Weekly Rides - mid-April through Pelotonia
teamCOPC hosts training rides from mid-April until Pelotonia. We are focused on training riders for Pelotonia, but all are welcome to join. Please review the ride descriptions to join a ride suited to your abilities and training goals.
Scheduled rides will be listed here weekly, and spontaneous group rides will be posted on our Email List. or on our Facebook Page. In event of concerning weather, safety and common sense should dictate participation. Weather/Cancellation News will be posted at least an hour prior to the start times if indicated.
Our beginner Group Ride series is always very popular. With the pandemic in the Spring of 2020, we were unable to lead this group as usual. With that, we created a few videos with the hope that we could still help riders be safer and more comfortable on the roads.
A Note About Columbus Outdoor Pursuits
We would like to make you aware of Columbus Outdoor Pursuits' mission as a long-time provider of safe and organized cycling and other outdoor activities. COP has extended their efforts by offering us ride leader training, as well as insurance coverage for our riders. We ask you to consider membership in COP, and to also register for our weekly rides and be covered by their insurance. You only need to register once for each ride series you will take part in.
Wednesday Learners and Leaders Group
6 pm mid-April thru Pelotonia
These rides are for learners, leaders and anyone who wants a slow, casual ride with an introductory talk about group and road cycling safety and protocols. Seasoned cyclists are welcome, with the mindset that we will not “push the pace”, but instead will help shepherd the learning riders. This group starts with easy and flat routes, and we’ll progress into some hill training by the end of June. Riders should be able to maintain an average ride pace of at least 12 mph. Road bikes strongly recommended.
Routes/starting locations are posted weekly on the teamCOPC Facebook Page, usually on the prior Sunday. You do not need a Facebook account to view them.
Thursday Night Hills 6 pm Rolling (Please be 15 minutes early)
Please Register here (once for all Thursday Rides)
Though not an official teamCOPC ride, this challenging ride that has become a favorite over the years. There may be no designated ride leader, but groups are asked to stay together and take care of each other. Riders will decide the route based on planned pace and sunset time, from the options listed below. It’s best to bring a friend for this ride.
TNH A-CW 36 (formerly TNH 35 CW)
TNH A-CCW 36 (formerly TNH 35 CCW)
TNH B-CW 29 (formerly TNH 28 CW)
TNH B-CCW 29 (formerly TNH 28 CCW)
TNH C-CW 30 (formerly TNH'13-CW Jersey Hills)
TNH C-CCW 30 (formerly TNH'13-CCW Jersey Hills)
Sunday Group Rides
April-10 am, May-9 am, June-8 am, July/August-7:30 am
These rides begin at the Rose Run Park Patio at the Heit Center in New Albany. New routes posted each week, with distance and terrain challenges increasing later in the summer. We break into groups by anticipated speed to keep riders together throughout the ride. We do not drop riders, and we watch out for each other. Best for riders comfortable with the road and able to average 14 mph (faster later in the season) or more over distance.
All participants are asked to please complete THIS WAIVER.
Helmets are always required, and we obey the rules of the road.
Road bikes are strongly recommended.
teamCOPC is committed to the safe group riding concept, and will stay together, or form several smaller groups, never dropping any riders.
Please have a “group ride” mindset.
We ride safely. We ride in groups. We do not drop riders.
We ask all riders to commit to this approach.
We will split up in pace groups.
Please respect the advertised group pace.
Some riders may not go as fast as they are able.
Please be aware and don’t drop riders.
Dropped riders are fatigued, injured, ill or have mechanicals.
They are frustrated and most vulnerable to cars from behind.
Let’s all commit to taking care of each other.
We ask all riders to choose their pace group sensibly.
Be considerate of the training needs of others.
Ride leaders can’t be everywhere. Help them out.
Regroup whenever a rider begins to fall back.
Breakaway groups are on their own. Let them go.
Finally, please park cars away from the buildings to be courteous to the Heit Center and other Market Square patrons while we ride.