GROUP ROAD RIDES
Group road riding is an excellent way to develop smooth biking handling skills, as well as increased fitness stamina and power. While on the roads, all group riders represent Brant Cycling Club and are therefore committed to adhering to the Group Ride Guidelines. Safe group riding takes practice, and requires a lot of cooperation and open communication.
We use quieter and the less traveled roads in the area from Jerseyville and Ancaster in the East; Burford and Waterford the West and to Paris, St George and Cambridge in the North.
Road bikes are necessary to participate in all group road rides. Please no tri (aero) bars.
Group 1 is an ideal option for beginner riders, those new to road or group riding, or riders who are more interested in being outdoors with a great bunch of people rather than racing. This group will focus on learning and practicing the basics of group riding including signals, formation and communication. The terrain on route may vary, but the ride will re-group at set points. We will start with a gentle warm up on paved rail trail and gradually make our way onto the quieter country roads to practice road riding skills. This is a no drop ride. Please note: We encourage all riders joining BCC for the first time this year, regardless of ability and experience, to attend this novice ride first, prior to joining other rides. It is an important step in learning how our Club and group rides function and the expectations of all BCC members.
- Average Pace: 23-27km/hr, 25-40 km distance (Mondays)
Group 2 is well-suited for those who have been road riding for at least a few years and are looking to increase pace, distance, or generally improve group riding skills.If you’re joining BCC for the first time we encourage you to attend the Novice ride on Mondays at least once before attending this ride. Participants should be comfortable learning how to ride and rotate in a group formation, both single file and two-abreast. We offer Intermediate I & Intermediate II – both require the same comfort level and knowledge of road riding, but with a slight increase in pace between I and II.
- Average Pace: 28-33km/hr (Wednesdays & Sundays & Social Ride Fridays)
Group 3 rides are for seasoned, conditioned riders and racers who want to be challenged by mixed terrain, pack riding, sprints and tempo sessions. We offer Advanced I & Advanced II. Advanced I is a great step up from Intermediate II for those who can hold the pace but want to go a little further. It is a no drop ride. Advanced II IS however, a drop ride, and the pace is set collaboratively by the group and the ride leader. *Note: Whether in Advanced I or II, no rider is obligated to ride faster than they feel comfortable. We encourage all riders to work together to determine what is best for the group as a whole and remain in control for the duration of the entire ride.
- Average Pace: 33-37+ km/hr, 50-60 kms (Wednesdays)