Tuesday Interval Ride

The TIN Ride

Tuesday Interval Night Ride

The ‘other’ night of the week when ALL club members can ride. Hooray!

This ride has something for everyone!  From the serious racer to the recreational rider, this is a terrific addition to your week. If you have never tried this before, you are in for a treat!

The Bare Essentials

What is it? Interval riding is repeating laps of a circuit comprised of quiet rural roads.

What’s it about? Relaxed and Moderate groups ride in a paceline gaining saddle time, skill and experience on familiar roads where more Advanced groups will focus on High Intensity Training.

Meet: Arkell Church in beautiful downtown Arkell, Ontario

Time: Be ready to pedal at 6:00 PM April & Sept; 6:30 PM May, June, July & August

Parking: At the church in Arkell; there is almost none at the start of the BP Interval Circuit.

Route: BP Interval Circuit

Length: 11. 8 km

Location: The start of the BP Interval Circuit is at the corner of the 25th Side Road and Nassagaweya Puslinch Townline. See map below.

Purpose: Another evening ride in the week where ALL club members can ride and work on the elements they desire: fitness, speed, endurance or just another nice night in the week for a ride.

How it will work: Club members will gather and then ride from Arkell to the start of the BP Interval Circuit, establish the ride waves and head out with one minute gaps between them. Each wave will pause momentarily at the half way mark (the stop sign) to regroup if necessary. ‘Dropped’ riders will be left behind for the next wave to pick up. The ride continues from there through the second half of the circuit back to the start. Each wave should pause after completing a full lap before heading out again. Duration of the pause is up to the lead riders of the wave.

Who: You MUST be an SRCC member to ride.

New to group riding?  

This is where and when the SRCC Learn to Group Ride instruction happens. If you haven’t group ridden before, this is mandatory before participating with any other SRCC group rides.

More Detail

What is the TIN Ride?

The Tuesday Interval Night (TIN) Ride is a fun evening of riding for ALL levels of SRCC Club Members. Riders will be organized into appropriate waves. Relaxed and Moderate waves will ride in a Social Paceline rotation where more Advanced waves will focus on High Intensity Interval Training.  It is possible to choose from up to seven waves. The ride route is a circuit comprised of quiet rural roads. The purpose is different depending on the wave you choose. There is everything from the Learn to Group Ride wave, all the way up to Hammerfest and lots in between. The waves are pace specific and the behaviour within the wave gets more race oriented with the higher paces. Below are the waves and pace speed averages.

Wave 135 – 40+ kph avg.Hammerfest – Full Drop
Wave 232 – 35 kph avg.Paceline Advanced
Wave 330 – 32 kph avg. Paceline
Wave 428 – 30 kph avg. Social Paceline Advanced
Wave 526 – 28 kph avg. Social Paceline
Wave 624 – 26 kph avg. No-Drop Social Paceline
Wave 724 – 26 kph avg. Group Ride & Paceline Instruction

How will the evening progress?

Club members will meet at the Arkell Church and be ready to pedal at the start time posted on the SRCC Website main page.

A TIN Ride Coordinator will give a quick introduction.

We will ride from Arkell to the start of the BP Interval Circuit at 25th Side Road and Nassagaweya Puslinch Townline. See map above.

A TIN Ride Coordinator will help organize members into the waves they wish to ride in.

Waves will head out at in one minute intervals. A rider in the waiting wave should count down one minute after the wave in front has departed.

Waves must not ride faster than their maximum posted speed average.

All rules of the road and good riding practices will apply. Don’t be a bad example!

Each wave will pause momentarily at the half way mark (the stop sign) to regroup if necessary.  

Riders that are noticeably lagging will be left behind (dropped) for the next wave to pick up.

Each wave should pause after completing a full lap before heading out again. The duration of the pause is up to the lead riders of the wave.

How do I know if I am ready to try this?

You are riding on any of our regular group rides. You are looking for another evening in the week to ride. You have a desire to improve your skills and fitness. You want variation with your ride experience. You want to experience the full diversity of the SRCC membership.

Must I start at the Arkell Church with everyone else?

No. You can ride directly to the beginning of the BP Interval Circuit and be ready to pedal no later than 15 minutes after the posted Arkell start time.

What if I can’t make the beginning of the ride? 

Come anyway, it’s no problem! Jump in on your desired wave when you get there. That’s one of the real beauties of intervals and this location. If you miss the bus, another one will be along shortly! Or if you need to, you can leave early too. You’re only 5 km from Arkell. Get a couple of quick laps in and be gone! Make this ride work for you!

Is there car parking at the BP Interval Circuit?


Can I leave jackets, extra clothing and water bottles at the start of the BP Interval Circuit?

If you like. It is a nice staging area and seems safe enough, but our lawyers tell us not to give any guarantees – so please leave the diamonds at home. There are some spots to conceal more valuable bits of clothes etc. amongst the underbrush. And hopefully, we will have constant rider activity through the start area that will render ne’er-do-wells fearful.

Start/Finish Staging Area

Please move to the side and off the paved road when not riding to keep the road clear for traffic to pass. This is part of being good ambassadors for our sport. It shouldn’t need to be said, but it needs to be said. Also, we are looking forward to making the staging area more cycle friendly so we can get right up on the grass as the season progresses. Plan for a few more Club Work Nights for that one. 

Will there be Seven Waves every Tuesday?

Not necessarily. Depending on turn out, there may not be enough riders meeting the minimum for a wave that you are interested in. If this happens, it is suggested that you either try a higher pace to challenge yourself, followed by a lower pace on the next lap as a recovery. This is a great way to increase fitness and endurance. But also keep in mind, people may change waves throughout the evening and your desired wave may eventually end up running.

Is there a minimum number of riders per wave?

Yes, three. And yes, three riders can work together well. It’s a great exercise.

Is there a maximum number of riders per wave?

Yes, waves will be limited to no more than 16 riders for traffic safety.

What happens if there is lots of demand for one speed wave?

Multiple versions of that wave may run.

What happens if I choose a wave that’s too fast for me?

Either let yourself be dropped by your group and wait for the next and slower wave coming behind or make it to the stop sign at the half way point and wait there for the next wave.

What happens if I choose a wave that’s too slow for me?

Either, ride with that group for the entire circuit and start again with the next faster wave. Or break away from that group and try and catch the faster wave ahead of you mid circuit. There may be a good opportunity to catch the faster wave near the halfway point because of the delay at the stop sign.

How long is the BP Interval Circuit?

11.8 km

Where is the Stop Sign on the course?

5.9 km from the start of the circuit – exactly half way.

What must I do when I get to the Stop Sign / half way point?

Stop. Seriously, just stop.

We only have one stop sign on the entire circuit and it controls a hazardous location.

Anyone blowing through the stop sign will get a serious dressing down with consequences from SRCC officials or possibly killed by a motorist. One has more paper work and neither is good. So just stop.

Fast Waves and the Stop Sign

If you are in a fast group that is stringing out a bit, this is the spot where it gets put back together. The lead rider stops at the stop sign and decides when it’s time to get going again. This should only be from 2 to 5 or so seconds, and never more than 15. For those not in contention (more than 15 seconds behind the group), the lead rider may leave without them catching up. If you are left behind, it is strongly recommended that you wait at the stop sign for the following wave. If you can’t catch and stay with your group by the halfway point, even after their brief pause at the stop sign, then you are in the wrong wave and will be riding alone if you try to catch them – and that’s no fun. And always remember: riders should only proceed from the stop sign when it’s safe and clear to do so. Obviously.

Relaxed and Moderate Groups and the Stop Sign

Stop. Proceed when it’s safe to do so. Not so hard.

The Townline Twins

We’re talking about hills here not those two creepy kids near Corwhin. As with all hills, keep right except to pass. The Twins are close to the end of the lap and your group may string out or break apart here. It is only 1.3 km further to the start/staging area. Hijinks will most likely ensue in faster waves. The slower paced waves are encouraged to stay together and regroup as much as possible. Keep up the encouragement and let’s make everyone feel welcome.

What to do if someone is breaking away or surging ahead?

Don’t chase them, let them go. Maintain your wave’s speed average.

What to do if someone is lagging or struggling to keep up in my wave?

Ask them if they are ok. If they are, and you’re not Wave 6, let them fall behind. The group should continue and maintain your wave’s speed average. They will be picked up by the following wave.

What to do if my wave is being lapped by one of the really fast waves?

Be predictable, steady and maintain good riding formation – ‘tight and to the right’.

The fast waves are very experienced and will make a good, seamless pass when and where it’s safe. Please refrain from making comments – they are working hard.

What to do if someone is behaving dangerously?

Report them to the TIN Ride Coordinator or any SRCC Board Member.

What to do if someone has crashed?

The entire wave must stop and address the situation in accordance with the SRCC Emergency Action Plan.

What to do if someone has had a flat or a ‘mechanical’ problem?

Faster Waves: The group may choose not to stop as senior club members are typically experienced with solving their own problems. However, consideration should be given if it’s the last lap of the evening. We should not leave anyone on their own if no one else is following from behind or other arrangements have not been made.

More Moderate Waves: The entire group must stop and address the situation, make sure the rider is OK to get going again safely, or ensure other transportation has been arranged. The group can leave the rider if a good plan is in place and the rider says it’s OK to do so.

Will there be alterations throughout the season?

As the season progresses pursuit games may be added for faster waves.

How many laps can I ride?

It all depends on when we start, your speed average and when the sun sets. The chart below shows how long it should take to travel around the circuit at certain speed averages. And there is a time for getting to and from Arkell as well.

Arkell to 25 Side Rd Start
(5.1 km)
12.4511.4610.5610.129.349.008.308.037.397.17Min. & Secs.
BP Interval Circuit
1 Lap
(11.8 km)
29.3027.1425.1723.3622.0820.4919.4018.3817.4216.51Min. & Secs.

What happens if it rains or there is lightning or extreme weather?

As is with all official SRCC rides and dodgy weather, the final decision whether it proceeds or not will be made no less than one hour beforehand. The decision will be updated on the ride posting on the main page of the SRCC Website. In short, be sure to check the website within the hour leading up to the ride to be sure if it’s running or not. If a ride is cancelled, some members may still decide to ride the route, but do so unofficially. That’s an OCA insurance thing.

Why is it called the BP Interval Circuit?

Bayden Pritchard is a Canadian Pro Cyclist and former SRCC member (and a really nice guy) who used this circuit as part of his training.

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