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 (5)

Wilson Park Saturday Rides: Pandemic Edition

Charles Herman Wilson Park

This is informational only and not an event announcement. Please do not RSVP here. Check the schedule to see what Saturday rides are available. The club is experimenting with ways we can safely emerge from the lockdown period and adapt to conditions where there remains a significant risk of Coronavirus spread. Thus, we are trying to avoid congregations of large numbers of cyclists at starting locations and rest stops and rely on participants to exercise proper physical distance during on and off bicycles following these guidelines: a) Limit Meetup participants to 10 participants and require RSVPs to participate; b) Encourage starts from different locations and staggering start times; c) Encourage different rest stop locations to avoid large crowds of cyclists arriving at one place; d) Encourage face coverings in public spaces when 6 feet of physical distance is not possible. e) Encourage Ride Leaders to indicate whether a ride is expected to involve a pace line and, if so, what provisions, if any, would be required (e.g. face mask required for pace line). We are asking Ride Leaders for Saturday Rides from Wilson Park to post rides, limited to 10 RSVP's and staggering start times by 30 minutes for rides on the same route and 15 minutes for rides on different routes. We are looking for Ride Leaders for all speeds and distances. If you would like to lead a ride and are not currently set up to post a ride, please let me know. This is an informative post only. -- Mark

B19 from Wilson Park, 55 miles to Pilot Travel Center

This is a group ride aiming to average 19 (+/- 0.5 ) mpg. A "constant effort" pace line 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, there is a limit of 10 participants 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 on the road, please leave a comment below. Please bring a mask and observe physical distance (minimum 6' between paceline riders). 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: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33672766 If a route is not posted by 8PM Thursday, there will be no ride this week. 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/).

Banana Ride: ~15-16mph, 38 miles to WSM in H'boro

Charles Herman Wilson Park

8:15 AM start, to preserve ride sequencing, for 38 miles with a stop at WSM in H'boro. There is a limit of 10 participants and RSVP is required. Please bring a mask and observe physical distance. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32592765 https://tarwheels.net/routes/32592765.pdf General information: The Banana Ride is for those riders who are interested in a social ride, that is a bit more challenging than a C paced ride. Our goal is to average 15 to 16 miles per hour. This ride is not for the new or inexperienced rider. You should have a road bike, be able to follow a cue sheet, be comfortable riding in a group, and be familiar with pace line riding although the ride is not structured around a pace line. This will be a no drop ride. If you have not recently looked over our ride policies, please take a moment to consult: http://tarwheels.net/wp/policies/ If you have not already done so, please take a minute to electronically fill out the 2020 Tarwheels ride waiver before coming out to the ride. http://tarwheels.net/ewaiver 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. I'll have a few cue sheets, but please print one or download the route to your device.

Sunday Ride from Forest View, 16-17 mph, 46 miles to Rougemonte

Forest View Elementary School

Meet in the parking lot facing the front entrance of the school off Mt. Sinai, NOT the back (bus) lot off Kerley. Due to the pandemic, there is a limit of 10 participants and RSVP IS REQUIRED for all riders who either start at FV or plan to join the ride on the road. If you plan to join the ride in progress, please leave a comment below where we can expect to meet you. Please bring a mask and observe physical distance (minimum 6' between paceline riders). 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: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33673823 If a route is not posted by 8PM Friday, there will be no ride this week. 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/).

Past events (2,553)

Dawn Patrol: Test ride 3

Wilson Park

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