Cycling is more fun when you ride with others! There’s no better source of motivation, networking, being social, sharing knowledge, and camaraderie than your fellow riders. The Peterborough Cycling Club holds rides all through the week for most levels and abilities.
Peterborough Cycling Club rides should be safe and enjoyable for all participants. Riding a bike in a larger group requires special skills, care and caution. Especially since riding in a group tends to attract more attention than a single rider, each of us should, as always, be role models for all other roadway users. The respect we earn from motorists depends on our actions as responsible cyclists.
PCC rides strictly follow the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. For example, we must all stop at every stop sign; even those on the quietest roads. Every rider must stop and proceed only when it is safe to do so. The Club will be unable to hold rides if participants fail to abide by this and all aspects of the HTA.
A helmet meeting the requirements of Sections 3 and 4 of Ontario Regulation 610, enacted under the Highway Traffic Act, must be worn while cycling during Club rides and Club-sanctioned events. In addition to a cycling helmet, other protective equipment is strongly encouraged (e.g. gloves, eye wear).
Don’t try to change the pace of a ride. If a ride you choose is slower paced than you would like, don’t try to “improve” the ride by riding off the front of the group or surging at the front. Choose another ride that is more suited to your abilities.
Signal all turns to the group and to motorists. Hold up your hand high in the air if you have a problem like a flat tire so riders behind know to be careful and can help.
Be attentive to the ride leader when he/she is describing the route and possible hazards. Even if you are an experienced rider, there may be important announcements about route changes or new hazards such as road construction. Also, if you are talking during the ride briefing, it may interfere with others hearing the information.
Make an effort to make new riders feel welcome. The two most obvious things that can make a new rider feel unwelcome are being ignored and being dropped. Experienced club members should talk to new riders and if necessary, assist the Ride Leader in keeping track of new-comers and making sure they get back if they have trouble keeping up.
Group ride dynamics are interesting and ever changing. You have to be alert at all times. To be safe it is important to ride smoothly by not over reacting and by avoiding hard braking. Be alert as to what is going on up the road in the front of the pack, and anticipate what traffic will do. Inexperienced riders that panic and touch a wheel may crash or cause a crash. You can avoid most problems by practicing these simple rules:
Listen to and adhere to the directions of the Ride Leaders.
Make sure your bike is in good working order. A bike shop can help with this – a spring tune-up is a great idea.
Be predictable in all your actions. Move around slowly, flowing like water.
Ride mostly two-up and stay tight and to the right, two to three feet apart, front and back. However, single out if unnecessarily obstructing traffic.
Stay alert at all times.
Communicate hazards by calling and pointing them out.
Hold your line in corners.
Don’t overlap wheels. A slight direction change or gust of wind could easily cause you to touch wheels and fall.
When preparing to stand up on the pedals, get out of the saddle slowly over two pedal strokes to avoid shooting your rear wheel into the rider behind you.
Be aware of the rider(s) around you.
Don’t brake hard unless absolutely necessary.
Pass and change lines slowly and carefully and look where you’re going, like you would in your car.
On trails, respect the environment and be courteous to other trail users. Remember that all of our area parks are multi-use.
Install front and rear lights if the ride may be within a half hour of dawn or dusk.
Remove aero-bars for all group rides.
Look out for each other’s wellbeing.
Review and adhere to the aspects of the PCC Risk Management Plan found on the web site.
Always bring a tube, CO2 cartridge or a pump, and the tools to change a flat. It also a good idea to bring some money on the longer rides because often group rides stop to fuel up. Bring a cell phone. Bring along identification and emergency information. Keep in mind that not all group rides stop when someone flats, so be prepared to ride alone if you flat. Have the right clothing for the weather.
Rides may be cancelled due to extreme weather. Active thunderstorm warnings will results in cancelled rides. Extreme heat alerts may results in cancellations or modifications. Please check with the Ride Leaders and the PCC website forum.
Maintain a steady straight line and avoid braking or changing direction suddenly, especially if contesting a sprint. Remember that there are riders closely following you from behind. To slow down, gradually move out into the wind and slot back into a position in the bunch.
Stay to the right when in front to allow room for others to pass safely on your left. Pass other riders on the left hand side whenever possible.
Do not cross the yellow line or center of the road at any time.
Be smooth with your turns at the front of the group. Avoid surges, a group will travel quicker when turns are completed smoothly.
Avoid leaving gaps when following wheels. Each time you leave a gap you are forcing yourself to ride alone to bridge it. Also, riders behind you will become annoyed and have to ride around you.
When climbing hills, avoid following a wheel too closely. Many riders lose momentum when rising out of the saddle on a hill and a sudden deceleration results. Such a deceleration can often catch a rider who is following too closely unaware and results in a fall from wheels touching.
After climbing a hill, it may seem that the summit is a good place to rest. However, consider other cyclists climbing up behind you and, if a rest is necessary, pull completely off the road so that others who do not wish to rest may proceed. Remember that sight lines for cyclists and motorists at the crest of a hill may be compromised.
Do not panic if you brush shoulders, hands or bars with another rider. Try to stay relaxed in your upper body to absorb any bumps. This is a part of cycling in close bunches and is quite safe provided riders do not panic, brake or change direction.
If riding at the front, try to maintain a steady pace, not to slow down on rises and not to accelerate too much when descending; this avoids the “concertina” affect to riders near the back.
Pedal downhill when you are at the front of the bunch. Cyclists dislike having to ride under brakes. Do not simply freewheel downhill if you will cause a deceleration in the group’s descent.
Ride with honour. Examples: a) Pick a group reflective of your ability. b) Don’t hide from the wind all ride then win the sprint (there are exceptions, like having teammates driving the pace). c) Don’t sit in and never attack, but then chase all those that do (unless you’re working for a teammate); it’s just boring and negative. d) Try an attack; it’s fun. Most won’t succeed… but some do.
And finally, competitive cycling is a team sport. Working with others is much more fun than working alone. Get some buddies and team up. And don’t keep it a secret – the more teams there are the better.
MONDAY SLOW PACE REC RIDE
You are ready to get out riding with a group, but you don’t want to go at a blistering pace. This ride is for you. We will travel between 15 and 25 kph depending on the terrain. The group stops frequently to keep everyone as together as possible. No one will be left behind! This is your chance to ride routes you may not have ridden on your own. You can have a lot of fun while learning all the great advantages of riding in a group. Meet at the Silver Bean (located at the end of King Street, right beside the Otonabee River) on Monday evenings at 6 pm sharp. Routes vary from 30 to 45 km and we return at around 7:30 or 8 pm. In the event of inclement weather, check the website. Riders who enjoy this ride may also enjoy the Wednesday Rec Ride. You must wear a helmet and be a member of the PCC. Road bike recommended. Have lights when the days get shorter.
Ride Leaders:Ben Taylor and Sheila Collett
Dates: May through August
Time/Place: 6:00pm at the Silver Bean Café
MONDAY REC RIDE
You have some experience at group riding, but you aren’t quite ready to join the tempo ride on Wednesday evenings. Meet at the Silver Bean (located at the end of King Street, right beside the Otonabee River) on Monday evenings at 6 pm sharp. Routes vary from 35 to 50 km and we return at around 7:30 or 8 pm. In the event of inclement weather, check the website. Ride speed will be around 25 km/h. Riders who enjoy this ride may also enjoy the Wednesday Rec Ride and the Saturday Rec Ride. You must wear a helmet and be a member of the PCC. Road bike required. Have lights when the days get shorter.
Ride Leaders: Marshal Ferguson and Dick Plant
Dates: May 16 through August
Time/Place: 6:00pm at the Silver Bean Café
MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY TANDEM EYES RIDES
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. The rides are about 10 – 30 kms and last for 1.5 to 2 hours. The average speed is considered “leisurely” at 16-19kph.
We begin our rides at the Silver Bean (located at the end of King Street, beside the Otonabee River) on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm from Wednesday May 4 to the end of August. We ask all cyclists to be at the start location by 5:45 to ensure a 6:00 start time.
We welcome all tandem cyclists who are PCC members.
Please visit www.tandemeyes.com for weekly updates and cancellations in the event of inclement weather.
Ride Leaders: Mark Tindale
Dates: May through August
Time/Place: 6:00pm at the Silver Bean Café
TUESDAY NIGHT MOUNTAIN BIKING – ALL ABILITIES
Mountain bikers of all abilities are encouraged to meet at the Harold Town Conservation area on Tuesdays at 6:15pm starting in mid-May (depending on trail conditions). The Harold Town trails range from easy to difficult and are suitable for riders with a reasonable amount of fitness and a willingness to learn. We will form into groups based on skill level: beginner/skills, intermediate and non-stop/advanced. Whether you are a seasoned rider looking to have some fun and test yourself with others of the same ability, or you are new to mountain biking and are looking to get into the sport, or anywhere in between, there will be a group for you!
The beginner/skills group will focus on learning the skills required to safely navigate single track trails. These skills are the building blocks for mountain biking. The ride will be a slow pace and will allow riders to stop at features such as logs, rock gardens, switchbacks, technical descents, etc. where riders will be able to try riding over features multiple times with the group leader offering advice and encouragement.
The intermediate group will ride at a controlled pace and will stop at most major trail junctions to allow riders to regroup. This ride will focus on riding longer distances of single track than the beginner ride. It will be a “no-drop” ride and will be the ride of choice for individuals looking to take their skills and apply them to slightly faster and longer rides.
The non-stop/advanced ride is for riders who are looking for a steady ride that does not stop at trail junctions. The group will have a specific loop planned out and will ride at a faster pace than the intermediate group. If there is not a known route, riders will follow the “single drop” system to ensure the group stays together but does not disrupt the pace. Riders in this group will have a high level of skill and fitness and should be able to navigate all sections of single track with speed and confidence. This ride is not a “race pace” ride, rather the pace of the ride will be determined by the dynamic of the individuals in the group.
Other nearby mountain biking trails may be chosen as part of the Tuesday night mountain biking ride. Please check the PCC forum in the mountain biking section for weekly updates.
Helmets are required, as well as a PCC membership. Bring a pump, spare tube, etc. As we support responsible riding, check the PCC Website Forum weekly for updates regarding weather and trail conditions.
Ride Leaders: Jeff Waite, Alex Groenke, Anne Hollingsworth, Gord Gallant
Dates: May through August
Location: Harold Town Conversation Area, 2611 Old Norwood Road, Peterborough, ON
TUESDAY TIME TRIAL
Tuesday Time Trial rides start on Wallace Point Road (at Cold Springs School) at 6:30 pm sharp and will be 16 km (8 km option available). Helmets are required as well as membership to the PCC.
Dates: May through August
Ride Leader: Richard Higham
Time/Place: Cold Spring School 6:30 pm
WOMENS’ SPRING TRAINING RIDE
This road ride is designed for female cyclists of varying fitness, abilities and experience to
get a good workout in a short one‐hour time frame. The group will meet and roll out at 5:45am sharp.
Helmet, front light, rear light and PCC membership required.
The group will roll out to the loop (3.5km loop in west end or 8.3km in north 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.
Dates: Tuesdays from May 2 – June 27, 2017
Ride Leader: Rebecca Christensen & Katy Shufelt
West End Loop (May 2, May 16, May 30, June 13, June 27) meeting at Crestwood Secondary School
North End Loop (May 9, May 23, June 6, June 20) meeting at Adam Scott CVI parking lot
TUESDAY MORNING HUMP DAY RIDE
A typical ride is 40-50 km averaging 21 km per hour. It is highly recommended that you have a road bike for this no-drop ride.
We are looking forward to any new riders that would like to join us.
Dates: Tuesdays starting May 2
Ride Leaders: Karen Hjort- Jensen, Janis Kelly and Sylvia Cashmore.
Time/Place: 9am at the Silver Bean Café
Ride Leader: Jamie Elcombe
WEDNESDAY REC RIDE
The ride will start on Wednesday, May 3 and continue into early September. Each ride will depart from the Silver Bean (located at the end of King Street, right beside the Otonabee River) at 6:05 PM sharp. The Wednesday 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. The details for each weekly ride will be posted on the Forum portion of the website. This ride exists so that people who want companionship as motivation to get out on a bike, have a group to join. There will be instruction and reminders in the “dos and don’ts” of group riding. Riders who enjoy this ride will also enjoy the PCC’s other No-Drop/Rec Rides. The first few rides will likely be shorter and slower than rides later in the season. Rides will be approximately two hours to two and a half hours in duration and generally no longer than 55 KM. A road bike and a helmet are required along with a valid PCC membership. Lights are required for late season rides. The pace of each ride will be moderate, at between 23 and 26 kph.
Ride Leaders: Alan Barber and Sue Carlson
Dates: May through August
Time/Place: Silver Bean at 6:00pm
WEDNESDAY TEMPO RIDE
The aim of the Wednesday Tempo Ride is to increase a cyclist’s knowledge and skill level such that they can participate in group rides in a safe and efficient manner. Participants will gain practical experience with two main types of group riding formations: the double pace line and the echelon. Perfecting these two types of group riding formations will provide cyclists with the necessary skills to participate in the PCC’s Thursday night race simulations, OCA sanctioned races, and organized tours. We split the rides into two groups, A and B, either at the beginning of the ride or after a short warm-up ride.
This is not necessarily ano-drop ride so it is expected that both bicycle and rider are in appropriate condition to ride. This should not be your first introduction to group riding.
A gauge that you can use as a self-assessment is your ability to sustain an effort that will allow you to ride for prolonged periods at speeds of 30 kph. Additionally, you should also be able to efficiently utilize the shifting mechanism on your bike. You do not need a lot of experience with group riding, however you need a moderate amount of personal fitness and a road bike.
The Wednesday Tempo Ride starts at 6:15 pm sharp at the Silver Bean (located at the end of King Street, right beside the Otonabee River). Please ensure that you have a pump, spare tube, and front and rear flashing lights. The details of the route will be published on the PCC website in the forum under rides. Helmets are required as well as membership to the PCC.
Ride Leaders: Rod Pierce
Dates: May – August
Time/Place: Silver Bean 6:15 pm
The Thursday Nighter is a competitive style ride. As such it is for riders with significant pack experience. The group is split into A and B groups. Group A, the fastest ride, tends to include Senior 1-3, Master 1-2, the strongest women and the fastest juniors. Group B will be only slightly less fast and should include Master 3-4 riders, strong juniors and women. Riders seed themselves accordingly.
Rides start from a number of locations depending on the route, so please check the calendar on the website and forum weekly for locations, start times and other important details. Rides generally are 50 to 110 km. 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. The Thursday Nighter is faster than the Wednesday Tempo Ride and requires superior individual bike handling skills, a certain amount of tenacity and, frankly, a willingness to suffer. Be familiar with the area as there is no sweep to pick up dropped riders. Helmets are required as well as membership to the PCC. If you don’t want to join us for Dirty Thursdays, keep in mind that the Thursday Tempo Ride will be riding on pavement, so you may join them.
Ride Leaders: Paul Wilkinson and Chris Jones
Dates: April to Sept
Time/Place: See Calendar
THURSDAY TEMPO RIDE
The ride will start on Thursday, April 28th and continue into early September. Each ride will depart from the Silver Bean (located at the end of King Street, right beside the Otonabee River) at 6:05 PM sharp or, depending on the route, at 6:30 PM from the Douro Arena. The Thursday Tempo Ride is a little slower than the Thursday Nighter and you’ll be working cooperatively as a group. The intent is work together and go quickly, though this is not a race-type ride. Participants will gain practical experience with two main types of group riding formations: the double pace line and, as the season progresses, the echelon. The aim of the Thursday Tempo Ride is to perfect these two types of group riding formations, and increase each cyclist’s knowledge, comfort level and skill so that they can then safely participate in the Thursday Nighter. If you enjoy the faster segment of the Wednesday Tempo ride or the camaraderie of the Traditional Sunday Club Run, you’ll enjoy this ride.
Although a Tempo Ride teaches individuals about the fundamentals of group riding, it is not a beginner ride. This is a ride for people with intermediate to advanced skills who are fit or have the desire and ability to become fit quickly. The pace will at the higher end of the brisk category; expect the average speed to be between 26 and 29 kph, depending on the route and time of year.
The details for each weekly ride will be posted on the Forum portion of the website. The season has a mix of rides that are fairly flat or quite hilly. A road bike is required for this ride, as well as helmets and membership to the PCC. Lights are required for late season rides.
Ride Leaders: Al Barber and Tom Blackburn
Dates: May to Sept
Time/Place: Silver Bean at 6pm
Time/Place: Silver Bean 6:00 pm
SATURDAY REC RIDE
The ride will start on Saturday, April 30th (weather permitting) and continue until late September. Each ride will leave from the Silver Bean (located at the end of King Street, right beside the Otonabee River) at 2:00 PM sharp. The Saturday Rec Ride is just like the Wednesday Rec Ride though the distances will generally be longer. The details for each weekly ride will be posted on the website. The focus is on having a sociable group ride, getting comfortable riding in a group and learning the rules and etiquette for riding safely in a group. There will be instruction and reminders in the “dos and don’ts” of group riding. This ride exists so that people who are new to group riding, or who want companionship as some motivation to get out on a bike, have a group to join. Riders who enjoy this ride will also enjoy the PCC’s other No-Drop/Rec Rides. The first few rides will likely be shorter and slower than rides later in the season. Rides will generally be two hours, or more, in duration. The goal is to have people ready to complete rides of slightly over 100 km in about four hours of riding by July. A road bike and a helmet are required along with a valid PCC membership. The pace of each ride will be moderate, at between 23 and 26 kph.
Ride Leader: Alan Barber
Dates: May to Sept
Time/Place: Silver Bean 2:00 pm
TRADITIONAL SUNDAY CLUB RIDE
There will be two groups to choose from – one will be faster than the other. The faster group will start at 8am for rides between May 7 and September 10. Rides outside of these dates will leave at 9am.
A second slower-paced Tempo group will start at 9am start for all of May through September and into October.
Ride distances will vary between 80km and 130km with a variety of terrain. A road bike and a helmet are required along with a valid PCC membership.
These rides are for experienced group riders. Expect an average speed of 30kph or faster with the odd optional town sign sprint mixed in. Depending on the route, we may stop for a coffee in Millbrook or Havelock before continuing. The group will reform at major intersections if a rider has been dropped. Expect to be challenged, but not destroyed. Expect good natured fun rather than a ride filled with attacks. Any ride cancellations will be posted on the Forum, under Traditional Sunday Club Run.
Ride Leaders: Jeff Mincola (faster), and Tom Blackburn and Alan Barber (slower)
Dates: May through Oct
Time/Place: Ashburnham Ale House, Hunter Street East
SUNDAY CROSS RACES (SEP – NOV)
The PCC will be hosting a weekly competitive cyclocross ride at Nichols Oval every Sunday starting in mid-September until late November. The ride will start at 10am from the picnic area.
Races will start in mid-September to so that folks that may have been a bit leery of the cold conditions in the past can participate. This event will need volunteers in order to run effectively so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Wild Rock Outfitters Tuesday-Saturday if you can donate some time. The cross races will need a time keeper and someone to set up the course. This can be done by one person and if you are concerned about how to do either of these things, the PCC will provide all the information that you need. It’s really not that hard. As always, a PCC membership is required as are helmets. For those of you concerned that you don’t have a cyclocross bike, a mountain bike will be an excellent substitute
Ride Leader: Jon Moreno