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Fastest Paced Rides - 'A' Rides

Our 'A' category rides take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. They are typically between 40-80 miles and at least 3,000' of elevation gain. Average pace is generally 16-20 mph on the flats. There will be minimal short regroups and usually a food/beverage stop at some point during or following the ride. There's generally lot's of climbing on these rides. The A rides are friendly and social rides, not races, but regroups are short and the pace is demanding.

Check Rides Calendar for upcoming rides.

Intermediate Pace - 'B' Rides

Our 'B' category rides take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. They are typically between 25-50 miles and 3,000' or less of elevation gain. Average pace is generally 14-16 mph on the flats. There will be regroups and usually a food/beverage stop at some point during or after the ride. The B rides are friendly and social rides, not races, but the pace can be demanding.

Check Rides Calendar for upcoming rides.

Gentler Pace - 'C' and 'D' Rides

Our 'C' category rides take place on Monday's, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  This group prides itself on encouraging newer riders and enjoys having plenty of time for cafe breaks during the rides. If this describes you, then you'll fit right in! Rides are typically between 25-35 miles and 2,000' or less of elevation gain. Average pace is generally 12-14 mph on the flats. There will be regroup and food/beverage stops. The C group aims to wait for all riders at regroup points. However, all riders must always plan to be self-sufficient!

Our 'C/D' and 'D' category rides take place on Thursdays.  This group is similar to the C group but rides less mileage at a lower pace. Rides typically average 20-25 miles and 1,300' or less of elevation gain. Average pace is generally 10-12 mph on the flats. There will be regroups and food/beverage stops. This group waits for all riders at regroup points.

Be sure to check  Rides Calendar for all rides.

FAQs

  • Q: I'm not a member yet, can I come try a ride with the club?
    A: Guests are welcome!! When you arrive tell the ride leader you are new so you can sign the right Waiver. If you'd like to come again please JOIN SCCCC.
  • Q: I'm not sure I'm fit enough
  • A: Consider taking our Cycling for Starters classes where you'll increase your distance and skills each week, culminating in joining the one of our Saturday D or C rides. You're also welcome to try the D rides to see if the pace is OK for you. If you do please let the ride leader know you are new and unsure of your fitness.
  • Q: What kind of bike should I bring?
    A: Your bike must be in good operational condition with with brakes and gears. For C or D rides, hybrid bikes are OK. For A and B rides you'll want a road bike. Other styles of bike are OK if you can keep up but we do not recommend Cruisers for any of our rides. Electric assist bicycles are OK but you must fit in with the pace and riding style of the group.