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
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- Intermediate Tuesday is back now that Daylights saving is in place, and to start we gonna do the classic one. We'll be riding a Collserola Loop in a "Not so Fast Intermediate" pace to enjoy the amazing views at the surroundings of Barcelona. This is a non competitive ride and we'll try to remain together on the flat. On the climbs, each on your own and we will re-group at the end of each climb.
Have in mind that even not being a fast pace we have a reasonable elevation gain, you need to have some good fitness level.
*** This is not a Beginner's Ride ***
Pace: ± 30kmh flat / ± 14kmh climbs
- Road Bike in good conditions (spare tube/tools)
- Safety gear (No Helmet, no Ride!)
- Food (Energy Bars, etc) / Water
- A mobile phone / some money (in case any emergency happens)
- Good Mood (if we need to wait for others, be patient)
- Have the route downloaded to your phone/GPS
- Have the contact of someone else from the group in case you need to communicate with us.
- Leave 6:00pm from the Meeting Point (come 5 minutes earlier if possible)
- Possible after ride Beers & Bravas at any random bar when getting back to Barcelona.
- Alex S.
- Fabinho M.
- Victor O.
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Tuesday rides continue!
The good news is that the days are getting longer and we can start to include some longer descents, but please still bring good lights.
These rides are usually at the faster end of intermediate so can be challenging and we push on climbs and flats. We have also been know to find a ramp or two 😩
The idea is to cover around 50kms. We will wait at the top of climbs but be ready for little rest until the end. Please also have the route with you should you prefer a different pace.
Meeting point is normally Placa de Lesseps (just in front of the library) at 18,15 sharp. But watch for updates as we may change some weeks when we go to Maresme or out towards Begues.
Please bring the normal spares, food, gels etc...
Ok hope that helps and look forward to seeing you all : )
- Augusto A.
- 2 partecipanti
This is our weekly Tuesday advanced evening ride, taking place all year round
Time of Departure: We vary the departure time throughout the year to optimize with the available light, so do check the current time each week. We generally leave around 18:30 and do depart promptly, so please come on time to avoid missing the group.
Place of Departure: We leave from the start of the Arrabassada. On a few occasions we may select a different location depending on the route and will announce this beforehand, so please do check before joining.
Level of the Rides: These are advanced rides and only suitable for fit riders who are riding regularly. If you have doubts, please contact the organizer. The amount of climbing can be significant/steep and the pace is high. 28-30kph average including climbs for the entire ride or a bit slower if there are many/hard climbs. The rides are "spirited group rides" with friendly competition especially on the climbs. On the flat sections and descents we ride as one group, with generally the stronger riders taking the front allowing others to draft. On the climbs the group does generally break up and we regroup at the top of each climb. So do make sure you understand where we will wait when we start a climb so you don’t get lost if you are at the back. If you are turning back at some point during the ride, please do let someone know, so the group does not need to wait unnecessarily.Although we wait at the top of the climbs, we will limit the amount of waiting to about 5min max and may proceed if the gap is too large. Also, if we do see someone struggling with the pace of difficulty, the organizer may discuss for the rider to return independently. If you are struggling or have a technical issue, do notify someone in the group. Although we avoid dropping riders, if we are unsure where someone left the group, we may not be able to wait.
Routes: Routes get announced at the meeting point before departure.
There are a few different routes we take depending on how people feel and who comes out but a typical summer ride is 40-60km, taking around 2 hours with 3ish Collserola climbs (which tend to be between 4-6km long each). Occasionally we will mix things up and do a Maresme ride departing from Hotel Arts or a ride from Montjuic.
During the darker months of the year (Nov-Feb), we ride challenging city routes with very steep climbs on quiet and well-lit neighborhood streets above Ronda de Dalt or flat rides near the airport and Zona Franca.
Beers afterwards on occasion, suffering usually, and fun always.
See you there!
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Regular ride on Thursday morning leaving from opposite Fontana metro station at 7.15 am to do a classic 40km - 1000m climbing Collserola loop. Planned route will be something like this depending on the weather: http://www.strava.com/activities/213419149 Route on RideWithGPS: https://goo.gl/dMXzww Meeting point is across the road from the Fontana metro at 7.15 am
We always stop for a coffee so bring a little money. Return time into the city is normally between 9.30 and 10. We´ll wait at various stops, all riders are very welcome, as long as they are able to find their own way back into town if the pace proves high.
Note: Please turn up if you sign up!
- Jim D.
- 1 partecipante
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- Arthur M.
- 10 partecipanti