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WHO are they?
Our club members range in age from teens to senior citizens. They are students, teachers, housewives, lawyers, bankers and secretaries There is a growing "just" retired group. Most of the time we (the retired ones) can be coaxed to ride just about any sunny day. There are general bike riders, serious tourists, and fitness buffs. You're welcome to join us as our guest. If you are so inclined, a club application is available in Adobe Acrobat format.
WHERE are they?
Our meetings are held the second Thursday of MAR, JUN, SEP, DEC at 6:00 PM at upstairs room at the Feve (across the street from Swerve) in Oberlin. Most of our members live throughout Lorain, Erie & western Cuyahoga Counties although some come from other surrounding counties. Click here for a MAP of the Amherst and Oberlin area in Adobe Acrobat format. It shows our two main ride starting points and area access roads. If you have a GPS, here's a Garmin POI file to load into it. It'll locate ALL of our start points!
WHEN do they ride?
Some ride when it's warm and sunny. Some ride when it's cold and snowy. Some even ride in the rain! A few ride every day. A lot ride once a week. Some ride only once a month and some hardly ever.
Many of our members ride on weeknights throughout the summer months. Tuesday and Thursday evenings are pseudo standard rides of about 20-30 miles at a fair pace. The route is chosen by the riders. Saturday is another pretty standard ride of about 32 miles with a probable stop for "fuel". Evening rides start from Prospect School, Oberlin (TUE) and City Parking Lot #3, Amherst (THU). The Saturday rides usually start from Prospect School.
Our Sunday morning rides usually are in the 50-55 mile range with a cut-off to make a 25-30 mile ride. The 50 mile group set about a 18mph pace while the 30 mile group about 14-15 mph. There will be two rides on Sunday in the summer months if required by the riders present. We have two standard starting points, the city parking lot at the corner of Tenney Ave. & Church St. in Amherst and The Oberlin Inn in Oberlin. Rides start at 8:30 in the summer and 9:00 in the winter months. Yes, we ride all winter! All Sunday (and the longer Saturday) rides have a snack/rest stop at the mid-point.
We host four invitational rides during the riding season. the first is AFROST in April, followed by the JJJ (a century) on Memorial Day weekend. Next is ROAST Your Buns in early August. these three are freebies. Our signature ride is the Red Flannel held on the first Sunday in November. It's a full service metric (and 1/2 metric) and traditionally the last ride in the Midwest. It's also an Ohio Bike Calendar Supporting Ride!