Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fifty Plus (50+)
Reload this Page >

My "ride leader" adventure

Notices
Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

My "ride leader" adventure

Old 08-30-12, 03:11 AM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bruce19's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Lebanon (Liberty Hill), CT
Posts: 8,473

Bikes: CAAD 12, MASI Gran Criterium S, Colnago World Cup CX & Guru steel

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1743 Post(s)
Liked 1,279 Times in 739 Posts
My "ride leader" adventure

A few members of my cycling club have an unofficial ride at 5pm on Wednesdays. Our ride leader crashed on one of these rides a couple weeks ago and broke her collar bone. Since then people have been filling in to lead the ride and yesterday was my turn. Eight of us ranging in age from mid-40's to 66 (that would be me) showed up at my house to ride a route my gf and I do about 2-3 times a month. This ride is 26.5 mi. with approx. 2500 ft. of climbing and she and I usually do it around 14.5 mph. This was my first time leading a ride and I didn't know what to expect. Especially since two new riders (a local couple) showed up and I had no idea of their fitness or ability. As it turned out the group was cohesive and comprised of sociable and competent riders. Staying with some of them on climbs was challenging but since I recover well I was always able to make my way to the front. Some of the riding was "spirited" to say the least but we always managed to hang together and as I rolled into my driveway at the end of the ride I had finished with a 15.78 mph average. By far the fastest time I've ever done on this ride. FWIW I was first home and rushed off to get the biscotti, cheese and crackers out for everyone. A cooler with water and beer was also waiting and pleasant conversation ensued. It turned out to be my best and most fun ride of the season.
bruce19 is offline  
Old 08-30-12, 05:37 AM
  #2  
Semper Fi
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 12,942
Mentioned: 89 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1172 Post(s)
Liked 358 Times in 241 Posts
Sounds like a good group ride you lead Bruce, glad things went well for the group.

Bill
__________________
Semper Fi, USMC, 1975-1977

I Can Do All Things Through Him, Who Gives Me Strength. Philippians 4:13


qcpmsame is offline  
Old 08-30-12, 05:41 AM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
teachme's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Nederland, Texas
Posts: 1,441

Bikes: 2011 Specialized Sectuer, 1988 Bianchi

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
teachme is offline  
Old 08-30-12, 09:08 AM
  #4  
rck
Senior Member
 
rck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: monroe (sw) wi
Posts: 1,344

Bikes: cannondale 400st, dean el diente, specialized hybrid

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 5 Posts
Wish you lived around here! I could get into that kind of group.
rck is offline  
Old 08-30-12, 09:15 AM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Allegheny Jet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Medina, OH
Posts: 5,804

Bikes: confidential infromation that I don't even share with my wife

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Keep providing beer and I'll find a way to make the ride.
Allegheny Jet is offline  
Old 08-30-12, 12:00 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
DGlenday's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Frederick, MD
Posts: 1,248

Bikes: Cannondale, Trek

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
Leading rides can be fun. In my case I like to use my leader's position to push the pace a bit though I write a few "regrouping" points into the cue-sheets because we are theoretically a "no-drop" club. (Yeah, I know, "pace-creep" is bad )

A few examples of recent rides that I led:

https://app.strava.com/rides/11909546

https://app.strava.com/rides/18659732

https://app.strava.com/rides/17376743

https://app.strava.com/rides/13143721

https://app.strava.com/rides/10987389

The other thing we do is the faster groups and the slow-and-easy social groups all start and finish near a local Pizza shop - which is a great place to socialize with your group and with those from the other groups.
DGlenday is offline  
Old 08-30-12, 04:36 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
NOS88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Posts: 6,489
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 2 Posts
So, what are you and your GF doing next weekend? Might you be in my area leading a ride. Nice job and nice report.
__________________
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831
NOS88 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
bruce19
Fifty Plus (50+)
4
05-07-15 07:51 AM
Juan Foote
Road Cycling
53
08-29-12 04:12 AM
willb1046
Fifty Plus (50+)
52
08-03-11 10:20 AM
bad_mojo
Road Cycling
22
08-22-10 05:30 AM
mthayer
Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg)
8
08-15-10 04:32 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.