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Who here is a member of a cycling club? A local club..(12 posts)

Who here is a member of a cycling club? A local club..Pecos
Jun 27, 2002 5:21 AM
or even a national club such as LAB ( League of American Bicyclists) What type of rides do you do with your club? Classify them as A, B, C and the rules you ride by ie. pace that must be maintained, no dropping or everyone is on their own, etc...
re: Who here is a member of a cycling club? A local club..No_sprint
Jun 27, 2002 5:44 AM
I'm a member of three and race for one. I do a crit trainer a week. Very very very fast, huge pack of 200+, very dangerous and not for the faint of heart. Pace is 30+ miles per hour average for 10 laps x 3.4 miles or so. Lots of pros here. I also do a schmoozer a week. Slow, fun, social. I typically do another trainer over the weekend. 70 miles or so, fast paced. Sometimes I do hill work with my team one day. Fast, hard. Then, Sundays is race day. I'm in the gym twice a week and teach 3 or more spin classes every week.
Where are you located? The crit sounds interesting...Pecos
Jun 27, 2002 5:49 AM
Where are you located? The crit sounds interesting...No_sprint
Jun 27, 2002 8:21 AM
Crit training in the SoCal metro area is in Gardena, in Long Beach at El Dorado park (a series) and at the Rose Bowl. The Mercury team frequents the Rose Bowl with their damn pacing motorcycle. It's truly out of hand. Very gnarly crashes sometimes. About a month ago a rider had a head on collision with a parked police car. He was alright after smashing the windshield and flying well over the entire car. It was really a scene.
re: Who here is a member of a cycling club? A local club..netso
Jun 27, 2002 5:47 AM
Belong to Tampa Bay Freewheelers. I believe rides are divided as such: Beginners, intermediate and Advanced riders.
If by a club yougrandemamou
Jun 27, 2002 6:44 AM
mean we are somehow organized. I wouldn't say so. I live in a small area so the club is a catch all, from serious racers,mtn bikers,rec. cyclists, tourists and people who just show up to ride.

We have 3 scheduled group rides tue, thurs afternoons and Sat mornings. There are no formal rules other than we insist on obeying all traffic laws. Lawbreakers are shunned like Lepers. We usualy start out together and after a few miles of warm ups split off into 2 or three groups depending on pace.

http://www.jollyrogercycling.com
Nice web sie, but if someone is interest in ...Pecos
Jun 27, 2002 7:15 AM
joining, you don't say where you are located. At least I could find where from your site.
You are correct sirgrandemamou
Jun 27, 2002 7:24 AM
Like I said no one ever accused us of being organized. We are in Southwest Louisiana. There is a contact link if you are interested.
Well, I'd love to join you guys for a spinn, but I amPecos
Jun 27, 2002 7:33 AM
approximately 1400 miles away in NYC. Thanks though!
Twin Cities Bicycle Cluboff roadie
Jun 27, 2002 6:47 AM
I'm member #2991 - its a big club. They have rides classed A, A/B, B, C. The written ride rules seem to focus more on traffic law and safety than on pacing and grouping. Here's thier website, which should give the official answer any of those questions: http://www.mtn.org/tcbc/
The "Ride Key" specifically lays out ride "levels" and other rider requirements.

In my personal observation, individual riders are free to hold whatever pace they want and drop / fall off whomever they want. I've even heard some riders say they were grouping up to drop a particular individual to "teach them a lesson". Whatever.
It's not strictly competative, but its not strictly co-operative either. In the 10 or so rides I've been on, I've yet to see an organized pace line, but people do tend to clump up into packs of 2-10, and drafting is pretty well accepted.

On C rides, it seems the leader will make an effort to hold some group coherance at a (to me) slow pace, but will let "advanced" riders take off. There's enough rides (most are A or B) that "advanced" riders don't go on those rides much< I'd think. On other rides (A and B), its pretty much a "here's a map, maybe we'll see you at the rest stop in 20 miles" kinda deal, unless the individual rider makes an effort to match the learders pace. For me, that sometimes means I'm ahead of the leader, sometimes behind, sometimes on a completely different route...
"How to Choose a Bike Club" articleTig
Jun 27, 2002 10:20 AM
Good stuff from the folks at RoadBikeRider.com: http://www.roadbikerider.com/free%20articles.htm
Lakeville, MN - Silver CyclingShad
Jun 27, 2002 2:03 PM
Hooked up with these guys two years ago through someone I met from this site. A great group of guys. Some racers and some fast group rides in the southern metro.

If anyone's interested:

http://www.silvercycling.org/