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Ride Levels

RBC ride groups are divided into 6 numbered levels to help riders find a group that best matches their riding abilities. Some events will combine levels into a single group on days when there are few riders in a specific level.

 Group Average MPHAverage Miles Style
 A or 122+40 - 100 Aggressive | Grueling Pace
 B or 220 - 2135 - 75 Fast Riders | Demanding Pace
 CC or 318 - 2030 - 60 Strong Riders | Demanding Pace
 C or 417 - 1825 - 50 Average Riders | Moderate Pace
 D or 514 - 1725 - 40 Average Riders | Slowing on Hills
 S or 612 - 1415 - 30 New & Casual Riders | Easy Pace

Select a level or speed that you can comfortably maintain over 1.5 - 2 hours without falling behind. If you are unsure which group is the best fit, we strongly encourage you to choose conservatively.

Paceline riding is a technique that requires skill and experience. It is more often used within faster and more experienced groups. RBC group rides never use double-pacelines or echelons; this is different than riding two abreast.

Due to club insurance policy clarifications, all participants on RBC rides must be current club members. Guests may join a ride one time only as a non-member.

While we hold rides all year, the seasons run from late March / early April through the end of September.

See the Events Page for Details!

Ride Etiquette

  • Obey all traffics signs and laws
  • Helmets must be worn at all times
  • Front white and rear red lights required sunset to sunrise. Recommended during twilight, overcast, or low visibility.
  • Courtesy to motorists, pedestrians, and fellow cyclists
  • Respected the intended pace of the ride
  • Respect the guidance of the ride leader and / or senior club member
  • Aero position is not allowed while riding in the group
  • One earphone is allowed for Ride with GPS turn-by-turn directions

Weekly ride information

RBC organizes a variety of group ride types to meet a range of cyclist objectives including fitness, training, and social fun

Monday

This is a women-only ride that begins at 6:00 PM at the Green Lizard Bike Shop (718 Lynn St, Herndon, VA 20170)

This is a NO DROP ride that will range from 18 to 32 miles and average approximately 15 to 16 mph. We encourage and will help those new to riding in a group. Lisa Mackem will lead most of the rides. Additional ride leaders will include Karen Palino, Kathy Lafond, and Erin Schultz.

Rides are not held on holidays or when the risk of rain is greater than 50%. Ride cancellations will be posted on Social Media.


Tuesday

Rides start at 6:00 PM.
Routes vary week to week. Separate routes are offered for ride levels 1 through 6.
Hunter Woods Shopping Center
2304 Hunter Woods Plaza
Reston, VA 20191
Park in the two far-west lanes near Colts Neck Road

Wednesday

The official RBC ride on Wednesday is the Ramble, a mid-day social ride that is slower and usually includes a stop for food. For faster evening riders, we do not have a Wednesday evening ride. We do recommend you join the Green Lizard Bike Shop ride if you want to train at a faster rate.  (718 Lynn St, Herndon, VA 20170).  Check with them for details.

Thursday

Rides start at 6:00 PM.      
Routes vary week to week. Separate routes are offered for ride levels 1 through 6.
Art Space Building parking lot
750 Center St
Herndon, VA 20170

Saturday

This is a social ride held all year. Rides start at the Art Space Building parking lot (750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170). Start time will vary.

Sunday

There are a couple of Sunday rides - one is the Last Sunday Brunch Adventure, similar to the Wednesday Ramble above. The other is a longer, endurance training ride which will start at various locations. These rides do not take place every week, so be sure to check the events page.


1.3 RBC Roles and responsibilities

1.3.1 Route Coordinator
RBC routes are reviewed and cue sheets are edited by Route Coordinators to ensure consistency and safety. Routes are then published to our Ride with GPS RBC Library. Club members have premium privileges to download any club route including turn-by-turn and safety annotations. If you would like to add a route to the club library, please send your request to a Route Coordinator, Ken Thompson, or Chip Magrogan before the day of the planned route.

1.3.2 Event Coordinator
Every event requires preparation and coordination before, during, and after a ride event. The Event Coordinator is responsible for selecting the route(s) and groups to be included, ensuring Ride Leaders are assigned to groups, rider signup sheets are distributed to Ride Leaders, providing overall guidance to the Ride Leaders, and cancelling the event in advance if weather is threatening. Any member can be an Event Coordinator. The event coordinator is typically present at the beginning of the ride and may or may not be present at the ride completion. On some rides, the Event Coordinator and Ride Leader will be the same person.

1.3.3 Ride Leader
Ride Leaders are the heart of RBC's Ride Safe / Ride Fun strategy. Ride Leaders are primarily responsible for coaching and ensuring safe conduct during the ride so that all participants get the most enjoyment possible from each ride. Any member can become a ride leader. We encourage all ride leaders to attend RBC's ride leader training. In addition, we encourage ride leaders to familiarize themselves with the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) rules, shareVAroads guidelines, and RBC Ride Safe / Ride Fun guidelines. Ride leaders are also responsible for completing and/or collecting ride documents and getting them back to the RBC board.

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