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West Sound Cycling Club
Empowering cyclists of all levels through Training, Rides, Camaraderie, and Advocacy.
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Ride Guide

   
All West Sound Cycling Club Rides:
  

WSCC Rides are open to members and non-members alike unless otherwise noted.  Ride times listed are departure times.  Arrive early and allow time to get yourself and your equipment ready. Come to the ride start location at least 15 minutes before the depart time listed on the schedule and find the ride leader (leaders usually have the back of their car open with sign up sheets in the back). All participants need to sign- in on the Ride Sheet and non-members must sign a non-member waiver at the start of each WSCC ride. There will be cue sheets or maps for the ride (unless it is specified as a mapless ride on the schedule). The ride leader will also give a briefing on the route and important safety aspects to the group, and then you’ll be on your way!

Bicycle: Have your bicycle in good mechanical condition. We recommend at least an annual tuneup.  Mountain bikes are required for MB rides.

Helmets: Properly fastened ANSI or Snell-approved helmets must be worn.

Protective glasses:  Recommended for all bike rides

Clothing: Wear clothing appropriate for the day’s weather conditions. Cycling shorts or tights and cycling gloves greatly increase your comfort.  Mountain bike rides may require more protective clothes.  MB riders may encounter abrasive brush, bushes, tree branches.  Muddy terrain may be common on MB rides.

Hydration/Water: Drink lots of water before you ride. Carry water or sports drink with you on the ride and drink frequently.  There will most likely NOT be water available on mountain bike rides – bring at least two full bottles for MB rides.

Food: Bring quick-energy food with you on the ride. Dried fruit, bagels, energy bars, and bananas are all quick-energy foods.

Tools: Carry at least the following on your bike: tire levers, a pump, spare tube, patch kit.  (add chain tool for “MB – 3? rides)

Traffic Laws: Riders must obey all traffic laws and safe riding procedures.

General: Bring money, identification, sun screen (as needed). Pre-registration is not necessary unless stated. If you have any questions, check with the leader for specifics.

 Road Bike Rides
Ride Type  Description Min Avg Speed  Riders Must Have  Rest Stops  Repairs  Leader Rides
 0 Entry level, very relaxed pace, emphasis on safety and learning group riding techniques. Usually conducted in quiet residential areas with low and slow moving traffic No minimum average Helmet, working bicycle spare tube, patch kit Frequently, as needed, if questions arise, to emphasise training points Leader helps or does Keeps the group together.
 1  Relaxed,  perfect for newer riders. Slower pace, flatter terrain, shorter distance About 10 mph Entry level to intermediate cycling skills. Spare tube, patch kit, pump  About every 7 -12 miles  Leader helps At the front or middle keeping the group together
 2  Moderate- Social ride but for those with riding experience- mostly intermediate pace, terrain and distance About 12 mph Intermediate cycling skills spare tube, patch kit, pump  About every 10-15 miles Leader helps if needed Anywhere in the group.  Stopping for regroup when necessary
 3  Brisk – Social but more emphasis on riding.  Good choice for experienced group riders.  Generally intermediate or greater pace, terrain and distance. May include some paceline, or sprint riding About 14 mph Intermediate to advanced cycling skills knowledge of or willing to learn paceline riding techniques.  Spare tube, patch kit, pump  About every 15 to 20 miles Leader helps if needed Anywhere in the group.  Stopping for regroup when necessary
 4  Strenuous – Fast sustained pace, more difficult terrain or longer distance About 16 mph Road bike strongly recommended  Intermediate to advanced cycling skills, ability to ride in paceline, close group riding, spare tube patch kit, pump  About every 20 to 30 miles Riders fix their own bikes Anywhere.  regroups at leader discretion
 5  Very Strenuous- Fast paced, most difficult terrain, sustained grades, longer distance About 18 mph Road bike strongly recommended   Advanced cycling skills, spare tube, patch kit, pump  At leaders discretion Riders fix their own bikes Anywhere.  regroups at leader discretion
             
       Mountain Bike Rides    
Ride Type Ride Time Terrain Riders Must Have Rest Stops Repairs Leader Rides
 MB0 Slower  Less than 2 hours
Gravel or dirt trails or roads, few hills, technically simple Beginner MB skills; spare tube, patch kit, water 2 or more times each hour Leader helps Keeps the group together, regroups frequently
 MB1  Moderate- less than 4 hours Gravel or dirt trails or roads, some hills, techcnically moderate Intermediate MB skills; spare tube, patch kit, pump, water 1 to 2 times each hour Leader helps With the group, regular regroups
 MB2  Rapid – less than 6 hours Challenging dirt trails or roads, roots, rocks, many hills, technically difficult  Advanced MB skills; spare tube, patch kit, pump water At least once per hour
 Riders fix their own bike  Anywhere
 MB3  High speed – no time limit  Difficult dirt trails, roots, rocks, many difficult hills, tecchnically very difficult  Advanced MB skills; spare tube, patch kit, pump, chain tool, water  At group or riders discretion  Riders fix their own bike  Anywhere
             
       Touring Bike Rides    
Ride Type Description Distance / Terrain Riders Must Have Rest Stops Repairs Leader Rides
 VS-H Van supported, No Camping, Indoor lodging, may include; Hotels, Motels, B&B’s Hostels, Warm Showers, Couch Surfing. Riders take turns driving van Ride group disgression. Good option for Roadies with minimal touring gear. Terrain varies   Road Bike or Touring bike, repair kit      
 VS-O Van supported, Open,  indoor lodging or camping offered.  Riders take turns driving van.  Logistically more involved Ride Group discretion. Terrain varies  Road bike or Touring bike, repair kit      
 SC-H Self contained, no camping, indoor lodging may include; Hotels, Motels, B&B’s, Hostels, Warm Showers, Couch Surfing  Ride group discretion, Road bike with ultralight gear, Touring Bike with panniers or trailer      
 SC-O Self Contained, Open, Indoor lodging or camping offered. Riders opting for camping carry their own extra gear Ride group discretion Ride leader must adjust pace, distance for fully loaded camping riders Road bike with ultralight gear, Touring bike with panniers or trailer      
 SC-C Self Contained, Camping primarily, Riders can cook or opt to eat out Ride group discretion Touring bike with panniers or trailer, adequate camping/cooking gear      

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