California Training Rides
Hazon Training Rides are free, fun rides of varying length and difficulty. We invite anyone to join us - whether you’re already registered for the Golden Gate Ride, considering joining us in May, or just want to get some exercise with fellow bikers on a Sunday morning!
Training Rides will take place most Sunday mornings between February and May, starting from different central locations in the Bay Area.
RSVP for a Ride
RSVPs are not required but greatly appreciated.
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How to Prepare for a Training Ride
Rides will take place most Sunday mornings, February to May, starting from a central location in the Bay Area. A leader will distribute cue sheets and will be able to guide you while riding, but will not provide water, food, or SAG (support & gear) support. You should prepare for these rides as you would for a ride completely on your own.
What you should bring on a Hazon Training Ride
- A bike (ideally a road bike or hybrid)
- A helmet (mandatory – no one will be allowed to ride without a helmet)
- Water bottles or Camelbak drinking system – with at least 1.5 liters of water for longer rides
- Food or money for food – you should have something to eat about every hour – either a few bites from a sandwich, a Powerbar, etc.
- Spare tubes – there are usually people on the rides who can help you fix flats, but you are responsible for having spare tubes.
- Extra layers (recommended)
- A road bike or hybrid
- Helmet on your head
- A total 1.5 liters of water (2 water bottles or Camelback drinking system or some combination)
- Smile and a good attitude
REALLY GOOD TO HAVE
- Snacks (bagel, energy bars)
- Cell phone and Hazon important phone numbers
- Personal Identification and a few dollars
- Biking shorts
- Bike jersey
- Biking gloves
- Leg & arm warmers
- Base-layer clothing
- Frame Pump or C02 pump system
- Bicycle Bag, mounted under seat
- Tools like spare tube(s) tire levers & patch kit
- Tire levers
- Seat wrench
- Pump with 2 kinds of nozzles
- Glue-less patch kit
- Anti-bacterial cream
What you should do to prepare for a training ride:
- Eat a good breakfast with lots of carbs!
- Fill up your water bottles
Please come to the starting location with time to spare.
Training Ride Leaders:
Training Rides are led by volunteer Ride Leaders. Ride Leaders should be familiar with the route and help direct the ride according to the cue sheet. Ride Leaders are not expected to provide food, water, or mechanical support, but are expected to lend a hand when possible and to provide encouragement and help less experienced riders.
If you are interested in becoming a Ride Leader, please contact Rafi.
Training Ride FAQ:
What if I’m not training for anything – can I still come?
YES! Everyone is welcome, whether you’re getting ready to ride a century on the Golden Gate Ride, gearing up for 30 miles in a day, or just want to ride a bike with new friends. Please respect ride level categorizations – a long ride is not appropriate for a beginner rider. However, there is no requirement that you be ‘in training’ for anything at all.
What if I am training for the Ride – will training rides get me ready?
YES! Training rides are a great way to get in shape, get used to sitting on your bike seat for long periods of time, and slowly work your body up to a point where it can ride 100 miles in two days – or more!
If I have not been on a bike this season, can I come?
If you have not ridden in a while, we strongly suggest going out on your own to get your legs back in shape before joining us.
What if I can’t make it to the Training Rides? Is there another way find biking buddies?
We suggest you join our Training Ride listserv, which is open to both registered riders and anyone in the community. We will be using the listserv primarily to promote our training rides, and also to publicize other events and items of note for the wider bicycling community. This listserv will be the best way to find out details about our training rides and last-minute information about cancellations due to weather.
This is an open listserv, and all those subscribed to the listserv are welcome to post by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage you to email the listserv if you are looking for ride buddies, if you are riding to fun destinations, or if you have heard of an event of interest to the Hazon cycling community.
What if I don’t live in the Bay Area and want get in shape for the Ride?
Whether you are looking for riders to join you on a route or you are planning or trying to find cyclists who want a few more people to join them, we encourage you to post on the listserv to let people know you are looking for riding partners in your area. The listserv is not limited to riders in the Bay Area, and we hope that it will be useful for people living in other parts of CA and in other states.
Where can I rent a bike?
If you do not have your own bike, most bicycle shops will rent a bike for a day. Check out a list of bicycle shops in SF.
What if the ride is canceled? How do I find out?
Check our online calendar to make sure that rides have not been canceled or rescheduled. If rides must be canceled last minute due to weather conditions, we will email the listserv and call everyone who has RSVPed for the ride.
Do I need to RSVP for the Training Rides or can I just show up?
While it is not necessary to sign up for rides in advance, we encourage you to RSVP in advance to give us a sense of how many riders to expect.