Cabbagetown Cycling Club


Join Cabbagetown Cycling Club for a great year of rides, events and community.

Cabbagetown Cycling Club is this year celebrating its 10th anniversary as an organized group of cycling enthusiasts and advocates. Club membership is primarily made up of road riders and also includes mountain bikers, triathletes and avid bicycle commuters. Weekly club rides are typically organized based on riding ability and under the principle of ensuring safe and enjoyable cycling activities for everyone. Cabbagetown Cycling Club is an OCA-affiliated club.  

In 2019 the club had 65 members, many of whom have been with us since 2010. Our small club size means manageable group riding numbers and makes for an enjoyable, social cycling experience, with safe and predictable riding. 

We are a friendly club that welcomes cyclists looking for an open-minded, positive group-riding experience. For us it’s all about safety, fun, camaraderie and supporting one another throughout the cycling season.

Cabbagetown Cycling Club is a community based group of advocates, racers, enthusiasts and commuters.

Our mandate is to promote safe cycling within the city of Toronto while developing a sense of community through weekly group rides, training/tech seminars and other social events.

 

 

The Cabbagetown Cycling Club grades ride levels / categories using the scale below.

If you are new to group riding, underestimate your ability until you have more experience riding with the club. Please remember it is much better to start with a ride that is too easy than to struggle through a ride that is too hard and risk being dropped. Be aware that on some rides, riders will push the pace faster than the average speed listed for that ride. However, ride leaders will do their best to keep average pace in line with the ride category.

The faster the average speed, the higher the level of group riding skills that is required to ensure that rides remain safe. So, even if you are aerobically fit, if you are a newbie to group rides we strongly encourage you to join an easier ride to gain the skills needed to enjoy riding safely in a group. Ride leaders will be happy to give you details regarding what is expected of you on rides. Please feel free to call the ride leader if it is your first ride at that level or if it is your first club ride.

 


We have three basic levels of rides with variations of each based on ability. Riders at all levels must always employ safe group riding skills. 

 
 

If you are new to group riding, underestimate your ability until you have more experience riding with the club. It’s much better to choose a ride that is too easy rather than struggle through a ride that is too difficult. Ride Leaders will always do their best to keep average pace in line with the advertised ride level.

As the pace gets faster, more experience with group riding skills is required to ensure the ride remains safe. So, even if you are aerobically fit, but are new to group riding we recommend you join an easier ride to gain the skills needed to ride safely in a group. Ride Leaders will be happy to give you details about what to expect on a ride. Before the ride starts, please tell a Ride Leader if it is your first club ride or first ride at a given level.

The below information is a general overview of the three ride levels. Ride distances and difficulty evolve over the season. Detailed specifics for upcoming rides will be outlined in our Ride Calendar. Please be sure to consult the calendar prior to ride start.

* Pace indicated below refers to average perceived sustainable pace on the flats (not overall ride average).

CASUAL – Riders should have:

  • Above-average fitness.
  • Experience clipping in and out of clipless pedals (yes that’s a misnomer).
  • Sufficient ability to handle their bike safely (braking, avoiding obstacles) at a casual pace through the city.

The pace of CASUAL rides is 23-25 km/hour. Riders will learn and practice how to ride in a group: drafting other riders, hand signals, choosing appropriate gearing for the terrain, climbing hills efficiently. It’s about learning, practicing new skills and having fun on the bike. More advanced riders are also encouraged to join some casual rides. It’s a good opportunity for a change of pace and to share your knowledge with newer riders. CASUAL rides are no-drop (the group always waits for slower riders).

Ride distance: 30 km progressing to 80 km over the season
Ride speed: 23-30 km/h average sustained pace*

INTERMEDIATE – Riders should have:

  • More experience with faster rides and confidence riding any position in the group.
  • Very good bike handling skills.
  • Sufficient fitness to ride continuously for several hours at a solid pace.
  • Knowledge of the route and good navigational skills.
  • Ability to eat and drink while riding.

INTERMEDIATE rides can be any distance. Factors such as hills or pace may define the level.
Specifics of what the ride involves will be outlined in the Ride Calendar. INTERMEDIATE rides are no-drop (the group always waits for slower riders). However, if any riders are struggling, the ride may split into two groups. Examples:

INTERMEDIATE
Ride length: 30-120 km
Ride speed: 26-33 km/h average sustained pace*

INTERMEDIATE+
Ride length: 30-120 km
Ride speed: 30-35 km/h average sustained pace*

ADVANCED – Riders should have:

  • Extensive group riding experience.
  • Excellent fitness and bike handling skills.
  • Ability to ride continuously at a fast pace for five to six hours.
  • Knowledge of the route and good navigational skills.
  • Ability to eat and drink while riding fast.

ADVANCED rides can be any distance. Factors such as hills or pace may define the level.
Specifics of what the ride involves will be outlined in the Ride Calendar. ADVANCED rides are generally no-drop but there is an expectation that riders can keep up. Later in the season specific rides may be indicated as being a drop ride. It will be noted in the Ride Calendar and reiterated by the Ride Leader(s) at the ride start. ADVANCED riders should always know how to repair their bike in the field, know the route and how to get themselves home in the even they get dropped. Examples:

ADVANCED
Ride length: 30-180 km
Ride speed: 32-37 km/h average sustained pace* up to 100+km

ADVANCED+
Ride length: 30-180 km
Ride speed: 35-40 km/h average sustained pace* up to 100+km

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