Learn to Group Ride
The Bare Essentials
What is it? Group Riding Instruction for those new to Group Riding and those new to the club.
What’s it about? If you’re not an experienced group rider this is a mandatory to attend.
Meet: At the Arkell Church in beautiful downtown Arkell, Ontario
Time: Be ready to pedal through April 23; 6:30 PM from April 30 – June 25at the posted times in the schedule below.
Parking: At the church in Arkell; there is almost none where the instruction takes place.
Location of instruction: The corner of the 25th Side Road and Nassagaweya Puslinch Townline.
How it will work: Club members requiring instruction will gather at the Arkell church and identify themselves to the Group Ride Instructors. After a brief chat riders will make their way over to the start of the BP Interval Circuit where Group Ride instruction will be given.
Who: You MUST be an SRCC member to attend.
- 6:00 PM Tuesday April 9
- 6:00 PM Tuesday April 16
- 6:00 PM Tuesday April 23
- 6:30 PM Tuesday April 30
- 6:30 PM Tuesday May 7
- 6:30 PM Tuesday May 28
- 6:30 PM Tuesday June 4
- 6:30 PM Tuesday June 25
Possibly more dates by popular demand
No pre-registration is required, if you are a paid member just show up after reading all the info below and in the links.
Are you new to Group Riding?
If you are, then you must attend the SRCC Learn to Group Ride Clinic before riding any of the club sanctioned rides (with the exception on one Try-a-Ride). It’s also highly recommended if you just need to brush up on a few skills.
Are you new to the club?
All clubs have slightly different ways of doing things. Attending this clinic is a great way to learn the riding culture of SRCC.
Not sure if you need this?
If you are at all in doubt, then do it. If you’re an experienced rider with a good understanding of the basics, then you will be group riding the same evening with everyone else once our instructors get a chance to see your skills.
Where do we meet?
At the Arkell Church and be ready to pedal at the above dates and times.
Where does this happen?
Instruction begins at the staging area for our interval rides at the corner of the 25th Side Road and Nassagaweya Puslinch Townline.
Who can attend?
These sessions are open to all current SRCC members.
What is the format?
The Learn to Group Ride clinics are offered in a relaxed, no-stress atmosphere. We will focus on group riding basics, safety, communication, formations, rotations, technique and bike handling skills. There will be discussion, demonstration and practice followed by open road riding working towards riding as a cohesive group.
Things to know ahead of time:
How fit do I need to be?
This is NOT an intense workout or a difficult ride – but we ask that you have enough experience capable of a 24km/h pace for 1.5 to 2 hours, solo.
What do I need?
You need a ‘drop bar’ road bicycle that is in good working order. Drop bar Gravel and Cyclocross bikes are also fine. Tri bikes with ‘Aero’ bars can be used on group rides but a rider must not utilize the ‘Aero’ bars during the ride. And a good quality helmet must be worn at all times; appropriate clothing for temperature and weather conditions, and enough water to complete the ride.
Why Group ride?
Riding in a group is social, healthy, fun, more efficient and often safer than solo riding – enjoy the camaraderie and feeling of effortless speed that comes with a finely tuned group ride. Drafting reduces effort by 25 to 40% (or more depending on study) over a rider “in the wind”. The rider(s) at the front work hard for a short time, “pulling” the riders behind, then “rotate” down through the paceline for reduced effort. Also, a clean, disciplined paceline contributes to safer riding. And a good paceline contributes to driver respect for cyclists and makes passing easier and more predictable. It also gives everyone in the paceline a good workout – hard effort, then recovery, repeated, is the fastest way to increased fitness.