Cosa facciamo

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

Eventi in programma (4+)

Thursday's 🐢 Pre-intermediate Maresme loop bravas 🌭 and 🍻 45k 800 mt

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.

Please, remember:

  • 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

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Montjuic reps / Intermediate and above 🏰

Plaça d'Espanya

Hi everyone, here is an idea for Thursday evenings in February. Let's go to the castle! Have planned a ride with four climbs to the top. The idea is to get a nice efficient session done and then get home to the warm. Bring the route as we will likely split and regroup at the top. Figure as the climbs are short even if you KOM/QOM you will only be waiting a minute or two for the rest of us : ) Hope to see you there

https://www.strava.com/routes/3052681681401196140

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60-70km. Chill & fun ride. Beers & tapas after.

Gran Casino

Hey, want to ride for 60-70km on Sat, and after have some beers/tapas/lunch where we finish the ride.

Route TBD in the coming days.

If we finish the ride outside Barcelona -> comeback by train
If we finish the ride in Barcelona -> Do as you feel (I’ll take my bike home ;)

Let’s go and have some fun!! Enjoy the weekend 🤩

Speedy Saturday⚡️

Hotel Arts Barcelona

Hi all!

Please read description before signing up.

Revisiting a favorite from a couple of weeks back. A mix of some punchy and steady ramps/ climbs on this one.

As always the aim for this group is pushing hard. We ride neat and tidy in a single or double pace line on flats (depending on roads, number of people, winds etc.) and we try to keep speed as high as possible. We usually push somewhere between 35-45 kph on flats. On climbs we go our own (hard) pace and we regroup up top.
If you want to join but not sure if you can keep up, please have the route in case you get dropped. If you drop on the flats you're on your own. For the climbs we wait but we won't wait for too long bc of cold temperatures etc.

We meet at Hotel Arts and aim to leave 10:00 sharp. No stops for coffee etc on this ride. The idea is to not stop at all in order to make it fast and tough. However if someone has a mechanical issue we will stop and help. Please bring enough food and drinks to last the entire ride. If we have to we will stop for water but we try to avoid it. Estimated avg speed for entire ride 30+ kph.

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3053356114787607324

This ride is intended to be hard both physically and mentally so expect to suffer and get a good workout from it 😀

Hope to see you there!

Eventi passati (3.260)

Early morning Collserola loop - Intermediate

Estació de Fontana