We have one rule for every ride to ensure a fun and safe ride: Bring a positive attitude!

Just some basic safety “rules” if you will, for our group riding of “how we roll”:RoadKings_resize

FUN

WE ARE ALL just riding for fun: this is not the world championships or the Olympics, however; we do push each other and yes we sometimes ride hard, but we ride for fun while challenging each other to achieve the best that we can!

 

YOU CAN EXPECT that at times that the group may spread out but we will re-group and everyone will have agreed to the day’s route and there will not be any “surprises” etc. By pushing one another we all improve in our skills and abilities!

 

  1. Aero bars are not to be used in the aero position unless you are on the front of the pace line (if we actually get a pace line going)!
  2. IF a pace-line does form, everyone is encouraged to take a short (30 second) “pull” at the front but only as comfort and energy permits and no one has to do it: it is for the experience and fun only! If you are tired, having a tough time, or don’t want to do it, stay at the back of the pack and allow the rider peeling off back in the pack ahead of you. A TIP:  try to stay in the middle of the pack if you are feeling “slow” or having a tough day – it saves you the most energy.
  3. Talk: we let each other know how we are doing/feeling; the group can only respond to what it knows, not what it believes to be true.
  4. We really believe that NO earphones should be used while riding in a group – its just not safe.
  5. All riders are strongly encouraged to bring a spare tube, their own pump/CO2 cartridge, some grub (carbs) and plenty of H2O/juice and whatever else they may need.
  6. Rides differ each Sunday but despite the perception that there is only one highway in town there is at least 220 km’s of routes to choose from and the length and difficulty differs each week.

 

If you want to record your rides, check out Strava
Compare your efforts to others, works with a gps bike computer, or a smartphone. Look for the Powell River Road Kings club and see what other’s are doing!

 

Out of Town Rides:

If anyone feels inspired to ride Mt Washington, Campbell River, Nanaimo, or the Sechelt Peninsula, email us and we will put out an announcement. AGAIN, Check back often for updates, the “out-of-town” rides will be announced with more than one week’s notice and everyone will be encouraged to come along for the different scenery and roads!

 

Whistler GranFondo

What a great time we had and many of us have done the Whistler GranFondo in 2010, 2011, and 2012. This year it will be on September 7 and registration is still open. Sign up
It is basically a challenging but very fun ride of over 120 km’s and 2400 meters of climbing in the mix; It was a good burn for sure and we all had a few beers and dinner after to celebrate!! (Admittedly there was some napping after the ride before the partying into the night!)

 

Penticton

There is also a Granfondo in the Okanagan / Penticton with Eddy and Axel Mercx July 7, 2013: Some of us have signed up already! GranfondoAxelMerckx


 

What is a Granfondo?

“Gran Fondo’s are mass participation cycling events that have enjoyed incredible popularity in Europe for decades, and are beginning to gain momentum in North America. The Whistler GranFondo will be the first of its kind in Canada (but the US saw about 9 Gran Fondo rides start up in 2009).

 

Loosely translated from Italian, GranFondo means “big ride.” Rides are often 100 km or more for a large number of cyclists at a variety of skill levels – everyone from the competitive cyclist to the amateur wanting to challenge themselves over distance and time enjoy these events. While these are not races, top finishers are often recognized.

 

Gran Fondo’s are judged by the challenges they offer… steep climbs, long distances and a combination of the two. The Whistler GranFondo will not disappoint with 2,400 meters of climbing over the entire 120 km route. And if that isn’t enough, the Whistler GranFondo will also offer primes (or mini timed races) along the way at particularly challenging sections to give riders that extra motivational boost. This will be a challenge worth bragging about and you’ll be rewarded with a Founding Riders Finisher’s Medal.”

 

Tour de Victoria

Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria. August 23, 2015.
Riders of all fitness levels can take part in the ride by choosing one of three distances:

 

  • Harbour Air Epic – 140km for the experienced cyclist
  • Legend – 85km for the cycling enthusiast
  • Challenge – 45km for the entry-level cyclist

 

The Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria is a supported mass participation cycling event, catering to all ages and fitness levels by offering three distances: 140km for the enthusiast, 90km for the entry-level rider and an up to 1.5 hour Community Ride for beginners, families, and for those who want to experience cycling for the first time.

 

Riding Etiquette

We expect that all riders adhere to the following rules to ensure their own safety as well as of the group at large. Everyone, men and women, young riders etc… all skill levels are welcome.

 

We are all representatives of the cycling community while on a bike thus we ask that you ride in a manner that reflects ‘us’ in a good light to everyone (aka people in cars who are still unsure about seeing us on the road in the first place)!

 

  • Stop at red lights and stop signs – well, sort of anyways…
  • Stay to the right of the road as safely as possible. We have a right to be out there riding byt we have a responsibility to act in a courteous and friendly way to all the lazy folks in the vehicles;-)
  • Be courteous to others. If you are nervous or anxious to come out for your first road ride, bring a buddy, email me ahead of time or just give us a chance to welcome you out to road riding.

 

Questions or ideas: roadies@bikepowellriver.ca

 

  1. If possible use hand signals and/or voice to point out obstacles and hazards to riders following behind (i.e. debris, glass, rocks/gravel, wash-outs and holes in the road etc.)
  2. Depending upon the circumstances, we will either be riding in a single or double pace-line.  Riding three or four abreast is neither necessary, safe, or legal!
  3. Keep the speed consistent with the peloton when riding in a paceline. Upon pulling off, do a shoulder check to ensure that it is safe and don’t swing too far out into the road (if you can’t see, are nervous to turn and look just yell/ask the rider behind you). When you pull through,  maintain your speed and allow the rider who pulled off to fall back – don’t suddenly take off or surge ahead!
  4. Fenders are encouraged in the shoulder season if the weather is poor. Don’t know where to buy fenders and/or can’t be bothered spending 2 hours trying to install them yourself? Our friends (aka FRANK) at Suncoast Cycles will be happy to help you out.
  5. Riders must abide by the rules of the road. Erratic/dangerous behaviour will not be tolerated, nor is disrespectful behaviour to motorists or pedestrians etc. YES WE STOP AT RED LIGHTS AND STOP-SIGNS! NO we do not shout or gesture TOWARDS drivers….
  6. Bring a spare tube, pump and sufficient food and drink to stay fuelled for the ride.
  7. If you get a flat during the ride, the will wait with you while you repair the flat and get back on the road (if we are not exhausted we may actually help you unless you were kicking our butt up a steep hill – in that case you are on your own!)
  8. PLEASE Have fun – we ride for fun – so should you!

Important Extras

  • Be sure to bring water – especially in the warmer months
  • Wear a helmet – it could save your life, or prevent serious brain injury. Please see Powell River’s Brain Injury Society for more information if you care to do so:  There are only two types of riders – those who have fallen, and those who will
  • Bring some form of a carb (food) it will help you get back home
  • Stay Hydrated – drink fluids on a regular basis
  • Sunscreen – WHILE it is imperative to show you’re a cyclist by developing “The Tan” stay healthy; don’t cook your skin!