Here are some hints that might help riders participating in BCC club rides to know what to expect and what is expected of them:
Safety first! Helmets are required on all BCC rides.
Please, NO headphones on club rides, and no aero bars in the peloton. When you wear headphones you are not only endagering yourself, but others who are on the ride. That isn’t fair to those you are riding with. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS RULE!!
- Pick your rides according to the BCC Ride Ratings to ensure that you do a ride that is suited to your ability and conditioning. The ride will be more enjoyable for you and will allow the Ride Leader to do their job effectively. The best way to start is to know your average speed. Most bike computers will measure this for you.
- Note the terrain rating. You may climb slow and descend fast or vice versa but your average will determine where you’ll fit in a group.
- Keep in mind that Ride Leaders may list their rides with multiple ratings of pace and\or terrain to allow for a broader group of riders. Elements of both ratings may apply, be sure you’re comfortable with a variety of riders if you choose these rides.
- Understand the ride description or contact the Ride Leader for information about the ride.
- Ride Leaders are not responsible for you if you show for a ride you’re not suited for.
- Always keep your bike well maintained and prepared for the ride. A bike that’s cleaned, tuned, and lubed is a happy bike and will be reliable and easier to ride.
- A basic flat tire and roadside repair kit is a must. A spare tube and\or patch kit, tire levers, pump or CO2 inflator are must have items. A small bicycle multi-tool and tire boot material are also helpful (some would say necessary).
- Know how to use these things. If you’re unfamiliar, Monday night Skills rides cover basic repairs on a weekly basis. Or a bike shop or experienced rider should be happy to teach you. Practice at home so you’re comfortable on the road.
- On most rides, there will be others there to help with mechanicals or flats, but have your own supplies.
- Always keep yourself well maintained and prepared for the ride. Eat well and hydrate often. Water bottles are a must, all year long.
- Dress appropriately for the conditions. Layer in cool temps, breathable fabrics when warm
- Build “base” miles before longer rides.
- Know your limits. Know your skill level – Be realistic. An “A” pace ride moves fast and requires group riding skills. If you can ride 20 mph alone, but if you’ve never done it in a group, build these skills at a lower pace until you’re comfortable with the group (and they’ll be comfortable with you)