We meet at Palmer Park.
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The objective of this group is to ride several minutes of fast steady tempo riding. Participants will be riding 25-50 miles, with the pace varying from steadily cruising along to sitting up to allow recovery time.
This is the ride to join if you want to learn and practice paceline riding. We use double, single and circular pacelines during most of our riding. If you are unfamiliar with these techniques do not worry, you will learn quickly after receiving some instruction, but mostly by watching experienced riders and participating. I also encourage you to become familiar with cycling pacelines by reading our "Pacelines 101" document.
This group usually waits for a slower rider, but if you are not familiar with the local roads bring a map.
For about the first 20 minutes we warm up by and stays together riding a double paceline.
After that we have a couple of typical ride/workout agendas:
Mini-group Pacelines We divide into mini-groups, usually 4-6 riders, where mini-group members have relatively equal abilities. We then ride in single file pace-lines and circles Each mini-group rides at a pace they can maintain for 30-60 minutes. At various times during the ride the group will sit-up and relax in order to allow everyone to get in some recovery. In a 4-man group each rider is pulling 25% (threshold or slightly anaerobic) and sitting on 75% (under aerobic threshold). Riders thus develop their aerobic capacity and handling skills. This ride is our standard ride during the spring (March, April & May). Hill Workouts
We usually divide into equal ability mini-groups of 4-6. We ride the hills at a high effort. At the top of the hill riders recover and allow for their mini-group to reform. These rides usually take place during the summer season.