed.

• Bring money or a credit card if you want to buy something at the stop.

• Bring a lock for your bike if you want to lock up at the stop.

• Please bring with you an appropriate-sized spare tube for your bicycle.

Click here for directions to BikeSource (https://goo.gl/maps/1GvRm) at the Park Road Shopping Center.

Route
(NOT YET UPLOADED)

HopFly Brewing 25 Mile (13-15 MPH) or 40 Mile (14-17 MPH) Ride

The Unknown Brewing Co.

  1. Bring a spare tire tube in case you get a flat.
  2. Parking is available at City Electric Supply at 1301 S Mint St or on Lincoln Street next to HopFly Brewing or on Commerce Street across from HopFly Brewing.
  3. It is essential that all riders follow some basic group ride safety procedures:
  • Pay close attention to the bicycle in front of you
  • Call out "Slowing" immediately if you use your brakes or the rider in front of you calls "Slowing"
  • Communicate all road hazards you observe to your fellow riders; "Car left", "Hole", "Car passing", etc.
  • Make sure you check beside you and behind you and communicate to the other riders if you want to move out from behind the bicycle in front of you
  • Try to stay behind the bicycle in front of you or clearly move into a safe passing lane next to that bicycle; don't ride half-wheel
  • Communication with your fellow bikers is the key
  • Ask questions at the start of the ride if you would like clarification of any of these guidelines

CAC Safe Cycling Best Practices https://bit.ly/3ojpgln
CAC Group Cycling Best Practice https://bit.ly/31zMh9K
CAC No One Left Best Practices https://bit.ly/31Ctta3
CAC Be Prepared Best Practices https://bit.ly/3jsWPgU

BOTH rides will be leaving at 9:00 AM with the 40-mile ride leaving first.

If you have any virus symptoms or have been around anyone who has a virus please do not attend this event, your fellow bicycle riders thank you.

Ride Length: 25 or 40 Miles, you choose at the start. If you have not ridden at least 20 miles at one time on a bicycle in the last few months, please consider one of the 15-mile CAC rides on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evening before attempting this ride.

Ride Level: Moderate (this ride has a few gentle climbs)

Route Elevation: +/- 1100' for 25 Miles, +/- 2150' for 40 Miles

Start Time: 9:00 am sharp (Meet at HopFly Brewing)

Duration: Ride is about 2 - 2.5 hours (25) or 3 - 3.5 hours (40) and then an optional drink/meal afterwards

Terrain: Roads; asphalt and concrete

Traffic: Moderate

Bikes best suited for this ride: Any, but road bikes are best

** flashing head / tail lights are highly recommended for safety **
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Rules & Notes:

Bike Helmets are mandatory on all rides. Gloves, bright clothing, eye protection and a mirror are recommended. This is a no drop ride. All riders must be willing to stay with the group due to the many turns on this ride. If you pass the leader, you are on your own!

Your bike must have brakes, as required by the Charlotte City Code.

Restrooms are available at Mile 17 on the 25-mile route and at Mile 14 and at Mile 32 on the 40-mile route. We will re-group at least 6 times during the ride.

Please bring plenty of water and snacks if needed.

Bring money or a credit card if you plan on eating/drinking. A bike lock is recommended to lock your bike at the end.

Weather Policy:

The ride is cancelled if it is raining or if radar shows it will be raining by the start of the ride or if the temperature is below 33 degrees at the start of the ride. If the ride is cancelled I will send out a cancellation message to the email that you registered with on Meetup--so make sure you check that account before you leave for the ride. I will add a cancellation message on this website.

The 40-mile route with cues is:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37826424

The 25-mile route without cues is:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26629817

Sunday Breakfast Ride

BikeSource Charlotte

  • Please read and agree to all ride details before signing up! *
  1. Please bring a bike lock.
  2. You are responsible for your guest, please look after them throughout the ride.
  3. Bring mask just in case (mandate is over but some restaurants require)
  4. It is essential that all riders follow some basic group ride safety procedures:
  • Pay close attention to the bicycle in front of you
  • Call out "Slowing" immediately if you use your brakes or the rider in front of you calls "Slowing"
  • Communicate all road hazards you observe to your fellow riders; "Car left", "Hole", "Car passing", etc.
  • Make sure you check beside you and behind you and communicate to the other riders if you want to move out from behind the bicycle in front of you
  • Try to stay behind the bicycle in front of you or clearly move into a safe passing lane next to that bicycle; don't ride half-wheel
  • Communication with your fellow bikers is the key
  • Ask questions at the start of the ride if you would like clarification of any of these guidelines:

CAC Safe Cycling Best Practices https://bit.ly/3ojpgln
CAC Group Cycling Best Practice https://bit.ly/31zMh9K
CAC No One Left Best Practices https://bit.ly/31Ctta3
CAC Be Prepared Best Practices https://bit.ly/3jsWPgU

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We will ride an 15 mile loop starting and ending at the Park Road Shopping Center. At about mile 6, we will stop for breakfast at Superica (http://www.superica.com/charlotte/) in South End, Charlotte.

Biggest pancakes in Charlotte! :)

Ride Details:
Ride length: 15 miles total (out and back configuration)
Ride level: easy
Pace: easy (social) 10-12 mph
Elevation gain: +500 ft.
Start time: 9:00 AM
Duration: 3 hours (including breakfast stop)
Terrain: asphalt, concrete
Traffic: low to moderate
Bikes best suited for this ride: any

Route Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38777921

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HIGHLIGHTS:

Neighborhoods: Ashboro-Clawson, Clanton Park, Collingwood, Dilworth, Sedgefield, South End, Wilmore, Uptown

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WEATHER POLICY: Ride may be cancelled if it is raining at 8:30am. If the ride is cancelled, I will send out a cancellation message to the e-mail address that you registered with on Meetup - so make sure you check that e-mail account before coming. In addition, if the ride is cancelled I will add a cancellation message in the section below.

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NOTES:

• All riders must be willing to stay with the group because we'll be making many turns on our route.

• Traffic, unpredictable weather, dog incidents among other risk elements are factors riders assume individual responsibility when signing up for this ride.

• This will be a "5 minutes no drop zone" ride, no one will be left behind within reason waiting 5 minutes unless mechanical or flats exceptions in which case you will need to call my cell.

• Restrooms - available at ride start and mile 5.

• Please bring plenty of water and snacks if needed.

• Bring money or a credit card if you want to buy something at the stop.

• Bring a lock for your bike if you want to lock up at the stop.

• ** Ensure your bike is in proper riding conditions and breaks are checked. **

• Bike helmets are mandatory on all rides; also gloves, bright clothing, eye protection, flashing headlights/tail lights are highly recommended.

• Please bring with you an appropriate-sized spare tube for your bicycle. I carry tube-changing equipment and an air pump.

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Phone or text Maurice at 704497[masked], if late or not coming. (Day of ride ONLY, please)

Past events (3,192)

Saturday Coffee/Breakfast Ride (Huntersville)(Social Pace)

Huntersville Business Park - ALEXANDER BUILDING

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