the view from my porch/ Pocono Bike Club info

FROM JEFF SILVERNALE
Notes for group rides.

The Pocono Bike Club sponsors a group ride every Tuesday evening starting promptly at 6:05 from Stroudsburg High School. There is always an “A” ride, almost always a “B” ride and most times a “C” ride. When the weather is nice the group swells to 20+ riders. I believe the following descriptions are accurate, or only off by a mph or so.

· “A” ride – 19+ mph (no waiting –any pre-emptive excuse for potentially being dropped will be met with constant attacks). Pace-line experience is a must. It isn’t necessary to pull your turn, but would be poor form if you “win” after avoiding the lead all day. Distance is 20-30 miles and extends to 40+ miles as daylight permits.

· “B” ride – 16-18 mph (will wait at key intersections to regroup). Pace lines may or may not form and riders aren’t required to ride in tight formation, but may want to use the ride to “practice” a tight pace line. Distance is sometimes shorter than the A ride depending on rider ability.

· “C” ride – slower than B, rate depends on rider ability (no drop). Pace lines are not likely to form for long (if at all) or be very tight. Distance is always less than the A ride by as much as 25% depending on rider ability.

Every rider must wear a helmet and sign a waiver (ride leaders will have forms available). As for a bike, anything is fair game, but be prepared for good-natured razzing if its 20+ years old, or stunned silence if you show up on a beach cruiser.

There is an “A” group ride on Thursdays at 6:05 also from the HS, but it isn’t sponsored by PBC and we make no provisions for any other rider class (i.e. sit in and hang on or bring a GPS). We welcome “A+” riders but we may inadvertently coerce them to the front and attack them constantly, not necessarily trying to be butt-holes about it but you get a lot of that in the “A” group – either that or it’s just me.

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