PVC Group Rides

Monday Night Women’s Ride:

This is our weekly women’s-only developmental/recovery-paced ride. It is our most social ride with an average speed 14-16 mph and several wait spots to maintain the “no-drop” status. This ride is offered for those new to group riding, or for women who have ridden hard or raced the weekend before and want a slower pace. Distance is approximately 16 miles on a loop that includes rolling terrain and hills. Please make sure you have a road bike in good working condition with drop handlebars and narrow road tires. Cleated cycling shoes with non-platform pedals are strongly suggested – i.e. clipless pedals. Front and rear lights may be required at the beginning and end of the season.

NEW: This year we will have two alternating routes – MNR-1 and MNR-2.  Reminder emails will go out in case you forget what week it is!  

Starts rolling on Monday April 13, 2020 6:00 PM (weather permitting, and will be MNR-1) through the last Monday in September.

All MNR rides start and finish at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 265 Middle Road, Falmouth  —

For more information, email Shelly Holmquist or Annie Reis

Route Maps:
Click HERE for MNR-1 (16.3 miles)  Range Rd Route
Click HERE for MNR-2 (15.5 miles)  Route 88/Princess Point Route

Tuesday Night Group Ride:

This is the fastest large group road ride in the state of Maine.  This is not a beginner event “A+” (but there will be some short waiting points along the route). All are welcome to attend. The ride is 48.5 miles and covers the bigger hill climbs in Southern Maine. The race pace* (23-27mph+) is close to a Cat III race. Neutral start until Libby’s Ice Cream shop.  Several sprints on this route include town line sprints, top of climb sprints and final Rt. 88 sprint. It is a very fun ride and great for training. The pack is usually 30-40 riders large.

Starts on Tuesday April 07, 2020 through the last Tuesday in August – every week leaving at 5:30pm from Cyclemania. Early season and late season the short loop will be ridden. Expect a 3-hour ride. ALL TRAFFIC LAWS OBEYED.

Click HERE for the full route map.

Click HERE for Strava Route Map of Short Loop

Wednesday Night Group Rides:

  • Wednesday Night “A” Ride:

The Wednesday Night Ride is a “A” group ride that begins at the South Portland High School Parking lot on Highland Avenue at 5:30pm. Pace is dictated by group but plan for a hard ride most nights.  The route traces much of the same route as the Saturday Morning Ride (SMR), except that we turn left on Pleasant Hill Road, then right on Fogg Road before turning left onto Black Point Road (to avoid evening traffic). The pace from the parking lot to the end of Highland Avenue will be considered warm-up pace. Once the group turns onto Black Point Road, the pace is expected to quicken to emulate the SMR pace. We will regroup at the end of Black Point Road and continue along the route at a pace that will be established by the will of the group. The ride will regroup once again at the intersection of Old Ocean House Rd and Route 77 before the final push down Shore Rd to the Cookie Jar. Sprint for the glory at the end, if you like!

Starts on Wednesday April 08, 2020 from South Portland High School at 5:30 pm. During the summer months, the group will likely continue and repeat the loop at a pace dictated by the group. Contact Steve Martel for more information.

WNR Route Map

  • Women’s Wednesday Night Ride – WNR:

This is a women’s-only training ride for those seeking a little midweek intensity. Some group riding skills preferred but not necessary. This ride is designed to hone riding skills including hill climbing and descending techniques. Recreational pace* over a distance of approximately 30 miles through Falmouth, Cumberland, Windham and Westbrook. The route includes rolling terrain, climbs and descents with 4 wait spots to allow for regrouping. Please don’t be intimidated by this ride. Those that will charge ahead on the hills will circle back and do the hill again so that those of us slower on the hills can do it at our own pace. Win-Win.

Front and rear lights may be required during early and late season.

Starts rolling on Wednesday April 15, 2020, 6:00pm (weather permitting) through the last Wednesday in September.

All WNR rides start and finish at Payson Park, parking lot at foot of hill by Ocean Ave.

For more information, email Linda Braley or Chess McGee

Route Map:
Click HERE for WNR (28.6 miles)

Thursday Night Group Rides:

  • Thursday Night Mountain Bike Ride:

The Thursday Night Mountain Bike Ride is a no drop MTB ride. Unlike the Wednesday Night Ride, it’s designed to finish with the same number of riders it started with. It will be guided by several experienced riders who are there to help keep the group together while creating a fun learning atmosphere as well. It will cater to men and women alike, and only assumes that you have a mountain bike and an enthusiastic disposition for riding it.

The first rides of the season will begin at CycleMania, and will navigate easy to moderate mountain bike trails totaling approximately 10 miles. The venue will change later in the season to Cape Elizabeth, with trails that are slightly more difficult. Whether you’re a road rider looking to mix things up mid-week, a once-was mountain biker looking to get back out there, or just an average rider that isn’t looking to bump elbows with a bunch of racers, this is your ride.

Every Thursday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Leaves from CycleMania. Call CycleMania for details (207-774-2933) or email Chris Porter for more info.

Saturday Morning Rides:

  • SMR: “A” Group Ride

This is a team training ride, open to all and group riding skills are important.

The ride is about 30 miles long, departing Cyclemania and goes throughout South Portland and Cape Elizabeth to Prouts Neck and back along the shore. It’s mostly rolling to flat terrain. There are 4 major sprints on the men’s ride: “Prouts Neck”, “Fire Hydrant Hill”, “Inn By the Sea”, and of course the “Cookie Jar”.  This is the largest competitive ride in the state and attracts all major Maine teams, with riders from Bethel, Augusta and York and Cumberland counties.  The men’s ride is an intensity pace* (>23MPH average) and has as many as 75 riders in the summer.

Starts the first Saturday in March (if roads are clear of snow) through the last Saturday before Thanksgiving; every week.

Starts March 7, 2020 at 7:30am

March 1 Through March 31 No Sprints.  

From April 1 to June 30 the SMR ride will be leaving at 7:30am!! All Sprints Open

From July 01 to August 31 the SMR ride will be leaving at 7:00am!! No Sprint on Prout’s Neck

From September 1 to November 30 the SMR ride will be leaving at 7:30am!! All Sprints Open

Double Loop with Cash Bonuses on November 21, 2020 Ride. 

Expect a 1.5 hour ride and join us post-ride at PVC sponsor Coffee by Design on Diamond Street.

Route map:
Click HERE for SMR (30 miles)

  • Women’s Only SMR A-Ride:

The Saturday women’s only ride leaves right after the men’s group and follows the same route at intensity pace*.  The ride is about 30 miles long, departing Cyclemania on Cove St. in Portland and goes throughout South Portland and Cape Elizabeth to Prouts Neck and back along the shore. It’s mostly rolling to flat terrain.  Average speed on the women’s ride varies from 19 – 22 mph, and group riding skills are very important.

Starts Saturday April 11, 2020 (weather permitting) through the last Saturday before Thanksgiving; every week leaving right after the men’s ride 7:30am.  Expect a 1.5 hour ride and join us post-ride at PVC sponsor Coffee by Design.  For questions about the SMR, e-mail Linda Braley or Spence Brink.

Route map:
Click HERE for SMR (30 miles)

  • Women’s Only SMR B-Ride:

Both women’s groups will roll out together so that we all ride through Portland as one group — the groups will naturally separate going over the Casco Bay Bridge.  Average speed on the women’s SMR-B ride varies from 15-17 mph, and group riding skills are important.  For more information on the SMR B-ride email Linda Sheehy.

Sunday Morning Ride – SuMR Coed Ride

There are group rides that happen on Sunday’s which are announced by email before the weekend specifying the start location, distance, and route. All are welcome and the pace is Club Pace with some Intensity at times but always regroups. No one is left behind.

Note: These are road rides so a road bike is required. Tri-bikes are not allowed in group rides for safety reasons.

*Club (or Recreational) Pace: As on all rides speeds can vary greatly based on conditions and terrain but it is reasonable to expect that these rides will average between 16-18 MPH over more than 20 miles. Club pace groups may break up at times, for example on hills, in crosswinds or after long sections at slightly higher speeds. The group will also stop to get back together at relatively frequent intervals if riders have gone off the back of the group. If riders have flats or other mechanicals the group will stop. PVC tries to have a designated ride leader and sweep at every Club Pace ride.  The leader and the riders should work together to make sure that no one rides alone.
*Intensity (or Tempo) Pace: This is harder than Club Pace.  Riders in these groups should be fit and experienced.  These will average 3 or 4 miles an hour faster than Club Pace.  There likely will not be a designated leader or sweep rider. Riders may get left behind particularly near the end of the ride.  The group may not stop for mechanicals or flats.
*Race Pace: This refers to hard efforts for the fittest riders with appropriate bike skills.  Riders are expected to be fully self-sufficient. If you flat, get dropped, or get lost then tough.  This is the level of effort to expect if you join the race team members on a team ride. (Expect no less than a Cat 3 ride level.)

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