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Spring Road Biking Training Series

About the Ride Series: 

This is a training series for the cyclist who wants to improve their skills in riding distance, rolling hills, and climbing. This is not a beginner ride. If you have been riding with us through the Winter Training series (Dec-Mar), you should be ready for this next challenge. Newcomers also welcome - just come prepared to workout and be challenged. 

Difficulty: 

Distances will vary between 30-45 miles. Pace will be 14-16 mph (on the flats).We will be riding on rural country roads. Expect trucks and traffic, rolling hills, and climbing. We will learn by doing and sharing riding tips and techniques with one another. 

Note to stronger/faster cyclists:You may want to consider Paul J's "The harder way" version of this ride. His ride is designed to be slightly faster and more challenging. See his ride posting for details.


Ride Difficulty Scale For Road Rides: B-C and 2-4

Fuel for the Ride: Rides are likely to last 3-5 hours. Be sure to bring both water and snacks, especially since we are riding through the lunch hour.

The Route:  Routes will vary and increase in difficulty over time. Check the Comments section for ride postings each week.

Ride Leaders: Carolyn, Kindel, and Vest.  [masked]

Weather Policy: This ride will only cancel for heavy rain. Light showers are no big deal. Cancellations will be posted 2 hours before ride start time.

Required:

• Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement for all NW Butts on Bikes rides. This is one of the basic (and simple) ways we protect ourselves from injury. Please don't forget your helmet!

• Bring a right-size spare tube. If you get a flat, we can probably help, but you need to supply the tube!

• Your bike must be in good working order. If you're not sure, stop by a local bike shop and ask a mechanic to look it over for safety and basic ride-ability

• Cell phone - never go on a ride without one!

• No ear buds please

Strongly recommended:

•  A road bike. We are increasing the distance, pace, and difficulty compared to our winter ride series. Unless you are a strong and experienced cyclist comfortably riding a non-road bike at the above posted pace and distances we strongly recommend you ride a road bike.  

• Sun/riding glasses (protection yourself from the sun and little flying bugs that can wreck your vision in an instant!)

• Water: Bring some!

Restrooms:  Two options nearby: the dog park across  the street from our starting point has a porta potty. Also, Longbottom Coffee (on NW 235 Ave)



 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Carolyn. What a great route and nice group of riders. Thanks to Vest and Kindel --sure appreciated your presence, especially on Mason Hill. I must say that I appreciated seat warmers in the car more than usual! I didn't miss the last few miles. Thanks, Caroline. You are amazing!

    1 · April 25, 2014

    • Michael C.

      Yes, TY Vest and Kindel!! Our lives depended on you... haha

      April 26, 2014

    • Carolyn J.

      You are most welcome, Joan. Always a pleasure to ride with you. I've got one more on the calendar for this Friday. Join us if you can. This week we will finish the route we started.

      April 28, 2014

  • Michael C.

    Another great ride Carolyn. Nice touch with the rain and HAIL just to make it more challenging. Glad I brought my rain gear for the ride. Enjoyed meeting everyone and look forward to the next ride!!

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Melwood

    Great. The rain and hail just made us stronger and gave us bragging rights.

    1 · April 25, 2014

    • Carolyn J.

      you got those all right, girlfriend. we all did !!

      April 25, 2014

    • Evy

      Thank you Carolyn! Mason Hill was a challenge! Hail and rain too......but the second hill was kind of sweet. Thanks for getting us back before we froze :)

      1 · April 25, 2014

  • Charles W.

    this was just the kind of ride that I need more of. CAROLINE DID A GREAT JOB OF LEADING.

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    Great job, everyone, in spite of the questionable forecast and eventual rain AND HAIL! Really appreciated that you all kept laughing and pulled as a team to get everyone back safe. Special thanks to Vest and Kindel, our awesome sweepers!!

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Sheri B.

    have to drop out today :-( -- have a great ride!!

    April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carolyn, I am bringing a friend. She signed up just this am but is not showing up in my view of rsvps. Hope it's okay.

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Carol C

    WOW, Joan Nugent, your becoming a cycling machine!!!

    April 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No....I've hardly been on my bike this winter/spring. I'm needing to "catch up"!

      April 25, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    Ride is ON as scheduled but we do have a forecast calling for showers that may get spotty/heavier in the afternoon. Please prepare accordingly. We have plenty of options to shorten the route if needed.

    April 25, 2014

    • Carolyn J.

      Looking out my window, I see lovely blue sky with fluffy white clouds. Thinking of biking to the start and stopping for coffee at Starbucks. Want to join me 9:20? 22075 NW Imbrie Dr (next to Fred Meyer around the corner from our start)

      April 25, 2014

  • Leslie B.

    Fighting a cold so will miss the ride today :(.

    April 25, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    Kindel and Vest sweeping for us this week!

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • Chelsey

      Caught a cold so I'm going to see how I feel tomorrow when I get up...I will let u know if i'm not going to make it.

      April 24, 2014

  • Mike H

    Client again. Have fun!

    April 23, 2014

  • Kindel B.

    See you there!

    April 23, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    Route http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3577164
    Peaking at 40 miles with mid-point food/rest stop at Pumpkin Ridge. Please pack a light lunch.

    April 5, 2014

  • Adam De V.

    I have to work .

    March 28, 2014

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