PCC RIDES

The Peterborough Cycling Club offers over a dozen organized rides catering to all riding styles and skill levels. From easy, recreational rides, perfect for fitness and friends, to the race-level intensity of Thursday Night competitive rides. Whether your thing is mountain, road, time-trial or cyclocross, our rides are suited to those looking to hone and test their cycling skills, or simply to share the pastime and company of like-minded riders.

Rides this week   //

december 17, 2018 - december 23, 2018

  • sep 24, 2018 - sep 30, 2018
  • oct 01, 2018 - oct 07, 2018
  • oct 08, 2018 - oct 14, 2018
  • oct 15, 2018 - oct 21, 2018
  • oct 22, 2018 - oct 28, 2018
  • oct 29, 2018 - nov 04, 2018
  • nov 05, 2018 - nov 11, 2018
  • nov 12, 2018 - nov 18, 2018
  • nov 19, 2018 - nov 25, 2018
  • nov 26, 2018 - dec 02, 2018
  • dec 03, 2018 - dec 09, 2018
  • dec 10, 2018 - dec 16, 2018
  • dec 17, 2018 - dec 23, 2018
  • dec 24, 2018 - dec 30, 2018
  • dec 31, 2018 - jan 06, 2019
  • jan 07, 2019 - jan 13, 2019
  • jan 14, 2019 - jan 20, 2019
  • jan 21, 2019 - jan 27, 2019
  • jan 28, 2019 - feb 03, 2019
  • feb 04, 2019 - feb 10, 2019
  • feb 11, 2019 - feb 17, 2019
  • feb 18, 2019 - feb 24, 2019
  • feb 25, 2019 - mar 03, 2019
  • mar 04, 2019 - mar 10, 2019
  • mar 11, 2019 - mar 17, 2019
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REC RIDES

Riding is more fun when you ride with others! There’s no better source of motivation, knowledge and camaraderie than your fellow riders. The Rec Ride is designed to introduce people, with basic fitness, to the joys of group riding. The focus is on having a sociable ride, getting comfortable riding in a group and learning the rules and etiquette of riding safely, in a group. This ride exists so that people who want companionship and motivation, to get out on their bikes, will have a group to join. There will be instruction and reminders in the “dos & don’ts” of group riding. Ride leaders will do their best to keep average pace, in line with the ride guidelines, to ensure everyone has a fun and enjoyable ride. This is a no drop ride. No rider will be left behind. The pace of these groups will be determined by the slowest rider.

Please refer to the Pace Guideline below to select the group that suits your skill and fitness.

PCC Rec Ride Pace Guideline  /  Click image to enlarge

Rec Ride Pace Pace Guideline

Monday 6:00pm
Rec Level 1 / Rec Level 5


Tuesday 5:45am
Rec Level 3 / Rec Level 4 / Rec Level 5


Tuesday 9:15am
Rec Level 2 / Rec Level 3 / Rec Level 4


Wednesday 6:00pm
Rec Level 3 / Rec Level 4 / Rec Level 5


Friday 6:00pm (Women’s Casual Friday Ride)
Rec Level 4 / Rec Level 5


Saturday 2:00pm
Rec Level 3 / Rec Level 4


Sunday 10:00am
Rec Level 5

BEFORE RIDING, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.

TANDEMEYES

TandemEyes, offers tandem cycling for people with vision loss. We provide the trained captains and tandem bikes. Our cycling adventures utilize Peterborough’s beautiful trails and access roads. We ask all cyclists to be at the start location by 5:45, to ensure a 6:00 start time. Please go to tandemeyes.com for more information

Please see Rec Rides above for more information of ride pace and distances.

PCC Rec Ride Pace Guideline /  Click image to enlarge

Rec Ride Pace Pace Guideline

Monday 6:00pm
Rec Level 1


Wednesday 6:00pm
Rec Level 1

BEFORE RIDING, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.

TEMPO RIDES

On Tempo Rides, the intent is work together and go quickly, though this is not a race-type ride. This type of ride are for seasoned, conditioned riders. Although a Tempo Ride teaches individuals about the fundamentals of group riding, it is not a beginner ride. If you are unsure if you meet the requirements for this group speak with the ride leader, emphasis is to perfect formations, and increase each cyclist’s knowledge, comfort level and skill, so that they can then safely participate in the Thursday competitive ride. If you want to work up to this level, you need to come out early in the season and come out consistently; you will then be able to hang with the pack! We do not drop riders without their consent. Ride leaders will do their best to keep average pace in line with the ride category.

Please refer to the Pace Guideline below to select the group that suits your skill and fitness.

PCC Tempo Ride Pace Guideline /  Click image to enlarge

Tempo Ride Pace Guidelines

Tuesday 9:15am
Tempo Level 2


Wednesday 6:15pm
Tempo Level 1


Thursday 6:00pm
Tempo Level 1


Sunday 8:00am
Traditional Sunday Club Ride
Tempo Level 2


Sunday 9:00am
Tempo Level 1

BEFORE RIDING, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.

COMPETITIVE RIDES

Competitive rides are for riders with superior individual bike handling and group riding skills. These are drop, hang-on-for-dear-life-type rides. If you get dropped, the group won’t wait for you and you’re on your own. Please note that speeds are high, sprints are a part of the game… and solid group riding and bike handling skills are an absolute must.

Wednesday nights will feature interval workouts on a variety of routes. Be familiar with the route as there is no sweep to pick up dropped riders.

On Thursday nights, the season has a mix of rides that can be fairly flat, quite hilly, or feature a selection of local dirt road sections, a.k.a. Dirty Thursday. These rides require a certain amount of tenacity, and frankly, a willingness to suffer. Be familiar with the route as there is no sweep to pick up dropped riders. Groups may be split into 2 or 3 groups depending on the number of riders in attendance. Riders seed themselves accordingly.

Please refer to the Pace Guideline below to select the group that suits your skill and fitness.

PCC Competitive Ride Pace Guideline /  Click image to enlarge

Competitive Ride Pace Guideline

Wednesday 6:00pm
Wednesday Workout
Competitive Level 2

View Routes Here


Thursday 6:30pm
Thursday Niter
Competitive Level 1 / Competitive Level 2


View Routes Here

BEFORE RIDING, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.

WOMEN’S TRAINING  RIDE

This road ride is designed for female cyclists of varying fitness, abilities and experience, to get a good workout in, in a short one‐hour time frame. The group will roll out to the loop (8.3km in north end or 3.5km loop in west end) then cyclists will ride loop at their own pace. Loop can be completed as many times as speed and time allows. The short loop format allows cyclists to be riding in the same area without necessarily riding together. There will not be a sweep on this ride so please make sure you know the general area that the ride is located in. If it’s your first time out and want some info your first time around the loop the ride leader will help you know where to go. There will be a set ride home time from the loop. Please be sure to stop at the meeting point once you no longer have time to complete another loop.

Tuesday 5:45am

BEFORE RIDING, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.

CYCLOCROSS

Typical cyclocross courses are 2 to 2.5 km loops on a mix of paved and off-road surfaces over flat-to-rolling terrain. The races are not on roads but are on closed courses located in parks and park like areas. Races lasts 45mins plus a lap and 30mins plus a lap for our beginner category. But, what makes cross such a unique and challenging sport is that courses For example, most courses feature short, steep (often muddy) sections, which are nearly impossible to ride. There can be Sand pits, steep descents and technical singletrack, too. Also, courses include series of man-made barriers scattered around the course requiring riders to carry their bikes over or, if they’re really talented, to jump their bikes over the obstacles. It’s this combination of cycling, stunt riding, carrying, running and scrambling over obstacles that makes cyclocross so exciting, such a phenomenal workout and so darn much fun!. If you’re not competitive, you’ll still love the way cross improves your skills. Trails that once worried you will seem tame and you’ll be able to ride sections you had to walk before. This is held in a race format and will be timed. These events are held rain or shine, or snow as long as the weather does not pose a danger to the riders. For those of you concerned that you don’t have a cross bike, a mountain bike will be an excellent substitute. Cross is an awesome spectator sport, so please come out and enjoy the excitement and of course the heckling.

PCC Competitive Ride Pace Guideline  /  Click image to enlarge

Competitive Ride Pace Guideline

Sunday 10:00am

Competitive Level 1 / Competitive Level 2


Locations TBD

BEFORE RIDING, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Sprockids

Sprockids is all about changing the role and definition of sports in our society. Being active and having fun should be a part of everyday life. Sprockids is all-inclusive. The program is designed to teach young people mountain bike skills and enable them to safely and successfully enjoy mountain biking. Mountain biking is about fun, adventure, adrenaline, and discovery.

  • Open to young riders ages 5-12* who must be able to ride on bumpy grass independently.
  • Riders will be grouped according to skill.
  • Sprockids will begin on April 30th at Nicholl’s Oval. The remaining weeks will take place at Harold Town Conservation Area, Old Norwood Road.
  • Note, Sprockids WILL NOT run on May 21 (Victoria Day).

Mondays
April 30 – June 25, 2018


Harold Town Conservation Area


Cost: $35 + OCA membership ($42)

PARENTS — PRIOR TO YOUR CHILD’S PARTICIPATION, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.

Devo-riders

The goal of Devo-Riders is to create an opportunity for more kids to get on bikes in order to foster a life-long passion for cycling. The program will build on skills taught in Sprockids (ages 5-12) an continue to focus on safety, fun and skill development. The participants will have opportunity to participate in a variety of fun team relay events and develop the foundations needed for grassroots racing.

Participants in the program must be able to ride at a level where they understand gear selection, general bike handling skills and are comfortable climbing hills and riding singletrack trails. If you are concerned whether or not your child is ready for our program please email your inquiry to youth@peterboroughcc.com.

  • Open to young riders ages 12-18
  • Riders can participate in Devo-Riders if they have not participated in Sprockids
  • Limit of 12 riders for the inaugural year

Tuesdays
May 8 – June 26, 2018


Harold Town Conservation Area


Cost: $35 + OCA membership ($42)

PARENTS — PRIOR TO YOUR CHILD’S PARTICIPATION, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.

Youth Ride

The Thursday Night Youth ride is an introduction to competitive group riding. The goal of this ride is to give youth the experience and skill to ride competitively in a pack and to join the adults on the Thursday Nighter. Early in the season we often break into two or more groups to allow those new to group riding a chance to work on their skills at a mid tempo, while the more experienced youth work at a higher tempo. Most rides start with a focus on cooperative group riding in a pack for up to half the ride, and end with competitive group riding and a sprint or two for the finish. Riders should have good bike handling skills, some experience riding in a group, the ability to sustain at least 24 km/h in good conditions on their own, and some solid grit.

Rides start and end at the Douro Arena and will vary in length from 30 – 55km with shorter rides more common in the shoulder seasons. We follow similar routes to the Thursday Nighter and will frequently pass or be passed by adults and groups. The competitive portion of these rides means riders will be left behind and could be riding on their own back to the Douro Arena. However, while they can be dropped from the ride, the ride leaders will wait and/or circle back to ensure all youth return from the ride. Just like for the adult rides, youth riders are expected to be PCC members, to wear a helmet and to bring everything necessary to be self-sufficient on the ride, including water, snacks, lights, appropriate clothing, spare tubes, tools for changing a flat and a cell phone for emergencies.

As rider skill improves, some youth will be encouraged to ride with the Adult B group of the Thursday Niter when they are in Douro, and eventually will transition to riding just with the Adults.

Thursday 6:15pm
Youth Level 1 / Youth Level 2

PARENTS — PRIOR TO YOUR CHILD’S PARTICIPATION, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.

TIME TRIALS

The Race of Truth returns monthly starting Friday, May 25th. We have a new course this year; on Moncrief Line just past the airport. There is plenty of parking at the old tag end of Airport Road. The course is smooth, flat, and reasonably traffic-free. It is an 8km loop x 2 laps and will be timed using Webscorer (save time on arrival by pre-registering on the PCC TT forum). We will be gathering at 6:15pm, and starting at 6:30pm. Thank-you, Richard (TT ride leader).

Mark your calendar for the following dates:

Friday, May 25th at 6:30pm
Friday, June 15th at 6:30pm
Friday, July 20th at 6:30pm
Friday, August 17th at 6:30pm

Friday 6:30pm

Competitive Level 1 / Competitive Level 2


Moncrief Line, south of the airport

BEFORE RIDING, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Mountain bike riders of all abilities are encouraged to join the PCC for monthly rides at local mountain biking trails. Whether you are a seasoned rider looking to have fun and challenge yourself with others of the same ability, or you are relatively new to mountain biking, come and explore the incredible trail networks in our area. We will form into groups based on skill and fitness levels; riders should be comfortable riding in winding single-track, climbing hills, and navigating roots and small logs. Mountain bike rides are no-drop rides and last up to two hours.

  • Meet time is 6 pm in the parking lot where the ride is to take place. Saturday rides will begin at 10am.
  • Helmets are mandatory for participation
  • A valid PCC membership must be carried, either digital or hard copy, and displayed to the ride leader on request.
  • Bring a pump, spare tube, lights if necessary, snacks and plenty of water.
  • As we support responsible riding, check the PCC MTB Forum for updates regarding changes or cancellations due to weather and/or trail conditions.
  • For those with a competitive edge, the PCC will host our annual Mountain Bike Worlds on Tuesday, August 28th at Harold Town CA (event details available soon).

Tuesday, May 22
MTB season Launch (Millbrook)


Tuesday, May 29
New Location — Harold Town CA


Tuesday, June 5
Northumberland


Saturday, July 28
Durham MTB


Tuesday, August 28
MTB Worlds (HTCA) – TT style

BEFORE RIDING, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.