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!

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Ride the ATT

Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Join Alex to ride the entire paved section of the ATT, from DBAP to New Hope Church Road Trail Head Park and back. The park has bathrooms and picnic tables for us to take a short rest break. We will all be good neighbors with the walkers, runners, pets, and other folks who will share the trail. Most of the ride is flat, with one short but steep hill near South Point. The total length of the ride is about 32 miles. After the ride we will gather for lunch at Moe's. There is lots of parking available with a gravel lot across the street from the ballpark and a parking deck. Route at http://tinyurl.com/ATTpaved

Monday Evening RTP Ride (note 5:45 p.m. start time!)

Parking lot behind Serena and Randy's

Same route, different weekday, new 5:45 p.m. start time to accommodate the earlier sunset. As most of you probably know, there have been two Thursday evening rides -- this one in RTP and one led by Kat Adcock in west Raleigh. As most of you probably also know, the ride that started at Woodcroft Shopping Center every Monday evening is no more, because Dawn Bardon and Jim van Welzen recently moved away. So we're moving the RTP ride to Mondays to smooth things out for everyone. This route cuts through corners of Wake, Durham, and Chatham Counties, RTP, and some residential neighborhoods, and even has 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.

Tuesday Raleigh Brewing Ride - Final Tuesday Night Ride for 2019

Raleigh Brewing Company

What we'll do: We will be meeting in the Raleigh Brewing Parking Lot. Please be ready to roll at 5:45 PM. This ride goes through the city of Raleigh, the NCMA grounds, past Umstead Park, through the PNC arena, NC State and Meredith campuses, and some Raleigh neighborhoods. There is some traffic, stop signs and stop lights to deal with in certain spots. There are some large hills to climb. There are 3 Ride Lengths for 4 Pace Groups: 13 - 14 MPH Average Pace - 15-Mile Route http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/1072085678/ 15 - 16 MPH Average Pace - 18-Mile Route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30243573 16 - 17 MPH Average Pace - 18-Mile Route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30243573 18 MPH + Average Pace - 24-Mile Route : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27163644 !!!PLEASE NOTE THIS IS SUBJECT TO CONSTRUCTION CHANGES!!! Please be able to maintain 13-mph average so the ride sweep doesn't leave you. This is a no-drop ride, meaning that the group or a designated "ride sweep" will stop at intersections to assist anyone who needs direction or is having mechanical or physical difficulties. Riders leave the parking lot at 5:45 PM. It is a mixture of country road, city street, neighborhood street, and greenway. We leave the Raleigh Brewing parking lot at 6 PM and this ride should take about 1 hour and fifteen minutes. Join us after the ride at Raleigh Brewing (http://www.raleighbrewing.com) for pints, socializing and food trucks! 10% of all Raleigh Brewing Taproom sales on Tuesdays goes to Team On Draft's Bike MS Fundraising! Ride Leader Phone Number: Chris C. -[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 Print and sign the waiver here (once per year applies to all TOD rides): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AW-B2yoKg0Npc6lfHO0D5Qq4RBl5dlBt

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

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Thursday Bottle Revolution

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