David and I just returned from a Trek Travel Cycling Camp in Solvang, California. It was wonderful to enjoy sunny cycling in California wine country. We rode every day and tried out some great Trek bikes. Just the same…arriving home to the Cowichan Valley we were reminded how lucky we are to live here. The Valley has some spectacular cycling routes.
So…get ready folks…spring is around the corner and it’s time to get back on your trusty steed. Think about joining a group ride to train for upcoming races…or for the fun of it.
Many of the local bike stores host organized, friendly, and supportive group road rides at Cycle Therapy we have one beginning on March 11th. Cyclists meet at the store at 5:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays (Ladies Only), and Thursdays; and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Monday is a no-drop staggered format for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The leader sets the pace in accordance with the abilities of the group while a “Tail End Charlie” ensures the group remains cohesive and assists with any problems. Rides will last from 1 ½ to 2 hours and the pace is set by each group. Along with compliance with regular road laws, the group also sets basic, common sense rules for safe cycling as a group. The Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday rides will be for intermediate and advanced level road cyclists.
Things to think about before the ride: Ensure your bike is mechanically sound; tires pumped; chain lubricated; take adequate water & nutrition; a repair kit; and wear suitable apparel for the weather. Look to the Cycle Therapy Facebook page for a more in depth ride etiquette guide.
Remember that Cowichan Cycles has organized mountain bike rides on Mondays and Wednesdays and Experience Cycling has various group rides throughout the week as well.
Sandra Beggs owns and operates Cycle Therapy in Duncan.