“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” ~John F. Kennedy

Here at BikeTown we couldn’t agree more. We love riding our bikes and want to help as many people as we can love riding their bikes, too.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Group Ride Update

This group ride reminder is courtesy of Tink. Read all about the rides and then pick the one that suits you best. We're always glad to have more people join us!

We now have a group ride for just about everybody and on just about every day of the week. So, you can’t use “no one to ride with” as an excuse. It should also be noted that the value and purpose of a group ride is to share your love of riding with other people. Now if you are racing and competing in events your purpose may be a little different and you may want to ride with a tougher group. If you want a day to ride with others and improve your cycling skills while talking it up a little bit, then there is a ride for that too. Be aware that there are as many reasons to ride as there are saddles in the world. What do you want from your ride? You decide and then come on out!

Monday Morning Shake-Me Wake-Me Group Ride at 6:30 AM from the Zoo for
the easiest ride of the week. Start it out easy and build up. We will ride 10-12 miles at about 10-14 MPH Avg. This was oh so pleasant last week and you can get to work with more energy.
Monday After-Work Afternoon Group Ride at 6:00 PM from the Zoo for easier to moderate riding. Shoot for 10-12 miles at about 10-15 MPH Avg. with some flexibility depending on who shows. I heard this was a great ride last week and I should have been there.
Tuesday “Let’s Twist Like We Did Last Summer Group Ride at 5:30 PM from the Zoo for a moderately faster ride. This group likes to go about 18 miles and averages 14-18 MPH Avg. Twisting all the way. Quite a sight actually.
Tuesday Trails for the younger crowd (and parents if they want to play) out at Buck Creek Trails. Starting time is 7:00 PM. This is a fun way to learn how to ride on dirt trails. It is fun to ride out among the trees and rocks. Tuesday Trails Rocks!!!
Wednesday is Rider’s Choice. Go ride the trails or take a spin on your favorite road. Whichever you need. A little note here about the trails. Richard says they are in great shape. Hoover trail still has some erosion, but fixable. If you are out there riding along and a limb slaps you in the face…well…first, slap it back, and then go get something and trim it off. Trail maintenance is an ongoing process. It never ends because as you probably know, grass and trees grow. Rain supports that process and you need to not further the erosion process by riding when the trails are too wet. That is the time to go do some maintenance and clean up for when the trails are dry and ready for you to go play some more. End of lecture.
Thursday Night Fast Ride at 6:00 PM from Kirby Lake ballpark parking lot (2nd and 4th Thursday of the month) This is a fast ride, 17-18 mph for about 20-25 miles, out Old Coleman Hwy and back. Join the fun and test your legs!
Time Trial Thursday (1st Thursday of the month) will be at Mueller’s Metal on 18 off of 36 like last time.
Registration will start at 6:00 and first rider leaves at 6:30. Bring something for the Food Bank for your entry fee. This is the usual 10 mile loop where you just ride as fast as you can. Just you and the clock and the road.
Crit Thursday (3rd Thursday of the month) Come on out for a criterium course at the parking lot of Shotwell Stadium. It starts at 6:30 PM. If you've never been in a crit, come on out and watch one! This might be the last month for this ride since football will be starting back up soon.
Fun Friday: Get on out on your bike and have fun!
Saturday Townie Ride Meet at Monk's at 8:30 AM and cruise around the downtown area. Check out the farmer's market and just have fun! No, you don't have to have a Townie to participate. Just plan on a nice relaxing pace. Bring the kids and let them ride, too - on their own bikes or in a trailer behind yours!
Wow - that's a lot of options! There's something for everyone so come on out and ride.

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