Wabash River Ride Training Program. Starts May 20, 2017
This is the first of a weekly series of rides intended to get new riders ready for the Wabash River Ride. If you are a new rider, returning after a lengthy absence, new to club riding, or intimidated by the length of typical club rides, come join us! Even if you’re not interested in the WRR, this will be a good introduction to club riding. We will start with a brief discussion of tips and techniques, then head out on a short (~3 mi), slow (~9 mph) ride on the multi-use trails (sidewalks) in the Celery Bog area. We can repeat the loop for those that wish to go farther.
Each week after that, we’ll go a little farther and a little faster, building up so that we can confidently ride the shortest loop (~34 mi) of the Wabash River Ride in August. We will spend the first month in the Celery Bog area, then we’ll spend the rest of the summer on the streets, usually leaving from Kalberer Soccer Fields parking lot. We’ll head north to play amongst the wind turbines, and eventually do a couple of bakery runs up to Brookston. We can even do the WRR event as a group.
Refer to the club calendar for additional rides in this program. They will be on Saturdays at Novice speeds. If the weather is bad, we’ll try to go on Sunday instead. The ride leader is Brian Slick. Feel free to send questions to brianslick at mac dot com.
This is a FREE event, open to all! You need a bike and a helmet. You do not have to be a member to come out for the ride.
The Women’s Ride. Starts May 24, 2017.
The first ride will be May 24, 2017, leaving from Klondike branch of the Tippecanoe County Library (on Lindberg and Klondike) at 6:00 pm (be ready to ride out promptly at 6:00). It will be at a relaxed pace and go about 20 miles; nobody will be dropped on this ride. The ride leaders, Pat Boling & Brittany Huff, will talk occasionally about safety, maintenance, and group riding etiquette. (You’ll learn to change tubes, basic bicycle maintenance, and the fundamentals of riding safely on the road).
After the first ride on May 24th, we’ll offer two pace groups to provide a fun experience for a wide range of riders. The groups will both start and end at Klondike library on Wednesdays at 6:00, but will do different routes and distances at different speeds. One group, led by Brittany, will be in the E to D range (11 mph+), and will generally cover between 20-25 miles. Pat’s group will be in the upper D to lower C range (13-15 mph), and will ride between 25-30 miles. Both are no-drop rides.
Come out and join a supportive and welcoming group of ladies whether you are just getting into riding or looking for a little more of a challenge!
The Wabash River Cycle Club
The Wabash River Cycle Club is an active road- and gravel-road cycling group that sponsors about 20 rides a week, and a few more that appear as pop-up ride announced on the club website, during the warm months of the year.
Weekday evenings and weekend rides for riders of every persuasion from beginners to hammer heads. This is a great resource for cyclists of every ability and degree of experience to be able to go on scenic, well-planned rides that cover swaths of Tippecanoe and surrounding counties starting from various venues (particularly popular starting points are Kalberer Soccer Fields, Klondike Library, and Celery Bog in West Lafayette and Mayflower Mill school in Lafayette). We treat the entire Wabash and Wildcat river drainages (not to mention the cornfields) as our playground. Come enjoy our area by bike! You’ll never think of it as flat or boring again, and you’ll make friends and buddies to ride with. Check out the possibilities on the club webpage, http://wrcc-in.org/wp/calendar/, where starting points are described in detail.
The Wabash River Ride
Starts at Fort Ouiatenon in West Lafayette, 7:00 am August 26, 2017.
The WRCC puts on a terrific group ride each year in late August: the 39th Annual Wabash River Ride will be held on August 26, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can choose among well-organized and supported rides of 34, 47, 65 or 105 miles through some of the most beautiful parts of Tippecanoe, Fountain and Warren counties. Enjoy scenic vistas of the Wabash River, Big Pine Creek. There are great routes for riders of all levels, and it ain’t just corn fields you’ll be viewing! To fuel your ride, we have a wonderful selection of edibles planned. We’ll continue our renowned tradition of home baked cookies from our club members, and have a real good barbecue lunch planned for you when you finish the ride. Visit our website with ride info.