General Ride Information

GENERAL RIDE INFORMATION

The Speed River Cycling Club offers seven weekly rides throughout the season, which runs from April to October. All rides begin from the East Side branch of the Guelph Public Library [map].

Ride Descriptions

Tuesday ATuesday BWednesdayWednesday TTThursday A/BSunday LongSunday Medium

THE HAMMERFEST

Level:
Fast – Very Fast

Distance:
55 – 75 km

Pace:
35 – 40 km/h average with extended stretches in excess in 40 km/h

Drop?
Strictly drop

Details:
This is our fastest ride of the week. Those who wish to participate in this ride should have a high level of fitness.

How do I know if I’m ready?
You’re an experienced bike racer or can handle our slower-paced Thursday ride without difficulty.

HAMMERFEST-LIGHT

Level:
Fast

Distance:
55 – 75 km

Pace:
32 – 35 km/h

Drop?
This group makes an effort to remain together following the pace guidelines described above. Participants are expected to be able to average the advertised group pace across courses of varying profiles. Riders who are unable to keep up with the pack should communicate with the ride leader and be prepared to complete the ride solo.

Details:
This second, Tuesday offering will typically follow a modified version of the ‘Tuesday-A’ route, but separate from the ‘A’ group. The format will be that of a steady, swift and organized group ride, similar to but faster than the ‘Thursday-B’ ride.

How do I know if I’m ready?
You’re an experienced bike racer or can handle our slower-paced Thursday ride without difficulty.

THE SOCIAL RIDE

Level:
Recreational

Distance:
30 – 50 km

Pace:
28 km/h average

Drop?
No drop

Details:
Our least-challenging ride of the week, Wednesday’s feature a club-appointed ride leader to control the pace and typically a “sweep” to help ensure safety and group cohesion. This is a perfect ride for those new to group cycling or faster cyclists looking for a recovery ride. The emphasis is on participation, fun and social interaction.

How do I know if I’m ready?
You can ride for two hours non stop at a pace that averages 25 km/h or greater.

We recommend that all new Club members start with the Wednesday ride.

INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL

Level:
Open

Distance:
17 km

Details:
Our four event Individual Time Trial series is held on the third Wednesday of each month from May through August. This series allows members to test their fitness against the clock. Because the same course is used for each time trial, it’s a great way to measure your training progression throughout the season.

The course is a 17 km long out-and-back route on the rolling hills of Sixth Line East just north of County Road 51 [map].

The 2017 Individual Time Trial series will be held on the following dates, weather permitting:

  • Wednesday, May 17th – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 21st – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 19th – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 16th – 7:00 p.m.

Watch the ‘Wednesday TT‘ feed for more information and confirmations as the dates approach.

Results:
A complete listing of the All-Time Time Trial records (starting 2007) can be found here: Time Trial Results

SOCIAL AND INTERMEDIATE

Level:
Moderate – Fast

Distance:
40 – 70 km

Pace:
A Group: Highly variable – up to 35 km/h with extended stretches in excess of 35 km/h
B Group: 30 – 32 km/h

Drop?
The ‘B Group’ makes an effort to remain together following the pace guidelines described above. Participants are expected to be able to maintain the described minimum speed in a group. Riders who are unable to keep up with the pack should communicate with the ride leader.

Details:
Our most popular ride of the week, this ride caters to the experienced recreational cyclist looking for a challenge. Thursday’s ride features a ride leader in the ‘B Group’ to provide route direction and help ensure safety. The emphasis is on enhancing fitness and improving pack riding skills.

How do I know if I’m ready?
You’re an experienced recreational cyclist, have ridden our Wednesday ride without difficulty and can ride for two hours non-stop at a pace that averages 28 km/h or greater.

THE LONG RIDE

Level:
Moderate to fast

Distance:
80 – 130 km

Pace:
28 km/h – 32 km/h with extended stretches in excess of 35 km/h

Drop?
Those that are struggling will be encouraged to head back on their own.

Details:
This ride is aimed at competitive riders looking for a longer effort and advanced recreational cyclists in need of a challenge. This ride often features occasional stops for mid-ride refuelling.

How do I know if I’m ready?
You’re a regular on the Tuesday and/or Thursday circuit and can handle 4+ hours in the saddle.

THE LONG-ISH RIDE

Level:
Recreational

Distance:
60 – 80 km

Pace:
Averaging 25 km/h – 30 km/h with stretches in excess of 30 km/h

Drop?
No drop

Details:
This ride is aimed at recreational riders looking to build endurance with a longer effort at a moderate pace. The emphasis is on participation, fun and social interaction with a potential refuelling stop.

How do I know if I’m ready?
You can ride for two hours non stop at a pace that averages 25 km/h or greater.

The Social Paceline

Our rides will by default assume the two abreast formation, except in the rare instances where this unduly impedes traffic, as this compared to single file pacelines is generally safer for the group and allows traffic to pass a group in much less time, therefore better for all involved.

When double file, we will use the social paceline to rotate. The social paceline is similar to the well known rotating paceline, with a few important distinctions.
Instead of continuously rotating, the social paceline has riders on the front align, take a pull, then rotate the formation by one rider after 30s-3min on the front. Here’s how it works:

  1. Riders on the front align front wheels side by side, ~3 feet between shoulders, and pull forward until the rider on the front right says to the rider on the left, “Go ahead.”
  2. The rider on the right slows down very slightly, while the rider on the left pulls the left column forward one bike length.
  3. The left rider moves over to cover the rider on the right, while the last rider in the rotation on the right moves left.
  4. After the switch, the new front riders re-align.
  5. Steady state for some time, then repeat #1.

The social paceline allows groups to better maintain a ‘tight and to the right’ formation at all times, and eliminates dangerous periods of riding four-abreast if both front riders were to pull off the sides and drift back at the end of a pull.

This formation will be adopted at all times unless obstructing traffic, or on Tuesdays where the group often splits into smaller, single-file pacelines.

Group Ride Guidelines

The following rules and guidelines will apply to all SRCC group rides, and should be followed and reinforced by Ride Leaders and members alike.

  • Only club members may participate in rides (either at the start or on course)
  • No more than 20 riders in a group
  • Ride two abreast, ‘tight-and-to-the-right’ (unless otherwise directed by the Ride Leader)
  • Paceline rotates clockwise at 30s – 3min intervals, maintaining ‘2-up’ formation at all times; if new to the group, simply slot in toward the back at beginning of ride and follow our lead; ask anyone for info/guidance at any time
  • It is not mandatory to participate in the paceline rotation
  • Never cross the yellow line or run red lights, avoid half-wheeling and sudden movements, and report dangerous riding
  • Stay to the right on a climb and only pass on the left
  • Maintain good communication up and down the line; call out road hazards and traffic, advise the group when a rider is off the back or struggling
  • Know the route, particularly when you’re on the front, and signal turns well in advance
  • In the case of a flat or mechanical, the group will wait unless other arrangements are made
  • Let others know if you are planning on leaving the group

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