To help you make the “good choice” when selecting a Shawnee Trail Cycling Club ride, we have made an attempt to rate each ride based on a combination of factors. We have selected what we consider the most important criteria, including pace, distance and terrain.
Please take into account that these ratings are based on someone of average fitness. If your fitness is above or below the average participant, you may find these rides much easier or far more difficult to complete.
For example when looking at the Saturday CPS C pace group, it has a pace of C (3) + a distance of 45mi (4) + rolling hills throughout the ride (5) for a total overall rating of 12
Founders: Rich Waldschmidt, Joel Hoback
In 2017, there were a number of STCC members that regularly participated in local gravel rides and rally's, as well as more extensive gravel oriented events like RAT. To provide members access to the resources and to expose others new to this aspect of the sport, we decided to offer a once a month gravel ride.
Shawnee Trail’s first foray into the world of organized gravel rides, the Rocky Road is a once a month (3rd Saturday) outing for all those wishing to experience this aspect of cycling. This ride is not for your regular road bike with 23mm width tires. The gravel will chew those up and you won't have the stability necessary to remain upright. We recommend a minimum of 25mm width and larger. You'll also want to consider a lower inflation setting to make those many bumps a little more tolerable and to lessen the chance of flats. Many on this ride use regular gravel bikes, cross bikes and mountain bikes. There are generally two pace groups - one for the more adventurous and another slower pace on a slightly shorter route.
Your bike will get dirty and we can't promise that, at some point, you won't be walking that bike around obstacles. This is a learning experience for us and you - we'll add more info and suggestions as things develop. In the meantime, use our Facebook page to ask and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you out soon!
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