The Extend Yourself Series is for current "low mileage" riders seeking to become more comfortable with longer rides. You choose your mileage goal and then decide how long you want to continue with the series. The EY series will top out at 50 miles. Soon after the EY series Soon we'll start the Long Slow Distance 70 series.
Attitude: NOTE: These rides are a bit faster than our current "social" rides, but slower than our more hard core rides. Figure 12-14 mph on the flats, a bit slower for the earlier rides and a bit faster for the later rides. IMPORTANT: If you're an intermediate or more advanced rider or you're already in shape, please note these ride parameters or you'll end up being very frustrated. I strongly suggest Jan's rides or Robert's rides for riders looking for a bit longer and faster rides. This is a "no drop" ride
Route NOTE: NEW ROUTE: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10939482 . EY3 ride is about 40 flattish miles. We'll stay off the roads as much as possible, so basically it's a Springwater out and back. While nearly all of the route is on dedicated bike paths some of the route is on close in residential streets with automobile and truck traffic. . Please study the route. If you're not comfortable riding in these conditions you should skip the ride. Please print out a map or download the route to your friendly GPS device.
As far as training for distances, I would not rely solely on the EY series. Instead, the EY series should be part of your larger training plan to extend your mileage. The EY series is more of a chance to do part of your workouts in a supportive group setting.
Ride Host: Ed Lanton. [masked]; [masked]
Weather Cancellation Policy: If the weather is anything like this, we won't ride: ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TAGrLFAAeQ , note the aero wheels which makes it even harder to stay upright) . On the other hand, if we never ride in the rain we'd basically never ride at all this time of year. I'll post any appropriate "no go" notice no later than 6pm the Monday before the ride.
Required Gear: HELMETS must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement and not a request.
Recommended Gear: Always bring plenty of water, on for energy, a flat repair kit, including a spare tube. A tool kit and small pump is good, but if you don’t have one there is usually someone on a group ride who does. Please check to see if someone has what you might need if you don't and be prepared to ride a bus or call a cab. (Not that we'll leave you by the road broken down, because that's not us). Carry a credit card and a little cash to buy refreshments or buy that bus ticket....
Mandatory for all riders: Obey traffic laws and remember you’re a representative of the greater cycling community and should conduct yourself that way on the road. Please represent us well. If you haven't read it lately please read the Oregon Bicyclist Manual (http://goo.gl/Q8FNe3)
All riders must have their rides in good working order and must bring a flat kit & spare tube. If there is an issue with proper working or lack of equipment you may be asked to sit the ride out. Please ask for help if you are ill equipped prior to the ride. We will try to help!
All riders must be able to change a flat should they have one or have a way to get picked up (AAA, Tri-Met ticket, a friend…). There is often, but not always someone on the ride who knows how to help you change your tire, so plan accordingly.
Note: Your RSVP signifies that you agree to the following. Organizers, event hosts and other participants will not be held responsible for any individual at any event. Each rider rides at their own risk and is solely responsible for any damage to their equipment or themselves.
Final Note: RSVP’s cannot include a +1 or Guest. To If bring a friend or family member, they themselves must sign up as a member of Go the Distance.
One last thing, no earbuds, please. E-bikes are welcome if you've practiced enough to be comfortable riding in a group.