TCC Weekly Rides – General Info
Members have access to a private MeetUp.com group to announce weekly rides.TCC organizes weekly club rides from early spring through the late fall and even in winter as weather allows. The club rides happen on Saturdays, starting from North Windham School on Route 203 in North Windham, CT. The start time moves earlier month by month as the weather warms. Beyond the Saturday rides there are a number of other rides that form ad hoc and end up becoming “regular rides”. Chief among these is the Wednesday night ride out of Scott’s Cyclery (A+ hammer fest with a slower B level ride). We are a club that communicates by email, and the surest way to keep up on the latest ride announcements is to fill out a membership form and get on the email list. Weather and changing personal schedules often end up generating a mid-week email, saying, “Can’t ride Saturday, anybody who wants to ride on Tuesday, email me or just meet at …….
In general, our rides are broken down by level:
A Ride: No coordinator. Ad hoc, no ride leader designated pre-ride, 17+ mph pace in hilly terrain, route and distance to be determined at the ride start. Paceline experience and skills required. A- Ride: Coordinator: Alan Chasse. Pace 16+ mph in hilly terrain, distance 35-70 miles. Designated weekly ride leader. Looser construction but group will regroup at intersections. Format allows for some breakup of the group with regrouping and town line sprints if desired. Paceline experience and skills required.
B+ ride: Coordinator: (empty). Pace 14-16 mph in hilly terrain; distance 35-70 miles. Designated weekly ride leader. The group stays together; no obligation to chase riders who ride off the front. Development of paceline skills.
B- Ride: Coordinator: Martin Sommer. Pace 13-15 mph in hilly terrain; distance 30-60 miles. Designated weekly ride leader. The group stays together; no obligation to chase riders who ride off the front. Some development of paceline skills.
C+ Ride: Coordinator: Jean LaSala/Lillian Millette. Pace >13 to <15 mph in hilly terrain; distance 30-45 miles. Designated weekly ride leader. The group stays together; no obligation to chase riders who ride off the front. Paceline skills preferred; paceline work at the discretion of leader and group. Group ride experience necessary and experience riding at least 25 miles at the group pace prior to joining a C+ ride. The C+ ride is a step up from the C ride. It moves at a faster pace.
C Ride: Coordinator: Ellie Lowell. Pace 12-13 mph in hilly terrain; distance 25-35 miles. Designated weekly ride leader. The group stays together; no obligation to chase riders who ride off the front. No paceline skills required; paceline work at the discretion of leader and group. No group ride experience necessary, but riders must have experience riding at least 25 miles at the group pace prior to joining a C ride. The C ride is not an immediate step up from the beginner ride, it is triple the distance of a typical beginner ride, and moves at a faster pace.
The Scott Johnson Ride: Coordinator: Saul Nesselroth. Pace 10 mph, distance starts at 10 miles for the early season and will progress slightly to no more than 40 miles at the end of the season. No cycling experience required. If you haven’t ridden with groups before, or haven’t ridden in awhile, or aren’t riding a road bike, this is the ride for you. They will tune your skills before sending you on up to the appropriate group.
Most rides in this club are no drop. This is not a “show and go” club. If a rider needs to leave the ride, every effort will be made to ensure the rider’s health and safety; if the rider chooses to ride home on his/her own, s/he must communicate this with the ride leader.
If a rider gets on a ride and discovers the ride is too slow for them, pushing the pace is greatly discouraged. Stay with the ride, help slower riders, and if you want to be on a faster ride, choose the next level next week!
TCC Ride Policies
TCC is committed to safe, organized rides for a variety of abilities. TCC’s policy is that no one will be dropped during a group ride. To that end, each ride will have a ride leader whose job it is to plan the route, monitor the safety of the group, carry a cell phone and emergency contact numbers, and to make sure that all riders arrive safely. In the event of a contingency, such as a medical emergency or serious equipment failure, the ride leader must designate an alternate to take responsibility for the group.
It is each rider’s responsibility to keep their equipment in good repair, carry reasonable repair supplies, obey the rules of the road, be responsible for their own well-being (bring adequate water and nutrition supplies), and follow directions from the ride leader.
Each ride will have designated check-in points so that the group will gather at specific points, rather than staying together en masse. At each gathering point, riders and the leaders can determine if each rider is well suited to their ride level. If a specific rider is not keeping pace, or is having difficulty he/she may consider dropping to a less rigorous level. If a rider is not sure which ride to join, we recommend starting with the less difficult level and moving up if the rider wants more challenge.
TCC Rules of the Ride
Due to the inherent danger of this sport, TCC is not responsible for and maintains no liability for any injury incurred during a club ride. For insurance purposes, participation in all races requires all riders to hold a current USCF license at your own expense (upon receipt, the license number is to be submitted to the club secretary for the club records).
The following rules apply to all TCC sponsored rides and events:
- All traffic laws are to be obeyed (These include but are not limited to stop signs, traffic lights, yellow lines, as well as trail rules)
- Helmets are required on all TCC club rides.
- Double pace line allowed as traffic and road conditions permit (single file mandatory in heavy traffic and congested conditions)
- Sprinting and high-intensity portion of training rides allowed only where traffic conditions permit (typically this is not inside town limits; the ride leader makes this call).
- Absolutely no comment, hand gesture, etc. in reaction to automobile driver/passenger actions.
- Use road shoulder whenever possible.
- Use hand and verbal signals to notify other riders, as well as cars, of intent, road hazards, etc.
- Riders are not to be dropped at stop signs, lights, or during mechanical breakdowns. Riders who are unable to maintain a pace for whatever reason will be appointed an accompanying rider for safety reasons.
- The intent of ride (Training, fitness, tempo) should and will be advertised prior to the start of the ride. If you aren’t sure about the ride plan – please ask before the ride leaves the assembly point.
- Violation of these rules creates a danger to yourself and others on the ride. If you chose to violate any of these ride rules, the violation will be addressed by the ride leader as a warning. A repeat offense will result in a pro-rated refund of your club dues, acting as a severance of your club membership.
Please remember: Every time you ride in your TCC uniform, on a club ride or by yourself, you are identifiable and representative of TCC. The driver that crowds you, and then sees your salutation or the one who watches you disobey basic traffic laws could be the same driver that then puts the next TCC jersey he sees in the ditch. We want to build respect for our sport and our club, and we know that these goals will serve to complement your personal goals, not hinder them in any way. As a member of TCC you are acknowledging that you understand and are willing to ride within these guidelines.