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    Riding around Tuscaloosa, Ala

    I'll be hanging around Tuscaloosa in June while my daughter is in gymnastics camp at Bama and would like to get in a few rides. I checked out the website for Velocity Pro Cycle and saw several weekly rides listed. Are these all out race type rides or more laid back? Are they well attended or just a few hardcore riders? I guess I could give them a call. Are there any specific routes in the area that would be better than others? Thanks for any info you can provide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeWNC View Post
    I'll be hanging around Tuscaloosa in June while my daughter is in gymnastics camp at Bama
    My condolences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
    My condolences.
    Well if UT had a gymnastics team we might be in Knoxville instead. lol But I doubt it because the coach competed for Bama.

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    Not that I've ever missed it, but it's curious that there's no NCAA gymnastics team here.

    Too bad (for you) that she doesn't go to a camp at UGA instead. I imagine there's better riding around Athens. But I've never even been to Tuscaloosa, so I have nothing substantive to contribute to this thread.

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    Check out the Druid City Bike Club: http://www.druidcity.org/

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    You need to come up I20/59 an hour to Birmingham and enjoy Bicycling's worst cycling city. I'll be here, along with some other BF locals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhud51 View Post
    Check out the Druid City Bike Club: http://www.druidcity.org/
    Thanks, I checked it out and I'll contact the club before I go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ex Pres View Post
    You need to come up I20/59 an hour to Birmingham and enjoy Bicycling's worst cycling city. I'll be here, along with some other BF locals.
    LOL, that's almost an invitation I can't ignore.

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    You know, we really need to fix that rating. Miami got into the top 50, I think after being in the worst in 2008.

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    Birmingham has some great groups to get involved with. It also has a nice mix of terrain. You just have to know where to go. It is also great in that you can cycle all year since the temps are always relatively warm. I will give you that there are no bike lanes and the drivers have no biking educate. So, it isn't cycling nirvana, but I enjoy it here much more than Memphis. I guess it comes down to perspective. As far as Tuscaloosa goes, I am not any help, but I am sure you could find a bike shop to ride with. Good luck.

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    The weekly rides in Tuscaloosa can have as few as 20 people and as many as 50 or so. Tuesday night from capitol park is generally huge. people break up into groups based on their own speed. The rides from Capitol Park is fairly flat unless you extend the "normal" ride. Then you can find some hills.

    The ride from the fire department is hilly.


    Friday night is the leisure ride. Generally this is a slow 15mph or so (sometimes much slower) never really that much faster. This is more of a "everybody talking" type ride than it is a training ride.

    The Saturday rides have a sweep so they are all a "no person left behind".

    Sign up for the emails and you can find a group that does your pace. Everyone is very nice and you can find as many people as you want to ride with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMFJ View Post
    The weekly rides in Tuscaloosa can have as few as 20 people and as many as 50 or so. Tuesday night from capitol park is generally huge. people break up into groups based on their own speed. The rides from Capitol Park is fairly flat unless you extend the "normal" ride. Then you can find some hills.

    The ride from the fire department is hilly.


    Friday night is the leisure ride. Generally this is a slow 15mph or so (sometimes much slower) never really that much faster. This is more of a "everybody talking" type ride than it is a training ride.

    The Saturday rides have a sweep so they are all a "no person left behind".

    Sign up for the emails and you can find a group that does your pace. Everyone is very nice and you can find as many people as you want to ride with.
    Thanks for that info. Is there also a Sunday afternoon ride that leaves from the Park? I'm not sure if I'll get away in time to make that ride anyway. I have to get some kids checked into the camp first.

    Are the rides form the Fire Dept. also pretty large or are the Park rides the main group?

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    I think there is a Sunday afternoon ride, but honestly I've never been a part of that. I ride by myself on the weekends.

    I've never done the fire department rides with the group. It takes me about 30 minutes to get there from my work, and I can't leave work early enough to get over there and get ready by the time they leave. From what I've heard though, they are a bit smaller.

    The Tuesday night ride from capitol park is by far the largest. After the ride the group meets at a local bar/restaurant for dinner and to talk.

    If you like to ride by yourself on the weekends, the Hot One Hundred route is a nice route that has 23, 30, 45, 65, 100 mile options. It is a charity ride that has been done for several years and the markings are all clearly still painted on the road. So you don't need any type of cue sheet--just follow the HH signs spray painted on the road. enough people ride this ride that you won't have any problems with cars or people yelling at you (at least I have not).


    If you want hills also, the Lake Lurleen loop is very good. 10 mile loop that has great hills you can play with. Not mountains, but good hills. Again bikers always up there, so the locals don't yell/honk at you.


    If you do want to hammer it, the Velo City Race team and the University of Alabama Cycle Team are generally a part of the Tuesday night ride. I've seen them as they passed me

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    I've never done any group rides, but if you would enjoy a relaxing ride there is Tuskegee National Forest and Oakmogee WMA S.E. of Tuscaloosa. This time of year I don't think you will be bothered with crowds.

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    Well, it was just too hot for me this week in Tuscaloosa to even think about riding. The Tuesday evening ride was washed out by a huge t-storm anyway. Maybe next year it will be somewhat cooler.

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