Bombay Bicycle Club has a large variety of rides on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings from April through November. Route options are usually between 25 to 50 miles or more on scenic back roads. Routes typically have short and long options. To help you decide which route to choose, routes also include a hilliness rating (see below). Thursday evening rides usually meet afterwards in a local restaurant providing a great way to meet members and get to know the club. Sunday morning rides often include a more challenging long option. We also have women-led rides on some Saturdays.
Starting times and locations are listed on the Ride Calendar. The ride leader will create staggered start groups based on average speed to encourage no-drop riding.
Have the route loaded to your navigation device or bring a printed RWGPS map/cue sheet. At least 1 water bottle is essential and you should be adequately prepared to fix a flat (spare tube, pump, patch kit, tire levers, and know-how)
The Bombay Bicycle Club promotes a high standard of safety and rider etiquette for the wellbeing of you and your fellow riders. Our rides are not races. Please familiarize yourself with the BBC Rider Safety Responsibilities
While the Bombay Bicycle Club cannot assume responsibility for riders or their equipment, ride leaders and riders will assist in any way they can.
During the winter months, members can join scheduled BBC Zwift Meetup rides. The Zwift Virtual Rides page is your resource for everything Zwift. Here you will find information to help you with equipment choices, using Discord and participating in BBC Zwift rides.
- Thursday Night Rides: Social group rides of about 25 miles, starting at various locations out of town. Participants are encouraged to stay and socialize at a local restaurant following the ride.
- Saturday Women-Led Rides: These are short to medium distances with a focus on social riding as a group. They often have planned stops along the way to refuel and regroup. Men may join the fun too!
- Sunday Rides: Usually have long, medium and short options. Start points are mostly close to Madison. Novice riders are encouraged to ride the shorter routes.
Routes include a hilliness rating for the longest option to help you decide which distance to choose. It's subjective of course🙂
- Flat: Little or no climbing (0 - 25 ft average elevation gain/mile)
- Rolling: Relatively gentle hills (25 - 50 ft average elevation gain/mile)
- Moderate: Modest number of climbs that are not unusually steep or long (50 - 75 ft average elevation gain/mile)
- Hilly: Many climbs and some may be quite steep or long (75 - 100 ft average elevation gain/mile)
- Very Hilly: Good choices for riders who really enjoy climbing and descending (More than 100 ft average elevation gain/mile)