NCC Club Rides
Come out and join us on a group ride!
We have three basic rules that all riders must comply with for the safety of everyone. Ride leaders have authority to enforce rules if needed.
Keep it SAFE
Keep it STEADY
Keep it SUPPORTIVE
Safe – keep it safe for everyone, stay double or single file, call out obstacles, no sudden accelerations or braking
Steady – keep the agreed upon pace, don’t jump the group, don’t take a longer pull that slows the group down, feel free to sit out a pull
Supportive – we’re here to have fun, look out for one another, slow down to support the group, watch for stragglers
The following is a list of regularly scheduled NCC rides. Always check the Calendar and the Club Rides section of the discussion forum for the most updated and detailed information. You can find a list and maps of suggested rides on the Ride Routes page.
PLEASE NOTE: All participants in NCC groups rides are required to sign a waiver in ink once a year. If you have not done so, please see the ride leader at the start.
MONDAY — We feature a “Delta” ride on Monday.
- Delta Ride (Meet: Academy of Music, Northampton Start: 5:30pm). No-drop; 12-14 mph, 20 to 25 miles, touring, commuter, road, bikes are all welcome. The rides will be posted to our event calendar – please check for any changes week to week on time or location changes.
TUESDAY — We feature an informal race and a “C” paced group ride on Tuesday.
- Time Trials and Hill Climbs (All Tuesday night races start at 6PM; start locations vary — check the calendar for locations each week) TT/HC series details, overview, and points/time tracking available on the Tuesday Night Series events page; see also TT/HC series route descriptions and maps.
- C-Ride (Meet: Academy of Music, Northampton Start: 5:30pm) Riders should be able to average 15-18 mph over 20-30+ miles, depending on the terrain. The route changes each week and riders should be self sufficient with lights and flat kits. The C-Ride is a no drop ride, within reason. Grab your road bikes and join us!
WEDNESDAY — We feature an A/B level group ride on Wednesday.
- A and B Ride (Meet: Academy of Music, Northampton Start: 5:30pm spring & fall, 6:00pm summer — check calendar for start times) Description: We will ride up Route 9 through Hatfield on River Road into Sunderland and then to the Montague Book Mill and back following the Connecticut River. We return on Route 47 for a rousing finish. The Book Mill run goes a little over 37 miles with a single hill in the middle (see the Ride Routes post for a detailed map of the route). The B ride usually finishes about 18-20 mph. The A ride goes much faster, but enjoys the scenery less. All riders must be self-sufficient as they may get dropped. The Route 47 portion of the ride tends to speed up. All riders are expected to be respectful to others, follow the rules of the road, and most of all, have fun.
THURSDAY — Hilltown route (Meet: Academy of Music, Northampton Start: 5:30pm) Description: This is a hilly 36 mile route that rolls through Florence, Leeds and Williamsburg before heading sharply uphill to Route 116 and then downhill to Conway (see the Ride Routes post for a detailed map of the route). This ride usually consists of A- and B-level riders. It is typically a combined A/B ride unless there are more than 15 or so riders. We aim to maintain a conversational pace for the first eight miles into Williamsburg. The pace picks up on the climb out of Williamsburg, with a regroup point at Route 116 and another regroup after the Whately Road climb. This is a drop ride, meaning you should be prepared to be self-sufficient if you can’t keep up, but we generally try to wait long enough at the regroup points to try to get everyone back together.
SATURDAY — Saturday Ride (Meet: Academy of Music, Northampton Start: 10am in the spring/fall, 9am in the summer — check calendar page for start times) Description: Meet at the Academy of Music in Northampton for a longer distance B-paced ride. We can ride anywhere from forty to eighty miles with plenty of opportunities to cut the ride short or go longer. Expect a conversational pace for about five miles as we roll out of town at the beginning of the ride – it’s Saturday after all. A and strong C-paced riders are welcome, but will respectively either need to be patient or be prepared to ride solo if too large of a gap opens up. So long as riders are generally matched we aim to work together and wait on selected hills to regroup. Speaking of hills, plan to do some climbing on this ride as we often patch together a series of climbs that can total anywhere from two to six-thousand feet of climbing.
Please choose rides that are at your level. Generally speaking:
- A Rides = 20mph and above average speed
- B Rides = 18 to 20mph average speed on flatter routes
- C Rides = 15 to 18 mph average speed on flatter routes
- D Rides = 12 to 14 mph average speed
Start location Northampton= Pulaski Park, next to the Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060
General Ride Guidelines:
- If you show up at one of the rides above, other cyclists should be there.
- If the weather is questionable, check the ride listing on the calendar page — ride leaders will post announcements there.
- We aim to have fun, friendly, responsible and inclusive rides. (NOTE: Non-members are welcome on all of our club rides.)
- Check the Recommendations for Ride Leaders and Participants.
- The yellow line rule applies under all circumstances (don’t cross the yellow line or the road center line)
- Always follow the rules of the road, i.e., stop at stop signs, red lights, give pedestrians in walkways the right-of-way, etc.
- Ride single file out of town.
- Large groups will be divided into smaller groups of riders by athletic level ( i.e. A, B, C) at the discretion of the ride leader(s).
- A and B groups should be determined before the start of a ride. The A group should go first. Then the B group with enough of a time gap so the rides don’t mix.
- When a pace line is doubled up, a rotation should be used so that riders are never 4 abreast. An explanation/re-cap of this rotation is encouraged before each ride to those unfamiliar with it.
WARNING from Our Surgeon General: Attending these rides regularly will get your body in great shape all while having a wonderful time. Be prepared for a major life change.