Thursday night tRAMPLE: Group Ride in birmingham
Each Thursday evening the RC Family goes riding! The Trample is an all ages, all skill levels, social bike ride - no riders left behind! The route changes week to week, but typically covers around 10 miles and includes a brief stop along the way. Meet us behind the shop at 6, we roll out promptly at 6:30.
The ride starts and ends in the alley behind the shop.
Meet up at 6:00p.m. We depart at 6:30, don't be late!
This ride is open to everyone, even new riders. No fancy bike necessary!
The ride will cover about 10 miles of mostly flat terrain at a relatively easy pace.
The ride will travel to a fun place to hang out for a bit.
It may be dark when we head back to the shop; bike lights are encouraged and are available for purchase before the ride.
Stay after the ride and hang out with us for a bit. We will be hanging out and enjoying each other's company for awhile after the ride.
Other things to know:
If it's Thursday, then YES, we are riding. We don't take days off for cold or rainy weather.
You are riding in a group. Be aware of those around you and do your best to ride in a straight line.
- Do not pass the ride leader.
Because our rides are not officially sanctioned and the roads are not closed, we practice a group ride tactic known as corking for safety. Allowing cars to separate the group is dangerous, so we try our best to maintain a cohesive unit during our rides. Since the group is so large, the first riders may enter an intersection with a green light, only for the light to change with half the group still behind. Rather than allow the ride to become split up, several riders - "corkers" - will anticipate the light change and physically block traffic attempting to enter the intersection from side roads. This allows the group to clear the intersection without becoming separated. While we regret making our driving friends wait, the safest option is for the group to remain intact.