2/28 update: They are forecasting showers Saturday morning so I have changed this ride to Sunday.
Let's take a bike ride down the Iron Horse trail to Danville. The trail has nice scenery. It's approximately 17 miles round trip. Our average pace is 12-14 miles per hour. The trail is flat. This is a no drop ride. We will stop at the Peet's Coffee in Danville. The group will decide where to stop on the morning of the ride. Please bring a spare tube, tools and a pump. Here's a link to the Iron Horse trail: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/trails/iron_horse
* RSFRS (Ride, Skill & Fitness Rating System): Terrain / Pace / Distance / Minutes&Days. Riders should be able to efficiently change gears and ride on streets with and without bike lanes comfortably. Riders should probably be doing moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise at least 30 minutes 3 days per week (click here for guidelines and motivation). NOTE: If you need to build your skills ride our sponsor's, Sports Basement, beginner friendly rides.
Terrain Descriptions - Average climbing, feet/mile
1 Essentially flat. 10 - 30
2 A few low hills. 30 - 50
3 Moderately hilly. 50 - 70
4 Hilly, a few steep ones. 70 - 90
5 Very hilly, considerable climbing. 90 - 110
! A "!" after the terrain rating number indicates surprisingly hard hills in view of the overall terrain.
Pace and Fitness Descriptions
XL Extra-leisurely: child-friendly pace with many long stops. 7 - 9 on flat road
L Leisurely: easy pace, frequent stops, good for new riders. 10 - 12 mph on flat road
LT --- between L & T / do moderate cardiovascular exercise 30+ min & 3+ days per week
T Touring: steady pace, fewer stops, for experienced riders. 13 - 15 mph on flat road
TM --- between T & M / do moderate & vigorous cardiovascular exercise =/>30 min & =/>3 d/wk
M Moderately fast pace: for strong experienced riders. 16 - 18 mph
MB --- between M & B / do moderate & vigorous cardiovascular exercise >30 min & >3 d/wk
B Brisk: very strong riders; tight fast packs and pacelines. 18+
Adapted from Grizzly Peaks Cycling