What we're about

The Carolina Tarwheels Bicycle Club is a non-profit (501c) organization welcoming all cyclists who enjoy riding with great folks who share the same passion. Our goals are to offer weekly organized bike rides for all levels of riders, to promote safe cycling, to provide bi-monthly club meetings with topics relevant to cycling, and to host one of the best organized rides in the area, our annual Bikefest (http://www.ncbikefest.org/) event in Hillsborough.

Money raised by the Tarwheels is donated to other non-profit organizations that support cycling including organizations that donate bikes to children, promote safety, and promote cycling.

Our members also serve on various cycling advocacy committees in our community as a voice for cyclists and to integrate our sport safely with pedestrians and motorists.

We welcome new members and encourage individuals to join (http://tarwheels.net/wp/join/) our organization, enjoy our rides and social activities while promoting our sport and supporting our community.

To find out more, please visit our Web (http://tarwheels.net) site, Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/tarwheels) page and outline of member benefits (http://tarwheels.net/wp/join/).

Upcoming events (4+)

A-20 "Coffee Stop" ride, Hillsborough **9:00 AM**, 20-21 mph, 63 mi

Needs a location

Saturday Oct 8: We will be heading back to Hillsborough with a stop at the Weaver Street Market. Lot's of smooth roads.

Two climb/sprints:

Pleasant Green starting after crossing St Marys ending at Cole Mill (about 3.5 miles long). We will regroup at the stop sign at Cole Mill.

Mt. Sinai... essentially all 4 miles ending at the crest of the last hill before the stop sign. We will regroup at the stop sign at Rte 86.

Optional end of ride beverages somewhere downtown.

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41125974

This is a group ride aiming to average 20-21 mph. A "constant effort" paceline group, slow up, fast down. Those in front need to be aware of group (increasing power creates gaps) and call out location of hazards.

RSVP IS REQUIRED for all riders who either start at WP or plan to join the ride on the road.

Your responsibility as part of the group is to RSVP and supply your own cue sheet or download the GPS file.

If you plan to join the ride in progress, please leave a comment below about where we can expect to meet you.

It is Tarwheels policy for all riders to sign the ride waiver before coming out to the ride.

*** WAIVER *** http://tarwheels.net/ewaiver

MEMBERS need only do this ONCE a YEAR. NON-MEMBERS are required to do this before EACH RIDE, please consider becoming a member.

Please consult the Tarwheels website for Ride policies (http://tarwheels.net/wp/policies/) and the BikeWalkNC website for guidance on riding in pacelines. Group Bicycling Best Practices: Skills and Techniques (http://www.bikewalknc.org/group-bicycling-best-practices-skills-and-techniques/).

Bynum Ridge via Fearington Hills

Needs a location

Corinne and I will co-host this climbing focused ride. Our objective is to keep a moderate pace. We will regroup the top of Bynum Ridge, and other climbs as needed.

This is a no-drop, regroup ride at a pace of 15.5 - 16.5 mph. The ride will start at 9:00 am and stop for a short break at the Fearington Belted Goat.
ROUTE
WP53.2 Bynum via Fearington Hills
http://tarwheels.net/route/41125355
http://tarwheels.net/pdf/41125355
http://tarwheels.net/csv/41125355

RIDE POLICIES
If you have not recently looked over our ride policies, please take a moment to review them.
http://tarwheels.net/wp/policies/
RIDE WAIVER
If you have not already done so, please take a minute to electronically fill out the 2022 Tarwheels ride waiver before coming to the ride. Current Tarwheels members need only do this ONCE a YEAR. NON MEMBERS are required to do this before EACH RIDE, so please consider becoming a member and save yourself the hassle.
http://tarwheels.net/ewaiver
RIDING IN A GROUP
We will ride in a double pace line, with short pulls of around a minute, and rotation of both lead riders to the left. There are occasions when lead riders should soft pedal to allow for the group to accelerate together; for example, when finishing a climb or when crossing or turning at an intersection, generally whenever the group has slowed significantly and is returning to a normal pace. In these situations, the last riders should announce "all in" when the group has reformed to let lead riders know they may resume a normal pace.
BikeWalkNC.org has a lot of useful information for cyclists, including tips for group rides and pace lines. Please take a look.
http://www.bikewalknc.org/group-bicycling-best-practices-skills-and-techniques/
Faster/slower riders are encouraged to attend, and ride at your own pace. If you want someone else to sign up for your speed, indicate so in the comments below.

B19 **9:05 AM**

Needs a location

Note: same route as B18. If fewer than 4 riders RSVP, will merge ride with B18.

This is a group ride aiming to average 19 (+/- 0.5 ) mpg. A "constant effort" paceline group, slow up, fast down. Those in front need to be aware of group (increasing power creates gaps) and call out location of holes.

RSVP IS REQUIRED for all riders who either start at WP or plan to join the ride on the road. If you plan to join the ride in progress, please leave a comment below about where we can expect to meet you.

Your responsibility as part of the group is to RSVP and supply your own cue sheet or download the GPS file.

This week's route:

It is Tarwheels policy for all riders to sign the ride waiver before coming out to the ride.

*** WAIVER *** http://tarwheels.net/ewaiver

MEMBERS need only do this ONCE a YEAR. NON-MEMBERS are required to do this before EACH RIDE, please consider becoming a member.

Please consult the Tarwheels website for Ride policies (http://tarwheels.net/wp/policies/))

and the BikeWalkNC website for guidance on riding in pacelines. Group Bicycling Best Practices: Skills and Techniques (http://www.bikewalknc.org/group-bicycling-best-practices-skills-and-techniques/)..)

B18 - WP53.8 Mebane Harmony Reeds **9:10am**

Needs a location

This is a group ride aiming to average 18 (+/- 0.5 ) mpg. A "constant effort" paceline group, slow up, fast down. Those in front need to be aware of group (increasing power creates gaps) and call out location of holes.

Due to the pandemic (and to manage paceline size), there is a limit of 20 participants (may vary depending on ride leader availability) and RSVP IS REQUIRED for all riders who either start at WP or plan to join the ride on the road. If you plan to join the ride in progress, please leave a comment below about where we can expect to meet you. Please bring a mask for use when physical distance cannot be maintained (e.g., rest stops, roadside mechanicals) and observe standard courtesy of waiting to spit or blow nose until you've rotated to back of paceline.

Your responsibility as part of the group is to RSVP and supply your own cue sheet or download the GPS file.

This week's route:
WP53.8 Mebane Harmony Reeds. Rest stop at Filament in Mebane at mile 33.7.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37921330

It is Tarwheels policy for all riders to sign the ride waiver before coming out to the ride.

*** WAIVER *** http://tarwheels.net/ewaiver

MEMBERS need only do this ONCE a YEAR. NON-MEMBERS are required to do this before EACH RIDE, please consider becoming a member.

Please consult the Tarwheels website for Ride policies (http://tarwheels.net/wp/policies/) and the BikeWalkNC website for guidance on riding in pacelines. Group Bicycling Best Practices: Skills and Techniques (http://www.bikewalknc.org/group-bicycling-best-practices-skills-and-techniques/).

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