What we’re about
Welcome to the Paris Cycling Group meetup site. We're a friendly group for cyclists of all nationalities to share training rides in and around Paris. We are on both Meet Up and also Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/42482.
We're an informal group and we arrange rides of different levels and abilities - usually on road/racing bikes and for 70 - 200 km routes around Paris. This is a group for adult cyclists, not really for beginners - you will need the right equipment. Our rides are usually rated by difficulty and route.
Important: as a group, we want people to start together and finish together (if possible). To achieve this, we ask that people firstly choose the right type of ride for them and that they are comfortable with. So, if you are lacking fitness, a fast ride probably isn't for you. We also ask that people show courtesy to other riders and not deliberately go off on a 'Tour de France' style breakaway in an attempt to drop riders.
1) Speed/ level of difficulty
Social: A ride that will suit less experienced cyclists or those who prefer a more social ride taken at a more leisurely pace (less than 25mk/h on average). On these rides, the group will stay together and ensure that the group waits in the event of any one rider being dropped.
Social rides may also have skills sessions for beginners, or similar group sessions.
Medium: Less strenuous than a hard ride, a medium ride is still a good workout with typical average speed of around 27- 29km/h. If you're dropped, we'll usually wait for you provided you can generally keep the pace. So to be fair to the group, and to keep the ride time reasonable, if you're being dropped regularly we may invite you to finish the ride solo at your own pace, and then join us when you're able to hold a slightly quicker pace. Again, please ensure you have downloaded the route.
Hard: These are 'tempo' rides, typically at a relatively higher speed, you would need high cycling fitness and endurance. Some riders may be dropped or left behind, not always but sometimes, if it's a particularly fast group - so please ensure you have downloaded the route. Typically, a hard ride will see the average speed in excess of 30km/h, or higher if a faster group.
Cyclists who are looking for more relaxed rides (at least at first - feel free to come back here later) at speeds of typically around 22km/h on average are strongly encouraged to try out the PCG B group: https://www.meetup.com/paris-cycling-b-group/
2) Whether hilly or not
Hilly (over 1300m of climbing - this is Paris, there are not that many hills!)
Medium Hills (800-1300m)
Flat (less than 800m)
Any member of the Group can suggest a new ride or other event at any time through the Meetup site. If you do, please use these rating labels.
- do you have the cycling fitness and experience for this ride?
- safety comes first: no helmet, no PCG ride.
- this ride is for road bikes/velos de route, not for VTT.
- check the weather in advance.
- bring spare tube, bidons, energy bars, gels, etc.
- bring money (for an emergency)
The Paris Cycling Group, the PCG organizers, the ride leaders and the PCG members will not accept any responsibility for accidents or injuries to riders or equipment under any circumstances or for any reasons.
Feel free to contact the Organizers for more info.