The Winchester Wheelmen offer group rides on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday during riding season (typically March through October) for all levels of rider - so whether you are a beginner or a fast, ambitious rider you will find a ride to match your skill level. We allow the use of battery, pedal-assist e-bikes on group rides in Class 1 and Class 3. Class 2 bikes with a twist throttle are NOT covered by club insurance and NOT allowed on rides without exception
Traditionally rides on Tuesdays and Thursdays are the most popular. Therefore we have ride leaders available on these days to offer rides at specific pace levels (typically 14mph, 16mph, 18 mph). Ride leaders ensure adherence to the pace goal as well as regrouping efforts at pre-determined locations as well as major intersections. There is usually a “fast group” that will ride at their own pace without a dedicated ride leader.
Detailed information about all club rides (incl. Ride Leader contact details) can be found on the “Ride Calendar”
Please be ready to push off at the posted times - it is good practice to arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow ample time for a quick, final equipment check.
Note: Approved helmets are required for all rides. If you are not a club member, you must sign a waiver prior to the ride. Non-members may only ride one ride as a guest. Membership is a requirement following that guest ride per club LAB insurance requirements.
Photo Credit: Renee Lynn Photography
If you are new to the sport - or try to get re-acquainted after a long hiatus there is a group ride just for you - Thursday afternoons starting from White Post restoration. The ride leader will determine distance, pace and potential “training measures” based upon participants need and/or input.
Women only/specific ride
In 2020, a cycling initiative was organized to target women who wanted to improve their weekly mileage and serve as a network to increase interest in cycling camaraderie in the local Winchester area.
The ride starts from various locations during the week (Wednesdays) with a starting mileage of 17.4 miles with a goal to increase mileage or elevation gradually. This is not a beginner ride, we ride in two groups with targeted pace of 12-14 mph and 14 mph and above respectively. Ride leaders ensure adherence to the pace goal as well as regrouping efforts at pre-determined locations as well as major intersections. The faster group starts ahead ensuring everyone finishes together for some additional socializing time
We have planned the following ride locations (see Calendar for details): 1st- beginning at White Post Restorations (White Post) and is a 17.4 mile with 700 feet of elevation- Ride begins on April 6th 2022, - ends on May 25th https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29531183
2nd location will be at the 7-11 store and Kimball Road (Berryville) 21 miles- 482 feet of elevation. Ride begins on June 1st and ends July 27th. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36229145
3rd location is at Boyce elementary school (Boyce) 18 mile – 600 feet elevation. Ride begins on August 3rd and ends on September 28thhttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/29519799
This is a hard-working paceline group with an expected pace of 20mph and greater. We use a relatively flat, 34 mile loop starting from a Berryville, VA location on Thursday evenings (6pm). As with other club rides participants regularly decide to form two distinct groups - with the faster one usually exceeding 22 mph average pace. Certainly our most advanced ride in terms of competitiveness.
Photo Credit: Renee Lynn Photography
HERE ARE DETAILS ABOUT OUR WEEKLY CLUB RIDES
Mondays - Road Ride - Whitehall, VA
Distance: 25.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,350 ft.
Start: Ride from White Hall United Methodist Church, 3265 Apple Pie Ridge Rd, Winchester, VA 22603 - Google Maps
Push off time: 6:00 PM
Usually a casual ride to loosen up tired legs after some longer rides on the weekend.
Tuesdays - Road Ride - Stephens City, VA
Distance: 34.1 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft.
Start Location: Shop ‘n Save Plaza east of Stephens City on VA 277 (380 Fairfax Pike, Stephens City, VA 22655). - Google Maps
Push off time: 6:00 PM
As mentioned above ride leaders will be available for two differently paced groups - or you can just ride at your heart's content with the “A or B+Team”. See the calendar for ride leader contacts.
As of April 5, 2022 we will offer to ride with a ride leader at either a 15mph or 17 mph average pace. (Just a quick reminder that we are aiming for an AVERAGE pace - meaning that we will ride at higher or lower pace in sections of the route depending on terrain and traffic). Ride leaders ensure adherence to the pace goal as well as regrouping efforts at pre-determined locations as well as major intersections. Referencing our Ride Category Table these groups would be classified as B (15mph) or B+ (17mph)
These two groups will leave Shop and Save parking lot approx. 1 minute apart. The first 3 miles (15 minutes) will be ridden at a warm-up pace until we reach the intersection of Grim and Canterburg Road where we stop to regroup and ensure everybody is ok with pace etc.
Short stops/regroups follow at (or as needed) :
Mile 6.5 before crossing Rt 522
Mile 7.5 top of first “climb” up Ashby Station Road
Mile 18.4 before crossing Rt 50
Mile 19.2 Millwood Store
Mile 21.2 Boyce before crossing Rt. 340
Mile 25.2 before crossing Rt. 50 again
Mile 29.2 before crossing Rt. 522
Then the ride meanders through two subdivisions with reduced pace and emphasis on keeping the group together finishing at the advertised pace at Shop&Save parking lot after 34 miles.
Wednesday - Road Rides - TWO different locations
Distance: 17 miles
Elevation Gain: ???
Start Location: Orchard View Elementary School. - Google Maps
Start time: 6:15 PM
This is a “casual ride” without a designated ride leader.
Distance: 17.4 miles, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29531183
Elevation Gain: 700 ft
Start Location: White Post Restorations,
Start Time: 6pm
This is a “women only ride” that will have two groups with designated ride leaders riding at 12-14mph and 14mph and above resp. average pace. Ride leaders ensure adherence to the pace goal as well as regrouping efforts at pre-determined locations as well as major intersections. The slower group will start first to ensure that everybody arrives back at the same time to allow for some additional "social time".
Ride location changes June 1.
Thursday - 4 ROAD RIDES AT 3 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS
Start time: 10am/9am - depending on season
Start Location: Changes weekly - see Newsletter / Calendar for details
These rides are at easy to moderate pace starting at various locations which will be posted in the monthly newsletter Ride length is between 20 to 30 miles, with an average speed of 12-15 MPH. The rides usually have a lunch break stop or lunch after
White Post Ride
Distance: 17 miles
Elevation Gain: 700 ft.
Start Location: White Post Restorations, 1 Old Car Dr, White Post, VA 22663 - Google Maps
Start time: 6pm
As mentioned above ride leaders will be available for two differently paced groups - or you can just ride to your heart's content with the “A or B Team”. See the calendar for ride leader contacts.
As of April 5, 2022 we will offer to ride with a ride leader at either a 12mph or 15 mph average pace. (Just a quick reminder that we are aiming for an AVERAGE pace - meaning that we will ride at higher or lower pace in sections of the route depending on terrain and traffic). Ride leaders ensure adherence to the pace goal as well as regrouping efforts at pre-determined locations as well as major intersections. Referencing our Ride Category Table these would be classified as B (15mph) or C+ (12mph).
These two groups will leave White Post Restoration parking lot approx. 2 minutes apart. The first 2 miles (10-15 minutes) will be ridden at a warm-up pace until we reach”Mile Marker 2” where we stop to regroup and ensure everybody is ok with pace etc.
Short stops/regroups follow at (or as needed):
Mile 5 at the intersection of Rockland Rd and Bowling Green Rd.
Mile 6.5 before we turn onto Rt 661 aka Fairground Rd.
Mile 9.7 after “1st climb”
Mile 13.5 at the Intersection of Red Gate Rd and Nelson Rd
Mile 14.5 Top of Hill in front of entrance to Longwood
Then we will make our way back to White Post to finish after 17.4 miles at the advertised average pace.
Total ride time for 12mph approx. 90 minutes, for 15mph group approx. 75 minutes.
Thursdays - Berryville, VA. - PACELINE
Distance: 29 miles - PACELINE
Elevation Gain: 800 ft.
Start Location: DG Cooley School, Lower Campus, 34 Westwood Road, Berryville, VA 22611 - Google Maps
Start time: 6pm
This is NOT a beginner ride and requires experience in disciplined pace line riding
There are NO ride leaders - pace and regrouping efforts are at the group’s discretion.
Participants regularly decide to form two distinct groups - with the faster one usually exceeding 22mph average pace
This is also a very good opportunity for anybody how is new to the sport, getting re-acquainted with cycling, getting back after an injury or simply wants to enjoy scenery at a casual pace.
Depending on the group’s needs this ride can be shortened by using several shortcuts (anywhere between 6 and 12 or the full 17 miles).There will be another dedicated ride leader assisting the group in keeping pace and regroup (see above).
Saturday - Road Ride (aka the Shop Ride)
Distance: 28 miles
Elevation Gain: 1300 ft.
Start Location: Blue Ridge Bicycles, 2228 Papermill Rd., Winchester, VA 22601 - Google Maps
Push off time: 9:00 AM / 8:00AM (season)
Due to its popularity, participants usually form 2-3 groups at different levels. We have seen everything from a very casual pace to ambitious training groups.
Winchester Wheelmen METRIC CENTURY
Traditionally held during early October we organize a Metric Century ride for Members only. The event is fully supported with rest stops, breakfast at the start and lots of camaraderie. We also offer shorter rides to make the event accessible of all members - including families.
Ride time is 11:00 AM from White Post Restorations. Breakfast food will be there at 10:15 AM, and the ride will formally start at 11:00 AM. There will be a porta-potty present for everyone’s convenience.
Ride with GPS (RWGPS) maps have been updated for the day:
17.4 miles - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29531183
21.7 miles - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34316132
37.5 miles - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29883290 (Rest area at Cooley School, west of Berryville, VA)
62.5 miles - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31189369 (Rest areas at Cooley School and on Box Factory Road in Jefferson County, WV).
4th of July Ride
Another popular event is our 4th of July ride - usually around 25-35 miles at casual pace.
Morning ride on Thanksgiving day to make room for the meals.
Winchester Wheelmen Google Group - Impromptu Rides
Our Google Group is very popular amongst members to arrange Impromptu Rides (mainly on the weekends). This is a great tool to meet with friends to exercise together. There is a ride posted almost every weekend with distances varying between 25-70 miles and usually moderate pace goals.