Weekly Rides

Great BBC Rides Throughout the Week!

The hills around Bloomington and Monroe County offer great scenery and challenging routes for touring, training, and social cycling throughout the year. The BBC’s ride calendar accommodates cyclists of varying abilities and interests. Choose from the club rides described below to find a day and time, pace and group that suits you. Always bring a helmet and supplies but consider bringing a friend, too.

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Saturday Club Touring Rides

Saturdays, March-October. Start times will change from month to month with the availability of light and the onset of Indiana heat and humidity. Check the ride calendar for starting times.
Meeting Place: Bryan Park Pool or East side parking lot
Pace: 13-17 mph
Mileage: Varies, see ride calendar. Short options are available on most routes. Touring rides take cyclists to surrounding counties and accommodate cyclists of a variety of abilities. Participants frequently break up into multiple groups determined by pace. Occasionally there will be drive & rides or longer ride extensions from fellow club members.

Ride leaders provide maps and ensure that no rider is completely dropped and all riders make it back to the starting point. On longer rides, leaders designate collection points to bring groups back together and identify rest stops for food and water. Mileage and difficulty of touring rides increase over the course of the summer. Touring rides are a great way to acquaint yourself with the area, build endurance, and meet others who share your interest in cycling.

iRIDES

Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:45 pm
Meeting Place: Bryan Park Pool parking lot
Pace: 15-16 mph
Mileage: 20-40 miles

Intermediate level rides of moderate pace and distance. The ride leader will start promptly and set an appropriate pace. Riders are expected to assist the leader by looking out for each other during the ride. Ride maps with regrouping points will be posted in advance. Riders unfamiliar with the route should bring along a copy of the map in the event they become separated from the group. Since the iRides and tRides begin at the same place and same time, riders should be sure to group themselves correctly, and allow the faster tRiders to begin first.

tRIDES

Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:45 pm
Meeting Place: Bryan Park Pool parking lot
Pace: 18+ mph
Mileage: 20-40 miles

The tRide is an advanced level ride of high pace and moderate distance that may or may not include regrouping points. Pace is anticipated to be 18+ mph. Expect occasional sprint or Strava segments, pace line riding at high speed, intervals, and fewer regrouping stops. Since the iRides and tRides begin at the same place and same time, riders should be sure to group themselves correctly, and allow the faster tRiders to begin first.

OWLS Training Rides

Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:45 pm
Meeting Place: Sherwood Oaks Church north side parking lot
Pace: 13-15 mph
Mileage: 20-30 miles

The “Older, Wiser, and a Little Slower” training group emphasizes moderate rides, and a route planned in advance that is posted on the ride calendar. This is a no drop ride, but not a beginner’s ride. The OWLS often average 15 mph or more on flat roads, and typically have an overall average moving speed between 13 to 15 mph including hills. A leader is designated at the start, and all fellow riders are encouraged to volunteer to lead or sweep if they know the route. Regrouping points are also discussed at the start, along with any modifications that need to be made to the route, so it is best to arrive a bit early. A multi gear road bike is recommended for the hilly terrain. Rides leave promptly at the designated time. Here are some typical OWLS Maps.

Early Birds Rides

Tuesday and Thursday mornings or afternoons, time varies by season
Meeting Place: Bryan Park East Parking Lot, S. Woodlawn Ave. (usually)
Pace: 11-15 mph
Mileage: 20-30 miles

This branch of the OWLS training group emphasizes somewhat slower, moderate rides, and a route planned in advance that is posted on the ride calendar. Check the calendar for the occasional start somewhere besides Bryan Park. Start times are also posted on the calendar and vary from 8:30 am in summer to beat the heat to 1:30 pm in spring and fall to allow temperatures to warm up. This is a no drop ride, but not a beginner’s ride. Expect an overall average moving speed of 11-15 mph including hills. Distances typically vary from 20 to 30 miles. Since this weekday ride is not time-limited by sunset, short, unplanned side trips to explore new territory are sometimes added during the rides.

Sunday Nice ‘N Easy Rides

Sundays, 1:30 pm, March-October
Meeting Place: Bryan Park Pool parking lot
Pace: 8-12 mph
Mileage: 19-25 miles

Sunday rides feature lower mileage and slower paces. Routes are posted ahead of time on the BBC calendar. Nice ‘n Easy rides cater to those who want to take it easy and to beginning riders. Here is a map showing the Nice ‘n Easy rides.

BBC Rider Miles

Here is a table showing the miles ridden by BBC riders this year.
Here are the miles ridden in 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015.
Here are rider calendars for 2019, 2018 and 2017.
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