Q: Where is the club based out of?

 

A: The club is based out of Port Moody, BC, Canada.  We serve an area called the Tri-Cities which includes Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and bordering areas such as Burnaby, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and beyond.

Q: I’ve never been on a group ride; how do I know what to do?

 

A: Cycling is a great sport. It is even better when enjoyed with others. However, when you mix people, speed and poor technique, trouble can be just up the road. Learning to be a good rider takes time. Once you learn the rules of group riding it becomes second nature. The number one thing to remember is that you need to always be aware of your surroundings – pay attention! You are on a road where dogs, cars, people, etc. can come out of nowhere. When you obey the rules, and expect the unexpected, you increase the possibility you will come home safe and sound.

 

We want our club rides to be fun. The first thing you need to do if you are new to group riding is shift your perspective to being in a group, you are not a solo rider! In a group, we all have a responsibility for those behind and in front, we are each other’s eyes and ears. As with all sports there are risks, but experience shows that adherence to common rules and etiquette will create the safest possible environment in which we can all enjoy the ride. The rules and advice incorporate long-standing practices and will be familiar to all experienced riders. While many experienced riders know these rules, we would like everyone to make a point of reading and following them. Check out the Road Bike Etiquette section for more information.

 

Q: Are there ride leaders?

 

A: All of our groups are led by experienced ride leaders who know the route, control the pace and maintain the group form so everyone can have a safe ride. The ride leader helps to maintain a good steady rhythm, group riding is all about the “group” we work together. We can all learn the rules of the pack in order to increase our safe enjoyment of a sport you can enjoy all of your life.

 

New to group riding? or looking for some helpful tips? Check out our Road Bike Etiquette section to learn more about safe group riding.

 

Q: How far do you ride?

 

A: For group rides we split into groups based on experience, level of expertise and fitness. We have a wide range of abilities from those who are experienced road racers or triathletes to social riders who just want to keep fit and enjoy a club ride. Our club does participate in The Valley Fondo each year and many members do a number of other fondos/events throughout the Northwest.

 

All of us have an “off” day where the body just doesn’t cooperate. We do not drop riders, and will stick together to help struggling riders.  Let the ride leader know if you are unable to keep up, have a problem or have decided to leave the group. Always pass the instructions along; if a rider cannot keep up, the leader needs to know.

This said, it is the individual rider’s responsibility to select the most appropriate group for themselves ahead of time.  This is so others in the group can enjoy their own rides at their own speeds and abilities.  We suggest starting below the level you may feel appropriate and advancing as you feel ready.

 

Our Sunday rides have three groups: Group A, Group B and C Group.

 

  • Group A - Average speed = 30+ km/hr; distance = 80-100+ km.

  • Group B - Average speed = 28-30+ km/hr; distance = 60-100+ km.

  • Group C - Average speed = 25-27 km/hr; distance = 40-60+ km.

 

Q: Where do you ride?

 

A: We are fortunate to have be close to fantastic rural roads in Pitt Meadows, Langley, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford and beyond. Routes are created by ride leaders and posted to Team Snap so that you can download to your bike computer. We also do an annual Mt. Baker, Mt. Seymour other “special” rides throughout the summer.

 

Q: Where do you meet?

All rides start at JJ Bean Suter Brook in Port Moody.

Club rides will be Thursday nights at 5:30 pm and Sunday mornings at 9:00 am (though we usually change this to 8:30 as the days get longer and we can ride earlier).

 

On the Sunday rides, we usually go East and have a meet up 30min later (9:30) at the ESSO station just across the Pitt Meadows bridge.

Thursday: This ride is generally a hill ride up or around Burnaby Mountain or alternatively in the Anmore – Belcarra area.

Sunday: Mid-long distance rides, usually a mix of flat and hills depending on the route.

A reminder that for safety reason the rides will only accommodate road bikes (no triathlon/time-trial bikes).

First official rides start in April. We will determine a route for the different groups prior to the ride and post this on the club APP called “TeamSnap”.

 

A quick reminder that March is a great time to make sure your bike is tuned up, has new tires and you have taken it for a few test rides prior to the first club ride.

Q: What kind of bikes are allowed?

 

A: For safety reason the rides will only accommodate road bikes (no triathlon/time-trial bikes).

Q: What time of year does the club ride?

A: Official rides start in April. We will determine a route for the different groups prior to the ride and post this on the club APP called “TeamSnap”.A quick reminder that March is a great time to make sure your bike is tuned up, has new tires and you have taken it for a few test rides prior to the first club ride.

 

Q: I’m not sure if club riding is right for me can I try it first before I join?

 

A: We welcome riders to join us as a guest for up to two rides as a non-member as. After that, you'll have to purchase a membership as per Cycling BC regulations for insurance purposes. You will need to sign a waiver to participate as a guest rider.

 

Q: How do I become a member?

 

  • See the Membership age for all of the details.

  • We require that everyone who rides with the club must be a member in good standing with the club and a member. Most club members will apply for a “Provincial Ride” license.

  • The club early bird membership fee is $40.00 which is available until January 31, 2019 and the normal membership fee is $45.00.

  • Once you are registered then we will then add you to our club roster and the TeamSnap APP which we use for all official club communication. TeamSnap also allows members to indicate if they will be joining a group ride. It is essential that members also use the app so that ride leaders know how many riders to expect. If only a few check off that they are coming and 40 show up it can be a lot for the ride leader to manage. We will not post rides on Facebook or the club website. Please use the app!

 

Q: Do you have team gear/kits?

 

A: Yes, we do! We have a great kit by Safetti. Kits are available for order several times throughout the season.

 

Q: Is the club on Strava?

 

A: Yes, we do have a Strava page for our club. You must be a paid member to gain access to the Strava club.

Q: What do I need for rides?

 

A: All riders must be adequately prepared for the ride.

 

Please ensure you bring the following items:

 

  • A well maintained bike

  • Spare tubes (at least 2)

  • C02 or pump

  • Bike multi-tool

  • Tire levers

  • Water and food

  • Piece of identification

  • Cell phone

  • Fenders for wet weather days

  • Rear bike light (recommended)

 

 

 

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