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About Our Training Rides

Looking for a training ride?

Check out the training ride calendar to find a ride near you.

Training rides are an important experience in group riding, a benefit to your own and everyone else's safety. If you're used to riding alone or with just one other person, you'll have to adjust to being surrounded by many other cyclists, learn how to safely pass and be passed, and get accustomed to calling out signals so that others know exactly what you're doing. AIDS/LifeCycle has several safety rules for you to follow while on training rides and the event in June.  You should also familiarize yourself with the California Vehicle Code concerning bicycles. 

Our training rides are open to everyone, not just AIDS/LifeCycle registered riders. Rides are led by highly experienced and trained volunteers.

How to choose a Training Ride

When choosing a ride, take into account your own cycling ability and choose one based on your present cycling skill, especially your pace. AIDS/LifeCycle Training rides are group rides. You are going to have more fun and get more out of them when you ride with the group!  Many new riders misjudge their speed and underestimate the amount of time they need to rest at rest stops. Also, don't overextend yourself by choosing a training ride that is too long or has terrain that is much more challenging than you are accustomed to. If you are unsure, start with a pace 1, terrain 1 ride.

Our rides are rated in the following areas: Pace, Terrain and Miles. One of the most important ratings to consider when choosing a ride to join is the Pace, which determines the average speed of the group.

The following legend includes important information for you to evaluate your own cycling ability before choosing a ride from our Calendar.

Pace

Terrain

Miles

This pace rating determines the pace of the group you will ride with. The mph rating is the average speed of the group. You can determine your pace by timing how long it takes you to complete a certain distance. For example, if you ride 20 miles and it takes you 2 hours (don't count your break time), then your average is 10 mph.
  • Any Pace = All paces welcome
  • Pace 1 = 8-10 mph
  • Pace 2 = 10-12 mph
  • Pace 3 = 12-15 mph
  • Pace 4 = 15 mph and above
This rating determines the elevation gains (climbing hills) on the ride. Ride leaders try their best to choose the ratings below to describe their rides, but it helps to read the complete description of the ride for detailed information about the route.
  • 1 = mostly flat, with a hill or two thrown in.
  • 2 = rolling hills, may have some flat parts in between.
  • 3 = mostly rolling hills with some steep climbs.
  • 4 = steep hills, long climbs, bring your climbing legs!
This figure will determine the distance of the ride. You should not attempt to ride beyond your present cycling skills. A good rule of thumb is to not join a ride that is more than 10 miles longer than you have previously ridden.

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CYCLING EQUIPMENT
Required Equipment
These are the required items needed to participate in an official AIDS/LifeCycle training ride:
  • Bicycle (mechanically safe and in good working order)
  • Helmet (ASTM, Snell, ANSI or CPSC approved)
  • 2 Water bottles (one filled with an electrolyte replacement drink) OR 1 hydration pack (like a Camelbak), plus a bottle filled with an electrolyte replacement drink.
  • Bike frame pump or CO2 cartridges
  • Patch kit or spare tube that will fit your tire size.
  • Tire Irons
 

Recommended Equipment

Useful and nice to have, but not mandatory:

  • Bicycle multi tool
  • Bike seat bag (to carry multi-tool, tire irons and patch kit/tubes)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand wipes or hand sanitizer
  • Lip balm w/ sunscreen
  • Band-Aids
  • Bike computer
  • Clipless pedals 
  • First Aid Kit
 

Please RSVP for a Training ride at least 24 hours prior to your chosen ride. It is very important to RSVP so that the leaders can contact you via email on the morning of the ride should there be a cancellation or change to the day's route.  It also helps them know how many route direction sheets and waiver forms to bring.

Meet Time

The Meet Time indicated on each ride is when cyclists will be gathering. Ride Out Time is usually 1/2 hour after the Meet Time. Please be courteous to the other riders and arrive promptly. Upon arrival you will be required to sign a waiver.

Ride Out Time

All start times will be strictly adhered to. 20 minutes prior to Ride-Out time, leaders will offer group stretching followed by a description of the ride. 5 minutes prior to Ride Out leaders will present the official Safety Speech. Attendance for this speech is MANDATORY. No talking will be allowed during this time. Failure to be in attendance or talking during the speech will exclude you from riding with the group that day.

Waivers

All cyclists are required to sign a waiver prior to the Safety Speech. No one will be allowed to sign the waiver once the Safety Speech has begun. Cyclists under 18 must be accompanied by their parent/guardian who will need to sign a waiver (the parent/guardian need not ride, just sign the waiver).

Safety Rules

Due to the varied levels of cycling ability within the AIDS/LifeCycle community it is crucial that everyone adheres to AIDS/LifeCycle's safety rules. Your safety as well as the safety of those you are riding with depends on you adhering to all the rules. Riding in groups is much different than riding on your own. The safety rules will soon become second nature and on the event, when you are riding with hundreds of cyclists, the reason behind these rules will become abundantly clear. We reserve the right to ask you to leave a training ride if you do not adhere to all safety rules. If you have any disputes with what is asked of you please contact the AIDS/LifeCycle office.

Route Maps/Cue Sheets

You will be given a route map or cue sheet of the day's ride along with a verbal description of the route, re-gathering points and leaders' cell phone numbers. It is important that you keep the sheet with you during the ride in case you get separated from the group.

Sweeps

No one gets left behind on our training rides. One of the leaders on your ride will be riding Sweep, following the last riders in the group. If for some reason you decide to leave the route, i.e. to stop at a store or use a bathroom, you could find yourself riding behind the Sweep when you rejoin the route. If at any time you lose sight of other riders and feel you are not on the correct route, find a phone and call one of the leaders for assistance.

End of Ride

Training Ride Leaders will leave a check out form in a central location. We encourage riders to remain at the end of the ride to cheer others who finish later than you do. However, if after you have finished you need to leave, please sign the check out form. We want to know that you got back safely. If for some reason you need to leave the ride before it is completed, please notify the leaders either by calling them or sending them an email when you get to a computer.

Note: Please choose the ride most appropriate to your cycling abilities.  If it is apparent to the Leaders during the first few miles of the ride that you will not be able to achieve the designated pace for the duration of the ride, the leaders will ask you to return to the start point. This is done to ensure that cyclists are not riding beyond their abilities. Our goal is to make sure you are safe and training wisely and within your own abilities.

We welcome you to the AIDS/LifeCycle Training Ride Program!  Click here to view our Training Ride Calendar.