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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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Saturday ride through the lake country

Doherty's Irish Pub (Apex)

Join us for bikes and beer at Doherty's in Apex! This will be a 40-mile ride over moderately hilly roads around Harris Lake and Jordan Lake, including a sustained climb on Pea Ridge Road. Traffic should be a bit lighter than on most of our recent weekend rides since we'll be getting out further from the Triangle's urban core. Here's the map in Google Maps: https://tinyurl.com/DohertysApexLakeRide3 , or let me know if you'd prefer to "roll" on this route: https://tinyurl.com/2fcpre6 . I may not have cue sheets, so I recommend printing your own or following the directions below on your smart phone. If we end up with ten or more people, we'll probably have two pace groups -- one in the 15-16 mph range and one at 17-18 mph. Regardless, please stay together in group(s), because this is a group ride (NOT A RACE). I'm not sure we'll have a designated sweep, so let's make a point of exchanging cell phone numbers before we roll out of the parking lot. We'll gather back at Doherty's, a valued On Draft sponsor, for beer and boxtys after the ride! As always, bring two bottles of water, a spare tube, and a hand pump or a CO2 cartridge. Helmets are mandatory. Compliance with traffic laws is also mandatory. We shouldn't be giving drivers any excuse to take risks with our lives. Be in the parking lot and ready to go at 10:00. We will roll at 10:05 a.m. sharp. Turn right onto Apex Peakway 1.0 mi Turn right onto N Salem St/Old U.S. 1 /U.S. Bicycle Rte 1 4.3 mi Turn left onto Friendship Rd 3.7 mi Turn left onto New Hill Holleman Rd 0.9 mi Turn right onto Shearon Harris Rd 3.9 mi Turn left onto Old U.S. 1 / U.S. Bicycle Rte 1 7.1 mi (STOP AT SKY MART WHERE OLD U.S. 1 RUNS UNDER NEW U.S. 1) Turn right onto Pea Ridge Rd 6.4 mi Turn left onto Beaver Creek Rd 1.9 mi Turn right onto Tody Goodwin Rd 2.4 mi Turn left onto Olives Chapel Rd 1.7 mi Turn right onto New Hill Olive Chapel Rd 75 ft Turn left onto Olive Chapel Rd 4.7 mi Turn left onto Apex Peakway 0.1 mi Turn right into parking lot 0.1 mi

NCBC FALL RALLY - THIS SUNDAY!

140 Thomas Mill Rd

Please join us on Sunday, October 20! All proceeds benefit Bike MS Registration ($35) and Check-in Open at 8:00 AM Rides Roll at 9:00 AM (68, 52, and 35 miles) Register Online: https://www.bikereg.com/ncbc-fall-rally-2019 Carolina Brewing Company 140 Thomas Mill Road Holly Springs, NC 27540 (map) Come enjoy some of the best cycling routes in the Triangle. Delight in grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and beer post-ride. For more information contact: Don Belk, Ride Director ([masked])

Bike-A-Bull City Festival

Durty Bull Brewing Company

This is not an official TOD ride but please join us for the sixth annual festival celebrating bicycling in the Bull City! All rides and activities are FREE! Check out the 40 mile road ride throughout the Durham area and support Durham Cycles, one of our sponsors. Note that the 40 mile ride leaves from the Scrap Exchange at 8:30am. Register at "Tickets by Eventbrite" for rides and kids' activities. Registration encouraged but not required. Event Schedule 8:30–9:30 Choose from three rides - details below 10:00–11:00 Kid’s Build a Model Bike activity (ages 6-14) - details below 11:00–12:00pm Kid’s Bike Rodeo (riding skills course) - details below 11:00 Rides return to Scrap Exchange 11:00–1:00 Decorate Your Bike station 11:00–2:00 Food and beer vendors, GoTriangle bus, partner tables 1:00 Family bike parade and Decorate Your Bike competition 1:30 Deck Your Bike awards, raffle winner announcements Go On A Ride! Please register at "Tickets by Eventbrite" above to help us plan (encouraged, but not required). Rides will depart ON TIME. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time to check in. All rides should return back to the Scrap Exchange around 11:00 where the festival activities will be waiting. 8:30 - Road Ride (departs from Scrap Exchange) Sponsored by Durham Cycles and Endurance Collective, join this 40 mile road ride throughout the greater Durham area. Riders should feel comfortable at a minimum average pace of 15 miles per hour or faster. This is a no drop ride. Ride route: coming soon! 9:00 - Gravel Ride (departs from Seven Stars: 104 W. Parrish St.) Sponsored by Seven Stars Cycles, this ~20 mile mixed terrain ride will be at a jaunty, but not hasty pace; route is a mix of pavement and gravel, with a good bit of climbing. This ride will be ideal for hybrid, mountain, cross, and commuter style bikes. Ride route: TBD 9:30 - City/Fun/Community Ride (departs from Scrap Exchange) Sponsored by Bullseye Bicycle, join this casual 8-10 mile ride around the city. Pace will accommodate all ride levels. Ride route: TBD Food, Drink, and Celebration Details: Popsicles from Pincho Loco, food from So Good Pupusas, beer from Durty Bull Brewing Company Other festivities include music, hoola-hoops, balloons, jump ropes, street chalk, and more! Stroll around to mingle with many community partners at their tables and pick up some free bike lights, and other bike-oriented gear. Children’s Program Details: Every child will get a prize for participation! 10:00–11:00 Kid’s Build a Model Bike Activity (ages 6-14) Kids will be led through an age-appropriate project taking materials and scraps from the Scrap Exchange Make & Take room to build a model bike, complete with key bike components and safety features. Kids can take their model bike project home with them! 11:00–12:00 Kid’s Bike Rodeo Riding Skills Course (for kids who know how to ride a two-wheeler) Move through different stations to learn and practice bike skills such as mounting and dismounting the bicycle, changing direction and turning in circles, steering through tight spaces, weaving, having the ability to stop quickly, turning around, riding the bicycle very slowly while maintaining balance, and learning to maneuver tight turns. Some bikes will be available for kids to use if they don’t have their own. 11:00–1:00 Decorate Your Bike Station (for both kids and the young at heart) Grab some scraps and decorate your bike to ride in a festive parade! A great activity while you enjoy some food and drinks. Special prizes for creativity.

Sexy Pull Hard Ride

Charles Herman Wilson Park

Join us for the scenic backroads in Orange and Alamance counties! And hipster omelettes! This ride leaves from Charles Herman Wilson park in Carrboro and includes a stop at Saxapahaw General Store (http://www.saxgenstore.com/), around mile 28, where we can get a snack and/or brunch. The route is about 48 miles in total. I anticipate an average pace of around 16 mph. A route map is at http://tinyurl.com/SaxapahawRide . Or you can ask your smartphone; just be aware that Siri may hear "Sexy Pull Hard" instead of "Saxapahaw", so you may have to type it in. Regardless, I will aim to bring a few cue sheets. Check the forecast here (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Carrboro&state=NC&site=RAH&textField1=35.9153&textField2=-79.0838&e=0#.Ulc_iFCTie0). I'll cancel the ride if there's more than a 70% chance of rain when I check it at 9 a.m. or if it's actually raining in the parking lot at 10 a.m. As always, you'll need to bring one or preferably two bottles of water, a spare tube, a helmet, and other safety gear. But I have extras, so call me if you realize halfway to the ride that you are missing something! Note that the ride goes by Maple View Ice Cream around mile 41. If you want to stop for a cone, I will stand with you, united as one. After the ride, we'll head over to Steel String Brewery (http://steelstringbrewery.com/), about a mile from the park.

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