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Spring Training: The 2020 B-STS

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Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 8:30am

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Details & RSVP for the February "All About The SIG & STS" Club Meeting are here


Saturdays, March 21st until May 16th 2020. 

We Need Volunteers (so that we can have more riders)! If you are interested please send us an email:B-STS

The B-STS is a weekly series of progressive Saturday rides for dedicated and committed NYCC members. The goal of the series is to increase your riding stamina in a group riding environment, to make new friends and to reacquaint with old friends, and to have fun doing it.

The Basics

The B-STS is reserved for current, dues-paying members of the NYCC. Rides will be held on Saturdays. In the case of inclement weather, we may ride on Sunday. 

All rides will be posted to the NYCC ride calendar as B-level rides.  All capable riders at the B-level are welcome... Every ride is a new ride, and a new opportunity to hit the road! All caveats about this to be shared below, so read onward. 

·         Registration for each B-STS ride will open, as usual for posted rides, 10 days before the ride date. 

·         Capacity for each ride will depend on the leaders who volunteer to be captains. (Note: ride preparation is handled by the coordinator)

·         There are no requirements for prior attendance, but you (and your bicycle) ought to be in-shape enough for the rides (or portions of rides) that you attempt! You may be asked to bail from a ride if you have a serious physical or mechanical issue.

Note: You may participate in only one SIG or STS program at a time.

All are welcome to attend the February club meeting to hear more about the B-STS program and meet its leaders.

Safety has always been, and will remain, the primary objective. All B-STS participants should be graduates of the B-SIG or experienced B-level riders; the B-STS is NOT an instructional ride series. Your participation is conditional on your ability to demonstrate safe and steady riding skills. All participants are expected to be proficient in group riding etiquette, to know basic bicycle maintenance, to be familiar with the routes on the rides, and to have a willingness (and responsibility) to take turns pulling during the rides.

What to Expect

Early rides will be shorter and flatter but things will ramp up fairly quickly. Since the typical participant is a B-SIG graduate we expect that you can handle it a little better than last year.

There will typically be four rides each week; a 15, 16, 17 and 18. If we see that sign-ups are light for one group and there is a waiting list for another group then we will do what we can to adjust to meet the demand. It will all depend on available leaders and, if rains are involved, the availability of train “spots”.

If you need, you can drop off the ride, maybe to find a faster or slower group (if available), just let the ride leaders know when you make that decision.

Our rides will start off easy (flat + short), than gradually progress in mileage and degree of difficulty. Rest stops will be kept to a minimum, in both number of stops and their duration. In lieu of stopping at a diner for a sit down lunch, quick deli stops will be the norm. 

Do you feel like you could use some more info? Click here for the B-STS Tips, Policies and FAQ!

The Fine Print

These are standard club rides, not a SIG-level training program. We will make a fair effort to accommodate a wide variety of cyclists with different abilities, especially in the beginning. Each participant is expected to be able to keep up, and if necessary, to be able to find his or her way home. Therefore, please be deliberate in pairing with riding partners who fit your style, fitness, and etiquette best. Groups may drop sluggish riders and all participants should be self-sufficient in case a severe mechanical issue or a fitness issue keeps you from proceeding.

For all B-STS-related questions, please send an email to: [email protected].

Spring Training: The 2020 B-STS
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