Portland Velo Saturday Ride (Hillsboro; every Saturday)
May 21, 2016 at 9:00 am
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This is our largest and best-attended ride of the week, and one of the largest weekly group rides in Portland. Ride distances vary from just over 30 to 50 miles and we typically alternate weeks between relatively flat to rolling routes and routes with some real climbing thrown in.
The Portland Velo Ride Leader Team leads Saturday rides. These folks have extensive cycling experience and excellent knowledge of the routes, and are a great asset to our club. They keep the groups together, communicate regroup stops, assist in on-road emergencies and generally are the dedicated “faces” of Portland Velo.
Each Saturday we separate into distinct groups prior to the start of the ride, with the fastest groups leaving first. That way, if you get caught up in a group that’s too fast for you, you can sit up, relax and wait for the next group to pick you up.
Our groups are set up as follows:
• 14-16 mph
This group rides at a moderate pace and includes numerous re-group points. The group may also stop for a quick refreshment break at some point on certain rides. If you are new to group rides and/or working on your fitness this may be the perfect group for you. On occasion this group may ride either an alternate route or a modified version the planned route.
• 16-18 mph
This group rides at a steady pace and uses drafting as a way to ride in a more efficient manner. Re-groups are decided on an as-needed basis by the Ride Leader. The expectation is that you are able to maintain a consistent 16 to 18 mph speed on the flats.
• 18-20 mph
This is a moderate-to-fast-pace group where expectations ramp up. This group rides in paceline formation for the majority of the ride and expects those within the group to have the skills necessary for this type of group dynamic. The expectation is that you are confident about your ability to ride at this pace and that you understand how to handle yourself within a group. Regroups are at the discretion of the ride leader.
• 20-23 mph
This is a strong group with consistently higher speeds on all terrain. Riders are expected to be able to ride in a tight paceline, climb well and communicate effectively with other riders in the group. Comfort with group riding and good bike handling skills are as important as being fit enough to ride at 20+mph. If you have the fitness but not the riding skills, please consider riding with a different group.
The Open group is for those looking to sustain speeds in the mid-to-high 20s. It should be obvious to anyone considering this group that bike handling and fitness level need to be top-notch. Tight, rotating pacelines are the order of the day in this group and climbs are ridden hard. The speed of this group can quickly get up to 25 mph and higher —so pay attention and be prepared for a seriously hard day in the saddle. On occasion this group may ride either an alternate route or a modified version the planned route (usually longer with additional climbing).
Our Saturday Ride starts at 9 am sharp, so please arrive early be ready to go when your group rolls out. If you have any questions come join us on a Saturday ride and say hello.