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Old 10-11-08, 08:20 PM   #1
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What is?

I have never been on an organized ride. What is a non drop or no drop ride?
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Old 10-11-08, 08:22 PM   #2
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If you go slow they wont leave you. I get dropped on a ride with fast people. On no drop rides no one gets dropped.
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Well, in theory, it's a ride which has someone who rides "sweep", or in other words, an experienced riders who rides last position in the pack and makes sure that no one is left behind or gets lost or anything.

In practice ... this rarely happens outside of cycletouring club rides, even if a ride has been labelled "no drop".
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I have been on no-drop rides where the course is broken up into sections. The faster riders stop at a designated point and wait for the other riders to catch up.
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It means that you have to be careful not to drop your water bottle while riding. If you do drop it, even accidentally, you'll be thrown out of the ride and the club in shame. They do this because they don't want to be associated with those litterbug pro riders that toss their empty water bottles into the bushes while being televised around the world - it gives cyclists everywhere a bad anti-environment reputation.










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The last couple of weeks, I've gone on a no-drop ride put on by the local bike shop. There's a mix of people, mostly on road bikes. They kind of get spread out, but when they come to major intersections, they wait up for everyone. And there's a couple of regulars, usually one of them will try to stay in back.

You'll read some posts where people show up for a ride, the whole pack takes off at 20 mph, and after the 5 miles, the newbie is exhausted and gets left in the dust. That's getting dropped.
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I thought it was when they dropped anyone who gives almost no info on the topic of the thread in their title. No?
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In our club a no drop ride is where there is a sweep at the back in radio communication with the ride leader at the front and somebody posted at all turns to make sure no one gets lost. It typically also includes frequent stops for regrouping. It's a cool idea for newbies but when we get a larger group the group plods along at 10 mph and stops every couple of miles which can be very frustrating.
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Thank you all for clearing that up for me.

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I thought it was when they dropped anyone who gives almost no info on the topic of the thread in their title. No?
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