C-Rides

  • 11 Jun 2014 12:49 PM
    Message # 3004827
    Piedmont Flyers (Administrator)

    Let us know what you think about any aspect of the rides. Just please be constructive and keep expletives to a minimum. 

    We reserve the the right to remove any post we consider beyond the bounds of good taste (and much like the supreme court's thoughts on pornography, we know it when we see it). 


    Last modified: 11 Jun 2014 12:52 PM | Piedmont Flyers (Administrator)
  • 22 Sep 2014 9:24 PM
    Reply # 3106129 on 3004827

    This is Robbie's wife, Barbara. First, I would like to thank you for the effort put in to organizing these rides every week. I know it can be a thankless job, but it is appreciated. I have enjoyed cycling in Lewisville for 3 years. It has been a tremendous experience. However, this year has been a bit of a different story. The website states the mission is to promote cycling for all level of cyclists. My experience this year is not reflective of that statement. The C ride has turned in to a B ride wannabe. The year started off with a great group of C riders that rapidly disintegrated. The icons of that group no longer participate. Why? Too fast and too hilly. The website states the average for the C ride is 17-20. One would assume a flat ride would be close to 20 with a hilly ride being close to 17. I was a participant in a very recent hilly ride, and the statement was made that the goal for the C ride was to average 20. And it did. And many people were dropped. And no one waited. It has been my understanding that the C ride is a no drop ride. That is no longer the case. I have been asked by several to write this note in the hopes that we can have a real C ride next year. I hope that Piedmont Flyers will encourage all of the great C riders to return by following the guidelines on your website. Again, thank you for the effort for this tremendous sport.

  • 05 Nov 2014 8:16 AM
    Reply # 3142973 on 3004827
    Piedmont Flyers (Administrator)

    Thanks for your comment, you are not the only person who had these experiences and I can say that the comments and helpful constructive criticisms have been taken in the spirit they have been offered. Since this was my first year as president, I wanted to bring back some routes that have not been used in recent years and I was not as familiar with the profiles as I might have been. There will definitely be adjustments next season to better reflect the desires of the members. 


    I will make this observation, however, you are correct that the C rides were faster this year than they have been in the past. The same was the case for the B rides. B's were riding at close to an A pace and C's were often near the upper limit of the C pace. It appears that the groups as a whole have become faster and the board and myself are trying to think of ways to make adjustments to this fact. 

  • 04 Mar 2015 8:53 AM
    Reply # 3241708 on 3004827
    C rides

     

    Good morning  i been riding for 2 years i call my self " New Still learning" how i read before i will love to be on the C Ride but Im scared to be left behind, can you tell me if is ok for me to ride and im not going to be left behind? or you dont suggest for me to ride?

     

    Thanks,

    Ivelisse 

  • 05 Mar 2015 9:07 AM
    Reply # 3242883 on 3004827
    Mike Smith

    Good news Ivelisse,

    First, now is the perfect time to figure out where you stand. It is early in the season and everyone tends to be in a slightly different place fitness wise. So the pace tends to be slower

    Second, The early rides tend to be quite simple in terms of directions such that even if you do get dropped it is not hard to either reverse direction or just go one or two more turns and it's a straight back to the beginning. (plus if you become a member you can download and print cue sheets or put a turn by turn file on your garmin.

    Third, we are a friendly bunch. simply introduce yourself and mention your new and we will take extra care to make sure you get back safely.

    We want everyone to have fun and be safe. Come on out and give us a try.

  • 18 May 2015 11:38 AM
    Reply # 3347111 on 3004827

    Mike and PFs:  I am one who used to ride only single until last year 2014.  I have found the experience of group riding to be very worthwhile.  The T/Th rides with PFs are a true benefit for my pace which is usually C and occasionally B Diesel if the route is not too hilly.   Being dropped is always a possibility for me due to the erratic nature of my riding schedule and whether I am improving or just maintaining ride fitness.   If I get dropped I really am okay with that and am aware that others feel differently due to safety concerns and unfamiliarity with the routes.  I am aware of my riding fitness and can usually predict when I am likely to not maintain pace and when I am.  From my perspective and in my limited experience with PFs the groups handle the usual potential that someone may need to be picked back up very well.  I have never felt dropped in a negative sense although I have been "dropped" because I was not adequately fit for that particular ride.  I support PF routes with several hills but understand it can be tough to hang on as I have not always hung on myself. 

    Thanks to you folks for keeping this effort going for these years and many more.  Garry  

  • 19 May 2015 9:37 AM
    Reply # 3348011 on 3004827
    Anonymous

    Thanks

    Positive feedback is nice to hear. 

    Much like you, I'm on the bubble a lot. I mostly ride B-Diesel and B and am typically dropped on the faster/hillier rides as the pace ramps up near the end. I measure success as being dropped later than I expect. 

    Hope you will be able to ride with us more regularly and the frequency of being dropped becomes smaller and smaller. 

  • 25 Jun 2015 10:40 PM
    Reply # 3404619 on 3004827
    Angela Craven

    Here are my suggestions for the "C" rides....


    1.  The Long or Short Bowman rides are both great routes -- little traffic and not a lot of turns.

    2.  The hilliest ride I would consider is Indian Heaps Backwards -- another route that I feel is a good choice due to just a few turns. Also doing it backwards gets us into East Bend after work traffic.

    3.  My suggestion for timing of rides -- rides that get a "c" rider or group back before the "b" ride.

    I think the Liberty Church route  on Thursday was a good choice for the "c" ride.  The ride was a good pace and appropriate terrain for the group.

                
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