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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 09-12-12, 09:50 PM   #1
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How to find a riding partner?

I have found out that when I have some one to go with I ride harder and longer then when I am by my self. At a tri training camp I was doing OK at the running part until a really nice guy fell back in the pack and told me he would finish the run with me. I manage to put on more speed and all thought of giving up left. I did not want to let him down.

So here is the issue. I went and watched a local bike club ride. No where ready for that. Thought about CL, but I really do not want all the creepy replies I will most likely get. I even thought about riding around looking for others Cydes/Athenas but that sounded kind of stockerish....

Any ideas?
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Best way I know.

"I even thought about riding around looking for others "

That is how I met a local group.
I now have 46,000 miles with them.
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http://www.meetup.com/

Also try your local bike shop - they may have group rides for people of various paces.
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Find a club w/ A,B,C rides and yah talk to the LBS
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Any ideas?
Drive down to GMR on Oct 14th ?

Don't limit yourself to C&A though. There are plenty of "slow" low BMI skinny riders out there too.
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Drive down to GMR on Oct 14th ?

Don't limit yourself to C&A though. There are plenty of "slow" low BMI skinny riders out there too.
567 mi, 9 hours 13 mins
In current traffic: 9 hours 13 mins



Thanks for the offer.But that's a LONG drive!!
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Yeah, but at least there's no traffic.
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Take rides on the weekend along popular bike routes.
Get out of your "comfort" envelope, and engage in conversation people who look and feel safe.

Last month I got into a stream of cycling seniors. It turns out they are a club with all levels of cyclists. Now I've got to contact the local bike shops and hunt them down.
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567 mi, 9 hours 13 mins
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Thanks for the offer.But that's a LONG drive!!
From Redding to GMR...oh yes...that is one LONG drive.

The LBS suggestion is a good one. They often post local groups looking for mor eriders.

Good luck.
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Drive around find 2-3 LBS. Join their B/C rides. One of them would stand out (speed, people, roads/safety, schedule, etc).

Your local Y or gyms sometime have posting boards.

If there's a big college/university close by, you can peruse students/faculty boards. I'm sure they'll have some kind of cycling club almost always extended to friends and family.

Go ride a busy MUP or popular route. Look for a group you could latch on for while, ask before, stay at the back unless asked to pull (usually doesn't happen until the rest of the group gets to know your group riding skills). Use the water refill stop to find out if they'd be a good match. rinse/repeat until you find the good match.

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Thanks guys. I will start looking.
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Once I stepped out of my comfort zone on LBS group rides I've found others willing to be friendly. One of the slowest riders on our group rides is far from an athena, she is just slow. Keep checking with your LBS and you should be able to find a few riding partners.
Quite to my surprise I have been told by much fitter riders that also drop me nearly every ride that I inspire them with my determination. I mention this only to point that if you get with a good group they sincerely do not mind stopping to regroup with you. Ride with folks like that and you will get faster and stronger.
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Darn funny you mention this. Earlier this year I was training for a half marathon. My average pace put me alone most training runs. I was ahead of the slowest group, but behind the faster group. I didn't believe I could run any faster.

One day one of the faster people started running with me at the turn around. We were talking and I was teeing to keep up, and not get dropped, and when I got home I was amazed at doing 3 miles with her at a minute a mile faster than I thought I was capable of.

I did the meetup thing for bikes and tried two clubs...I ended up with the more aggressive one, but like it better. I
prefer getting dropped than having an easy time keeping up.
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