Weekend in Review... Let's Talk


Hey all,

Great turnout this weekend!  Please comment on you ride(s) this weekend.  Did you enjoy your time on the bike?  What was great?  What could be improved?

Lets have an open discussion and keep safety front and centre so we can continue to have amazing rides as a Club!

Cheers,

Dan.

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Comment by Jon Spira on April 17, 2016 at 9:51pm

What a fabulous weekend!  After too many months riding indoors it was brilliant to get outside again.

On the whole, the two ‘pace 2’ Zoo Loop rides went smoothly.  On both days, the groups generally stuck together well.  There was often plenty of chatter, which signalled that the pace generally suited people.  Nobody seemed to get carried away taking extra-long pulls, so everybody got a chance to circulate through different positions in the pack.

There is one important area where we should devote lots attention now and we’ll reap the benefits for the rest of the season.  We can improve the smoothness of the ride and the safety of the group if the lead rider(s) do a much better job of looking further up the road for hazards, and shifting the line gradually in advance to avoid them.  This approach yields a number of big benefits: 1) having fewer last-second swerves makes everybody safer; 2) hitting fewer big bumps creates a smoother and faster ride; 3) getting fewer surprises in the middle and back of the pack where visibility is significantly reduced gives riders a more secure feeling, which leads to people riding closer together for greater aerodynamic advantage.

Many of the roads we travel are in rough shape at the best of times, and sometimes we can’t avoid the obstacles.  Those are the times to point, shout, and hang on.  For the other cases, let’s have the rider(s) at the front look way up the road, and adjust their line gradually to guide everybody around, rather than through, the hazards. 

Comment by Marco Martinez on April 18, 2016 at 7:24am
i had lots of fun as always. As I haven't in my bike for almost 10 months, I went on the group 4 and basically all where new riders.
Dan as usual did a great job keeping the group together. But, even when he wasn't there I was greatly surprised how well organized they were. They took turns, pointed hazards in the road, etc.
There were a couple of mistakes but who doesn't? In general everything was good and very enjoyable.
Comment by Mike McInnis on April 18, 2016 at 9:40am
I did the skills session and rode with the beginner group to Scarborough. I haven't ridden in a group for a couple of years, so I was nervous, but the other riders were really great. Everybody was focused on proper group riding and the pace was fine too.

Thanks a lot to the volunteers who ran the skills session.
Comment by Julian Sher on April 18, 2016 at 9:45am

Great weather, great prep as always by Dan, great camaraderie.

Good to see the large numbers of new members and I liked the way we integrated them into our rides.

One suggestion: we need to break up large groups sooner into two or more smaller groups; we tried this at the Birchmount turn but it didn't always work.

Great start to the season!

Comment by chris andrews on April 18, 2016 at 1:11pm

It was a great weekend for riding and I enjoyed both days.

I definitely support Jon's comments above.

One thing to think about if you are the lead rider. Our group had just come up the steep hill off Military trail and we were strung out. The light at the intersection turned green before everybody was back in the group. The lead riders went and this resulted in a very long line of bikers moving through the intersection which used up most of the time and likely quite annoyed the drivers of several cars waiting to make the left turn. Better to wait until the group reforms into a tighter unit even if it means waiting for the next green.

Comment by Bernadette Crowe on April 18, 2016 at 6:12pm

Here's what I learned this weekend. If you don't go fast enough for Dan, you WILL get wet. 

Other than that, it was a great ride, thanks for all your patience Dan! ;)

Comment by Paul McKeever on April 18, 2016 at 8:15pm

Had a fantastic ride on Saturday. Met some great new members on the skills session and subsequently enjoyed a nice ride with group 1. With a solid steady double paceline and the occasional push up a short climb (followed by a quick regroup before crossing an intersection, of course!), we really exemplified what makes a BCC ride fun and safely repeatable.

Lots of great comments here about keeping rides safe and smooth. Jon makes some especially important points about lead rider duties. Another way to avoid this is to ensure that both pacelines are well away from the curb side, where most of the potholes and obstacles lie. This also gives us more maneuverability room to the left and right should an obstacle come up. The further to the right a double paceline remains, the less safe it is to veer to the left to avoid a parked car, pothole, sewer grate, or otherwise. Traffic needs to be made aware that we're taking the lane to remind them we are also traffic.

Comment by Christopher Wu on April 18, 2016 at 8:59pm

It was a great ride on Saturday. Met a few new members and had the first warm group ride of the year. Thought the new members were integrated well and had a safe and steady ride despite the different skill levels in the group.

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