saturday rideTHIS WEEK'S SATURDAY RIDE

 8/30/14: The route this week is JRod's Revenge (49.7 miles, 2,583 feet)A definition of revenge is “to exact punishment”.  In cycling, punishment is often coupled with reward.  This is one of the last routes JRod concocted before handing over the map-guy job - but he never got to run it.  As you are being punished with the hills and rewarded with brisk descents think of JRod – and let him know after the ride what you were feeling – he has a tough skin!  The route comes in four parts: a 9 mile warm-up out Helvetia and Phillips; a long climb and descent on Old Germantown Rd and Skyline; a climb of Mason and descent of Dorland; and lastly 20 miles of flat to cruise or chill on the way home.  Should you not want two major climbs - shorter alternatives are easy to configure on this route.  The weather looks to be mostly cloudy to possible showers during the ride, with temps in the mid 50’s and mid 60's. 

 

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Group Ride Guidelines

Written by Glen Bolen. Posted in News & Updates.

A Portland Velo group ride is a special thing.  For many of us, it’s the highlight of the week.  Why is our Saturday ride so much better than the countless other group rides we've all tried?  It’s about the ride yes, but it’s also about the people and--more to the point--The Group.

 

PV’s Group Ride Guidelines

 A Portland Velo group ride is a special thing.  For many of us, it’s the highlight of the week.  Why is our Saturday ride so much better than the countless other group rides we've all tried?  It’s about the ride yes, but it’s also about the people and--more to the point--The Group.

 

PV’s Group Ride Guidelines

 

1.         Safety first. Follow the rules of the road: Stop at red lights, give right-of-way, ride to the right.

2.         It’s not a race. A group ride is just that, riding as a group, for the benefit of the group. If you want to show people how fast you can ride, get an OBRA license and participate in some of the amazing races we have nearby. 

3.         We are a “No Drop” club. We take care of each other. The day you pull in a rider who bonked, or help fix a flat will surely be repaid to you or another friend who’s run out of gas.

4.         Communicate. Call out obstacles and traffic for the group. If you head back early in the route or decide to drop back to another group, make sure that you let someone know.

5.         Know your limitations.  If you don’t feel comfortable stay near the back of the group.  If you have a specific concern talk to the ride leader either right away, or at the end of the ride.

6.         Share the work.  If you’re feeling strong, share some time at the front. A good paceline is a SMOOTH paceline.  Keep your speed steady and ride predictably.

7.         Play your part.  Ride leaders are there to help guide the group, but everyone in the group has a part to play. Ride safely, help keep the group on course and within the posted speed range.

8.         Be sociable. Make everyone feel welcome. Be friendly with those you ride with, new or well known.

9.         Be open to advice. One of the many benefits of riding in a group is getting helpful feedback from fellow riders.

10.       Represent.  Like it or not, you are cycling’s ambassadors.  Take pride in riding safely and projecting a positive image for the club and the cycling community.

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