Club Ride and Events Calendar
The Eastern Bloc Cycling Club groups road rides into the following four categories: Soft Pace, Club Pace, Intensity Pace, and Race Pace, as detailed below. Helmets are required, as is appropriate food and water. In addition, all riders should have the tools and ability to change a flat tire.
Soft Pace Rides (SP)
Specially designated rides for cyclists learning to ride in a group, people developing additional fitness and bike handling skills, and others who wish to ride at an easier pace. These rides will be ridden at a pace that keeps riders together; no one gets dropped. Rides are designed for road bikes; however, hybrids may be used. If the group is too large it will split into two groups; faster riders and slower riders.
The average pace ranges from 11-15 mph, depending on the terrain. As these rides don’t involve drafting/pace lines, you need to be able to maintain a solid aerobic effort for an hour or more (i.e. average 12-14 mph on your own for the given distance and terrain) to go on these rides.
Club Pace Rides (CP)
Rides designed for solid, experienced cyclists interested in getting a good workout and enjoying themselves. Drafting does occur at times, and some members of the group are likely to compete for the top of the hills, and maybe a good sprint finish; however, the point of the ride is to enjoy the exercise. These rides regroup after hills, long sections ridden at higher speeds, and major intersections.
The average pace ranges from 15-17 mph, depending on the terrain. You need to be able to average a minimum of 15 mph on your own for the given distance and terrain to go on these rides.
Intensity Pace Rides (IP)
Definitely a step up in competitiveness from the Club Pace Rides. These rides are faster, with training and conditioning objectives on par with pleasure. Riders in these groups should be fit and experienced, with a high level of bike handling skills, as drafting will be required to stay with the pace lines that often form. The group will look out for one another and reform at reasonable locations, always at the tops of climbs.
The average pace ranges from 17-19 mph, depending on the terrain. You need to be able to average a minimum of 17 mph on your own for the given distance and terrain to go on these rides.
Race Pace Rides (RP)
These are hard efforts for the fittest riders with appropriate bike skills. Riders are expected to be fully self-sufficient. If you flat, get dropped, or get lost you’re on your own.
The average pace is 19+ mph, depending on the terrain. You need to be able to average a minimum of 19 mph on your own for the given distance and terrain to go on these rides.