We will be riding to Rowlett passing Southfork Ranch in Parker. Please be ready to roll at least 10 minutes before departure time to sign in and listen to the pre-ride talk.
WEATHER: (Updated Friday 1:30pm)
The weather forecast says it will be 63°F at 7am and 71°F at noon. Winds are predicted to be from the SSE at 9mph to 14mph with gusts up to 18mph. We'll have partly cloudy skies with a 2% chance for rain. Here's a link to the
National Weather Service
SPRINT ZONES (OR GO YOUR OWN PACE ZONE--WE WILL WAIT AT REGROUP POINT):
The goal is to keep the group effort smooth and consistent during the ride.
In order to keep the effort smoother for everyone, the front riders will accelerate very gradually after stops and turns.
If you want to work more, please take a turn up front by announcing your request and safely making your way up to the front, e.g. at a stop light, when given the go-ahead.
We will target a Garmin rolling average of 16mph - 17.5mph. This typically means going ~2-3mph faster on flats.
We may go much faster at times and exceed 25mph, depending on wind and hills.
Please review the route posted above carefully, and print or download to your bike computer.
The rest stop is at mile 29.2 (RaceTrac).
This is a DROP RIDE. If we get separated at a traffic signal, or if there is a mechanical issue, we will soft pedal or stop to regroup.
Please have a sag plan in place in case you have gotten in over your head.
You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of everyone else in the group, so please RIDE STEADILY, BE PREDICTABLE, & COMMUNICATE while riding with our group and adhere to the following PBA rules:
You must wear a helmet.
Headphones, speakers, and any form of music is not allowed.
Call out road hazards loudly so others will hear you.
Please note: left is anything to the left of the left column; right is anything to the right of the right column; and middle is anything between the left and right column.
When the ride leader calls out "Prepare Left", the sweeper (last cyclist in the left column) is responsible for initiating group left lane change(s) when safe to do so by loudly calling out "Take It" and taking the lane first or holding the current lane while loudly calling out "Car Back".
Ride a straight line and do not overlap the wheel in front of you.
Loudly pass all messages pertaining to the group up to the ride leader, e.g. "Gap" if the group starts to separate, "Riders Back" if members get separated at a stoplight or similar, "Mechanical" if ANYTHING occurs that requires the group to stop, and "Rider(s) Down" if needed.
I strongly recommend blinking lights even during daytime rides. The added visibility may save you from injury or worse!
The goal is to have fun while riding safely within our ride parameters and enjoying the outdoors. Please introduce yourself to anyone you haven't met before. We ride at a brisk, but social pace.