Ride as much or as long or as short as you feel. BUT RIDE.
How We Ride
As the great Eddy Merckx tells us, you must ride. But you must also ride with purpose to get your desired training or learning results. Rider or racer, we have weekly club training rides to establish your fitness base.
Each club ride builds at least one of the three key athletic abilities all cyclists need: 1) Endurance; 2) Maximum Power; 3) Sustained Power.
Endurance is usually developed with long rides at a steady moderate pace. Often we have more free time on weekends to schedule these rides. So Saturday and Sunday are reserved for 2+ hour club rides.
Maximum and Sustained Power are best developed through repeated interval efforts. Full workouts often need less than 2 hours. We schedule these rides on weekday evenings, after your workday has finished.
Please Note: Our insurance policy with the Alberta Bicycle Association requires all riders on all club group rides be members of the club. Please check out our Membership page for details and to learn about our trial membership.
The following list covers the basics of the club rides. Specific ride times and routes evolve across the cycling season. We post the actual weekly schedule to the News section and Calendar of this website. All new posts are announced on Twitter and Facebook.
While our Calendar is always up to date, changing conditions may require a last minute update or cancellation, which will be announced on Twitter (see embedded feed at the bottom of this page).
Monday – Track Night (Summer)
Where: Argyll Velodrome
Velocity has a long history with track racing. Canadian World Champion Tara Whitten started her career riding with us on Edmonton’s Argyll Velodrome.
The velodrome is a 333m long concrete track, built for the 1978 Commonwealth Games. It sure is old, but we still have fun pushing fixed gear bikes hard and fast around its oval!
The club has a stable of track bikes free for members to use. All you’ll need to bring are your own pedals. We’ll get you set up with everything else.
Early in the track training season we hold introductory track riding sessions. Then we’ll get into weekly structured workouts. These will build your pedalling “souplesse” and bike handling skills, which will improve all of your riding and racing skills.
Wednesday – Urban Hills Evening Ride (Summer – Early Fall)
Where: Meetup in the main parking lot area upon entering Hawrelak Park.
This is the Maximum Power ride. All riders improve doing high-intensity interval training, which fits a shorter weeknight ride. There’s no better way to force the watts from your legs than the challenge of a hill climb!
We follow a circuit around the less-travelled (at least by motor vehicle) short sharp hills in Edmonton’s river valley. Test yourself against other club riders close to your own ability. You’ll reach heart rate maximums rarely hit on your solo rides!
We always re-group after every climb, because none of us stay well-bunched anyway. It’s up to you how hard and how many climbs you’d like to do. Between efforts we cruise at a comfortable recovery pace that everyone can manage.
Experience Level: All fitness levels! All we ask is that you are comfortable riding in a group (If you aren’t, our Learn to Ride Clinics will get you there!)
Saturday and Sunday – Endurance Rides (Late Spring – Early Fall)
Fun and friendly. That’s what our weekend rides cover, besides a lot of the countryside around Edmonton. These rides also start outside the Anthony Henday loop and will move around on about a monthly schedule. Members come from all corners of the Edmonton region. Our weekend club rides should explore all corners too.
These 2-4 hour weekend rides are perfect for putting in some quality riding kilometres while chatting with your club members. The average speed will be determined by who is present. If more than 10 riders show the group may split into “A” (90-110km) and “B” (60-70km) groups. Each ride route will be pre-set and posted in a Weekly Update.
Experience Level: While these are no-drop rides, please be aware of your own abilities. You must be familiar with riding in a group. As always, bring your own flat repair equipment, food, and plenty of water. Some spare cash is always a good idea. Riders in the B group should be comfortable at an average 25kph by themselves. Riders in the A group should be comfortable riding at an average of 27kph solo pace.
You can see the latest ride updates (if any) from our Twitter feed right here: