Group Riding Tips - Communication

Written by Patrcik Stelte
 
I have often heard that getting cyclists to ride in groups is like herding cats.  We like to go our own way.  However, that is counter-productive and dangerous in a group.  Communication is essential for a safe, enjoyable and efficient ride.

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Group Riding Tips

Written by Patrick Stelte

Echelon - The simple definition of this French word is a line of riders seeking maximum drafting in a crosswind, resulting in a diagonal line across the road.  Wind is all important when out riding in the open countryside.  Riding into a good head-wind or cross-wind can be very taxing.  Cyclists typically look for wind-breaks in the form of trees, buildings or tall corn fields to cut the resistance.  Whatever the landscape, it is only temporary.  The best wind-break is riding with another cyclist.  

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from the 2003 3RVS archives

The 11 Foot Chain Guy:  Favorite Rest Stops

by Wendell Brane - Wbrane

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Christmas Lights Ride - Loop 1

Written by Michael Heyes
 
I haven't ridden the Christmas Lights Ride in a while, and didn't have any plans to do so this year, until Mona Will started talking up the ride on our Facebook page. So I made a last minute executive decision to ride.
 

Overcoming the 3 W's

Written by Amy Copeland

Although last year was really my first year cycling and riding with 3 Rivers Velo Sport, I consider last year practice and this year my first real riding year since I didn't start riding until mid year and spent December until this April recovering from a non-cycling injury.  It has been a year of overcoming fears and conquering many goals.  From the start I have considered the 3 W's my enemy on the bike- wind, water, and winter cold.  I keep telling myself,  "one at a time".  

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What is that crazy SLOWER group all about?

Written 4 Nov2014 by Mona Will

It all started around a similar time and under similar circumstances. Two women, on separate occasions, who knew nothing about the other, nor showed up on the same ride at the same time, would  show up for a group ride and end up feeling demoralized  because either she couldn’t keep up with the group, or no one else her speed (slow, quite slow in fact) showed up. She would pack up her bike and go back home and wonder if she should or shouldn’t try another ride. 

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The Taming of the Road

Written Oct 2014 by Deborah Peterson Watts

I started riding with two girlfriends back in 2002 on my Raleigh comfort bike, just to get out of the house and lose weight. That bike was so heavy it took two people to load it into the back of the truck, it had seven gears and white wall tires it looked so retro that Leo High School used it for a prop in their play, “The Taming of the Shrew”. I was determined to get into shape and rode that heavy bike 800 miles that first year and dropped 40lbs! It felt so good to be in better shape.

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Riding My First Hilly Hundred

Written by Mona Will

Hilly Hundred-oh the stories that are told by cyclists who have experienced the hills of this infamous weekend ride. Though I knew of the ride, I didn’t really know all the subtleties until I experienced it for the first time a week ago.

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2013 Annual Labor Day Century Tour

Written by Steve Pequinot

We had 17 riders that started at Huntertown, including 4 women. For the ladies, it was their first century tour and they were determined to complete the full 100 miles. Our first 25-mile leg was to Woodburn. Several of the ladies decided they felt good and did a few long pulls. I must admit, I had concern for them surviving for 100 miles as they seemed to be working a little too hard too early. At the first stop, several of the ladies discussed their conditioning and all decided they would take the split ahead for the full century. The pace picked up with the aid of a nice tailwind on the second leg to Cecil. We all enjoyed the wonderful SAG provisions setup by Phil Snider and his family at the Cecil Park.

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Pokagon Camping Tour- August 24 & 25th, 2013

Written by Bill Lambert

The very best thing about riding on the weekend club tours is the opportunity to talk with other riders. During a club touring ride last fall, Jim Reilly told me about his desire to ride and camp. This spring he did a week long, unsupported tour from Washington, D.C. to Pittsurgh, PA.

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Leader of the Pack

Written by Steve Souers
 
So you show up at a club ride and want to be the Leader of the Pack. Well first thing is to think about your priorities for the ride that day. First ought to be safety, then making sure you actually ride as a group and finally getting everyone home. If these are not your priorities maybe you are not the leader.

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