Fat Bike Rides: Typically every other Sunday after the snow falls
Run as the weather and trails permit through the winter months, and expanded into the fall and spring as conditions allow. As is common with our group rides, we are more focused on the members of the group than on the ride itself. Pace is adjusted to accommodate everyone, but there are some limitations--when it is -15F, with a windchill, we can't stand around much. Generally rides are two hours, give or take, with an average pace of less than 10 miles per hour. Rides leave from varying locations and almost exclusively use snowmobile trails. We encourage individuals using their fat bikes on groomed snowmobile trails to join their most local snowmobile club and pay their dues. We also encourage pulling to the side of the trail and giving as much room as possible to the snowmobilers. We are in their house when we ride on their trails, and we should respect their network and the riders.
Family/Social Ride: (Not being offered this season)
A ride for anybody. No stress. No rush. A limited amount of Lycra. We want to host a ride to promote family and community. Rides will be less than 10 miles in distance and less than 10 mph. We want parents pulling carts and trail-a-bikes. We want your children riding safely within a group of adults. We want hybrid bicycles, comfort bikes, trikes! Remember how fun riding used to be as a kid with your friends? We want to return you there, and we want you to bring your kids (if you have children) with you there. No kids? No problem! We need additional adults to shepherd these children safely along--come out and share the love of cycling with others!
Coed Casual Group Rides: Mondays @5:30 pm
Not everybody cares about STRAVA segments, KOM/QOM titles, and town line sprints. Not everybody wants to race back to the shop near the end of the ride either, so we offer up a more casual ride on Mondays. It's a great way to overcome the burden often associated with the first day of the week by knowing that you have something GREAT to look forward to at the end of the day! Don't be confused though, this isn't a beach cruiser parade--the group tends to cram 20-ish miles into their ride, and commonly divides up into two groups on the the second half of the ride to accommodate the differences in pace. A shorter 'bail out' option is always offered up for those with tight schedules or tiring legs. Show up on a road bike, mt. bike, comfort bike--you won't be rejected or looked down upon, but do be ready to ride (with a helmet)...
Mountain Bike Work/Ride: (Not offered this season)
The time is now! If you build it, they will come! And whatever other sayings motivate you to come build trails with us in the Colebrook Town Forest! Much of the summer months will be used to define specific trails in the Colebrook Town Forest in order to further establish the trail network. The evenings will not be without the opportunity to ride, but a large focus will be on trying to make the trails more user friendly going into the autumn months. You are encouraged to show up with trail work tools (though I'm sure that we'll have plenty to go around if you don't bring your own), a bike & helmet, a smile, and probably gloves and water too! Sure, it'll be work, but it'll be worth it when you ride your own handy work and share it with others...
When the weather warms and the mud season ebbs away, we go back to our roots--road cycling. Since 2004 we have established a small group of riders who like to roll out once a week for a group ride. This year, rides are scheduled to leave Thursday evenings at 5:30 pm from the shop parking lot (see calendar of rides for exceptions). Helmets are required to participate, and you are expected to show up with a properly functioning bike that is safe to ride in a group. Typically averaging around 17 mph over a distance in the mid to upper 20-mile range. We are more interested in the people than the ride, so regroups will assure that nobody is left behind, BUT...we do like to sprint town lines and pick the tempo up for the last few miles back into town--we have to keep the speedy riders happy too!
Spin Classes: November 'til April, multiple times and dates each week. Check out the Spin Class tab for more info.
Do Spin Classes count as group rides? I don't know, but if you want to learn more about this winter offering, click on the tab at the top of the page labeled "Spin Classes" or click...