Willow City Loop - 55 mile

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.

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.

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.
Intermediate, Advanced
Expected Turnout
Under 15 riders
55 - 55
Average Speed
13 - 16
Hilly, Very hilly
Thursday, 5 Apr, 2018
9:00 AM
William H
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RIDE NAME AND DISTANCE:  Willow City Loop; 55 miles

DATE/TIME: Thursday 5th April @ 9 a.m.

RIDE LEADER/CONTACT:  William Hudson;  210-387-7340;  WilliamPedalsOn@gmail.com


AVERAGE SPEED:   13 - 16 mph.   A guide only; actual pace depends on the group and to maintain this average, there will be some significantly faster stretches.

TERRAIN:  Hilly/very hilly with about 2800 ft. of climbing. I would consider at least two climbs as "non trivial".

RIDER LEVEL:  Experienced, self-confident riders who are comfortable and very safe in a group riding situation which could include pace-line riding, hilly terrain and exposure to significant urban traffic.  

RIDE START ADDRESS & url:  Market Square in Fredericksburg.  https://goo.gl/maps/KmuB61J2cZE2

MAP/CUE/RideWithGPS:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27108824

LUNCH/COFFEE?  Optional lunch will be afterward here:  https://woernerwarehouse.com/


·       Helmets are mandatory on all my rides. 

·       Ride will be “no drop” but only assuming riders have properly matched themselves to the ride description, average speed and terrain.

·       It is essential that you take a minimum of two large water bottles and/or Camelbac.  There are no convenience stores per se.  Harry's On the Loop (beer/burgers) is still open (?); the hours are a little unpredictable. The Willow City Volunteer Fire dept. is still there and has a water faucet (bring extra Scratch powder or whatever).

·       This ride is relatively remote to major mechanicals will be a serious pain in the you-know-what.  Please make sure your bike is in good mechanical condition and that you have spare tubes, tools etc.

·       The Loop road is public but the shoulders/verges are not.  It is essential that you honor the rights of the private landholders.

·       Please arrive early enough to prepare yourself + bike, have the 5-minute safety briefing to be ready for an on-time departure.

·       In case of inclement weather, check this web site and/or my emails early on the morning of the ride. 

I also have a Google Group (Austin and Central Texas Cycling) in which we discuss upcoming rides and miscellaneous cycling stuff.  Email me (address above) if interested in joining – you can always unsubscribe yourself if you later decide you have no interest.
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