Saturday mornings starting Junel 15th, 2013. Suitable for all ability levels.
Riders are required to be a Midweek Club member*
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Meet the parking lot at the Rona at Winston Churchill & Eglinton (MAP)
Three to four hours, different route each week. As weather & fitness improves, we'll start earlier and go farther.
If you ever need to check if the ride is on, check the interactive message square on the home page on the website (furthest right of the four sections) and it will let you know if it is canceled or as planned.
WHAT THIS MIDWEEK CLUB RIDE IS ABOUT:
This is a Midweek club event, and as members, you all have signed a waiver and paid for liability insurance to protect your club and ride leaders.
There is no charge for the actual rides. There is some skill development involved in the rides, the primary skill being how to keep a group with varying fitness and abilities together.
Distances are 60km to 110km so we are home in time for a full afternoon taking care of other responsibilities. For those unaccustomed to riding in a group, there is lots of help and you need to know that group speeds are easily higher than what you can do on your own. For those familiar with Ontario style club rides, please read on - it's not your regular ride.
#1 - we stay together. This means that if you are weak, you will be helped in lots of ways. If you are very strong, we expect you to help out by pulling on the downhills and maybe even pushing a weaker rider uphill on occasion. If you want to climb a hill at full speed and this is faster than the others.... Turn around at the top and do it twice!
If we have a large group or a VERY wide range of abilities and desired speeds, we will split into two smaller groups after the option of a split is discussed - you'll get to go fast enough and far enough! But we ride in groups. We do not drop riders, nor do we take flyers off the front. We don't turn off or turn around from the back without agreement. Nobody is left behind in the exasperated panic of not being able to keep up. We are organized and caring.
#2 We obey the rules of the road. We really do. When a traffic light splits the group, we regroup at the other side.
#3 This is not a Hammerfest nor is it a pseudo race. Here you will co-operate with others. If you have a racing career, some day you will be on a team and have to nurse your ill or crash-damaged mate to the finish. You will learn how to do it here. If you ride any team time trial or pursuit competition, it is always either the last or second last rider's time that counts. You'll learn how to succeed at that here too. These skills pay off in mass start races in ways that are too complex to outline in this short printed description.
#4 Some coaching is available There will be some gentle guidance to keep the ride organized and co-operative. There is much to learn about group riding, and even racing is mostly group riding.
Access to the start site is really easy - get yourself to 403 and Winston Churchill, go north one block to Eglinton. There is lots of parking and fast food available on the North East Corner.