De qué se trata
Hello All, Since moving here I have been loving riding my road bike through the roads into the hills around the city or some of the beautiful rural roads further a field. With road cycling, two is already a group, so I wanted to create this group for all those road cyclist out there who want to meet up with other road bikers for short or longer trips and a nice workout. This is primarily a road biking group, which basically means that the routes we follow are intended for people owning a …. road bike. If you have a light hybrid, you may be able to come along on some of the rides, although you may find that on longer rides the disadvantage in the speed you can achieve on a hybrid vs. a road bike may make it quite an effort to follow along. For other types of cycling, there is another lovely cycling meetup group for leisurely rides on any terrain, as well as plenty of semi-pro/amateur road biking or mountain biking clubs around the city, which you may find through some of the local bicycle shops. The rides are open for road cyclist at all levels of fitness, so do not hesitate to sign up for events. This is not a competitive group, so we do adapt our pace to assure everyone can follow or wait for each other at the top of climbs, descents etc. Think less about the pace, but do consider the length of a ride. No one should have too much trouble completing a 40km ride, but a 90km ride can be a quite a challenge if you have not cycled much recently, especially since most routes will include bits of climbing. From my experience, the average speed on a whole trip will be between 20-30Km/h (usually closer to 20), which means uphill speeds between 10-17km/h. Speeds on flat roads between 25 up to 40Km/h. If you are concerned, do talk to your organizer to talk over the planned route instead of assuming it will be too hard. Most of the time it should be feasible for everyone, unless specifically mentioned its not. If the groups get bigger, it may be possible to break up into smaller groups with different levels during a ride and for instance meet up halfway along for lunch. When this happens, it is important that when a group is formed, this group then does have to remain together for the whole ride. I will invite any of you to become co-organizers, in which way this group will hopefully become a message board and meeting point, with frequent options to meet people for a ride either during the week or on the weekends. If you want to post a ride (no matter how short), let me know and I can appoint you as co-organizer. Naturally, you will then have to take the lead, pick a route, (show up...on time) and stick to some basic group rules. Naturally there are a couple of group rules as well. First of all, road cycling is a dangerous sport. Especially when you are riding in groups, make sure you are aware you have a responsibility to the safety of the other riders around you, especially those behind you who may be following you blindly as they sit out of the wind in your slipstream. This means, make sure you signal those behind you of any obstacles in the road, keep to the traffic rules (Many cyclist jump red lights on their own, but in a group this may be dangerous), and avoid sudden braking, cutting others off etc. Joining on rides is naturally at your own risk and neither myself, any other organizers or meetup can accept any responsibility for any mishaps on the trip. Secondly, if you signed up, but can’t make it, please let your organizer know (especially if you know the group is small). We will wait no more than 15min at the starting point. If it was agreed to pick you up along the way somewhere we will not wait at each point for more than 5min. Also make sure you bring a few basic tools and a spare tire in case of technical problems. Most cyclist do not bring anything to plug punctures anymore but just carry one or two spare tires, so if you forgot yours and the others in your group may not carry the right size, the group may be stranded trying to get you back home… Lastly, for those who may not be familiar with Meetup, the groups are all run on voluntary basis by enthusiast. None of the groups are professional tour organizers of any kind, so do keep that in the back of your mind if one day you find that a trip is going less smooth than you hoped for. Also, it does cost money run this page. I have been happy to pay for it, as I do it for my own enjoyment. For most events I will not charge any fees, but I welcome any small contributions to share the cost. Saludos and hasta pronto, Michel
Próximos eventos (4+)Ver todo
- Winters 🐢 Pre-intermediate Maresme loop 🍟 and 🍻 45k 800 mtGasolinera bp, Montgat
Meetup = reunirse: people with the same passion meet to do something together. No money or business involved and everyone is responsible for his own. In the case you cannot keep up, you will have to be able to find the way home or to the beers afterwards.
Slow pace (about 20 km/h ave), training level required suitable for riders that are not fast as the intermediate group but used to ride.
Beginners are also welcome if they have already done a similar route: 50k/700mt elevation in less than 2hr and 30 min (please write me in private if it is your first time)
We will ride together and who is faster will wait at crossroads and top of climbs the rest of the group: 1. top of Conreria 2. Corner after Sant Fost https://goo.gl/maps/CziZWanb2h5L4MbY9 3. top of Vallensana 4. Bottom of Vallensana (bomberos Badalona) https://goo.gl/maps/fWBzFSJrEJqiYJrd9 5. Forum.
that we MUST respect the cyclist Spanish law, please read carefully: https://www.dgt.es/PEVI/eduvial/guias-didacticas-recursos/Guia-del-ciclista-marcadores.pdf (For instance we MUST circulate in 1 line -fila india- when there is no visibility and when a car is coming if the street is 1 lane);
I will not allow you to come if you do not have the basics: helmet, road bike in conditions, GPS/Phone (+ lights if it gets dark) and cycling shoes, you will not be able to ride with open shoes like sandals.
If it is your first time you have to answer the questions before joining.
Please check the route before coming it is also recommended to download the GPS track.
Each member is responsible for his/her safety at all times and to ride the route.
You will need: water, spare inner tube, some cash, energy food if you wish.
We always celebrate the end of the ride with beers and some food. We decide at the end of the route where to go.
This week we will do Maresme Loop - A Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/3572542919
- I will meet you at the cross road of Montgat to Tiana you can start at Hotel Arts (Casino/Torre Mapfre) in Barcelona.
- Saturday INT Sant Feliu de Codines 100k / 1100mHotel Arts Barcelona, Barcelona, CT
Here is the plan for Saturday. We meet at Hotel Arts at 8 (or alternatively you can join at the Besos tram stop at 8:15) and head out towards Badalona.
We will do the Alella climb, then head up to Sant Feliu de Codines and back down again towards Mollet and then return to the city via the Cementiri climb.
Apologies for the early start but I have to be back by 1 pm and want to leave a bit of time for a quick coffee stop along the way.
This is for road bikes only and it is not a beginner's ride. We will be going at an intermediate pace of around 32-35 km/h on the flats and 12-17 km/h on the climbs. On the flats we stay together and on the climbs everyone can do their thing and we wait at the top.
Expect an overall average for the ride of around 25-26 km/h.
Bring all the usual things like helmet, spares, tools, money and the route in case you want to go faster or slower than the group.
Here is the route:
Note: We are just a bunch of people who share a hobby. This is not professionally organized and it is up to you to take care of yourself and follow the rules of the road.
- Penedes 150K (int/adv Non-Stop)Torres Venecianes, Barcelona, CT
Today let's keep distance but push a bit the speed and try to keep the micro-stops to the minimum.
Climbing can be a challenge on these continuous rides, but here's the plan: If you're eager to push the limits on the ascents and don't mind waiting at the summit for the rest of the non-stop group, you're more than welcome. Alternatively, if you prefer a slower climb and aim to finish without any breaks, even at the top, just stick with me on the ascents.
Moreover, while our aim is to maintain a consistent pace, depending on who joins (and we know each other pretty well), there might be moments of intense speed in which someone can lose contact with the group. Be prepared for this possibility, even if it's not the primary intent.
Today will be easy finishing without breaks, but the goal is to gradually increase both distance, duration and intensity as the year progresses.
🚨 IMPORTANT DETAILS 🚨
- Non-Stop Ride: Limited halts, only for traffic lights or mechanical issues.
- Expect moments of intense speed and the possibility of losing contact with the group.
- DROP Ride: If someone drops the group, he will be on his own. Knowing the route is a must in case of separation, you'll be alone
- MEETING POINT: Starting from Venecian Towers (Plaça Espanya) at 8:30 sharp. But Let's meet for a coffee first at the Buenas Migas at 8:00.
- ROUTE: Link to Strava Route
- LEVEL: Advanced-Intermediate
🚧 SAFETY FIRST 🚧
- Respect Spanish cycling laws.
- Bring your helmet, well-maintained road bike, GPS/Phone (+ lights for dark conditions).
- Don't forget your water bottle, spare inner tube, some cash, and energy food.
- Be familiar with the Spanish Cyclist Law.
🚨 DISCLAIMER 🚨
This is a social ride, not a professionally organized tour. Your safety is your responsibility. Ride responsibly and at your own risk. Let's make this year's cycling adventures unforgettable! 🌈🚴♀️
- Weekly Tuesday Evening Ride - Intermediate PLUSPlaça de Lesseps, Barcelona, CT
Tuesday rides are back for 2024!
The plan is to build up through the year so Jan and Feb will be shorter and possibly flatter (although with the occasional surprise of course : )
Expect around 40kms until it gets lighter and we can go further.
Routes normally posted on Monday and please bring all you need including spares, lights, gels etc...
If you have been before you know what to expect. For anyone new these are intermediate rides but are called PLUS because they quite often become quick in places depending on who comes along.
If it's your first ride with the group you are very welcome and please have the route with you so you can continue at your own pace if you would like to.
Think that's all for now and hope to see you on Tuesdays : )