Bike Club! This week's PORCA's Womens Wednesday Social Ride is RADIO TOWER! Sign in is at the train bridge between 6:00 and 6:30 pm. Après TBD, please message Bree if interested.
PORCA's Women's Wednesday Social Rides have seen an absolutely fantastic turnout for the first two weeks. We wouldn't want it any other way! How cool is it to see so many amazing women in our community getting out there biking, supporting each other, and connecting? People come to Bike Club for many different reasons but the main goal is for everyone to have fun and feel welcome. It's a non-competitive ride for women to share knowledge and to support each other in learning. Below are some tips for riding with Bike Club.
With such a great turnout comes some growing pains...some people need more space to ride. We have decided to have a half hour window start time in order to stretch the groups out on the trails and to make it a bit easier for people who are scrambling work/family to get there. We encourage you to self seed — if you know you are fast and want to do the longer route, come before 6:15 if you can. If you are doing the shorter route, maybe aim for 6:30.
We have also decided to not have official "leaders" of rides. Most who come to Bike Club have done the trails before and know where they are going, and I encourage all Bike Club alumni to take new people under their wings to help them get started. Ming will post the trail route each week, so if you don't know where you are going, take a picture of the map along with you on your cell phone. Trailforks and the Pemberton Valley Mountain Bike Trail Guide apps are great GPS resources for keeping you from getting lost. You can also message Bree or Ming and let us know if you need someone to ride with, and we will try and pair you up with someone close to your riding ability.
Beginners - Please come! It can be intimidating learning to bike, especially in a community of talented athletes. We don't want you to feel like you have to be a certain level of rider to ride in Bike Club. Believe me, most women feel the same way when they are starting out; they don't want to hold up other riders, they are nervous, etc. The scariest step is coming for the first time! But, you will find other women just like you and finding that buddy to ride with is key to learning. That said, the Social Rides are not coached. You should have a basic understanding of how your bike works to stay safe on the trails. If you need to learn the basics, sweetskills.ca offers clinics that are great confidence boosters.
Make sure you have a tube, pump and tire levers and know how to change your own tire.
If someone catches you on a climb or decent, pull off to the side to let the faster rider past. It's no big deal, we are all slower or faster than someone else so just cheer each other on!
Volunteer - Don't feel like riding sometimes? Volunteer to do sign in.
Feel like hosting an après? Amazing! Contact Bree at firstname.lastname@example.org or via FB messenger.
I hope to see everyone back week after week. I'm so proud of this community, it never ceases to impress me.
- Bree Thorlakson