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 (5)

Polygone laps at dawn

Polygone Vélo Vincennes

Meetup point at 6h30 at the main entrance to Polygone off the traffic circle. This is the NE corner of the triangle. Join us and do as many laps as you like. Some can only stay 30-40 minutes, some stay an hour. The pavement is smoother and there are far fewer riders than at Longchamp. If you arrive later than 6h30, just look for a group with a dude hanging off the back who looks more like he should be in a rugby kit than a cycling kit. That'll be me. ATTENTION: Although the sun rises about 6h00 in the summer, you might want blinky lights front and rear for getting to the parc on city streets.

Polygone laps at dawn

Polygone Vélo Vincennes

Meetup point at 6h30 at the main entrance to Polygone off the traffic circle. This is the NE corner of the triangle. Join us and do as many laps as you like. Some can only stay 30-40 minutes, some stay an hour. The pavement is smoother and there are far fewer riders than at Longchamp. If you arrive later than 6h30, just look for a group with a dude hanging off the back who looks more like he should be in a rugby kit than a cycling kit. That'll be me. ATTENTION: Although the sun rises about 6h00 in the summer, you might want blinky lights front and rear for getting to the parc on city streets.

Polygone laps at dawn

Polygone Vélo Vincennes

Meetup point at 6h30 at the main entrance to Polygone off the traffic circle. This is the NE corner of the triangle. Join us and do as many laps as you like. Some can only stay 30-40 minutes, some stay an hour. The pavement is smoother and there are far fewer riders than at Longchamp. If you arrive later than 6h30, just look for a group with a dude hanging off the back who looks more like he should be in a rugby kit than a cycling kit. That'll be me. ATTENTION: Although the sun rises about 6h00 in the summer, you might want blinky lights front and rear for getting to the parc on city streets.

Polygone laps at dawn

Polygone Vélo Vincennes

Meetup point at 6h30 at the main entrance to Polygone off the traffic circle. This is the NE corner of the triangle. Join us and do as many laps as you like. Some can only stay 30-40 minutes, some stay an hour. The pavement is smoother and there are far fewer riders than at Longchamp. If you arrive later than 6h30, just look for a group with a dude hanging off the back who looks more like he should be in a rugby kit than a cycling kit. That'll be me. ATTENTION: Although the sun rises about 6h00 in the summer, you might want blinky lights front and rear for getting to the parc on city streets.

Past events (355)

Recovery beers ride - 65km Republique to Gif sur Yvette loop

Place de la Porte de Châtillon

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