saturday rideTHIS WEEK'S SATURDAY RIDE

 10/18/14 - The route this week is Over the River and Through the Woods

 (37.7 miles and 995 feet).

I'm sure there are grandmothers' homes along the route, but you might choose to stop at Maggie's for snacks or coffee or to use the facilities.  This week's route heads west to Forest Grove.  The turns south to Carpenter Creek and Plumlee for the one hilly section, before heading back though Forest Grove and Cornelius.  Then its onto Hornecker and Evergreen back to LaCie.   The weather this Saturday looks to be in the 50s and 60s at ride time with the possibility of a brief morning shower or two.  If that is the case, it is time for fenders and buddy flaps.

 

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Rider Update

Written by Glen Bolen. Posted in News & Updates.

You may have heard that Megan Conti-Mills, one of our core riders fell victim to the slippery roads today.  Fellow rider Leonard Cano has conveyed that she is OK, at home and resting.  PV central is not aware of all the details, but word is that she hit the tarmac and was transported to the hospital.  Several club mates have inquired about her and asked for this update.  Again - she's home, resting and in good spirits.   Megan has been an amazing addition to the Portland Velo family.  She has gone from a timid 18-20 rider to a kick-butt racer within the last year and has made as many friends as she has owned laps at PIR during that time.

Megan we can't wait to see you back on the bike!

  

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PV Speed Groups

Written by Virginia Quinn. Posted in News & Updates.

Thinking of moving up a speed group?  

  • Do not assume that because you have increased your mileage, you are ready for a faster group. Riding "at tempo" will challenge you in different ways.
  • Test yourself in your regular speed group to assess your readiness to move up.  Are you spending most of the time at the front of the group--are you pulling lots?  Are you riding at the top end of the speed range without being in the red zone?  If not, you might not be ready for a faster group.
  • Remember that faster groups also require more focus from you.  Be ready to pay more attention, transition faster at intersections, stop less often if at all, and regroup less.  You will have to work harder to keep gaps from opening up.
  • If you do try a faster speed group, consider an incremental step-up.  Try ten miles the first week, or stay with the pack as long as you feel ok.   Then do more the next week.  But be prepared with maps and a plan to take care of yourself--and then to join up with the following group.
  • INTRODUCE yourself to the ride leader, and make sure he or she knows you may drop off.  While most groups will pull you back occasionally, or even slow the pace to keep you in the pack, when one rider is requiring several regroups and/or rescues, it is not fair to the group or to you.

 

Lots of folks have successfully trained to progress through the various speed ranges, but if you move up with intention and an accurate assessment of your readiness, you will likely have a better experience.  Good luck!  

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Group Ride Guidelines

Written by Glen Bolen. Posted in News & Updates.

A Portland Velo group ride is a special thing.  For many of us, it’s the highlight of the week.  Why is our Saturday ride so much better than the countless other group rides we've all tried?  It’s about the ride yes, but it’s also about the people and--more to the point--The Group.

 

PV’s Group Ride Guidelines

 A Portland Velo group ride is a special thing.  For many of us, it’s the highlight of the week.  Why is our Saturday ride so much better than the countless other group rides we've all tried?  It’s about the ride yes, but it’s also about the people and--more to the point--The Group.

 

PV’s Group Ride Guidelines

 

1.         Safety first. Follow the rules of the road: Stop at red lights, give right-of-way, ride to the right.

2.         It’s not a race. A group ride is just that, riding as a group, for the benefit of the group. If you want to show people how fast you can ride, get an OBRA license and participate in some of the amazing races we have nearby. 

3.         We are a “No Drop” club. We take care of each other. The day you pull in a rider who bonked, or help fix a flat will surely be repaid to you or another friend who’s run out of gas.

4.         Communicate. Call out obstacles and traffic for the group. If you head back early in the route or decide to drop back to another group, make sure that you let someone know.

5.         Know your limitations.  If you don’t feel comfortable stay near the back of the group.  If you have a specific concern talk to the ride leader either right away, or at the end of the ride.

6.         Share the work.  If you’re feeling strong, share some time at the front. A good paceline is a SMOOTH paceline.  Keep your speed steady and ride predictably.

7.         Play your part.  Ride leaders are there to help guide the group, but everyone in the group has a part to play. Ride safely, help keep the group on course and within the posted speed range.

8.         Be sociable. Make everyone feel welcome. Be friendly with those you ride with, new or well known.

9.         Be open to advice. One of the many benefits of riding in a group is getting helpful feedback from fellow riders.

10.       Represent.  Like it or not, you are cycling’s ambassadors.  Take pride in riding safely and projecting a positive image for the club and the cycling community.

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