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We are Team On Draft! Bikes and Beer to Cure MS!

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!

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Monday RTP Ride (NEW time 6:15 p.m.)

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Finally, we are offering a second evening ride in SODU, just like the old days. It is a new ride, on a new course, We start at the Glass Jug
Depending on attendance, we usually have one pace group in the 15-mph range, one in the 17-mph range, and one in the 18+ range. It will be a no-drop ride with at least one sweep who will hang back with you as long as you can keep a 14-mph pace.
This 20.6 mile route goes through a mix of country roads, city streets, and residential neighborhood streets. You can view it at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38778224
It is a new route composed of some older rides combined with the new ones.
Join us after the ride at the Jug for a wide and fun assortment of brews! You can get take-out from the Chinese restaurant on one side of TGJ or the Indian restaurant on the other side.
You must bring a bicycle helmet, water, spare tube, and patch kit. Glasses are recommended for eye protection.
Print and sign the waiver here (once per year applies to all TOD rides):
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AW-B2yoKg0Npc6lfHO0D5Qq4RBl5dlBt

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Tuesday Raleigh Brewing Ride

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We will have our usual A, B and C routes.

Remember that all riders must wear a helmet, bring water and necessary gear to change a tube, etc.

Riders must ride safely and predictably. That means signaling by pointing before you turn or move within the pace line and using the hand signals for slowing and stopping. Call out all of these movements, as well as road hazards so that you do not cause yourself or a fellow rider to crash. We are subject to the same traffic laws as cars, including stop signs and stop lights. Earbuds and music are discouraged, but you may have one earbud to give directions from a Garmin or similar device.

Route for the B group: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38895582. The B group typically rides at 16-17 mph and often splits into a couple of different pace groups based on speed. The C group, which typically rides at around 14 mph, has done the route at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36723583, but has been having to detour because of construction on the greenway around Meredith College.

Please print and sign the waiver here if you haven't done so this year:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AW-B2yoKg0Npc6lfHO0D5Qq4RBl5dlBt

As always, stick around for a cold beer and socialize with some great people!

Thursday RTP Ride

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Come out to join us for the Thursday evening RTP ride!

We'll roll out of the parking lot at 6:17 p.m. to make sure we get back with sufficient daylight, safely and with a margin of error for mechanicals.

Depending on attendance, we usually have one pace group in the 15.5-mph range, one in the 17-mph range, and one in the 18+ range. This is a no-drop ride with at least one sweep who will hang back with you as long as you can keep a 14-mph pace.

This 18.5-mile route goes through three counties on a mix of country roads, city streets, and residential neighborhood streets. You can view it at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38704596
It's the same route that we rode last year, except that we cross Highway 55 from east to west on O'Kelly Chapel Road instead of Kit Creek Road. The stop light at Kit Creek was a guaranteed buzz-kill. So it's about 3/4 mile longer than last year's route.

All the safety rules remain the same. Do not run stop signs/lights, especially in view of motorists. The rider at the front of the pace line must call out road hazards and turns. Don't pass on the right. Don't half-wheel the rider in front of you. In general, be predictable.

Join us after the ride at the Jug for a wide and fun assortment of brews! You can get take-out from the Chinese restaurant on one side of TGJ or the Indian restaurant on the other side.

You must bring a bicycle helmet, water, spare tube, and patch kit. Glasses are recommended for eye protection.

Print and sign the waiver here (once per year applies to all TOD rides):
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AW-B2yoKg0Npc6lfHO0D5Qq4RBl5dlBt

Giro di Grillo prima del 4tro di Luglio

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Mike and Jenn have generously offered up their porch, grill, and pool for a post-ride cookout on the weekend of July 4. If you're in town, please join us!!!

Please bring drinks and/or food. Food can be a dish prepared at home or something to throw on the grill. You can help us avoid duplication by posting a comment to say what you're bringing.

We plan to roll as soon after 9 a.m. as possible. Please arrive by 8:45 so you can put food and beverages into the fridge and coolers to stay fresh while we ride. If you show up at 8:59 and ask Mike where to put your hot dog, he will make you keep it in your pocket. The route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39724787 . It's 35 miles with modest rolling hills.

Depending on attendance, we're thinking we'll probably have one group in the 16-mph range and one in the 17.5-mph range. We won't have a sweep, but call Chris at sevensixzero-fourseventhree-threenineonefive if you get lost and/or need help.

After the ride, we'll make good use of Mike and Jenn's pool. Bring a towel and any necessary pool apparel. Swimsuits are encouraged. Swimsuits with patriotic red/white/blue schemes and/or Hurricanes logos are strongly encouraged. Thongs are discouraged but not prohibited. If your swimsuit or thong has a Hurricanes logo or red/white/blue motif, then all else is forgiven.

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