PVC Group Rides

Monday Night Women’s Ride:

This is our weekly women’s-only 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 women who have ridden hard or raced the weekend before, and those new to group riding.  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 recommended.  Front and rear lights may be required at the beginning and end of the season.
For more information, email Shelly Holmquist or Betsy Perry-Smith.

Starts rolling on Monday April 10, 2017 through the last Monday in September at 6 p.m.  Meet at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 265 Middle Road, Falmouth  —

Click here for the route map.

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 11, 2017 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 12, 2017 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 Ted Darling for more information.

WNR Route Map

  • Women’s Wednesday Ride:

This is a women’s-only training ride for those seeking a little midweek intensity.  Some group riding skills preferred but not necessary.  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.

Starts rolling on Wednesday April 12, 2017 through the last Wednesday in September at 6pm in Payson Park. Front and rear lights may be required during early and late season (For more information, email Linda Braley or Jane Monaghan.)

Click HERE for the route map

 WNR Option:
Later in the spring or early summer, there will be an option for a longer ride with a distance of about 40 miles and more hills for those looking for a longer mid-week ride.  This option will be promoted as the season progresses and route determined at that time. Both WNR groups will roll together as a group from Payson Park and split about half way through (depending on route). 

  • Wednesday Night Mountain Bike Ride:

The Wednesday Night Mountain Bike Ride is a regular CycleMania shop ride for the last 10 years. Its pace is the quickest around Portland with some of the region’s fastest racers and assumes that first timers have a decent base level of fitness and technical riding ability. There are brief re-groups at key intersections, but no formal rest stops, and not every rider finishes with the main group. However, the group will wait if there is a crash or flat tire. (It’s not that serious of a ride.) Whether you’re a rider looking a new group with new faces, in search of a ride that’ll push your skills harder, or a racer looking for a fun way to fit in training, the WNR is your ride.

Every Wednesday, 6:30 PM – Dark. Meeting place changes weekly. Call CycleMania for details (207-774-2933) or email Jack Gundling or Sebastian Boyington for more info.

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 Jack Gundling or Sebastian Boyington 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.

From March 4, 2017 to June 24, 2017 the SMR ride will be leaving at 7:30am!! All Sprints Open

From July 1, 2017 to September 2, 2017 the SMR ride will be leaving at 7:00am!! No Sprint on Prout’s Neck

From September 9, 2017 to November 18, 2017 the SMR ride will be leaving at 7:30am!! All Sprints Open

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

Click HERE for the route map.

  • Women’s Only SMR:

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 16, 2017 (weather permitting) through the last Saturday before Thanksgiving; every week leaving right after the men’s ride.  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.

Click HERE for the route map.

  • 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 16-18 mph, and group riding skills are important.  For more information on the SMR B-ride email Linda Sheehy or Carrie Carney.

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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