The 2017 Winter Training Series is Starting January 7th! - Starting out with short routes it gradually increases in length and/or difficulty (more elevation gain) over an eight week period.
Led again by Ralph Nussbaum with able assistance from Noel Howes and Ray Whitlock, the 19th edition of the WTS starts January 7th and will end just before the year's first official SIR Populaire (100km ride). Co-hosted by the Cascade Bicycle Club, this is an eight ride series, with distances that vary from about 34 miles on our first ride to 100 miles on our last. The previous couple of years the weather gods haven't been too kind to us but last year we got the full series in. Let's hope this trend holds! These rides are a great way to get in some early season training with a natural buildup of miles while enjoying the company of other riders. Winter riding is tough enough - this gives you a chance to do it with friends. You know what they say - misery loves company.
- It would really make life a lot easier for the Ride Leaders if you pre-register for each ride through the Cascade Bicycle Club website. You do not need to join that club. See the directions in each individual ride description. All rides are rain or shine. We might shorten the ride for really, really foul weather. The only cancellation will be for snow or ice. Check the SIR Website for last minute updates or cancellations if it looks like temperatures will be at or below freezing.
- We generally stop infrequently and very briefly. We like to keep warm and keep moving. As a result, we don't regroup. This means you need to be self-sufficient.
- Usually the mid-group pace averages 14 mph including hills and flats. The faster folks are usually closer to 16-18 mph while the back of the pack will be closer to 11-13 mph. The pace will undoubtedly vary depending on terrain, weather and participants.
- While each ride has a designated distance, there are almost always shortcuts to get back. There are also almost always possibilities to extend the ride as well. Just ask and we can probably point you to where you want to go.
- For those with GPS devices we will provide a GPS track for each ride. See link for each ride.
- Cue sheets will not be provided on the day of the ride. Please download your own from the RideWithGPS track found on the individual ride description. You may also want to bring your own plastic bag to keep the cue sheet dry on those rainy wintry days.
- Please have fenders with a mud flap as they are a must on days when the roads are wet. Forgetting once is forgivable. Forgetting twice - well, expect some harassment. :-)
- Please have sufficient riding skills and experience to ride in a group. And as always, please respect traffic laws and local traffic.