** Ride MKE Core Values:
1. Promote cycling in our area through a unified front.
2. Provide a friendly environment to teach new riders important skills in areas such as group riding, pace line protocol, ride safety, etiquette, etc.
3. Organize club participation in large events in our area including UPAF, Trek 100, Horribly Hilly, Wright Stuff, MS 150, Scenic Shore 150, etc.
4. Hold in-season monthly group activities ranging from after ride socials to Saturday afternoon BBQ in the parking lot to informational meetings with product reps and industry folks.
We offer 5 levels of ride groups plus a Monday Recovery Ride. Below are the Group descriptions
Cruising Speed: 25+ mph
Overall Average Speed: 22+ mph
This group averages 22+ mph, with many stretches in the 25 - 29 (sometimes faster!) mph range. Group riding / pace line skills are absolutely required. This group is made up of racers and experienced riders who are comfortable riding a high speeds in a tight group.
THIS IS A DROP RIDE
Cruising Speed: 22 - 25 mph
Overall Average Speed: 20 - 22 mph
This group will average 20 - 22 mph with many stretches in the 23 - 26 mph range. Just like Group 1, group riding / pace line skills required. The pace of this group demands that someone be comfortable riding in a tight pack. This group looks a lot like Group 1 with the only difference being the average and cruising speeds are slightly lower.
THIS IS A DROP RIDE
Cruising Speed: 20 - 22 mph
Overall Average Speed: 18 - 20 mph
This group will average 18 - 20 mph with many stretches at 22 - 25 mph. Group riding experience is also required. This group is likely our largest group. Riders must still feel comfortable riding in a pace line at fast speeds. At the same time, this group is welcoming of those riders that wish to test themselves. However, since it is a drop ride, no whining allowed up you find yourself off the back sooner than you thought/hoped.
THIS IS A DROP RIDE
Cruising Speed: 18 - 21 mph
Overall Average Speed: 16 - 18 mph
This group averages 16 - 18 mph which means some stretches may see speeds of 20 mph. In this group, it is expected that the rider at the head of the group will ride at between 18 and 20 mph on the flats. Riders that feel this is too slow belong in Group 3. Group riding experience is recommended, but not necessary. This group is perfect for those cyclist that want to push themselves, but aren’t either ready or interested in the high speeds and pressure of Groups 1, 2, and 3. This group is also perfect for those more advanced riders that want a slower ride due to fatigue, tapering for an upcoming event, or are introducing someone to our group and are keeping them company. The Group Ride Leader is chartered with making sure the pace is as advertised and the group waits for anyone falling off the back. It is the responsibility of each Group 4 rider to help the Group Ride Leader in controlling the pace. If you choose to ride Group 4, you’re to ride at the Group 4 pace, not try and speed things up if you decide you feel better than you thought at the start.
THIS IS A NO-DROP RIDE*
Cruising Speed: 16 - 18 mph
Overall Average Speed: 15 - 16 mph (see italic text below)
While there are published cruising and overall average speeds, this group will ride at a pace that allows the slowest rider to still be part of the group.
In this group, it is expected that the rider at the head of the group will ride at between 16 and 18 mph on the flats. This is a good group for those that are newer to group riding skills but are interested in learning more. This group may elect a slightly different route than the other groups, and is chartered with making sure no rider is left behind. Just like with Group 4, it is expected that the Group Ride Leader for Group 5 will control the pace so all riders are comfortable.
Cruising Speed: no faster than 15 mph
Overall Average Speed: < 15 mph
This Monday evening ride will ride no faster than 15 mph, or the pace of the slowest rider, which ever is less. For those that are new to group riding, this may be a great learning opportunity. Anyone who rides on our Recovery ride will ride at recovery ride pace, regardless of what group they normally ride with. In addition to a recovery ride, experience riders can help less experienced riders learn the finer details of group riding.
THIS IS A NO-DROP RIDE (duh!)*
(click below for a video on Recovery Rides)
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*Notes on a "no drop" ride:
A “no drop ride” is, as you can guess, a ride where no one is left behind to fend for themselves. This doesn’t mean the group will always ride at the pace of the slowest rider, but it does mean that either the group will stop at logical points on the ride to allow everyone to regroup, or someone from the group will drop back - usually one of group leaders - and ride with the slower riders for the rest of the ride.
Pace Line Flow:
We have decided to have a standard Ride MKE Way for pace line flow. It is not the only way, but to ensure consistency and don’t have accidents or close calls as we’re riding in pace lines, we are adopting the following as our pace line flow.