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first group ride (scared like hell !!:)))) any suggestions?(6 posts)

first group ride (scared like hell !!:)))) any suggestions?seantazx
May 14, 2002 8:24 AM
after a year indoor training, single riding and weight lifting i am going to do my first group ride. I have never ridden with a group before. I am averaging 20-25 mph in my outside rides by myself. So i dont think speed would be an issue. However I am watching giro d'italia everyday and i am watching crashes also. these guys bump eachother, too.. so I would really appreciate suggestions from experienced cyclists. thanks and have a good ride!!
Read the post on general discusion boardmikebikr
May 14, 2002 12:22 PM
from today about overlapping wheels. This will give you a great idea what to expect and some basic etiquette.

Maintain speed. Don't overlap wheels. Never make sudden or unpredictable movements. Don't stop pedaling. Break very gradually or not at all. Feel the group out and let people know that you are a newbie to group riding.

ENJOY. It's fun.
many thanks.. :))seantazx
May 14, 2002 12:33 PM
yep i read it.. its not going to be easy bcuz the group is too competitive and alotta people.. thanks much..
So? How'd you do? nmrideslikeagirl
May 29, 2002 3:45 PM
my cornering skills suck..bisiklet
May 31, 2002 7:40 AM
I have to go out and ride.. i dont even know how to drink water on the bike. i cant do the corners. My handling skills suck. I sprint well and my endurance is pretty good.. every corner i lose peloton and i catch up with them in a while. then there is another corner and hydration.. geez.. i really need to get out and ride.. stupid chicago weather helped me alot to get my cornering skills in this winter (sarcasm)..
My 2 centsUCIrvineCyclist
Jun 11, 2002 11:34 PM
I learned riding in LARGE packs the hard way, racing cat. C NCCA races. Communication with other riders is critical! Yell out to other riders or use hand singals is a good way to aviod crashes and useless braking. Don't be afraid to "yell" at other riders if they are too close to you or if they are drifting. I've been run off the road by others racers who couldn't hold their lines on the road. Don't cross wheels with other cyclist, I've seen some nasty crashes and had to deal with a pile of cyclists and bikes as the driver of a "team" service car. When I first started I stayed in the back of the pelaton just in case. As I got used to the pack I began moving up judging by the skill and pace of the riders. Hope this info is some help.