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RiDE Program FAQs


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Goal of the RiDE Group
Gain the fitness and riding skills to complete a 40 mile ride. Learn safer riding skills and connect with the cycling community Master paceline and group skills while training for a metric century (62 miles). Connect with the cycling community and areas to RiDE.
Number of rides and Clinics
8 rides over 12 weeks (plus a classification RiDE)
2 clinics
8 rides over 12 weeks (plus a classification RiDE)
2 clinics
What kind of cycling experience do I need?
Previous cycling experience is not required, but being coachable is essential.

We require that every Green RiDEr complete a 10 mile classification ride at a pace of at least 10 mph.

We require everyone to participate in 5 of the 8 rides and 2 of the first 3 to ensure you learn the basics.
You should have at least basic familiarity with the shifting and braking system on your bike.

We require Blue RiDErs to complete a 20 mile classification ride in 92 minutes or at 13 mph. With 50+ people in the program, we will have a wide range of speeds.

Notably, you should be open to coaching, interested in riding as a group, serious about safety, and eager to have fun.

We require everyone to participate in 6 of the 8 training rides and 2 of the first 3.
How far will we ride each week?
Rides progress from 12 miles to 40 miles. Rides progress from 25 miles to 62 miles.
How fast and hard will I ride?
Groups typically begin at 10–13 mph and progress to 12–14 mph towards the end of the Green RiDE program.
Your speed will generally increase over the course of the program as your fitness increases.
You’ll ride at a pace that fits your ability, and you’ll get challenged. You’ll get faster each week because you’ll be training and because you’ll be riding in pacelines. We group our RiDErs by average speed so that you can work together.
When and where are the weekly training rides
We will ride weekly on Saturday morning usually at 8:00 am. Weather conditions may change start time (heat may mean earlier start, rain may delay it) Sunday morning is our backup day, in case of weather. The ride locations will vary depending on the areas being taught that day. We will ride weekly on Saturday morning usually at 8:00 am. Weather conditions may change start time (heat may mean earlier start, rain may delay it) Sunday morning is our backup day, in case of weather... please be flexible and understanding of changes due to weather conditions. The ride locations are various suburbs so that we can quickly access open roads.
How hilly are the routes?
Generally flat and rolling terrain. Based on the Group’s ability, some challenging hills may be included at the discretion of the RiDE leader. RiDE leaders provide encouragement and regroups as necessary. The Kansas City area has rolling terrain. We ride on it. Some roads are more rolling than others. We avoid the steepest and longest grades in the area, but you will see hills and plenty of gorgeous open road.
Will I learn to ride in a rotating paceline?
No. We teach single file group riding, and we start with a healthy gap between bikes. Oh, Yes! Blue RiDE is all about advanced group skills and getting fit. We have broken complex skills into components that we’ll teach in a progression, We will ride in single and double pacelines and we’ll teach you to rotate.

Blue RiDE brings advanced group riding to life.
Will I need to train during the RiDE program?
Yes, you will need to get out and ride a few times during the
week to maintain the conditioning that you are building and you'll also do better on the Saturday rides. Weekday ride opportunities near you can be foun on the CKC website & we will suggest rides for you.
At least two midweek workouts are ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. Group leaders will provide suggestions for workouts, and the CKC calendar is a great resource to access local weekday group rides. Without midweek RiDEs participants will not be able to comfortably complete the ever-increasing distances on the scheduled weekend RiDEs.
What type of bike do I need?
A road bike is recommended, although hybrids (32 mm maximum tire width) are acceptable.

Not permitted in the RiDE program: recumbents, tandems, single gear bikes, BMX bikes, aero bars, baskets or panniers. Rear racks are allowed.
A road bike with drop bar capable of riding on all local roads/terrain is REQUIRED. No flat bars. NO EXCEPTIONS.

You should also have clothing, including, but not limited to, padded shorts and jerseys with storage pockets. This type of clothing it vital to physical endurance, comfort, and nutrition on longer RiDEs.

No mountain bikes, flat-bar fitness bikes, or recumbents.
No aero bars, TT or Tri bikes. Also, no single speed or fixies for participants.

No panniers or bike luggage. We are paceline riding, not bicycling touring. :-)

We strongly prefer integrated shifters (aka brifters), but accept down tube or bar end shifters.

Your bike should accommodate two water bottles.

A basic cycling computer is REQUIRED. Smart phone apps are okay, but the phone must be mounted on your bicycle while riding. You can’t monitor your pace and time correctly without a cycling computer.

A working/flashing tail light is suggested.
Do I need clipless pedals?
It is not required that you have clipless pedals. Highly encouraged, but not required.
Most RiDErs will be clipped in, but the start of the RiDE program is not a good time to learn to ride clipless. We are simply focused on too many other skills.
Will I ride with the same people every week?
Yes, and we have fun while getting fit. We divide riders into groups with different riding speeds, depending on each rider’s classification time. You will ride with this group for the entire program. Yes. All of our Blue groups meet and head out together. We group Blues by speed and target groups of 10 or fewer riders with 1 or 2 captains. After the first few weeks, you’ll generally stay with that specific group for the duration. We may need to switch a few people around after weeks 1 and 2, but that activity is minimal.
What is the cost?
$125 for members. $150 for non-members. The fee includes a Cycling KC jersey ($65 value) .


Register for Green Ride Program
$125 for members. $150 for non-members. The fee includes a Cycling KC jersey ($65 value)


Register for Blue Ride Program