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rma
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So I'm doing my first bike ride...

Well, it is an event I guess. I just saw it pop up on one of the sites I go to and I don't know much about it, but I think it is more of a ride than a race. I have never done a bike event so I don't really know what to expect as all the rides I have done have been solo or with one other person. My only experience with bike rides/races has been from watching the Tour de France on TV (I'm sure this one won't be like that ;) )

What are some etiquette things I should be concerned about? I know I shouldn't sit right on someones wheel the whole time drafting without doing my time at the front, but I am sure there are other things.
What should I expect/do Trifuel?

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It's a ride? An event? A race? There's a huge difference in the ettiquette of a charity ride, for example, than there is for a criterion; or a time trial. The races, of course, may or may not permit drafting.

As for being a wheelsucker for any [I]entire[/I] ride --- why would that enter your mind?

Give a little more specific information and you'll get you much better answers.

rma
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Well, i think it is NOT a race. It is a training ride for the MS150 (charity ride from Houston to Austin in April). But I don't know anything about what to do when surrounded by more than 1 cyclist. I am not out to break any speed records or anything, just get a nice mid distance ride (about 30 mi), and I don't want to make an ass out of myself.

"As for being a wheelsucker for any entire ride --- why would that enter your mind?" - well, I wouldn't do it, because I know that is frowned upon (and that is my extensive knowledge or road etiquette :rolleyes: ). That is what I am looking for I guess, how not to stand out and have people say about me after the ride "Did you see what that guy was doing?" Not looking for tips on how to win the thing.

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If it's not a race then you don't need to worry about many things... but I would say for you NOT TO EAT or DRINK when you're right in the middle of the pack... If a bottle fall it will bring many people down... it'll be a STRIKE

RV
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In many group type rides where people may be drafting - many will not allow areobars - for safety reasons.

rma
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Thanks for the tips. No aerobars for me yet so no worries there. And thats a good tip about eating in a pack. Would not have thought about that.

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One more thing - Since its a friendly ride, be careful with your farmer's blows. :eek:

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[QUOTE=thehitman]One more thing - Since its a friendly ride, be careful with your farmer's blows. :eek:[/QUOTE]
Do you mean 'Snot Rockets' ?

Anyway,

If it is a group training ride soak it up.
Good for a long training ride.
You can get al ot from riding with a group of cyclists.
If it is formally organized by the MS group it might have some good support stops too.

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No worries! The kind of ride you have planned is on the casual side and friendly and well organized....You won't be bumping elbows or hooking handlebars but you will be able to be close if you want...or back off if you want.
We often refer to charity rides as big catered training rides..
Manners are alot on a ride like that...You are all riding to a common goal and helping others and being polite is great.
Grabbing a wheel is fine...but ask, or take turns at the front.
If someone needs help...help. Share snacks and electrolytes if someone looks like they need it. Be happy. Nothing worse than a charity rider who gripes and whines all day and in the process forgets why they are there.
Do be careful of the "mucosa ejecta","snot rockets","farmer blows","DNA spray","nasal nuggets" or anything else that leaves your own personal space!
Have a great ride!

rma
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Well, the ride was this weekend and was pretty fun overall. There were 3 routes, 20, 45 and 65 milers with the routes breaking off at different points. For the first 10 miles or so I was riding solo, passing quite a few people that were in the 20 mile group (that started out front for some reason). That made me feel pretty good mentaly, even though most were older people just crusing along. It still felt good.
After about 10 miles I met up with a group and hitched on with them and got my first taste of group cycling. I drafted in the back middle and then led for a bit. It was a lot of fun but quite a bit different at the same time. At the 22 mile mark they split off to do the 65 mile course and I was left alone. That is where the real fun started. I was alone now with one rider ahead of me (that i could see). Unfourtunatly, the wind had picked up and we were riding into a 10-20 mile an hour head wind the reast of the ride, alone. Went from crusing from about 20-22mph, to crawling 10-12 mph. What was really disheartening was getting passed by a team of 3 that caught up to me from the 65 mile ride. Absolutely flying. Oh well.
But, in the end I made it and thats all I cared about. I never caught up to the couple of riders ahead of me, but I had them in sight the whole time. Overall it was a pretty fun event. I'm planning on doing another one in 2 weeks.

RV
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Hey rma - That's pretty good doing some pulling on your first time out in a pack. Glad you had a good experience and that you are going back for more.

rma
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Yeah it was fun, I pulled for about 5 minutes each time, and the wind was at my back, but it was a good learning experience. I always wanted to do races in college, but school got in the way of fun. But now that I have time and some spare cash, I'm doing events to keep me motivated to keep working out. I don't do well without a deadline.

Here is what I have coming up
Bike ride (36mi) 2-19
10K 2-25
Duathalon (2mi, 10mi, 2mi) 3-5
bike ride (30mi) 2-12
5k 3-25
possible bike ride (35mi) 3-26

I'm going to see how the body holds up, but I have been recovering pretty well so far. I think my weight training background is helping out with the recovery times.

rma
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Oh, and I have to say, this site really gives me motivation. I know I don't contribute a lot, but reading peoples posts and experiences really gets me going when I don't feel like going for a run or hitting the gym.

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[QUOTE=rma]Oh, and I have to say, this site really gives me motivation. I know I don't contribute a lot, but reading peoples posts and experiences really gets me going when I don't feel like going for a run or hitting the gym.[/QUOTE]

Here you get your dose of triathlon every day.
Sharing your experience can motivate others too.
Glad your ride went well. :D

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