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Green Group Blue Group Diamond Group
Goal of the RiDE Group
Gain the fitness and riding skills to complete a 40 mile ride. Learn safer riding skills and connect with the cycling community Master paceline and group skills while training for a metric century (62 miles). Connect with the cycling community. Get toward the front end of the pack, and perhaps prepare for racing. Gain the fitness and advanced riding skills to be confident riding with the Diamond group.
Number of rides and Clinics
6 rides over 11 weeks (plus a classification ride)
4 clinics
6 rides, 4 optional weekday clinics, culmination event ride. 6 rides, 4 optional weekday clinics, optional weekday group rides, culmination event ride.
What kind of cycling experience do I need?
No previous cycling experience is required, but being coachable is essential.

We require that every Green RiDEr complete a 10 mile classification ride at 10 mph; one clockwise loop around Longview Lake (rolling terrain).

We require everyone to participate in 4 of the 6 rides and 2 of the first 3.
We assume you have at least basic familiarity with the shifting and braking system on your bike.

We require Blue RiDErs to complete a 20 mile classification ride in 92 minutes or at 13 mph. With 50 people in the program, we will have a wide range of speeds.

Notably, you should be open to coaching, interested in riding as a group, serious about safety, and eager to have fun.
The Diamond RiDE program is limited to less than 20 RiDErs and is designed to move you toward the front of the pack or prepare you for racing.
Previous group riding experience is necessary and a good fitness base is required from the first RiDE on week 1. Blue RiDE program graduates are ideal! You should have some experience with road rides of at least 40 miles in rolling (or hillier) terrain; you must put in the training necessary to match the fitness level and physical efforts of your fellow participants; and you must want to learn and be coached.

We require Diamond RiDErs to complete a 20 mile classification ride at 17 mph avg pace.
How far will we ride each week?
Rides progress from 12 miles to 40 miles. Rides progress from 25 miles to 62 miles. Rides progress from approximately 35 miles to 62+ miles.
How fast and hard will I ride?
Groups typically begin at 10–13 mph and progress to 12–14 mph towards the end of the Green RiDE program.
Speeds will generally increase over the course of the program as your fitness increases.
You’ll ride at a pace that fits your ability, and you’ll get challenged. You’ll get faster in the Blue groups... both because you’ll be training and because you’ll be riding in pacelines. We group our Blue RiDErs by average speed so that they can work together. And, we’ll have coaches assigned to each group. We can have groups from Blue 13 to Blue 19, depending on ability. It’s a great opportunity for strong solo riders to learn advanced group skills. The Diamond RiDE program will focus initially on uniform/consistent effort, not speed. But, by the final weeks you will be riding approximately 18 to 20 mph for distances of 62 mies or more. Further, you will know how to agressively handle diffferent types of terrian while maintaining group continuity. The Diamond RiDE program will challenge you physically and mentally, and the nature of our curriculum will push your limits at times.
When and where are the weekly training rides
We will ride on Saturday morning usually at 8:00 am. Sunday morning is our backup day, in case of weather. The ride locations will vary depending on the areas being taught that day. We will ride weekly on Saturday morning usually at 8:00 am. Sunday morning is our backup day, in case of weather... please be flexible and understanding of changes due to weather conditions. The ride locations are various suburbs so that we can quickly access open roads. We will ride weekly on Saturday morning usually at 8:00 am. Sunday morning is our backup day, in case of weather... please be flexible and understanding of changes due to weather conditions. The ride locations will vary depending on the group. We will also meet volutarily once per week on a weekday at the downtaown airport to work on skills.
How hilly are the routes?
Generally flat and rolling terrain. Based on the Group’s ability, some challenging hills may be included at the discretion of the RiDE leader. RiDE leaders provide encouragement and regroups as necessary. The Kansas City area has rolling terrain. We ride on it. Some roads are more rolling than others. We avoid the steepest and longest grades in the area, but you will see hills and plenty of gorgeous open road. The average feet we will climb will be around 2,000 ft. with a maximum amount of climbing in the course of 100 miles to be around 3500 ft.
Will I learn to ride in a rotating paceline?
No. We teach single file group riding, and we start with a healthy gap between bikes. Oh, Yes! Blue RiDE is all about advanced group skills and getting fit. We have broken complex skills into components that we’ll teach in a progression, We will ride in single and double pacelines and we’ll teach you to rotate.

Blue RiDE brings advanced group riding to life.
Yes, pacelining is a core aspect of the Diamond RiDE program. After week 2, all rides will be done in a rotating single or double paceline.
Will I need to train during the RiDE program?
If you can get out and ride a few times during the week to maintain the conditioning that you are building you'll do better on the Saturday rides. At least two midweek workouts are essential. Group leaders will provide suggestions for workouts, and the CKC calendar is a great resource to access local weekday group rides. Yes. Two high intensity, midweek training rides (15–20 miles) as well as at least one low intensity dedicated recovery ride are recommended in the weeks prior to and during the RiDE program.
What type of bike do I need?
A road bike is recommended, although hybrids (32 mm maximum tire width) are acceptable.

Not permitted in the RiDE program: recumbents, tandems, single gear bikes, BMX bikes, aero bars, baskets or panniers. Rear racks are allowed.

Your bike should accommodate two water bottles. A basic cycling computer is suggested.
A road bike with drop is required. No flat bars.

We strongly prefer integrated shifters (aka brifters), but accept down tube or bar end.

No mountain bikes or recumbents.
No aero bars, TT or Tri bikes, single speed or fixies.
No panniers.

Your bike should accommodate two water bottles. A basic cycling computer is required.
Road bikes with integrated, brake hood shifters (aka brifters) only, no exceptions (no hybrids; no barend or down tube shifters). No aero bars. No recumbent. No “bar mitts” (we need to see your hands! No ear buds or headphones. Two frame mounted bottle cages with water bottles filled with water and/or sports drink. A simple bike computer that displays distance + speed is necessary (in order to navigate with a cue sheet); GPS not required.
Do I need clipless pedals?
Highly encouraged, but  not required that you have clipless pedals. Highly encouraged, but not required.
Most RiDErs will be clipped in, but the start of the RiDE program is not a good time to learn to ride clipless. We are simply focused on too many other skills.
Yes, with sufficient riding
experience to clip in and out
with ease.
Will I ride with the same people every week?
Yes, and we have fun while getting fit. We divide riders into groups with different riding speeds, depending on each rider’s classification time. You will ride with this group for the entire program. Yes. All of our Blue groups meet and head out together. We group Blues by speed and target groups of 10 riders with 2 captains. After the first few weeks, you’ll generally stay with that specific group for the duration, from Blue 13 to Blue 19. We may need to switch a few people around after weeks 1 and 2, but that activity is minimal. Mostly. Groups may vary every week in order to expose you to different types of riding and coaching.
What is the cost?
$125 for members. $150 for non-members. The fee includes a Cycling KC jersey ($65 value) .


Register for Green RiDE
$125 for members. $150 for non-members. The fee includes a Cycling KC jersey ($65 value)


Register for Blue RiDE
$125 for members. $150 for non-members. The fee includes a Cycling KC jersey ($65 value)

Register for Diamond RiDE