By Mark Rioux
Published 04/14/2022; Updated 04/13/2022

The 2022 Northampton Cycling Club’s outdoor riding season begins on Tuesday, April 19th!

The Tuesday C Ride will kick off the season on April 19th. This is a great ride for those who have not been crushing the trainer all winter, want to ride in a group, and meet some cyclists with similar riding and fitness goals. The route will vary week-to-week, but it will typically be around 25 to 30 miles with an average pace of 15 mph. This is a no drop ride. Check the discussion board for route details.

The Wednesday A/B ride follows on April 20th. This is a fixed route ride, which is a drop ride. If you have been training this winter and have been out riding already, this may be the ride for you. Average speed for the B riders is about 20 mph and the A riders go faster! If you have some races or big events coming up, this is an outstanding way to build fitness.

On Thursday, April 21st, we have two rides. The A/B ride rolls out of Pulaski Park in Northampton. This is a fixed route drop ride. It is fast and has a bit of elevation, but by all accounts it’s a great ride! The other ride on Thursday is our  C+ ride, which starts at Millside Park in Easthampton. If you are not sure you can hang with the B riders, this could be a good option for you. It is a fixed route drop ride with plenty of options to cut it short if need be. The average speed of this one is about 17 mph.

On Saturday, April 23rd, we will have B and C rides. Both these rides will have a different route each week, so check the discussion board for details. The B ride usually heads for the hills. The C ride will in most cases be a bit shorter, a bit slower, and have a bit less elevation.

If you are not a member of the club, please consider joining. We do allow guests to join us for two rides per calendar year, but guests need to sign the NCC Waiver.

In May, we will start weekly gravel rides and bring back our D-paced ride offerings.

Please check the NCC Calendar for details on our group rides. In addition, our NCC Weekly Ride page describes each ride in detail.

Let’s all hope for good weather, but if in question keep your eye on the website and discussion board for weather cancellations. If weather forces a cancellation, we typically call the ride two hours prior to the scheduled start time.