Sunday Road Rides

Sunday Road Rides

There are currently two Sunday Road Rides: M&M which is a medium distance, moderate speed ride intended for club riders who need to be home by lunch or for those not ready for longer distances or higher speeds, and L&F which is a slightly more advanced ride that is Longer and Faster than M&M. More speed and distance offerings will be added as the club and demand grows.

Meet: Guelph East End Public Library parking lot.

Time: Be ready to pedal at 8:00 AM May-Sept (11:00 AM April & Oct). Meet 10 minutes before the start to get organized into the appropriate groups.

Parking: Available at the Library

Routes: The route is set by the Ride Leaders and changes each week. The L&F route will be longer than the M&M.

You MUST be an GCC member to ride. You must pre-register for the ride on the signup form on the website.

The Two Sunday Road Rides

M&M-Medium & Moderate

R5 – R4

27 – 30 kph

Non Drop

Distance: 70 – 90km

This is a medium distance ride at a moderate speed for riders who need to be home by lunch on Sunday. This ride often features stops for mid-ride refuelling.

You’re ready because you are an experienced group rider, have a good level of fitness and can ride three consecutive hours at 27 kph speed or greater.

L&F-Longer & Faster

R3 – R2

29 – 31 kph

Non Drop

Distance: 90 – 130km

This is a moderate to advanced road ride for riders who want a longer ride with a higher level of effort. This ride often features stops for mid-ride refuelling.

You’re ready because you are a very experienced group rider, have a very high level of fitness and can ride four consecutive hours at 29 kph speed or greater. Note: Speed Group references may alter to compensate for length.

  • Speed Groups will ride no faster than their maximum posted speed average
  • If you want to go faster than the average of your Speed Group, move up a group
  • If you are not able to ‘pull’ at the front of your Speed Group, drop down a Speed Group
  • Sunday Rides are not ‘drop’ rides, however, if you are struggling, chat with the Ride Leader
  • Good riding practices and all rules of the road apply
  • Stop at stop signs – this bears repeating

The WEEKLY RIDE POSTS page is where the Ride Leaders post all the details for the upcoming rides including the route map, speed groups, length and any other relevant notes and reminders. Ride cancellations will also be up-dated on the postings no later than 1 hour before the start of the ride.

Click this button to see the current ride postings

FAQs

Is there a minimum number of riders per Speed Group?

Yes, three. And yes, three riders can work together well. It’s a great exercise.

Is there a maximum number of riders per Speed Group?

Yes, Speed Groups will be limited to no more than 16 riders for traffic safety.

What happens if there is lots of demand for one speed Speed Group?

Multiple versions of that Speed Group may run.

What happens if I choose a Speed Group that’s too fast for me? 

Chat with the Ride Leader. There are options and techniques to save energy on a group ride while still maintaining speed.

What happens if I choose a Speed Group that’s too slow for me? 

On the Sunday rides it’s not always convenient to try and catch the next Speed Group. Stay with your current group for the entire route and start with a faster Speed Group next week. 

How long are the routes?

Route length will be posted on the web site. The route changes each week.

What must I do when I get to a Stop Sign?

Stop (does this really need to be said?). Seriously, just stop. 

Anyone going through a stop sign will get a serious dressing down with consequences from GCC officials or possibly killed by a motorist. So… just stop.

What to do if someone is breaking away or surging ahead?

Don’t chase them, let them go. Maintain your Speed Group’s speed average.

What to do if someone is lagging or struggling to keep up?

Ask them if they are ok. If they are ok but can’t maintain your Speed Group’s average, they need to chat with the Ride Leader.

What to do if someone is behaving dangerously?

Report it to a Ride Leader or GCC Club Board Member

What to do if someone has crashed?

The entire ride Speed Group must stop and address the situation as best as possible in accordance with Club Guidelines.

What to do if someone has had a flat or a ‘mechanical’ problem?

The entire Speed Group must stop and address the situation to make sure the rider is able to get going again safely or other transport has been arranged.

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