Saturday Ride Report: Week #3

Hey All,

Nice to see all the new faces.  I took a skills group of 3 riders and myself through a variety of basics(which aren't so basic when you try to do them on demand!) and they all came out better riders.  I think they all enjoyed their ride and now can build on what they learned today for future rides.  Thank you guys.

IMPORTANT: Please read - It has been brought to my attention that there were a couple groups that had a hard time staying together and there were some individuals that made judgements that, depending on the circumstances, could have put the entire group at risk.

Here are some of the notes:

1. Single file, means one behind the other - no side by side riding.

2. Intersection Crossing - Turning, making a light etc.  - If you are at the front you have to check to make sure your immediate group can make it, if they can't it is your job to call the "STOP".  The flip side is also hold true.  If you are behind the lead rider, DO NOT PASS to MAKE A LIGHT!!!  I don't know how else to write that.  It is so crucial that you keep the group's safety in mind at all times.  This leads me to the next point

3. Group riding means that you ride in the group and stick with the weakest rider to maintain the pace(depending on the pace group you picked) that is manageable for all.  This means that if you are feeling good, keep a steady pace and check for other riders behind you to ensure you are keeping the correct pace and keep the group cohesiveness intact.  If you are struggling, please communicate your condition(ie to fast, to slow) to the other riders so they can maintain a good steady pace for all.  The exception to this is if there are riders in the group that are riding at their limit and are getting dropped on the hills etc.  If you can not hold the pace of the specified group, PLEASE Drop back to the next group and follow through with the same suit. 

Remember:   it works both ways....Improving your riding doesn't necessarily mean riding fast.  Riding the dictated pace can also be equally as difficult. - BOTTOM LINE: Whenever you ride out of your comfort zone, you are building your skill-set.   Ask me in person, and I will explain if you are interested. 

All in all a great day, sunny, and I think everyone, at least the people I spoke to, had a good ride.  Sorry if I'm coming across stern, but nipping these issues at the bud(early in the season), makes for a more enjoyable season for all:-)

Thanks for the support, and if we keep the few safety point and etiquette in mind, it will be an amazing season.

Comments welcomed.

DY.

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Comment by Howard Calvert on April 7, 2012 at 9:19pm

What a perfect day for a ride! Thanks for the skills training Dan. You proved that even with a lifetime of riding there’s plenty to learn about riding safely in a group as well as better ways to change a flat... oh, and noticing if the guy behind you went mechanical (sorry again Robert) 

Comment by Alexx Hooper on April 7, 2012 at 10:52pm

I was very sorry to have missed the ride today - worked sucked, and I kept seeing cyclists ride by me... sigh.

Dan, you are right to nip these early-season issues in the bud. Howard makes a very good point - it's one thing to have ridden a bike for years, but group riding is a whole new animal. Not only do you need to become comfortable with riding in close proximity to other people, but you take on the great responsibility of the safety of the ENTIRE GROUP with whom you are riding. You need to be predictable and steady - in short, you need to be the kind of person behind whom YOU would like to ride. The people riding at the front need to make safe decisions for the whole group, and the group behind them must abide by these calls (stopping at lights, proceeding onto roads, etc.) If you are new to group riding, it might be wise to stay to the back of your chosen group to observe the group dynamics and become comfortable with the hand signals and the way that a group moves. You may be a great rider on your own, but there's always something to learn when riding in a group.

It's early in the season - let's keep safety the #1 priority and adopt good riding habits right from the start. Glad to see so many people out already - it's going to be a great season!

Comment by DY on April 8, 2012 at 7:06am

As Per Robert Lesser:

The Shocking Truth: What you didn’t know about the ‘Skills Ride’

Today I would embark upon a journey that would change my life.

I should have recognized the signs….

DY called for riders to join the first group: the fast riders.    A small group joined Pat and sped off.

Other than three naive and lonely souls who joined DY for skills, all of rest of the riders promptly rode off.

DY seemed sincere enough: the three of us and DY would ride to Birchmount Park and work on our riding skills.

Little did I know what lay ahead….

We rode off and travelled along Gerrard.

Just past Victoria Park, I was the last rider in the group and disaster struck:   I hit a pot hole and blew out my back tube.

As I fell back, I yelled and yelled but the group kept moving forward, oblivious to my cry for help.

As the anxiety welled up, a small voice in my head kept repeating: “nobody gets left behind at the BCC”.

It took only a moment to realize that I was alone, with a flat and in…..Scarborough.

It was over 10 minutes into the ride and as the adrenalin rush wore off, the fatigue started to set in.

Struggling to maintain my composure, I shifted into survival mode.

Without attracting undue attention from the hostiles in Scarborough, I walked slowly into the brush of the Quarry.

As I started to shiver in the early Saturday morning light, I recognized that I had to take some action.

I decided to make camp and regain my energy.   Trying to think straight, I ripped two pieces off from my carbon bike and rubbed the pieces vigorously together.   Voila…instant fire.

Slowly starting to warm up, the unimaginable happened.   As some of you might know, the Quarry is chock full of highly contaminated soil.     In an instant, the ground caught fire and I was caught in a vortex.

Running as fast as I could, I bounded back onto Gerrard.

Resigned to slowly walking to Birchmount Park, I plodded along.

In the distance I could almost see a mass of little people.

My initial euphoria of believing that DY was back to help quickly turned to horror.

Before I could turn away, I was swarmed by Scarberians chanting: “Face presto, ciao Gino!  Face presto, ciao Gino!”

Kicking my way through the crowd, I ran and ran and ran until I arrived at Birchmount Park.

There I found an extraordinary sight: DY had enlarged and printed off my photo from the BCC website.   Placing these photos on the ground in the parking lot, he was shouting to Kevin and Howard to do controlled stops on my face.

Seeing me and trying to be somewhat helpful, DY set to work fixing my flat and pulled out a CO2 cartridge.

Although highly inappropriate, DY would pop one blast of air into my tube and two blasts into his mouth.

Then laughing hysterically, DY incessantly repeated: “Follow the Kingston Road, Follow the Kingston Road…Follow….Follow…”

Well at this point, I decided: next week, I’m joining Pat’s group.

Comment by DY on April 8, 2012 at 1:47pm
It'll just be a different horror:-)

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