What we're about

Draft (verb) : 1. To follow another cyclist (or motor vehicle) so closely that the leading vehicle takes the brunt of the wind resistance, and acts as a windbreak for the drafting cyclist.

2. The process of dispensing beer from a bright tank, cask or, keg - by hand pump, pressure from an air pump or injected carbon dioxide inserted into the beer container prior to sealing.

Based in the Triangle Region of North Carolina - we ride for fun, camaraderie, and to raise money to combat Multiple Sclerosis in the weekend-long Bike MS event held in New Bern, NC each September.

We are a very inclusive and diverse group where you don't have to be a "hard core" road biker to join in a ride. We ride in several locations around the Triangle. We host regular 15+ mile training rides on weekday evenings in summer months. We host longer distance pick-up rides on weekends all year and our members participate in several organized charity rides around the Triangle throughout the year.

Anyone interested in road cycling with a group is welcome to join us for a ride. It helps if you like to have adult beverages after the ride, because we do!

Now to get all legal-like... rules to keep in mind when riding with us:

1. Wear a helmet. We cannot allow any riders on our group rides without a helmet.

2. We adhere to a No Drop policy on our weekday evening group rides. A designated ride "Sweep" will stop at turns to make sure slower riders stay on course and be sure that anyone having trouble gets assistance. This does not mean that someone will ride beside you the entire time. Please make sure you can average a pace of 13 MPH or greater when coming out to one of these rides. Please note our routes do include hills.

3. You are responsible for bringing an ID, bike tools, spare tubes that fit your bike, and any food and hydration you require. We try to schedule longer distance rides (25 miles and above) with a rest stop at a convenience store, but this is not always possible. Our weekday training rides do not have a rest stop (until the end when the pints are served!)

4. The following things are prohibited in a group ride: No ear buds or headphones, No riding in a pace line while using aero bars, No using a cell phone while on the bike, No touching another rider without their express permission.

5. By signing up for messages regarding our rides, and coming to a ride with us, you acknowledge that road cycling is inherently dangerous, and that

Team On Draft® is not responsible for your safety on the road. We plan our routes to try to avoid traffic and road hazards, however there are no guarantees when you are riding. Team On Draft® and our Ride Leaders cannot be held liable for your safety on a group ride.

That's it! Come join us and have FUN!

Upcoming events (5+)

Thursday Bottle Revolution

Bottle Revolution

What we'll do : Ride our Bikes We will be meeting in the Back Right Parking Lot of Bottle Revolution. Please be ready to roll out at at 6 PM. This ride goes through the city of Raleigh, past Umstead Park, through the RBC center, NC State and some Raleigh neighborhoods. There is some traffic, stop signs and stop lights to deal with in certain spots. 15 - 17 MPH Average Pace - 18 Mile Route, Ride with GPS link to be added https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29646645 18 MPH + Average Pace - 22 Mile Route, Ride with GPS Link to be added https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29646786 You MUST be able to maintain 15 mph average so the group doesn't leave you. This is a no-drop ride, meaning that the group will stop at intersections to assist anyone who needs direction or is having mechanical or physical difficulties. Riders leave the parking lot at 6 PM. Join us after the ride at Bottle Revolution for libations. http://bottlerev.com Ride Leader Phone Numbers: Kat Adcock -[masked] • What to bring A bicycle helmet, water, spare tube, patch kit and pump for your bike are required. Glasses are recommended for eye protection. There is a waiver that applies to the ride. • Important to know !!!!ABSOLUTELY NO HEADPHONES/EAR BUDS NO EXCEPTIONS!!!! Print and sign the waiver here (once per year applies to all TOD rides): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AW-B2yoKg0Npc6lfHO0D5Qq4RBl5dlBt

Thursday Evening RTP Ride a.k.a. Tri-County Cycling Spree

Parking lot behind Serena and Randy's

C'mon out! We have a new route this year, and we've just added an extra little loop to it so that it's no shorter than last year's -- it's 19.5 miles. It's the same as what we did the first three rides, except that we continue on Hopson to Davis, take a left on Davis, and then go all the way down to Little. It passes through corners of Wake, Durham, and Chatham Counties, RTP, some residential neighborhoods, and a short quasi-rural stretch. Click here for the route in Google Maps: http://tinyurl.com/MezThursday2 . Here's the cue sheet in Excel: https://chrisbagley.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/cue-sheet-thursday-with-little.xlsx . And here it is as a PDF: https://chrisbagley.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/cue-sheet-thursday-with-little.pdf . We'll aim to have two or three pace groups, depending on attendance--one in the 14-15 range, one around 16.5, and one at 18+. There will be a designated sweep so that no one gets left on the course. It is important, however, that you be able to hold a 13 mph average over moderately hilly terrain. Obey all traffic laws. While the ride leaders aren't going to police absolute full stops, as the law requires, we can't have riders rolling through stop signs or red lights at more than 1 mph. If drivers see us doing this, it makes cyclists look bad and gives drivers an excuse to take risks with our lives. Do not contribute to this dynamic. After the ride, we'll head over to Randy's, Mez, Chipotle, or wherever we can get consensus.

Tour d'Orange

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This is not a TOD ride, however, it supports our primary charity. We ride to have fun together and to fight this horrible disease! Cycle 28, 35, 61, or 103 miles through the rolling hills of Orange, Chatham, and Alamance Counties. Benefits the National MS Society of the Greater Carolinas and a heart transplant fund for Glen Newhart of Durham thru the National Foundation for Transplants. (www.transplants.org). Get ready to ride the MS Ride in New Bern! SAG support, marked roads, rest stops with plenty of fresh fruit like watermelon and pineapple and peanut butter & jam sandwiches. All routes start at 8 am and end at 4:00 pm. Start is on Margaret Lane next to the Visitor's Center. There is a grassy area next to the center where tents and table will be set up. Packet-pickup will start at 7 am. (Also packets will be available Wednesday, August 21 from 4-7pm at REI Southpointe.) Register at the following link: https://www.active.com/hillsborough-nc/cycling/cycling-event-tour-d-orange-2019

Beginner Ride - Triangle Training Ride

3932 New Hill Holleman Rd

New to cycling? Been away for a while? Want to get off the greenway and be comfortable in groups on the road? The Triangle Training Ride is for you! Come join us for a social 20 mile ride to work on: Riding technique Paceline etiquette Increasing endurance and speed NO DROP system and experienced ride leader ensure an enjoyable experience while improving your skills and health. Speed is determined by the riders' ability and may split depending on the diversity of skill levels. Note: This is not an On Draft lead ride. We are supporting a multi-team effort to encourage more cycling in the community. Experienced riders are always welcome to help out at this ride.

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