TeamCBC Cycling Tip – Be Courteous on Group Rides

This tip is the first of three submitted by one of our “Team Elders” who has seen it all. He thought it was an excellent time to remind everyone what TeamCBC was, and should be, all about.
1. If a ride is posted to start at 8:00 am, don’t show up at 7:50 expecting to be ready to go at start time. No matter how you slice it, it will take about 30 minutes to get set up and ready to go. That includes fixing the surprise flat tire, which has happened countless times. It delays the start, and the sun is getting higher and hotter. Also, folks will become impatient and frustrated, which is not a good way to start a ride.
2. Choose your ride carefully. If you are dropping down to a shorter ride or a slower speed, acknowledge the fact that you are stronger and fitter than the rest of the pack. Don’t blow up the pace. Joining a group at a posted pace, say 17 – 18 mph is an implied contract; that’s what we all signed up for and should expect. If the stronger rider insists on pushing the pace, let them go.
3. Conversely, if you are moving up to a longer or faster group, be sure you are ready. A good gauge would be, “can I pull my current group for approximately 50% of the ride ?” If so, you are probably ready to “sit-in” with the next group up. Showing up for something you are not prepared for ruins the ride for the rest of the pack, and if one consistently does this, then dropping that rider is justified. Know your limitations.
Thanks, “Team Elder,” for your wisdom.
Stay Safe!
Rick Bunnell
President, TeamCBC