SIGN UP at Ride Events
The AVL-WBL rides are not designed to drop riders, but neither do we coddle the masses. Our goal is to ride at a smooth and steady tempo, not too fast or too slow, avoiding rapid accelerations and decelerations, for the entirety of a ride. There is no entry fee to the WBL, but we ask riders to show our rider leaders and the SAG Drivers some appreciation for their support by giving a few bucks each ride. Donations accepted at sign up.
Just a short note to say congrat’s and thanks for the time and effort that you and your team put into the WBL. I participated in this past week’s event and will try to participate in more…but I wanted you to know that I thought the organization of the event and the routes was very good and I want to give kudo’s to the ride leads for not only keeping the groups together but also for their time and effort.
I cannot speak for everyone on the ride(s) but from within the A group people were positive, appreciative and supportive. Again, thanks goes to you and the entire Idaph team for putting this together and hope that we just continue to see more participation….though I have to say 60+ for the first event is not too shabby.Ron Potter
AVL WBL TRAINING CLINICS
Geared towards ALL Riders that want to sharpen their skills and learn better group riding skills.
How to ride in a group
Quick-tips from the pros given before each ride!
Topics to discuss and practice: Bike handling skills, Body-bike integration while riding in a group, Hand signals, Following behind another rider, Leader responsibilities, Safety, Communication. (Great for new rider or seasoned rider that needs to brush up on skills in a group ride setting)
How to ride on a main road/secondary road
Quick tips provided before each AVL WBL ride.
Topics to include: Review of NC Bike Laws, Hand signal practice and review/practice of skills
HOW TO RIDE IN WINTER
Knowing what gear & equipment you need
Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30pm
PIZZA PROVIDED BY WEST FIRST PIZZA!
2nd Annual Bike Swap
Saturday Ride Event Dates
ALL rides begin at 10am at Fletcher Park (85 Howard Gap Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732) unless otherwise stated.
2017 + 2018 Ride Schedule
DETAILS & GUIDELINES
You must sign a waiver to participate and ‘sign’ in each ride. Prizes will be given at the conclusion of the WBL if you participate in every ride.
Ride Two Abreast, Especially When First Departing
Obey all rules of the road. (Red lights and stop signs). If the pack splits on the way out of town, don’t worry, we’ll regroup. We may go single file from time to time for safety reasons or other reasons. Keep your eyes and ears open.
Bring Everything You Need
Money, food, drink, spare tubes, adequate clothing, MAPS, and a helmet. HELMETS ARE MANDATORY. We generally have 1 pre-announced pee break (1 hour in) and 1 store stop (2 hours in). It’s a riders responsibility to be able to get back to the starting point.
Please, Show Respect for Motorists
Please show respect for the communities we cycle through by not littering, being careful where you pee, and obeying ALL RED LIGHTS AND STOP SIGNS.
You Ride at Your Own Risk
You assume all risk of injuries. You are expected to ride safely at all times. YELLOW LINE MUST BE OBSERVED or AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFICATION. These roads are open to traffic. Be smart. Never take your hands off the bars. Show respect for the communities we ride through and the motorists we encounter.
You may pray or curse, but please do so silently.
You Should Not Rely on the SAG Vehicle to Get You Home
We provide a SAG wagon, but the SAG may be tending to someone else, may have a flat tire, or may be lost. Riders should have the map on his or her Garmin, a map in their pocket, money, spare tubes, cell phone, and proper clothing. The SAG is not for dropped riders. The Pack will keep moving forward at all times, except store stops and pee breaks.
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER
Remember to dress for the weather conditions.The morning can be cold, with temps easily dipping into the 40s and sometimes 30s. Layering your clothes is critical and a good warm jacket is advised. It’s winter time so keep those knees covered. That means knee warmers are the minimum but leg warmers are strongly recommended. Something else that needs full coverage is your hands. Full fingered gloves will prevent your hands from going numb during the ride. Most of your body heat is lost through the top of the head so a cap under the helmet will go a long way to keep you warm. Insulated shoe covers are also a good idea when the mercury drops.
In case of rain or other inclement weather, we may shorten or cancel a ride. But, we will always try to do a shortened ride for points and prizes. Announcements made before ride. CHECK our Facebook page for updates.
Thanks for hosting these rides. I usually don’t ride this time of year, but knowing there would be others out enticed me to gear up. Good weather didn’t hurt either. Looking forward to next year.Robbie Sweetser
AVL-WBL RIDE GROUPS:
- A group = Experienced, competitive racing, who can maintain 18-22 mph throughout the entire ride. This is a DROP ride, if you can’t hang please ride with the B group.
- B group = Experienced, mostly non-competitive, who can maintain 16-18 mph throughout the entire ride.
- C Group = Novice/beginner riders, riding an easier pace. No one gets left behind.
KOM/QOM* strava segments for A rides, and will re-group after these segments.
*(King of Mountain/Queen of Mountain)
There is no entry fee to the WBL, but we ask riders to show our rider leaders and the SAG Drivers some appreciation for their support by giving a few bucks each ride. Donations accepted at sign up.
MANY THANKS TO OUR AVL WINTER BIKE LEAGUE SUPPORTERS