Hardcore Cycling Club Weekly Rides

Club Rides 

All riders should be prepared for a 2-2.5 hour ride. Duration can change week to week based on conditions and fellow riders. Group levels offered will vary based on rider turnout. The most difficult level being A+, least difficult D. Our goal is to have a limit of 10-12 riders per group. We will meet at Hardcore at 6:30pm, then ride to Old Timer’s Parking Lot to divide into group.

We will post on our Twitter feed on the Hardcore website by 4pm if there are any changes or cancellations to the ride.

MONDAYS
A = Ready for a hard ride? Our goal is to connect up as many technically challenging trails in the River valley. This ride will go a bit longer in distance. Our target rider would be one of intermediate to advanced technical skills with good endurance.
B = Ready to chat less? We will be riding more technical and challenging trails. Our target rider is one of intermediate skills with good fitness. Be ready to accelerate your riding and have less breaks.
C = Ready to challenge your riding? This is for those looking for a bit slower/chatty pace, with an opportunity to session difficult sections. This ride will avoid exposed, dangerous sections of trail.
D = Are you looking to gain more confidence in your riding skills? This group will target refining your skills and adding to your skill repertoire. This group will only be offered May and June. See you in the C group in July!

WEDNESDAYS
A+ = Ready to ride close to race pace, with some moments at your race pace? Challenge yourself to the A+. Be ready for technical trails, fast climbs and descents. Our target rider would be one with advanced technical skills. For racers or non-racers alike, be ready for a challenging long ride. No breaks allowed!
A = Ready for a hard ride? Our goal is to connect up as many technically challenging trails in the River valley. This ride will go a bit longer in distance. Our target rider would be one of intermediate to advanced technical skills with good endurance.

Thursday-Road Ride

The road ride leaves the shop at 6:30 pm on Thursdays and will be a 1.5 - 2 hours and gradually get longer through the season depending on weather, daylight hours and the preferences of those who come out. We encourage all abilities to come out. If the group gets big enough we will split up into a 2 or more groups which will allow us to cater to different paces. We plan to do a variety of rides including city circuits and loops out into the country, eg, the Devon Loop. The rides are not intended to be hammerfests but rather endurance rides at a steady pace--though if someone wants to hammer a hill, go right ahead. We will also work on group riding and pace line technique for those who would like to learn this. As always, the route will likely include a watering hole at the end for refreshments.

Please keep in mind that our ride leaders are volunteers—they don’t get paid for this and are there to enjoy the ride as well. They make every effort to keep the ride together but if you take a wrong turn you may lose the group and have to find your way back so as mentioned, some knowledge of the river valley and roads in the area is a good idea. No one wants anyone to get hurt so you must have a helmet. Please ensure your bike is in good repair before the ride for your own safety and so the others on the ride aren’t having to wait while you work on it. If you aren’t sure about your bike drop by the Shop, it is free for us to inspect it for you. For liability reasons, the Alberta Bicycle Association requires that everyone on a club group ride be a member of our club. Click Here to join our club. Our insurance allows one "test ride" check things out but after that you have to join the club if you want to ride with us. All rides leave from the Shop at 6:30 pm. We reserve the right to blend the 2 rides based on the number of participants and ride leader availability. Most of our rides typically end with at a patio with post ride beers and bench racing. Come join us and experience the difference!