• Tabor Tuesday! Double climb in the city-Rocky Butte & Mt. Tabor-26 miles

    It's Tuesday...time to ride up Mt. Tabor...but first we'll ride up Rocky Butte. For experienced/intermediate riders. We will be riding inner city with traffic/intersections/bike lanes, at moderate pace...we'll keep it moving. Starting at McMenamins Kennedy School in NE we'll ride up & around to climb Rocky Butte. Views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams & Mt. St. Helens are our treat on a clear day. Then we will continue over & under to get to the back side of Mt. Tabor & climb up. We return on the streets of PDX to get onto the Springwater trail. After ride, if you plan to stay for lunch, bring a lock & $$. Arrive early; rides leave at the posted time. WHO IS THIS RIDE FOR? For experienced/intermediate riders Please review the route, download or make a copy if needed. ROUTE: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29745591 RIDE DIFFICULTY: • Roadways: Inner city with intersections/traffic. Some bike lanes & some bike paths. • Pace - The speed that you can maintain on FLAT terrain: Moderate (12-16 MPH)-Intermediate/experienced riders. Faster on descents...slower on the climbs. • Terrain: We will be climbing Rocky Butte & Mt. Tabor, otherwise fairly flat. SWEEPER: No sweeper, regroup at turns as needed RESTROOMS AT THE START: Yes RIDE LEADER: Emily A. (message me thru meetup) BRING: After the ride, we can stay for lunch at McMenamins, bring bike lock & $$. • Bring water • Snacks (Do not skip meals on the day of a ride) • ID • cell phone REQUIRED: Helmet, flat repair kit (inner tube, tire levers, pump or CO2). No ear buds. Your bike must be in good working order. All riders need to sign a waiver. WEATHER: Generally, we don't ride when temp is below freezing, in snow, heavy rain, high wind or very stormy conditions. Many leaders DO ride in gray/drizzly/light rain, but this can vary by leader. ALWAYS check back for updates ON THE DAY OF THE RIDE. Changes will be posted IN COMMENTS (below) no later than 2 hours before the start time.

  • CLINIC: Secret Sauce for Savvy Cyclists (Mary)

    Verde Cocina at Sylvan Highlands

    This clinic is part of RLAG's new Ready to Ride Coaching Package, which includes two additional skill-building clinics: We Got Skills and Remy's R2R Workout++. This 3-clinic coaching program is designed to prepare women for 50+ mile rides on Reach the Beach (or other similar endurance rides/tours). *** IMPORTANT: Registration in this series is available ONLY to women enrolled in the "Ready to Ride" (R2R) Coaching program. The other two clinics are open for all RLAG members to RSVP, starting 2/20. ABOUT THIS EVENT SERIES * Have you ever wished for super powers on your bike? * Would you like to feel accomplished (versus spent) at the end of a long bike ride? * Are you willing to challenge yourself to get the results you want? This is an 8-week on-bike intensive training clinic designed to improve speed, strength, endurance, and cardiovascular fitness. Attending this series will help Increase your cadence (pedal rotation rate), train your body to distribute the muscular load (so it's not just your legs doing all the work) and build strength for those beloved hills. If you are registered for this clinic, PLEASE read all the way through this post for important details. More than a bike ride, this is a focused on-bike workout led by cycling coach, Mary Ross. Yes, you will ride your bike, but rather than seeking a destination, you'll be developing new skills in a drill format, timing your efforts and seeing improvements over time, and challenging yourself with short but intense efforts. Each 90-minute session will include: * 15-minute warm up * 60-minute hard-effort drill/exercises (with rests) * 15-minute cool down LOCATION: TBA (Location will vary, include: Willamette Park, Verde Cocina (Sylvan) and Sauvie Island). See each week's Meetup post for specific location. WHO IS THIS CLINIC FOR? Experienced cyclists who want to improve riding performance and new cyclists who want to build a solid foundation of long-distance riding skills - each benefit. Given the format of this clinic, various levels of cyclists can be accommodated. To participate, you must be registered in the "Ready to Ride: I'm All In!" Training Cohort. See link (above) All must have: • Device to track elapsed time (bike computer or smart phone ) that is ATTACHED to handlebars • Front AND rear bike lights, flashing preferably • Water RIDE DIFFICULTY: • Roadways: combo of bike paths, urban/rural roads with and without bike lanes • Pace: since this is not technically a bike ride, women perform the exercises at their own pace; some group riding will be included, all paces accommodated • Terrain: Will begin on flat terrain and gradually add hills SWEEPER: NA RESTROOMS AT START: Yes COACH: Mary Ross Mary (of Miss Mary Rides a Bicycle) is an accomplished athlete and a friendly and familiar face in RLAG circles. Mary has 20+ years of racing experience through USA Cycling and OBRA and is a three-time participant in the Kona Ironman Triathlon World Championships. She holds cycling instructor and coaching certifications through the League of American Bicyclists and USA Cycling. Retired from the pharmaceutical industry, Mary enjoys racing, bike touring, encouraging up-and-coming women cyclists to develop their skills and she enjoys occasionally hitting a tennis ball. REQUIRED: - Helmet - Flat repair kit (inner tube, tire levers, pump or CO2) - No ear buds - Your bike must be in good working order - All riders need to sign a waiver. WEATHER: We won't ride in below freezing temperatures, in snow, heavy rain, high wind or very stormy conditions. Expect that we WILL ride in drizzly/light rain. ALWAYS check the Comments section (scroll down) for updates ON THE DAY OF THE RIDE. Changes will be posted no later than 2 hours before the start time.

  • CLINIC: Secret Sauce for Savvy Cyclists (Diane)

    Verde Cocina at Sylvan Highlands

    This clinic is part of RLAG's new Ready to Ride Coaching Package, which includes two additional skill-building clinics: We Got Skills and Remy's R2R Workout++. This 3-clinic coaching program is designed to prepare women for 50+ mile rides on Reach the Beach (or other similar endurance rides/tours). *** IMPORTANT: Registration in this series is available ONLY to women enrolled in the "Ready to Ride" (R2R) Coaching program. The other two clinics are open for all RLAG members to RSVP, starting 2/20. ABOUT THIS EVENT SERIES * Have you ever wished for super powers on your bike? * Would you like to feel accomplished (versus spent) at the end of a long bike ride? * Are you willing to challenge yourself to get the results you want? This is an 8-week on-bike intensive training clinic designed to improve speed, strength, endurance, and cardiovascular fitness. Attending this series will help Increase your cadence (pedal rotation rate), train your body to distribute the muscular load (so it's not just your legs doing all the work) and build strength for those beloved hills. If you are registered for this clinic, PLEASE read all the way through this post for important details. More than a bike ride, this is a focused on-bike workout led by cycling coach, Diane Smith. Yes, you will ride your bike, but rather than seeking a destination, you'll be developing new skills in a drill format, timing your efforts and seeing improvements over time, and challenging yourself with short but intense efforts. Each 90-minute session will include: * 15-minute warm up * 60-minute hard-effort drill/exercises (with rests) * 15-minute cool down LOCATION: TBA (Location will vary, include: Willamette Park, Verde Cocina (Sylvan) and Sauvie Island). See each week's Meetup post for specific location. WHO IS THIS CLINIC FOR? Experienced cyclists who want to improve riding performance and new cyclists who want to build a solid foundation of long-distance riding skills - each benefit. Given the format of this clinic, various levels of cyclists can be accommodated. To participate, you must be registered in the "Ready to Ride: I'm All In!" Training Cohort. See link (above) All must have: • Device to track elapsed time (bike computer or smart phone ) that is ATTACHED to handlebars • Front AND rear bike lights, flashing preferably • Water RIDE DIFFICULTY: • Roadways: combo of bike paths, urban/rural roads with and without bike lanes • Pace: since this is not technically a bike ride, women perform the exercises at their own pace; some group riding will be included, all paces accommodated • Terrain: Will begin on flat terrain and gradually add hills SWEEPER: NA RESTROOMS AT START: Yes COACH: Diane Smith Diane Smith is an accomplished endurance cycling and running athlete with a passion for helping others find the joy of living a fit lifestyle. Diane’s cycling accomplishments include: competing for Team USA at the 2015 ITU World Duathlon Championships in Adelaide, Australia (placing 11th in her age group), 2014 OBRA State Time Trial Champion and 2013 OBRA State Cyclocross Champion. In addition to cycling, Diane is an 8-time marathon finisher and an ACE-certified fitness instructor who specializes in injury prevention and recovery. Having coached Ride Like A Girl cyclists in the past, Diane is excited to return and share her enthusiasm for biking efficiently, safely and powerfully. REQUIRED: - Helmet - Flat repair kit (inner tube, tire levers, pump or CO2) - No ear buds - Your bike must be in good working order - All riders need to sign a waiver. WEATHER: We won't ride in below freezing temperatures, in snow, heavy rain, high wind or very stormy conditions. Expect that we WILL ride in drizzly/light rain. ALWAYS check the Comments section (scroll down) for updates ON THE DAY OF THE RIDE. Changes will be posted no later than 2 hours before the start time.

  • TRAINING: Reach the Beach Beginner's Series (6-weeks)

    This is a six-week BEGINNER's training series to help you prepare for the easiest route (25 miles) on May 18th Reach the Beach biking event. If you haven't been on your bike in a while, perfect. If you need to gain confidence or become more comfortable with traffic, this is for you. If you don't have any group riding experience, come learn with us. Our focus is safety and building confidence and biking skills. Our ride distances will be short, increasing gradually over six weeks. The pace will be easy - no speedsters, please! Each week will include a focused learning topic and a practice bike ride to apply the new skills. Learn essential skills, including: pre-ride safety check, tips for better balance and control, how to minimize the risk of falling, how to use gears to make your ride easier, develop good group ride etiquette, how to ride visibly, predictably and alertly. Every ride will be supported by a coach and a sweeper; no one is left behind! WHO IS THIS SERIES FOR? Designed for women who want a friendly, supportive learning environment to prepare for the 25-mile bike ride on Reach the Beach. No road biking experience necessary; however, you must be available to start either April 11 or 18 and participate in four of the six weekly sessions. LOCATION: Bethany Starbucks, 4720 NW Bethany Blvd., Portland SCHEDULE & ATTENDANCE: - We will meet weekly on Thursday evenings 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (may go later as daylight extends later into the evening). - You must be available to start either 4/11-4/25 and attend a minimum of FOUR of the SIX sessions. - STARTS Thursday, April 11 (recommended) and repeats every Thursday for five weeks. - Week six (final session) we meet Monday, May 13th - April 25 Last day to register - April 26th Registration CLOSES - 6:00 PM is the start time - please arrive early so you are ready to ride by 6:00 PM. COST: - Try before you buy - Your first session is free and you are not obligated to purchase if you find it's not what you're looking for. - $99 for entire weekly series (reduced from $125), payable by 4/25 - This is a flat rate, whether you start 4/11 or 4/25. REQUIRED: - Front and rear lights on your bike - Helmet - Water bottle mounted to your bike - Snack for the ride - Carry ID and cell phone - Flat repair kit (you don't need to know how to fix a flat but prepare by carrying the supplies and we'll do our best to help you) - Your bike must be in good working order - CHECKED by a certified bike mechanic. BEFORE YOU ATTEND, have your bike inspected for safe operation (bike shops do not charge for this) - All participants must sign a waiver - No ear buds STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: - Road bike (best), Hybrid bike (next best) or mountain bike with ROAD tires. Heavy, cruiser-style bikes or bikes with big, knobby tires are NOT recommended. - Glasses (protect your eyes) - Cycling gloves (so you have a good grip and to protect your hands) - Padded bike shorts (recommended by 3rd week to reduce risk of skin chaffing and discomfort) - Remember - RLAG members receive 20% off at Western Bikeworks in NW Portland. RIDE DIFFICULTY: • Roadways: Initially Bike Paths and increase to include Residential and Rural Roads • Pace - This will be an easy-paced series, starting 10-12 MPH and working towards 12-14 MPH. • Terrain: Flat: Basically flat, no steep hills. SWEEPER: Yes! No one left behind. RESTROOMS AT THE START: Yes COACHES: Carolyn Jen[masked] and Linda Godfrey (sweeper) Carolyn Jen is the Founder and Girlfriend in Charge of Ride Like A Girl Cycling and a League Certified Instructor (League of American Bicyclists). Working with new cyclists since 2013 she has helped many women overcome common barriers to cycling, improve riding skills and confidence and achieve goals they never thought possible. WEATHER: We will cancel/reschedule for rain or stormy conditions. Changes will be posted IN COMMENTS (below) no later than 2 hours before the start time.

  • CLINIC: We Got Skills! Drafting & Paceline Info (6 wk series

    Carolyn's "We Got Skills!" clinic is part of RLAG's new Ready to Ride Coaching Package, which includes two additional skill-building clinics: Remy's R2R Workout++ and Secret Sauce for Savvy Cyclists. This 3-clinic coaching program is designed to prepare women for 50+ mile rides on Reach the Beach (or other similar endurance rides/tours). To register or learn more about the Ready to Ride package, go to: https://conta.cc/2Dnso92. *** IMPORTANT: Registration for "We Got Skills!" clinic will be open for all RLAG members to RSVP, starting 2/20. DESCRIPTION: We Got Skills! New cyclists will establish solid biking fundamentals and experienced riders will fill in the gaps with Carolyn's "We Got Skills!" clinics. Traffic safety and navigation, improving your safety through confident bike handling, becoming more efficient to make longer rides more fun - and much more. Combining indoor teaching with on-bike coaching, RLAG Founder and retired professional trainer, Carolyn will lead you through a rich learning experience. SCHEDULE: * This clinic runs every Friday for 6 weeks from Mar. 1 - Apr. 5 * Pairs perfectly with the subsequent girlfriend ride (GR) titled, "Reach the Beach: We Got This" (scheduled immediately following the clinic). * The clinic will be held just prior to the ride so you can easily attend both clinic and ride, allowing you to immediately apply the skills you learned in the clinic. * Carolyn will also be available for on-bike coaching during the subsequent girlfriend ride. * This clinic will be repeated on Saturday (RSVP for either Fri or Sat, not both) * Times & locations may vary - always check back for updates! COST: * While we encourage you to maximize your benefit by attending all SIX sessions, you are welcome to attend one, or any number of We Got Skills clinics. * $35 each clinic * $210 for all six clinics (10% discount if pre-paid in advance) LOCATION: Varies, so always check each week to see where we are meeting!!! COACH: Carolyn Jen is the Ride Like A Girl Cycling Founder and ‘Girlfriend in Charge.’ A League Certified Instructor (League of American Bicyclists), she has been working for over five years helping women overcome common barriers to cycling, build bike handling and road biking skills and achieve bicycling goals they never thought possible. Retired from a career in the high-tech industry, she has over 30 years of experience as a training professional, designing, delivering and facilitating instruction for adult learners.

  • Reach the Beach: Friday Ride Series (70-100 mile Group)

    *** Read entire post *** Check morning of ride for updates *** Un-RSVP if you change your mind. This is a Girlfriend Ride* series that runs weekly 2/15-5/10. It is designed to help you prepare for the 5/18 Reach the Beach (RTB) event. We will have two route options; one for training to 50 miles and one for[masked]. Expect us to be welcoming of newcomers, focused on improving our endurance goals together, and ready to extend loads of encouragement to each other along the way. That said, it is not a walk-in-the-park or smell-the-roses kind of series. We will be focused on reaching weekly distance goals, building endurance, maintaining a steady pace, and keeping rest stops short. Supportive + friendly + focused! * Girlfriend Ride simply means the ride is free to all RLAG members and is hosted by one or more RLAG ride leaders. As a 'girlfriend ride', no formal coaching is included. (See RLAG calendar for coaching and training opportunities). WHO IS THIS RIDE FOR? Women preparing to ride[masked] miles in RTB (or any similar long distance event/tour). This series is geared towards an experienced road cyclist who is comfortable navigating traffic in urban and rural settings (in other words, potentially busy roads, with and without bike lanes, narrow or no shoulders and occasional trucks). If you're NEW to road biking, but eager to learn, you are encouraged to come out and give it a shot - and STRONGLY encouraged to take advantage of RLAG training clinics and coaching that allow you to build good riding skills. Be aware that this series is NOT designed for the 25-mile RTB distance; other RLAG rides of shorter distances would be more appropriate. ABOUT YOUR BIKE: We strongly recommend a ROAD BIKE for this series. Hybrids, mountain bikes, etc. are almost always heavier and less efficient, causing most riders to fatigue after 10-20 miles. Also, ensure the bike is in good working order (a bike mechanic should be the judge of that). The worst kind of mechanical issue during a group ride is the one you could have prevented. START TIME/LOCATION: - Arrive Early! Wheels roll at the posted start time. - After daylight savings time 3/10, expect an earlier start, TBA - Start time & locations will be the SAME for each group, with few exceptions. In these cases, you will see TWO separate Meetup posts on the same day. RSVP for the ONE that suits you. - ALWAYS check the Comments on the morning of the ride for leader updates ROUTE: - See "Comments" section EACH WEEK for route details; two will be posted, one for the 50-milers and one for the[masked] milers. - Ride leaders reserve the right to adjust the route based upon weather conditions, road construction, or their judgement of what is best for the group. - The routes are designed to be similar; we hope the two groups will connect along the way so we can cheer one another on as we pass or pause. RIDE DIFFICULTY: • Roadways: combination of bike paths, urban and rural roads • Pace: 12-15 MPH to start, but evolving as we build distance (50-mile group target is 14-16. 15-18 MPH for the longer group • Terrain: Flat for February, adding rolling hills in March and some climbing in April-May. SWEEPER: No sweeper regroup at turns. We will wait but request that you do your best to select the group in which you can maintain the pace. RESTROOMS AT THE START: Yes RIDE LEADER: Louise G. & Suzie H. & Carolyn Jen BRING: • Water (2 bottles) • Snacks (Do not skip breakfast) • ID • cell phone (you are responsible to have a pickup plan if you cannot finish a ride) REQUIRED: Helmet, flat repair kit (inner tube, tire levers, pump or CO2). No ear buds. Your bike must be in good working order. All riders need to sign a waiver. WEATHER: Generally, we don't ride when temp is below freezing, in snow, heavy rain, high wind or very stormy conditions. We will ride in gray/light rain. ALWAYS check back for updates ON THE DAY OF THE RIDE. Changes will be posted IN COMMENTS no later than 2 hours before the start time.

  • Reach the Beach: Friday Ride Series (50-mile group)

    Hits the Spot Cafe

    *** Read entire post *** Check morning of ride for updates *** Un-RSVP if you change your mind. This is a Girlfriend Ride* series that runs weekly 2/15-5/10. It is designed to help you prepare for the 5/18 Reach the Beach (RTB) event. We will have two route options; one for training to 50 miles and one for[masked]. Expect us to be welcoming of newcomers, focused on improving our endurance goals together, and ready to extend loads of encouragement to each other along the way. That said, it is not a walk-in-the-park or smell-the-roses kind of series. We will be focused on reaching weekly distance goals, building endurance, maintaining a steady pace, and keeping rest stops short. Supportive + friendly + focused! * Girlfriend Ride simply means the ride is free to all RLAG members and is hosted by one or more RLAG ride leaders. As a 'girlfriend ride', no formal coaching is included. (See RLAG calendar for coaching and training opportunities). WHO IS THIS RIDE FOR? Women preparing to ride[masked] miles in RTB (or any similar long distance event/tour). This series is geared towards an experienced road cyclist who is comfortable navigating traffic in urban and rural settings (in other words, potentially busy roads, with and without bike lanes, narrow or no shoulders and occasional trucks). If you're NEW to road biking, but eager to learn, you are encouraged to come out and give it a shot - and STRONGLY encouraged to take advantage of RLAG training clinics and coaching that allow you to build good riding skills. Be aware that this series is NOT designed for the 25-mile RTB distance; other RLAG rides of shorter distances would be more appropriate. ABOUT YOUR BIKE: We strongly recommend a ROAD BIKE for this series. Hybrids, mountain bikes, etc. are almost always heavier and less efficient, causing most riders to fatigue after 10-20 miles. Also, ensure the bike is in good working order (a bike mechanic should be the judge of that). The worst kind of mechanical issue during a group ride is the one you could have prevented. START TIME/LOCATION: - Arrive Early! Wheels roll at the posted start time. - After daylight savings time 3/10, expect an earlier start, TBA - Start time & locations will be the SAME for each group, with few exceptions. In these cases, you will see TWO separate Meetup posts on the same day. RSVP for the ONE that suits you. - ALWAYS check the Comments on the morning of the ride for leader updates ROUTE: - See "Comments" section EACH WEEK for route details; two will be posted, one for the 50-milers and one for the[masked] milers. - Ride leaders reserve the right to adjust the route based upon weather conditions, road construction, or their judgement of what is best for the group. - The routes are designed to be similar; we hope the two groups will connect along the way so we can cheer one another on as we pass or pause. RIDE DIFFICULTY: • Roadways: combination of bike paths, urban and rural roads • Pace: 12-15 MPH to start, but evolving as we build distance (50-mile group target is 14-16. 15-18 MPH for the longer group • Terrain: Flat for February, adding rolling hills in March and some climbing in April-May. SWEEPER: No sweeper regroup at turns. We will wait but request that you do your best to select the group in which you can maintain the pace. RESTROOMS AT THE START: Yes RIDE LEADER: Louise G. & Suzie H. & Carolyn Jen BRING: • Water (2 bottles) • Snacks (Do not skip breakfast) • ID • cell phone (you are responsible to have a pickup plan if you cannot finish a ride) REQUIRED: Helmet, flat repair kit (inner tube, tire levers, pump or CO2). No ear buds. Your bike must be in good working order. All riders need to sign a waiver. WEATHER: Generally, we don't ride when temp is below freezing, in snow, heavy rain, high wind or very stormy conditions. We will ride in gray/light rain. ALWAYS check back for updates ON THE DAY OF THE RIDE. Changes will be posted IN COMMENTS no later than 2 hours before the start time.

  • CLINIC: We Got Skills! Drafting & Paceline Intro (6-week series)

    Carolyn's "We Got Skills!" clinic is part of RLAG's new Ready to Ride Coaching Package, which includes two additional skill-building clinics: Remy's R2R Workout++ and Secret Sauce for Savvy Cyclists. This 3-clinic coaching program is designed to prepare women for 50+ mile rides on Reach the Beach (or other similar endurance rides/tours). To register or learn more about the Ready to Ride package, go to: https://conta.cc/2Dnso92. *** IMPORTANT: Registration for "We Got Skills!" clinic will be open for all RLAG members to RSVP, starting 2/20. DESCRIPTION: We Got Skills! New cyclists will establish solid biking fundamentals and experienced riders will fill in the gaps with Carolyn's "We Got Skills!" clinics. Traffic safety and navigation, improving your safety through confident bike handling, becoming more efficient to make longer rides more fun - and much more. Combining indoor teaching with on-bike coaching, RLAG Founder and retired professional trainer, Carolyn will lead you through a rich learning experience. SCHEDULE: * This clinic runs every Saturday for 6 weeks from Mar. 2 - Apr. 6 * Pairs perfectly with the subsequent girlfriend ride (GR) titled, "Reach the Beach: We Got This" (scheduled immediately following the clinic). * The clinic will be held just prior to the ride so you can easily attend both clinic and ride, allowing you to immediately apply the skills you learned in the clinic. * Carolyn will also be available for on-bike coaching during the subsequent girlfriend ride. * This clinic is a repeat of Friday's (RSVP for either Fri or Sat, not both) * Times & locations may vary - always check back for updates! COST: * While we encourage you to maximize your benefit by attending all SIX sessions, you are welcome to attend one, or any number of We Got Skills clinics. * $35 each clinic * $210 for all six clinics (10% discount if pre-paid in advance) LOCATION: Varies, so always check each week to see where we are meeting!!! COACH: Carolyn Jen is the Ride Like A Girl Cycling Founder and ‘Girlfriend in Charge.’ A League Certified Instructor (League of American Bicyclists), she has been working for over five years helping women overcome common barriers to cycling, build bike handling and road biking skills and achieve bicycling goals they never thought possible. Retired from a career in the high-tech industry, she has over 30 years of experience as a training professional, designing, delivering and facilitating instruction for adult learners.

  • Reach the Beach: Saturday Ride Series (70-100 mile Group)

    *** Read entire post *** Check morning of ride for updates *** Un-RSVP if you change your mind. This is a Girlfriend Ride* series that runs weekly 2/16-5/11. It is designed to help you prepare for the 5/18 Reach the Beach (RTB) event. We will have two route options; one for training to 50 miles and one for[masked]. Expect us to be welcoming of newcomers, focused on improving our endurance goals together, and ready to extend loads of encouragement to each other along the way. That said, it is not a walk-in-the-park or smell-the-roses kind of series. We will be focused on reaching weekly distance goals, building endurance, maintaining a steady pace, and keeping rest stops short. Supportive + friendly + focused! * Girlfriend Ride simply means the ride is free to all RLAG members and is hosted by one or more RLAG ride leaders. As a 'girlfriend ride', no formal coaching is included. (See RLAG calendar for coaching and training opportunities). WHO IS THIS RIDE FOR? Women preparing to ride[masked] miles in RTB (or any similar long distance event/tour). This series is geared towards an experienced road cyclist who is comfortable navigating traffic in urban and rural settings (in other words, potentially busy roads, with and without bike lanes, narrow or no shoulders and occasional trucks). If you're NEW to road biking, but eager to learn, you are encouraged to come out and give it a shot - and STRONGLY encouraged to take advantage of RLAG training clinics and coaching that allow you to build good riding skills. Be aware that this series is NOT designed for the 25-mile RTB distance; other RLAG rides of shorter distances would be more appropriate. ABOUT YOUR BIKE: We strongly recommend a ROAD BIKE for this series. Hybrids, mountain bikes, etc. are almost always heavier and less efficient, causing most riders to fatigue after 10-20 miles. Also, ensure the bike is in good working order (a bike mechanic should be the judge of that). The worst kind of mechanical issue during a group ride is the one you could have prevented. START TIME/LOCATION: - Arrive Early! Wheels roll at the posted start time. - After daylight savings time 3/10, expect an earlier start, TBA - Start time & locations will be the SAME for each group, with few exceptions. In these cases, you will see TWO separate Meetup posts on the same day. RSVP for the ONE that suits you. - ALWAYS check the Comments on the morning of the ride for leader updates ROUTE: - See "Comments" section EACH WEEK for route details; two will be posted, one for the 50-milers and one for the[masked] milers. - Ride leaders reserve the right to adjust the route based upon weather conditions, road construction, or their judgement of what is best for the group. - The routes are designed to be similar; we hope the two groups will connect along the way so we can cheer one another on as we pass or pause. RIDE DIFFICULTY: • Roadways: combination of bike paths, urban and rural roads • Pace: 12-15 MPH to start, but evolving as we build distance (50-mile group target is 14-16. 15-18 MPH for the longer group • Terrain: Flat for February, adding rolling hills in March and some climbing in April-May. SWEEPER: No sweeper regroup at turns. We will wait but request that you do your best to select the group in which you can maintain the pace. RESTROOMS AT THE START: Yes RIDE LEADER: Veronica, Emily & Melanie BRING: • Water (2 bottles) • Snacks (Do not skip breakfast) • ID • cell phone (you are responsible to have a pickup plan if you cannot finish a ride) REQUIRED: Helmet, flat repair kit (inner tube, tire levers, pump or CO2). No ear buds. Your bike must be in good working order. All riders need to sign a waiver. WEATHER: Generally, we don't ride when temp is below freezing, in snow, heavy rain, high wind or very stormy conditions. We will ride in gray/light rain. ALWAYS check back for updates ON THE DAY OF THE RIDE. Changes will be posted IN COMMENTS no later than 2 hours before the start time.

  • Reach the Beach: Saturday Ride Series (50 mi group)

    Hits the Spot Cafe

    *** Read entire post *** Check morning of ride for updates *** Un-RSVP if you change your mind. This is a Girlfriend Ride* series that runs weekly 2/16-5/11. It is designed to help you prepare for the 5/18 Reach the Beach (RTB) event. We will have two route options; one for training to 50 miles and one for[masked]. Expect us to be welcoming of newcomers, focused on improving our endurance goals together, and ready to extend loads of encouragement to each other along the way. That said, it is not a walk-in-the-park or smell-the-roses kind of series. We will be focused on reaching weekly distance goals, building endurance, maintaining a steady pace, and keeping rest stops short. Supportive + friendly + focused! * Girlfriend Ride simply means the ride is free to all RLAG members and is hosted by one or more RLAG ride leaders. As a 'girlfriend ride', no formal coaching is included. (See RLAG calendar for coaching and training opportunities). WHO IS THIS RIDE FOR? Women preparing to ride[masked] miles in RTB (or any similar long distance event/tour). This series is geared towards an experienced road cyclist who is comfortable navigating traffic in urban and rural settings (in other words, potentially busy roads, with and without bike lanes, narrow or no shoulders and occasional trucks). If you're NEW to road biking, but eager to learn, you are encouraged to come out and give it a shot - and STRONGLY encouraged to take advantage of RLAG training clinics and coaching that allow you to build good riding skills. Be aware that this series is NOT designed for the 25-mile RTB distance; other RLAG rides of shorter distances would be more appropriate. ABOUT YOUR BIKE: We strongly recommend a ROAD BIKE for this series. Hybrids, mountain bikes, etc. are almost always heavier and less efficient, causing most riders to fatigue after 10-20 miles. Also, ensure the bike is in good working order (a bike mechanic should be the judge of that). The worst kind of mechanical issue during a group ride is the one you could have prevented. START TIME/LOCATION: - Arrive Early! Wheels roll at the posted start time. - After daylight savings time 3/10, expect an earlier start, TBA - Start time & locations will be the SAME for each group, with few exceptions. In these cases, you will see TWO separate Meetup posts on the same day. RSVP for the ONE that suits you. - ALWAYS check the Comments on the morning of the ride for leader updates ROUTE: - See "Comments" section EACH WEEK for route details; two will be posted, one for the 50-milers and one for the[masked] milers. - Ride leaders reserve the right to adjust the route based upon weather conditions, road construction, or their judgement of what is best for the group. - The routes are designed to be similar; we hope the two groups will connect along the way so we can cheer one another on as we pass or pause. RIDE DIFFICULTY: • Roadways: combination of bike paths, urban and rural roads • Pace: 12-15 MPH to start, but evolving as we build distance (50-mile group target is 14-16. 15-18 MPH for the longer group • Terrain: Flat for February, adding rolling hills in March and some climbing in April-May. SWEEPER: No sweeper regroup at turns. We will wait but request that you do your best to select the group in which you can maintain the pace. RESTROOMS AT THE START: Yes RIDE LEADER: Veronica, Emily & Melanie BRING: • Water (2 bottles) • Snacks (Do not skip breakfast) • ID • cell phone (you are responsible to have a pickup plan if you cannot finish a ride) REQUIRED: Helmet, flat repair kit (inner tube, tire levers, pump or CO2). No ear buds. Your bike must be in good working order. All riders need to sign a waiver. WEATHER: Generally, we don't ride when temp is below freezing, in snow, heavy rain, high wind or very stormy conditions. We will ride in gray/light rain. ALWAYS check back for updates ON THE DAY OF THE RIDE. Changes will be posted IN COMMENTS no later than 2 hours before the start time.