Weekly WBC Rides
Riders should arrive ahead of ride start time to socialize and be prepared to roll. Helmets are required for all WBC rides, and headphones/ear-buds are not allowed. Your bike should be in good working order and you should carry a spare tube along with the tools to change a flat. Don’t forget water and nutrition, especially as the days start getting warmer.
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Drop ride – You will be left to navigate on your own if you can not keep up with the pace of the group.
Regroup ride – Ride leaders will stop at certain intervals to ensure that the riders are able to regroup and no one is left behind. This ride involves a sweep to ensure that all riders make it safely to the interval points.
No Drop ride – Riders ride at pace of slowest rider and riders stay together as a group.
Official Group Rides are Back
Levell: All (A, B, C and new in 2020, D)
Terrain: Flat to moderately rolling hills with low to moderate traffic
Start: Roll out at 5:45
3803 Skeet Eason Rd
Waco, TX 76708
Bring lights! Just in case.
Please note the guidelines below for riding abilities for all groups. A, B and C groups are for those people who can at least ride 25 miles in a group setting. If you are not quite at that level of ability yet, please check out our weekend Chill Rides. See also “D” Level below.
If you are new to the Tuesday ride please introduce yourself to one of the ride leaders.
“A” Level: Average speed is 19 mph plus, with max speeds in the mid-30’s
Group riding experience is required as revolving pace lines are used extensively. This is a drop ride.
“B” Level: Average speed is 15-18 mph, with max speeds in the mid/upper-20’s
Previous group riding experience is recommended. The B group may split into faster/slower groups (B1/B2). B1 will run at the upper end of the average speed range and re-group at least once between the split and end of the ride. B2 will stay in the lower/middle portion of the average speed range, and is a regroup group. It’s recommended that B riders are able to average at least 15 mph solo over a 20 mile distance.
“C” Level: Average speed is 13 – 15 mph
This is not a beginner ride. This is a no drop ride, and geared towards cyclists with some group riding experience and/or those building a fitness base or desiring a more sociable ride. C’s will regroup occasionally during the ride. C riders should be familiar with their equipment and average 13 mph solo over a 25 mile distance.
“D” Level: Average speed is about 10 mph
This ride is for those new to riding in a group setting. The ride leader will teach the basics of group riding and the group will ride at the pace of the slowest rider with stops when necessary. Please be familiar with your bike and be sure to bring water. The D group will go 10-12 miles.
Chill Ride – Saturday or Sunday
Each week (either Saturday or Sunday) we take another foray into the Chill Zone. Everyone is welcome on this ride. You won’t get dropped. You won’t get attitude from some curmudgeon who thinks he invented cycling. What you will get is about 20 miles of casual cruising at a leisurely pace of around 12 mph.
Ride start location varies each week. The ride rolls promptly at the start time, so give yourself enough time to unload, sign in and gear up. If you have any questions, feel free to email our Chill Ride Leader, Harry Thompson, at email@example.com.
Remember that all riders are required to wear helmets on all WBC rides. There are no exceptions. If you’re younger than 18, we’ll need a signature from a parent or guardian.
Come on out. It’s time to ride.
Members of Waco Bicycle Club receive emails each week with the start day and time and location of the ride.
Guidelines for Road Rides – Safety is Important
Knowing and following these Do’s and Don’ts will keep everyone safer.
- Don’t cross the centerline.
- Don’t overlap wheels.
- Don’t wear ear buds.
- Don’t ride in aero bars.
- Don’t suddenly brake unless absolutely necessary.
- Do choose the right group for your skill & fitness level.
- Do ride steady and predictable.
- Do hold your line in the corner. When cornering, take it wide when turning left, and take it as far inside when turning right on blind corners. You never know what’s around the corner.
- Do gentle braking or use hand signals when beginning to brake.
- Do use hand signals when making turns.
- Do shout outs ( car up, car back, passing, walker up, dog, etc).
- Do point out with hand gestures obstacles & hazards that can’t be seen by riders in the back.
- Do ride two abreast when safe to do so.
- Do stay alert and focus on the rider(s) ahead of you.
- Do pull off or move to the back of the pack to drink or eat.
- Do follow traffic rules and signs (stop at intersections).
- Do call out “On Your Left” when passing slower riders (and give them plenty of room).
- Do know your limitations.
See our Local Waco Mountain Bike Routes page for maps and additional places to ride.
Level: All – No Drop
Time: 1:00 pm
Start: The Redwood Shelter, Cameron Park.
This ride is for all ability levels. The ride may be broken up into separate groups depending on numbers and riders ability. Ride length is usually 9 to 11 miles. Ride time 1.5 to 2 hours. Ride leaders: Scott Littrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Rusty Hansgen (email@example.com).
Tuesday and Thursday
Level: Beginner to Intermediate – No Drop
Time: 9 am
Start: The Redwood Shelter, Cameron Park.
The Tuesday and Thursday rides are geared for Beginner to Intermediate riders but all ability levels are welcome. We will select ride routes suitable for the riders ability. We typically ride beginner and intermediate trails. Technical routes can be included as skills merit which can include rooty hard packed trails, switchbacks and rocky climbs. We usually ride 1-1/2 to 2 hours covering 8 to 11 miles but shorter rides can be made to accommodate the riders abilities and time constraints.
Ride leaders: Scott Littrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Rusty Hansgen (email@example.com)