Blue RiDE is all about advanced group riding skills. You'll develop those skills while training for a metric century (62 miles). RiDErs need basic familiarity with shifting and braking systems of their road bike and the fitness ability to complete a 25+ mile ride with 1 or 2 rest stops on week one of Blue RiDE… so you must start with a base of fitness and some endurance.
Ongoing attendance of the scheduled RiDEs and weekly training on your own will be strongly encouraged, and required in some cases… skipping RiDEs and mid-week training will prevent participants from building the necessary endurance to complete the program.
We have a clear severe weather policy to help our RiDErs stay safe, but we ride in ever-increasing temperatures/heat, occasional strong winds, and may even encounter unexpected rain. RiDErs should be prepared for this physically and mentally.
We form small groups depending on need and speed. You will have a team that helps you learn advanced group skills.These skills are also great for the stronger solo rider or triathlete. It’s a great way to RiDE and meet like-minded people from all parts of the KC Metro area... All while learning the skills necessary to participate in area group rides with all the new friends you will make!
Road bike, helmet, cycling computer required. See FAQ for more information.
You need to be able to complete a 20 mile ride on rolling terrain (3-6% grades ) at the classification ride so we can place you in a group with similar pace. (To qualify for the Blue group the maximum time for the ride is 92 minutes)
Most importantly, you should be open to coaching/active instruction, serious about safety, and committed to advanced group skills like rotating pacelines.
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