ASHEVILLE WINTER BIKE LEAGUE AVL-WBL

ASHEVILLE WINTER BIKE LEAGUE

Begins Saturdays starting on

November 19th thru January 28th, 2017

Due to Popular Demand: The AVL WBL has NOW been Extended

thru February 25, 2017!

 

 

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The Asheville Winter Bike League is excited to host the best structured, long, winter-road training rides on the planet. But we are more than just a ride, we are a cycling community, a network, and even a family; we look out for each other on the road.

 

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

2015 Participant, Asheville Winter Bike League

Thank you so much for putting together the community events! You do an amazing job. It was a wonderful ride for the C Group yesterday. This was my first ride this year with AVL WBL. We had co-leaders on our ride and they were terrific. There was a third woman named Marilyn. Marilyn was amazing!!! She stuck with me (the last rider) and gave me riding tips and much encouragement all along the way. I was quite a bit behind getting back to Fletcher Park and was unable to express my gratitude to her. 
Yesterday was not an anomaly ~ it seems to be what this community of riders will do for each other. Last year on the very first ride of AVL WBL, I was brand new to road biking and had recently purchased a wonderful second hand bike. Due to a few bad falls (which resulted in broken bones and stitches) while mountain biking clipped in, I opted for sneakers for my first group ride - 33 miles. Laura Rice was the C Group leader that first day. She was AMAZING, so very kind and encouraging. Although I had a snack, I left it in the car, probably due to nerves, and she shared a Shock Block or two with me. She didn’t leave me when the going got tough, she led the group and rode back for me when necessary. Although I apologized profusely for holding everyone up, no one seemed to mind and shared words of encouragement, leaving me with a sense of accomplishment and absolution. It was a wonderful experience with an exceptional community of people. Thank you for putting this together and allowing the newbie to feel like they are riding with the Big Dogs! 
Patricia Slattery

2017 Asheville Winter Bike League

AVL WBL TRAINING CLINICS

Geared towards ALL Riders that want to sharpen their skills and learn better group riding skills.

RIDE ETIQUTTE

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)

ROAD ETIQUETTE

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

Sycamore Cycles

PIZZA PROVIDED BY WEST FIRST PIZZA!

Inaugural Bike Swap

Saturday, November 19th at Carmichael Training Systems in Brevard

(11 Mama’s Place Suite B Pisgah Forest, NC 28768)

 

When: Post-Ride: AVL WBL Kickoff ride on Saturday, November 19th (approximately 1-3pm) Where: Carmichael Training Systems/Hub Parking Lot and Grassy Area How To Sell: Cost is $10 for individuals and $25 for businesses - all proceeds from the swap space rental will go to iDream Athletes Foundation. Cash payment made when you arrive to set up on Saturday. RSVP to events@idaph.net by Thursday, November 17th at midnight to reserve your spot. If you do not RSVP you may not get a spot at the swap! Space is limited! Set up Times: Set up either 9am-9:30 (before the ride) and then again at 12:30-1pm (after the ride) How to set-up: You may set up your items for sale using a 10x10 tent/table (must bring your own) or in the parking lot in the back of your trunk, van, trailer or SUV. There will be a sectioned off area just for the swap and for paid sellers.
Most sellers are cash only. This sale is one day only so don’t miss it! Food will be available to purchase from local food trucks and beer at the Hub!

Saturday Ride Event Dates

ALL rides begin at 10am at Fletcher Park (85 Howard Gap Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732) unless otherwise stated.

2016 + 2017 Ride Schedule

 

First AVL WBL of the season & Inaugural Bike Swap!

Ride presented by Carmichael Training Systems in Brevard

Saturday, November 19th, 10am at Carmichael Training Systems

11 Mama’s Place Suite B Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Saturday, November 26th, 10am at Fletcher Park

Burn the Turkey Ride (special turkey themed ride)

Saturday, December 3rd, 10am at Fletcher Park

Ride Presented by Liberty Bikes

Saturday, December 10th, 10am at Carmichael Training Systems 

Ride presented by Carmichael Training Systems

(11 Mama’s Place Suite B Pisgah Forest, NC 28768)

Saturday, December 17th, 10am at Mills River Park

Ride presented by Carmichael Training Systems

(124 Town Center Drive, Mills River, NC 28759)

Saturday, December 24th, 10am at Fletcher Park

Special Holiday Themed Ride!

Saturday, December 31st, New Year’s Kickoff Ride
10am at Fletcher Park

(New Year’s themed ride - ‘A’ group does 100 miler for ‘special’ holiday)

Saturday, January 7th, 10am at Fletcher Park

Ride presented by Liberty Bikes

Saturday, January 14th, 10am at Fletcher Park

Presented by Motion Makers

 

Saturday, January 21st, 10am at Fletcher Park

 

Saturday, January 28th, 10am at Fletcher Park

Ride presented by Liberty Bikes

Saturday, February 4th, 10am at Fletcher Park

Ride presented by Liberty Bikes

Saturday, February 11th, 10am at Fletcher Park

Ride presented by Liberty Bikes

 

Saturday, February 18th, 10am at Fletcher Park

Ride presented by Liberty Bikes

Saturday, February 25th, 10am at Fletcher Park

Ride presented by Liberty Bikes

FINAL RIDE

DETAILS & GUIDELINES

Sign In

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.

No Whining

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. 

HAVE FUN!

Mandatory!

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.

CONTACT SUPPORT@IDAPH.NET WITH QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS!

MANY THANKS TO OUR AVL WINTER BIKE LEAGUE SUPPORTERS