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So, you want to be a ride leader, do you?

You don't? Sure you do! We are always looking to expand our group of ride leaders.

Do you have an idea for a new ride? Are you a regular who is able to be an alternate ride leader on a popular ride? Are you the rider new recruits ask questions of on rides? Could you lead a slightly faster or slower sub-group?

Several of our rides only go when a single ride leader is availalbe, even though there are people who could be filling that gap on otherwise-cancelled days. You don't need an immaculate sense of direction; Strava can do that for you. You don't need to know all the answers; 'I'll find out.' always works. You don't need to be the fastest or strongest rider in the group; I'm sure not. You just need to be willing to be that person who can take up the mantle when the regular ride leader isn't there. You just need to have an idea of where a nice ride could go.

If you are interested in signing up as an alternate, contact the main ride leader for the specific ride, or contact Roberto, Trevor or Sean through the website.

As of last week, we finally finished the new design for this years Team Jersey. This was somewhat delayed due to problems with the vendor. We will be posting the final design to the website with instructions on how to order – at this time please be patient with clothing as we sort out the process.

Team Coastal is a diverse group of men and women, boys and girls who share a passion for cycling. Some of us are road racers with decades of experience while others are recreational riders new to the sport. Some of us are still in high school while others have school-aged children. We live and ride throughout the lower mainland of British Columbia, from Delta to the North Shore, Tsawwassen to Aldergrove. Our desire is to develop riders of all levels through peer support, variety of rides and training opportunities.

Our goal is to promote recreational and competitive cycling in our communities while having fun.

Did  you know... Team Coastal has about 190 members!

Did you also know... Team Coastal holds more than 300 club rides every year!

What does Team Coastal do?

Club Rides - Every week we have multiple rides of varying speed and difficulty. Every week, at least one club ride is a structured, intense training ride. We also have other rides at a more recreational pace.  For more information, please check ride info here and go to the Event Calendar for details on times and days. We have designated Ride Leaders for all rides where possible.

Additional Training Opportunities - Team Coastal hosts a range of additional training opportunities for our members. For example, we run weekly spin classes throughout the winter and hold training camps to prepare our members for upcoming races. For more information, please check our  weekly rides.

Additional FUN Activities - We get together to have fun off our bikes as well as on them. All members are encouraged to help develop the community that is Team Coastal Cycling by suggesting and helping to organize all sorts of events from ski trips to barbeques.

How can you become a part of Team Coastal?

Simply go straight to our sign up page.  We're looking forward to riding with you!

You can contact us through our general email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you can also get to our Board of Directors and other folks who make stuff happen.

 

I came across this post put up by a member on TC's old website--a short article by Peter Wilborn, written in 2011 I believe.  Peter is a South Carolina lawyer and avid group cyclist.  The TC link is below, and I have cut and pasted.

http://sandbox4.pcworks.ca/2011/09/02/lost-art-of-the-group-ride-mandatory-reading/

I'm on the Saturday morning ride and I think we rate really good relative to Peter's values--thanks to great members and great leadership.

Cheers,

Dave

 

Sep022011

This article is so good it bears repeating on our website… and should be mandatory reading for all members!!!

Lost art of the group ride

Written by Peter Wilborn on September 1, 2011
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original blog entry link)

Every so often, I’ll ride a recreational group ride. I love the comraderie of cyclists, the talk, the last minute pumps of air, the clicking in, and the easy drifting out as a peloton. “I miss riding in a group,” I’ll think to myself.

The magic ends by mile 10. The group will surge, gap, and separate, only to regroup at every stop sign. I’ll hear fifteen repeated screams of “HOLE!” for every minor road imperfection. And then no mention of the actual hole. Some guy in front will set a PR for his 30 second pull. Wheels overlap, brakes are tapped, and some guy in the back will go across the yellow line and speed past the peloton for no apparent reason. A breakaway?!

I curse under my breath, remembering why I always ride with only a few friends. Doesn’t anyone else realize how dangerous this ride is? How bad it is for our reputation on the road? There are clear rules of ride etiquette, safety, and common sense. Does anyone here know the rules? Who is in charge?

But no one is in charge, and the chaotic group has no idea of how to ride together. As a bike lawyer, I get the complaints from irritated drivers, concerned police, controversy-seeking journalists, and injured cyclists. It needs to get better, but the obstacles are real:

First, everyone is an expert these days. The internet and a power meter do not replace 50,000 miles of experience, but try telling that to a fit forty year-old, new to cycling, on a $5000 bike. Or, god forbid, a triathlete. No one wants to be told what to do.

Second, the more experienced riders just want to drop the others and not be bothered. It is all about the workout, the ego boost, or riding with a subset of friends. But a group ride is neither a race nor cycling Darwinism. As riders get better, they seek to distinguish themselves by riding faster on more trendy bikes; but as riders get better they need to realize two things: 1) there is always someone faster, and 2) they have obligations as leaders. Cycling is not a never ending ladder, each step aspiring upwards, casting aspersions down. It is a club, and we should want to expand and improve our membership.

Third, different rides are advertised by average speed, but speed is only one part of the equation. This approach makes speed the sole metric for judging a cyclist, and creates the false impression that a fit rider is a good one. Almost anyone can be somewhat fast on a bike, but few learn to be elegant, graceful cyclists.

Fourth, riding a bike well requires technique training. Good swimmers, for example, constantly work on form and drills; so should cyclists. Anyone remember the C.O.N.I. Manual or Eddie Borysewich’s book? They are out-of-print, but their traditional approach to bike technique should not be lost. More emphasis was given on fluid pedaling and bike handling.

Before the internet, before custom bikes, and before Lance, it was done better. Learning to ride was an apprenticeship. The goal was to become a member of the peloton, not merely a guy who is sort of fast on a bike. Membership was the point, not to be the local Cat. 5 champ. You were invited to go on group ride if you showed a interest and a willingness to learn. You were uninvited if you did not. You learned the skills from directly from the leader, who took an interest in riding next to you on your first rides (and not next to his friends, like better riders do today). Here is some of what you learned:

To ride for months each year in the small ring.
To take your cycling shorts off immediately after a ride.
To start with a humble bike, probably used.
To pull without surging.
To run rotating pace line drills and flick others through.
To form an echelon.
To ride through the top of a climb.
To hold your line in a corner.
To stand up smoothly and not throw your bike back.
To give the person ahead of you on a climb a little more room to stand up.
To respect the yellow line rule.
To point out significant road problems.
To brake less, especially in a pace line.
To follow the wheel in front and not overlap.

The ride leader and his lieutentants were serious about their roles, because the safety of the group depended on you, the weakest link. If you did not follow the rules, you were chastised. Harshly. If you did, you became a member of something spectacular. The Peloton.

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