The MVBC offers a wide variety of rides for cyclists of all ability levels
Monday night: B level ride 36 miles route on moderate terrain, but at a faster pace than the Thursday ride. This tends to break up into groups, some of which may approach A ride levels. Every attempt is made not to drop anyone. Shortcuts of 18 to 30 miles are available. Ride starts at Myles Elementary School on Clinton Rd, New Hartford at 5:30 or 5:45 pm. If there is a C group, they will ride out together for a shorter and slower route.
Tuesday Night Time Trial: Starts first Tue in May. A bicycle time trial race is called “the race of truth”. Team tactics are not allowed as well as no drafting or hiding in the pack, just you and your bicycle against the clock. It is the perfect introduction to bicycle racing, or maybe if you are not interested in racing, to measure your improving fitness through the course of the cycling season. In short, it is the perfect forum to ride as hard as you can in a controlled setting. Starts at the Griffiss Business Park, Perimeter Rd. Time Trial begins at 7:00, people show up around 6:00 for warm up. Park in BAE System parking lot, off Daedalian Dr. then ride to the start line. Afterwards, join us for pizza at La Roma’s Pizza at 600 Floyd Ave. Rome.
Wednesday night: A & B levels. This ride is on more challenging terrain and at a faster pace than the other rides. Town line sprints and pace line riding are frequent occurrences. Routes are 30-40 miles long, depending on how much daylight there is. Maps are provided which include shortcuts. Start locations alternate between New Hartford and Whitesboro high schools at 530 or 545 pm. If there is a C group, they will ride out together for a shorter and slower route.
Thursday Night: This is a C ride on mostly moderate terrain at a slower pace. Later in the season some hills might be added. These rides are conducive to conversation and sightseeing. A & B’s are encouraged to join up and will be sent out first. Rides start from Westmoreland Town Park on Stop 7 Rd. in Westmoreland at 545pm.
Saturday Brunch ride: This is a C ride on mostly moderate terrain at a slower pace. Later in the season some hills might be added. These rides are conducive to conversation and sightseeing. This is a no drop ride, but you should have the leaders phone number if you get lost. Rides start from either Clinton’s Hannaford parking lot, Clark Mills at the corner of Brown St and South St or at New Hartford HS, 6 Daly place at 830 or 9 am. After ride, join us for brunch at Dunkin Donuts, Bob’s Café in Clark Mills or Sammy’s Café in NH. Check the calendar for where we will be.
Saturday Ride: This is an A & B ride into the Madison County at a faster pace. When the ride happens, they will meet in Clinton at the Hannaford’s parking lot. Depending on the weather, they will be leaving at 830 or 10 am. You will need to look for e-mails on when this ride will happen as the host will be racing on the days the rides do not happen.
Use the following table to help you determine which ride group that you will be comfortable in. Keep in mind that the speeds shown are average speeds; actual speeds may be higher or lower. If you are unsure which ride you should be on, take the less strenuous ride. You can always upgrade the next week.
|Group A||Difficult, 35+ miles||18-20mph average on flat terrain
16-18mph average on rolling/hilly terrain
15-16mph average on very hilly terrain
|Group B||Advanced, 35+ miles||15-18mph average on flat terrain
13-16mph average on rolling/hilly terrain
12-14mph average on very hilly terrain
|Group C||Moderate, 20+ miles||12-15mph average on flat terrain
10-13mph average on rolling/hilly terrain
9-11mph average on very hilly terrain
http://nybc.net/bike-law-resources/ provides a summary of principal requirements. Helmets are required for all rides. Earphones are not permitted. Non-members are allowed to ride with us once before they will be required to join the club. Non-members will be required to sign a liability waiver. All riders are expected to obey applicable NYS motor vehicle laws. This link to the New York Bicycling Coalition, Traffic laws. Those riders who have to be spoken to for more than 2 times by a board member about unsafe riding conditions will be barred from future club rides for the rest of the season without compensation on their dues. Make sure you have the route, a buddy and the host cell phone number in case you run into problems on the road.