Weekly rides:

Sunday Night Ladies Ride:
15th and high
Come ride bikes with other women and discover Columbus from a new perspective. This is a no drop ride...we only ride as fast as the slowest person. All ages and walks of womanly life encouraged to come.

Sunday Slow Ride: (Every 3rd Sunday)
Goodale Park 1pm
Ride at the speed of slowest person, great for teaching friends how to navigate on the road, stop lights, etc.

Monday Night Ride:
15th x high 10pm
MNR is a social ride that meets 52 weeks a year with no regard for inclement weather. Distance and pace are dictated by those who show up, maintaining a NO DROP policy. The group often takes breaks to chat and get to know fellow riders while exploring the city. Summer rides are typically bigger and slower, and break at public parks. Winter rides are typically smaller, and faster and tend to take breaks to conduct "urban exploration" of interesting properties. Drinking and smoking is common on this social ride. The ride typically ends at High Beck Tavern for beer and free pizza.

Tuesday Night Crit Practice:
OSU Schottenstien parking lot 6:00pm
Several short races. Opportunity to practice starts, setup, finish, then recover and try it all again.Racing may include points race, miss & out, win & out, scratch race, etc. If you don't know what that means, we'll explain it when you get there. A, B, Junior, Women categories. Entry Fees $3 with a USAC road license, $8 if you need a 1 day license.These are laid back races -- good intense workout, good cornering practice. No prize money -- no arguing about who placed where.

Tuesday Night Ride:
Goodale park 7pm
This ride usually goes out to food trucks and back. The ride is always contingent on inclement weather, and is posted 2-3 days ahead of time. Pace is moderate, and goes for 25 miles.

CycloCross Practice: (fall)
OSU schottenstien feilds 6pm
Practice racing a road bike through the mud! Start with some basic skills, build up to actual races, be ready to get dirty!

Columbus Bike Polo: (Tuesday nights)
Lane x high polo courts 9pm
Come play, watch, or just hang out! They ALWAYS have extra mallets for you to use, and will personally lend you a bike to try! Games are played every Tuesday night at 9pm on the courts Southwest of Lane and high. Pick up games are also plentiful in the warm weather.

Wednesday Night Worlds:
Avery park 6pm
This is the fastest road ride in Columbus. It goes through beautiful rolling hills in the countryside NW of Columbus. Leaves From Avery park in Dublin at 6 pm sharp. Average speed 25+, If your not fast enough, you WILL get dropped.

Paradise Garage road rides:
PG 6:30pm
This road ride leaves from PG and goes throughout Columbus for about 25 miles. It splits up into a fast group (25mph) and a slower group (17mph) during the ride. It is a no drop ride.

More rides:
Ohio Bike Tours
Ohio Bike Races

Columbus Bike Advocacy:
Columbus BIKE BIKE national conference
Consider Biking
Columbus Outdoor pursuits
Bike OSU

Pedicab Rides Tours and Weddings
Columbus Pedicab

More Groups:

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tuesday night practice crit series

Starting this Tuesday June 12- July 10.
Ohio State JO track stadium

Update from the organizer Chris Fischer

My intent is to have 4 categories: A, B, juniors, women. These may get combined or separated out further depending on who shows up.

Anyone is welcome to race in a harder category. Since these are for training, please respect the lower categories and let them have your race. In other words, if you are finishing top 5-10 in the A's, you probably shouldn't be jumping in the B's.

The races will rotate, so A, B, W, Jr, repeat. Each group should get 3-4 races per night.

We may also do some fun events like a slow race or whatever else we make up on the spot.

My kids (4 and 6) will be present. If we get enough other littles to have a kids fun race, I'm game to put that on.

So for those of you who haven't done these before -- we typically do 4-5 types of races. We'll explain how each one works at the start, but here's a quick rundown.

Note that these are general guidelines. The rules as explained at the start will be the rules for the race. This gives a basic concept, but details written here count for nada.

Scratch race -- this is basically a "race." Ride a fixed number of laps, then the order at the finish line is the order of the race. It requires its own name, because there's other kinds of races:

Points race -- Set number of laps. Every n'th lap (probably every 3rd or 4th) there is a sprint for points. Top 3 riders get 3, 2, and 1 point. Whoever finishes with the most points wins. Racing continues after each sprint. So if you win the first sprint, then get dropped, you probably won't win the race.

Win & out -- Set number of laps -- typically 3 or 4, then the winner of the next lap wins the race. Everyone else keeps racing. Winner of the lap after that is 2nd, winner of the lap after that is 3rd. Typically go 4-5 deep.

Miss & Out -- Last rider across the line on every lap gets pulled and withdraws from the race. Everyone else keeps racing. When there's 3 left, they sprint it out for the win.

Tempo -- like a points race, except 1 point for the winner of each lap. Nothing for 2nd. Race might be 5-10 laps long.

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