Ride and smile series is a group club ride geared for intermediate to advanced cyclists (cycling around 23kph or higher) to encourage a healthy life style and cycling community, reinforce road safety/group riding safety and improving overall cycling skills. It is not a race, rather a series of rides to help you achieve your cycling goals for the 2019 season. There is something for everyone! Whether your goal is to complete a specific challenge, achieving long distances, improved average speed or just generally being more efficient and economic on your bike, Ride and smile series will help you attain these goals.
Every Sunday (weather permitting), we will meet at 9AM and aim to depart for 9:30AM. Early in the season, we will start with shorter 30km rides and build towards 120km rides. Each ride, we will focus on specific cycling skills, and there will be a variety of routes selected to challenge and refine your skills. For instance, going west towards Picton, the terrain is mostly flat, however we will have to contend with the wind. Cycling north of Kingston is a beautiful and scenic ride with rolling hills to develop your hill-climbing skills. Whereas traveling east towards Brockville and the Thousand Islands, the ride is scenic, fairly flat and there is a designated bike path which is excellent for safe long distance rides. We can also cross the border and visit our southern neighbours, cycling to Watertown where there are smaller hills and a gradual grade in the terrain. Exploring new routes is encouraged and the opportunities are endless.
Every Friday, ride details for the upcoming Sunday ride will be posted, and any last minute details will be updated 60 minutes prior to the ride. It is the responsibility of the rider to preview the route details and be familiar with the chosen route. We will be riding in groups of about 8 riders. Roadside repairs, group cycling signals and leading group rides are some skills you will learn in this series to help you be a self-sufficient rider.
As the distances increases, we will stop every 30-40 km to switch out water bottles and take a short 5-minute break. Then approximately every 60km, we will make a roadside stop to replenish empty water bottles at a nearby shop.
After each ride, we will get together for food and refreshments to debrief and promote community. This will be a great opportunity to share your experiences during the ride and discuss other topics such training, nutrition, pacing and cycling skills.