Summary: Wednesday, departs 5:30 PM from Municipal Parking lot #2 (by Chase Bank) Moderate-pace (13-15 mph) recreational/social ride
The Ride: This group leaves from City parking lot north of Chase Bank, 601 Main Street, in downtown Stevens Point at 5:30 PM each Wednesday. Depending on those who show up, we ride local routes of 20-35 miles. After a short 3-5-mile warm up, we usually settle into cruise speeds of 14-17 mph (no wind, flat terrain), and usually average overall 13-15 mph for the ride. We may stop once or twice during the ride depending on the needs of the group. We stay together during the ride, staying away from paces or accelerations that will leave behind fellow riders. If rider(s) fall back, we lower the tempo and someone goes back to pace the rider(s) back to the main group. We socialize as we enjoy the local country roads.
All riders must wear approved biking helmets, and you are asked not to use aerobars if your bike is equipped.
Because this ride tends to be well attended, for safety reasons, it is important for the group to remain together and ride no more than two-abreast on the road.
The Riders: We are a mixed group, married couples and singles. We all have differing levels of training, experience, and physical fitness. We share a passion for bike riding on the road, enjoy riding in a group, and enjoy the social aspects this ride offers. Some of us ride quite a bit, and others only get out once or twice a week. Many of us like to travel and tour on our bikes, and conversations often revolve around our biking activities. Mostly, we enjoy riding at a fairly leisurely pace, taking in the scenic beauty, and enjoying being on the bike and visiting with others. Will You Fit In?
If you can average 14+ mph on an out-and-back or circuit ride of about 25 miles in which your cruise speeds vary from 14-17 mph as a result of wind, hills, etc., then you should be able to handle riding with this group. Because much of the time is spent on this ride in conversation with others, the pace is set to accommodate riding at a very low to moderate effort level. Still, you may find the hills to be the greatest challenge to stick with the group.