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RiDE 2017

Rider Development Experience

Modeled on the NYCC SIGs program

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C RiDE

B RiDE

A RiDE

A RiDE—Sportive

Goal of the RiDE Group

Gain the fitness and riding skills to complete a metric century (100k / 62 miles). Learn safer riding skills and connect with the cycling community

Master paceline and group skills while training for a century (100 miles). Connect with the cycling community.

Get to the front end of the pack. Gain the fitness and advanced riding skills to be confident riding with the A group.  Be coached by leaders of four area race teams; Bike Shack, Grip n Rip and GTG Racing.

To be “Race Ready”. Focused training rides will push you past your comfort zone. You will learn tactics and techniques to move beyond the A group.

Number of rides

Start Date

10 rides (plus a classification ride)

March 25 - Classification Ride

April 8 - 1st ride

June 11 - Culmination Ride—Lone Star

12 rides 

March 25 -Classification Ride

June 11 - Culmination Ride—Lone Star

12 rides 

March 25 - Classification Ride

June 11 - Culmination Ride—Lone Star

9 rides

April 12 (Wednesday) 1st ride

June 11 - Culmination Ride—Lone Star

What kind of cycling experience do I need?

No previous cycling experience is required, but being coachable is essential.

 

We require that every C RiDEr complete a 10 mile classification ride at 10 mph; one clockwise loop around Longview Lake.

 

We require everyone to participate in 8 of the 10 rides and 2 of the first 3.

We assume you have at least

basic familiarity with the

shifting and braking system on

your bike.

 

We require B RiDErs to complete a 20 mile classification ride in 92 minutes or at 13 mph. With 50 people in the program, we will have a wide range of speeds.

 

Participation in 9 of the 12 rides, and 2 of the first 3, is required.

 

Most importantly, you should be open to coaching, game to ride as a group, serious about safety, and eager to have fun.

The A RiDE program is designed to get you to the front of the pack,.  Previous  group riding experience is important.  B RiDE program graduates are ideal! You should have some experience with road rides of at least 40 miles in rolling (or hillier) terrain; you must put in the training necessary to match the fitness level and physical efforts of your fellow participants; and you must want to learn and be coached.

 

We require A RiDErs to complete a 20 mile classification ride at 17 mph avg pace.

 

Participation in 9 of the 12 rides, and 2 of the first 3, is required.

Group riding experience is required. We ride in tight formations to work on drafting. You must have a strong fitness base and be ready for intense workouts on the first session. You must put in the focused training necessary to match the fitness level and physical efforts of your fellow participants




C RiDE

B RiDE

A RiDE

A RiDE Sportive

How far will I ride?

Rides progress from 12 miles to 62 miles (100 K).

Rides progress from 35 miles to 100 miles.

Rides progress from approximately 40 miles to 100 miles.

The Sportive program is not a mileage based program. We focus on intensity, not distance.

How fast and hard will I ride?

Groups typically begin at 10–13 mph and progress to 13–16 mph towards the end of the C RiDE program.


Speeds will generally increase over the course of the program.

You’ll ride at a pace that fits your ability, and you’ll get challenged. You’ll get faster in B both because you’ll be training and because you’ll be riding in pacelines. We group our B RiDErs by average speed so that they can work together. And, we’ll have coaches assigned to each group. We can have groups from B14 to B20, depending on ability. There’s no speed limit to B. It’a also a great opportunity for strong solo riders to learn advanced group skills.

The A RiDE program begins slowly in order to focus on skills. We focus on uniform/consistent effort, not speed, but by the final weeks you will be riding approximately 18 to 20 mph for the century. The A RiDE program will challenge you physically and mentally; while we strive to avoid pushing you to your limits, the very nature of our curriculum will in all likelihood extend those limits.

The Sportive program will challenge you physically and mentally. We will push you beyond what you believe are your limits.

When and where are the weekly training rides

We will ride weekly on Saturday morning usually at 8:00 am. Sunday morning is our backup day, in case of weather. The ride locations will vary depending on the areas being taught that day.

We will ride weekly on Saturday morning usually at 8:00 am. Sunday morning is our backup day, in case of weather. The ride locations are various suburbs so that we can quickly access open roads.

We will ride weekly on Saturday morning usually at 8:00 am. Sunday morning is our backup day, in case of weather. The ride locations will vary depending on the group.

We will conduct our training rides at the Downtown Airport on a week night TBD. This program is being lead by the CKC (KCBC) Race Team. We train during the week and race on the weekends.

How hilly are the routes?

Generally flat and rolling terrain. Based on the Group’s ability, some challenging hills may be included at the

discretion of the RiDE leader. RiDE leaders provide encouragement and regroups as necessary.

The Kansas City area has rolling terrain. We ride on it. Some roads are more rolling than others. We avoid the steepest grades in the area, but you will see plenty of gorgeous open road.

The average feet we will climb will be around 2,000 ft. with a maximum amount of climbing in the course of 100 miles to be around 3500 ft.

The Downtown Airport is a flat course.




C RiDE

B RiDE

A RiDE

A RiDE Sportiive

Will I learn to ride in a rotating paceline?

No. We teach single file group riding, and we start with a healthy gap between bikes.

Oh, Yes! B RiDE is all about advanced group skills and getting fit. We have broken complex skills into components that we’ll teach in a progression, We will ride in single and double pacelines and we’ll teach you to rotate.

 

B RiDE brings advanced group riding to life.

Yes, pacelining is a core aspect of the A RiDE program. After week 3, all rides will be done in a rotating single or double paceline.

Yes. Pacelining and drafting are core aspects. You must be able to ride in close proximity to other participants while at speed.

Will I need to train during the RiDE program?

It is very important to your enjoyment of the C group training if you can get out and ride a few times during the

week to maintain the conditioning that you are building.

At least two midweek workouts are essential. Group leaders will provide suggestions for workouts.

Yes. Two high intensity, midweek training rides (15–20 miles) as well as at least one low intensity dedicated recovery ride are recommended in the weeks prior to and during the RiDE program.

The Sportive program is about structured training. Two intensity rides, a moderate paced tempo ride and a least one low intensity recovery ride are recommended. You are required to put in the training. It will be obvious if you do not.

What type of bike do I need?

A road bike is recommended, although hybrids (32 mm maximum tire width) are acceptable.

 

Not permitted in the C RiDE program: recumbents, tandems, single gear bikes, BMX bikes, aero bars, baskets or panniers. Rear racks are allowed.

A road bike with drop is required.

 

We prefer integrated shifters, but accept down tube or bar end.

 

No mountain bikes or recumbents.

No aero bars, single speed or fixies.

No panniers.

 

Your bike should accommodate two water bottles. A basic cycling computer is required by the third week.

Road bikes with integrated, brake hood shifters only, no exceptions (no hybrids; no barend or down tube shifters). No aero bars. No recumbent. No “bar mitts” (we need to see your hands! No ear buds or headphones. Two frame mounted bottle cages with water bottles filled with water and/or sports drink. A simple bike computer that displays distance + speed is necessary (in order to navigate with a cue sheet); GPS not required

Road bikes only! A power meter is highly recommended. Your bike must be in good working order and you must know how to operate it.

 

Do I need clipless pedals?

It is not required that you have clipless pedals.

Highly encouraged, but not required.

Most RiDErs will be clipped in, but the start of the RiDE program is not a good time to learn to ride clipless. We are simply focused on too many other skills.

Yes, with sufficient riding

experience to clip in and out

with ease.

Yes. We will not spend time teaching this skill.




C RiDE

B RiDE

A RiDE

A RiDE Sportive

Will I ride with the same people every week?

Yes, and we have fun while getting fit. We divide riders into groups with different riding speeds, depending on each

rider’s classification time. You will ride with this group for the entire program.

Yes. All of our B groups meet and head out together. We group Bs by speed and target groups of 10 riders with 2 captains. After the first few weeks, you’ll generally stay with that specific B group for the duration, from B14 to B20.

Mostly. Groups may vary every week in order to expose you to different types of riding and coaching.

Mostly. Groups may vary every week in order to expose you to different types of riding and coaching.

What is the cost?

$125 for members. $150 for non-members. The fee includes a Cycling KC jersey ($65 value) .

 

Need based partial scholarships available. Contact Mark.Hines@CyclingKC.org.

 

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$125 for members. $150 for non-members. The fee includes a Cycling KC jersey ($65 value)

 

Need based partial scholarships available. Contact Mark.Hines@CyclingKC.org.

 

Register Now

$125 for members. $150 for non-members. The fee includes a Cycling KC jersey ($65 value)

 

Need based partial scholarships available. Contact Mark.Hines@CyclingKC.org.

 

Register Now

$125 for members. $150 for non-members. The fee includes a Cycling KC jersey ($65 value), ride captains and a basic training concept provided by a cycling coach

 

Need based partial scholarships available. Contact Mark.Hines@CyclingKC.org.

 

Register Now