Three Rivers Velo Sport (3RVS) was created in 1969 to promote the general interest and enjoyment of bicycling for health, recreation and economical transportation. To this end, 3RVS has facilitated and conducted tours, outings and races, promoted better bicycle riding conditions, and advocated and advanced proper riding techniques for almost 50 years.

The central responsibility for the Race Director is carrying out the racing portion of the 3RVS mission. It is my goal to make club racing available and economical to our membership in several disciplines. The main barrier to participating in racing is the cost. Travel, entry fees, and licenses make racing an expensive endeavor. In order for 3RVS race events to have NO entry fees we use volunteer club labor, and do not provide prizes or payouts. Another cost reduction comes from 3RVS being self-insured, this eliminates the need to purchase a license to cover the insurance cost. The ONLY requirement to participate in the 3RVS practice races is a club membership.

I encourage members who have never raced to please try some of these events. Do not feel like you have to be an experienced racer to participate. Those who race all started somewhere and most wished they had a free entry level practice event to start. When you ride do you challenge yourself to raise the average speed from the last ride? Do you give everything to stay on the wheel of the person in front of you during a group ride so as not to get dropped? Did you spend time this winter on a trainer chasing a virtual peloton? Do you dream of a lightweight bike that is often profiled on cycling websites and magazines? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you have the need for speed and are a perfect candidate to try our race series events.

Besides a 3RVS Practice Point Series there are also group rides that are geared toward faster average speeds and discipline specific training. On Monday's there is a time trial/triathlon training and recovery ride that provides an opportunity to work on individual time trial skills. On Tuesday there is a criterium practice at Baer Field Motorsports Park with the goal of teaching pack racing skills and providing high intensity race efforts. On the weekend there are two rides on Saturday for the fat and skinny tire community. Both rides are 1 to 1 1/2 hour long high intensity training rides that are meant to simulate race efforts. For more information about the Practice Point Series and practice race group rides please visit our 3rvs.com website. For any questions about the schedule or point series, please contact me using this form.


Race Ride Glossary

Attack: Generally a sudden acceleration in an attempt to break free of the Peloton. On flat roads it is usually done by riding up along the side of the pack so that by the time the attacker passes the Peloton's front rider he is traveling too fast for the pack to easily react. In the mountains it is usually enough to accelerate from the front.

Breakaway: One or more riders escaping from the front of Peloton, usually as the result of a sudden acceleration called an "attack". Riders will work together sharing the effort of breaking the wind hoping to improve their chances of winning by arriving at the finish in a smaller group. This can also be called a "break". Some riders do not possess the necessary speed to contest mass sprints and therefore try very hard to escape the clutches of the Peloton well before the end of the race.

Bridge: Short for bridge a gap. To go from one group of cyclists to a break up the road.

Drafting: At racing speed a rider who is only a few inches behind another bike does about 30 percent less work. Riding behind another rider in his aerodynamic slipstream is called drafting. This is the basic fact of bike racing tactics and why a rider will not just leave the Peloton and ride away from the others, no matter how strong he is. Only in the rarest of cases can a racer escape a determined chasing Peloton. To make an escape work he needs the pack to be disinterested in chasing for some length of time so that he can gain a large enough time gap. Then, when the sleeping pack is aroused they do not have enough time to catch him no matter how fast they chase.

Drop: When a rider cannot keep up with his fellow riders and comes out of their aerodynamic slipstream, whether in a break or in the Peloton, he is said to be dropped.

Echelon: When the riders are hit with a side wind they must ride slightly to the right or left of the rider in front in order to remain in that rider's slipstream, instead of riding nose to tail in a straight line. This staggered line puts those riders further back in the pace line in the gutter. Because they can't edge further to the side, they have to take more of the brunt of both the wind and the wind drag of their forward motion. Good riders then form a series of echelons so that all the racers can contribute and receive shelter.

Jump: A rider with the ability to quickly accelerate his bike is said to have a good "jump".

Lead out: In a sprint to the line, a rider trying to win will often ride behind a teammate, in his wind shelter. Sometimes, several riders will form a "train". After the front rider has exhausted himself, the riders behind him will take over, one by one, often faster and faster, until finally the fastest sprinter dashes for the line. Providing that aerodynamic shelter is called giving a "lead-out".

Paceline: Riders riding nose to tail saving energy by riding in each others slipstream. Usually the front rider does the hard work for a short while, breaking the wind for the others, and then peels off to go to the back so that another rider can take a short stint at the front. The faster the riders go the greater the energy saving gained by riding in the slipstream of the rider in front. When the action is hot and the group wants to move fast the front man will take a short, high-speed "pull" at the front before dropping off. At lower speeds the time at the front is usually longer.

Peloton: The main group of riders traveling together in a race. Breaks leave the front of it, dropped riders exit its rear. Synonyms: bunch, group, field, pack.

Sprint: At the end of a race the speeds get ever higher until in the last couple of hundred meters the fastest riders jump out from the Peloton in an all-out scramble for the finish line. Teams with very fine sprinting specialists will employ a "lead-out train". With about 5 kilometers to go these teams will try to take control of the race by going to the front and stepping up the speed of the race in order to discourage last-minute flyers.

Sandbagger: Usually a rider who tells anyone who will listen on the warmup lap, how out of shape they are because they don't have time to ride. They then proceed to dominate the ride and win the sprint.

Sitting on: A rider who drafts others and refuses to go to the front and do his share of the work is said to be "sitting on." There are a number of pejorative terms for a rider who does this, the best known is "wheelsucker".

That Guy: The rider who breaks the rules of the ride to gain an advantage.