What we're about

This is a very informal and friendly group that I formed in early July of 2017.

We are a B-Group, which means we are fit and serious about cycling, but we do not ride as fast as people who compete in races. We are more sportive level, strong enough to finish sportives but not to place in our age groups. We typically train a little harder in the spring to prepare for summer sportives and for group trips in the Alps and other mountains, we are not the right group for you if you are looking to ride crits or actually compete in races. We are more about the ride itself than in how long it takes to get there. Our rides average about 22 to 24 kph. In the winter we typically ride about 60 km to 80 km and in the summer anywhere between 80 km and 150 km.

Our rides are no-drop, meaning we regroup along the route - typically at key turns and at the tops of climbs - so nobody gets left behind. Typically, our rides range from one to two dozen people. When we have about 25 or more riders, we break into two groups - a regular B group and a B+ group (about 25 to 27 kph) - at the meetup point or during the ride, often establishing a rendezvous later in the ride for a coffee break or lunch stop. This B+ group does not regroup, with the thinking that those riders who fall off the back of this group can be picked up by the B group.

We have a distinctly global flavor, which is a byproduct of my poor, but improving, French language skills. This - along with age and weight - hampered my ability to join or remain in contact on rides with other local cycling groups, so I formed my own. Riders who have joined meetups thus far include men and women who hail from France, Great Britain, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Poland, Spain, Italy, Norway, Iceland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.

What we all share in common is a love of cycling and at least decent English language skills, although many languages are spoken during each ride.

We ride most often on Sundays because the streets have less traffic than Saturdays, but in the warmer months we frequently schedule rides for both weekend days.

If this sounds enticing and about your speed, please join us for a ride. FYI, most of us have cycling computers with GPS, which we have found indispensable. I highly recommend that you get one if you don't have one. And, of course, helmets are required.

Be advised that when you click the Going box to RSVP to join a ride, you are agreeing to wear a helmet, ride safely and responsibly, accept responsibility for your own behavior and not hold the group or organizers responsible for any damages you may suffer that are no fault of the group or organizer.

Cheers,

Jeff Ballinger

Upcoming events (4)

Big Fat Ride - 220k

Boulangerie Pâtisserie Ounissi

For those who are after a challenge this Saturday.

Lazy copy-pasta from https://www.facebook.com/events/s/big-fat-ride-3/381185543614094/

Le briffe :
On refait du vélo ? Le Big Fat Ride revient pour une troisième tournée en Septembre, un 200 km route samedi 25 avec les copains et les copines.

Le départ :
Rendez-vous à 6h30 le samedi 25 Septembre devant la boulangerie Ounissi dans le 11éme (https://bit.ly/3tBIc0x). Elle ouvre à 6h30, on pourra donc se jeter croissants et cafés chauds avant de partir. Départ à 6h45 sharp, trop froid pour attendre plus longtemps. Avis aux retardataires 😉

La map :
219km dans le sud-est, en passant par Fontainebleau.
Le lien Komoot ici :
https://www.komoot.com/tour/494779932

Possibilité de retour en train :
Gare (Ligne R) de Moret - Veneux-les-Sablons au KM85.
Gare de Melun à 10km du KM50 au KM125 (on tourne autour presque).

Boire et manger :
Prévoir une autonomie en nourriture pour au moins 100 km. Il fait froid et on doit être à casa avant 18h, donc pas de pause tous les 10 kilomètres 😉 Et les turbofringales au kilomètre 175 quand tout est fermé font très mal 😱 Le rab c'est la vie. Safety first.

Boulangeries:
KM74: Boulangerie Patisserie dardonville à Fontainebleau (attention, fermée entre 13h30 et 15h15)
KM85: Au Faubourg de l'Écluse (continuer un tout petit peu après le rond point après avoir pris le pont du Loing)
KM123: Boulangerie du Château à Blandy (attention, fermé entre 12h45 et 16h)
KM132: Boulangerie la Guignoise à Guignes (attention fermée entre 13h et 16h)

Allure :
Être capable de rouler 200 km minimum à 24 km/h de moyenne (hors pause).
Possibilité de faire différents groupes si on est assez nombreux, autant pour les allures que pour respecter les distanciations sociales.

Ton bike :
Un vélo révisé et apte pour une sortie longue, c'est pour toi, mais aussi pour les autres. Même si on le sait bien... shit happens.
CAA et tout le tralala, toi-même tu sais.
N'hésitez pas à nous poser vos questions en MP on sera tout content d'y répondre !
Ramenez votre crou 🙂
Des bisous et à samedi.
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Le Big Fat Ride c'est quoi ?
C'est un gros ride de 200 à 300 km par mois, sous forme de boucle au départ de Paris. C'est gratuit, c’est pour le plaisir, aussi bien pour ceux qui préparent un ultra que pour ceux qui ne préparent que la bière-pizza post ride.

Pourquoi ?
Comme toutes les idées saugrenues on est partis d’un constat, celui que l'ultra cyclisme - bien qu’ayant l'appellation la plus pompeuse du peloton - a le vent en poupe et pourtant... Difficile lors de la préparation tout au long de l’année de trouver à coup sûr d'autres êtres humains anormalement constitués motivés pour aller faire un 300 ou plus dans la journée. Or on le sait, l’engouement pour les longues distances est là donc forcément, les teammates aussi, il suffit de les trouver ! Comment ? En se retrouvant tous les mois. Au même endroit. A la même heure. Et d’aller rouler 🙂 C'est le Big Fat Ride.

Pour qui ?
Pour celles et ceux qui ont envie de faire du long, pour le simple plaisir, ou pour le plaisir cumulé à un entraînement pour un ultra à venir.
Pour celles et ceux intéressés par une mini aventure tous les mois, un micro voyage en partant de chez soi.
Celles et ceux, déjà un minimum aguerris, qui veulent franchir le cap des 200 et 300 dans la joie et la bonne humeur.
Celles et ceux qui veulent se tanner les fesses pour l’été.
Et si le groupe le permet, peut-être quelques sorties plus vénères pour les gens vénères. On s’adapte !

More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/s/big-fat-ride-3/381185543614094/

How to ride in a group - for first-timers only

Place de la République

€5.00

If you have been reluctant to join a ride because you're new to road cycling, or you've never been on a group ride before, or you're not sure you can keep up, or you're worried about being able to complete the ride - or perhaps all of these things - then this is the ride for you.

Strava route: https://www.strava.com/routes/2775327639953591998

If you don't have it already, download the free Strava app - https://www.strava.com/mobile - to your smartphone and then click on the route above to use the route. If you have a GPS cycling computer, all the better.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a regular group ride for the Paris Cycling B-Group. Today's regular group ride joins the Classics Challenge ride at https://www.meetup.com/Paris-Cycling-B-Group/events/280589491/.

It is intended for anyone who A) has never done a group ride before and who B) wants to give it a try before joining the regular group ride. I am charging a €5 fee to make sure it attracts only people who want to learn how to ride in a group.

After this one lesson/ride, you should feel comfortable enough to join the regular group ride.

On this ride, you will learn how to ride safely in a group, how to give the proper hand signals for the safety of other riders, how to ride in a paceline (briefly, anyway), even how to change a flat (if somebody gets a flat, which is fairly common) and time permitting, other basic bike maintenance.

You won't have to worry about getting left behind, as our rides are no-drop.

We will average between 20 and 23 kph, which ultimately will be dependent upon the strength of the group. But this is not a ride about finishing as fast as possible, but about finishing. And learning how.

It is also a social ride, which means that the coffee/beer/pizza at the end are an essential part of it.

The route will be shorter than the typical ride for the Paris Cycling B-Group. There is no sense overdoing it on your first group ride.

You will need to show up with your road bike, a helmet, at least one water bottle (full), a snack or two (such as a bar or banana) and a desire to learn. Oh, and a card or small amount of cash in case you want a coffee or beer after the ride. While a bike GPS computer - such as a Wahoo or Garmin - is recommended, it is not absolutely necessary.

Sometime before you arrive Saturday morning, please watch these two short videos from the Global Cycling Network about how to ride in a group. They are a helpful introduction.

How To Ride In A Group - An Introduction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK5MPtMrMqU

How To Ride In A Pace Line | Cycling Group Ride Tips
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDxXRq5fo8A

Cheers,
Jeff Ballinger

Plateau des Alluets - 74k

La Grande Cascade

For those who already know how to ride in a group (and how not to leave it behind) here is a slightly longer, slightly faster ride, ending with the essential coffee/beer/pizza together with the first-timers.

Strava route: https://www.strava.com/routes/28726281

Average speed: 24-26 km/h

Usual reminder: this is a social, no-drop ride, with focus on keeping the group together (otherwise no beers for you!). We will regroup on top of the climbs and on major crossroads, so that no-one gets left behind - and will finish at Cafe Seguin in Boulogne Billancourt for well-earned energy drinks 🍺🍺 and carbo loading 🍕🍕.

Start 9h05 sharp - be on time, or catch up!

And most importantly - ride safe!

(Cinglés du) Mont Ventoux challenge

Bédoin

*** Preliminary date, will revisit early next year. ***

We have already been there last year, averaging one summit per head per day. Easy peasy! Time to spice it up.

As usual, in May I will be in the area, hopefully this time with no recently sprained ankle, and no lower back pain - and would like to give the Cinglés a try!

(What are Cinglés? Glad you asked! Read on: https://www.clubcinglesventoux.org/en/club.html)

If anyone fancy joining me on the way up and down, and hopefully up and down again, and then, well, again, I would be more that happy to share my misery.

The plan would be to:
- do classic route from Bédoin (21.5 km, 1610 m D+) - https://goo.gl/DVSJD4
- then descend to Malaucène and go back up again (21 km, 1570 m D+) - https://goo.gl/snZ89X
- and finally repeat the exercise on the Sault side (26 km, 1220 m D+) - https://goo.gl/qMqNqf

More details on climbs: https://www.cycling-challenge.com/mont-ventoux-all-three-sides/

Or, if this sounds like too much, just do a single ascent - it's a pretty decent challenge as well!

Or, on the other hand, if Cinglés are not enough for you, go for Galériens. Or Bicinglettes. Or Everesting. Or whatever floats your boat. Just be there!

Regardless of number of climbs, this should work well as real training before l'Etape, Marmotte or any other such evil coming our way not that long afterwards.

I will be staying for a week+ some 70 km away, in Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche, and will come to Bédoin only in the morning and leave in the evening - so if someone wants to take care of hosting duties and arrange accommodation etc in Bédoin please speak up!

So, who's game?

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Likely dry ride - 76km

Place de la Porte de Châtillon

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