Grapevine Chaingang Tues/Weds/Thurs Niter

Type
Road, Social, No Drop
Level
Novice
Rides suitable for cyclists who are new to the sport (or who have not been on a bike for some years), family-friendly rides or any riders that feel a need for some mentoring. Note: please note that minors under the age of 16 cannot participate in rides unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Families with children should, in any event, confirm with the ride leader ahead of time that the ride will be suitable for their needs.

Intermediate
Targeted towards riders who have a few years in the saddle, who have developed some riding confidence and fitness and feel ready to move to the next level. Could attract more experienced riders who are looking for a relaxed or less aggressive ride.

Advanced
Limited to experienced riders with superior bike handling skills and who are comfortable with a fast pace (probably including single and/or double pace-line riding) and/or hilly terrain, and the possibility of heavily trafficked roads. Advanced rides are less likely to be "no-drop" unless identified as such.
Novice, Intermediate, Advanced
Expected Turnout
15 - 50 riders
Distance
25 - 32
 miles
Average Speed
16 - 22
 mph
Terrain
Flat to rolling
Date
Tuesday, 24 Oct, 2017Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time
6:00 PM
Jeff F
Status:
Active
Description
The Grapevine Chain Gang is a friendly, supportive but still competitive group. Come out, join us, and hang out after the ride so we can get to know you.  During Daylight Savings, we have ‘scheduled’ rides on Tue, Wed & Thu evenings. Details are below. 

ALL RIDES ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK!  SAFETY APPLIES TO ALL RIDES:
-  Helmets are required & blinking rear lights are encouraged.
-  Do not wear earbuds/headphones.
-  TT/Tri-bikes are not allowed in the peloton
-  We ride double pace line. Do not half-wheel or pass on the right without clearly announcing your intentions. If you don’t know what these terms mean, ask someone.
-  When you are on the front of the group, focus on your pace. Do not coast downhill so everyone behind you has to ride their brakes (someone will yell “Pedal!”) or pull so hard uphill that the group blows up (someone will yell “Gap!”). If you find yourself at the front and don’t want to be, pull through and quickly rotate off. In large groups, do not sprint off the front after turns and stops. Going fast is good but accelerate slowly so everyone goes with you and doesn’t have to chase.
-  It’s very important that you pay attention to what you’re doing to the group. Look back to see what’s going on. If you’re new, sit on the back and watch for a while. Although we like to ride fast, we work together as a group. We’re not racing each other.
-  We can help you learn the ropes and enjoy welcoming new riders but we will ask dangerous riders, people who can’t figure the above out, to stay away.  Lastly, we ride in the heat but cancel for rain or wet roads. Cancellations posted here.

Tue & Thu Ride
There are four groups, A, B, C & D.

The ‘A’ Group rides 31 miles at a 21-23 mph pace using race tactics.

The ‘B’ Group rides 31 miles at a 20-21 mph pace working together by rotating and taking short pulls.

The ‘C’ Group rides 30 miles at an 18.5–19.5 pace and again works together with stronger riders taking longer pulls.

The ‘D’ Group rides 27 miles at a 16 -17 mph pace with a focus on Group Riding etiquette. Usually stronger riders will pull to control the pace of the group. 

Wed
is our social ride. Pace will be about 17 mph If you can hold a 15.5-16 mph pace riding by yourself, you should be fine with this group. If you must ride faster than this, please skip this ride instead of blowing it up.

If you’d like to purchase a Grapevine Chain Gang kit, the link below will get you to the Jakroo GCG Store.
http://shop.jakroo.com/Grapevine-Chain-Gang
15% discount code: RICU-10162-151
 
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Organization
The Grapevine Chain Gang is a friendly, supportive but still competitive group. Come out, join us, and hang out after the ride so we can get to know you.
Type:
Club
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