RIDE INFORMATION

Handlebar Bicycle Club sponsors regularly scheduled rides throughout the year offering a range of paces and routes for every cyclist.  A one time ride waiver is required and on file to participate in our group and event rides. Access to club rides and various GPS sponsored routes are available for the latest rides, events and locations.

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COVID-19 CLUB GUIDLINES

 All club members and participants are incouraged to follow the official HBC Covid guidlines when considering or attending any of our rides or club events.

  • If you do not feel well or exhibit signs of Covid-19 or variants, please stay home and get well.

  • If you participated in a club ride and tested positive for Covid-19 48 hours after the ride, please contact a board member to report it.

  • If Covid-19 conditions worsen within the Fort Bend community the board will make appropriate adjustments to current riding schedules.

Sincerely,
Handlebar Bicycle Club

RIDE PACE/GROUP CLASSIFICATIONS

Handlebar Bicycle Club offers several pace classifications and multiple route options for each of our organized weekly rides. We encourage each rider to choose the group that best fits their knowledge, fitness and ability to maintain the required pace. Choosing the correct pace group will ensure a fun and safe experience.
 

Ride Group Definition:

The main group of riders in a ride also called a Peloton. Aim for 10 riders or less per group. Groups below are designed to allow enough overlap between groups as riders skills and abilities develop.
 

A Group: 23+ mph Group Pace.

For riders preparing for races. Pulls are 23-30 mph /computer average 23+ mph.

Objective: Training for upcoming races.
 

A- Group: 22-23 mph Group Pace.

For very strong advanced riders. Pulls are 21- 26 mph/computer average 22-23 mph pace lines, tight packs, no surging and rest stops.

Objective: Highest avg speed while working as a team.

 

B+ Group: 20 -21mph Group Pace. For advanced riders. Pace lines, tight packs, no surging and rest stops. Pulls are 19-22 mph/computer average 20-21 mph.

Objective: Highest avg speed while working as a team.


B Group: 18-19 mph Group Pace. For intermediate riders.

Pace lines, tight packs, no surging re-grouping as needed, rest stops. Pulls are18-20 mph /computer average18-19 mph.

Objective: Highest avg speed while working as a team.
 

C Group: 15-16 mph Group Pace.

For new riders or riders developing skills and endurance. Pace lines, practice group riding skills, re-grouping as needed, rest stops. Pulls are14-17 mph /computer average 15-16 mph.

Objective: Fun, fitness and friendship while being safe.

NOTE: THIS IS A NO DROP RIDE!

If you ride by yourself and think 15 mph is too fast, group riding typically adds 1-2 mph to average.


C Group Safety:

First 5 minutes of ride will cover rider safety, hand signals and group riding basics.

Explanatory: 17 mph should be by exception (i.e., strong tailwind or downhill requiring less effort).